North Greenville University dedicated another new athletic facility to the Lord on May 8. The 5,000-square-foot Angie and Sam Kelly Strength and Conditioning Center located in the Athletic Complex is designed to accommodate weight and strength training for all NGU student-athletes.
The facility features Sorinex strength and weightlifting equipment. Sorinex, based in Lexington, SC, customized premium power racks, pullup rigs, squat stands, weightlifting bars, weights, and plates for the facility.
The Center was made possible by Angie and Sam Kelly, the SAM Group Team, and its customers. The SAM Group was founded in 1998 by Sam Kelly with a mission of providing fast and flexible point-of-sale systems primarily for grocery retail outlets.
"The purpose of the facility is to help our athletes perform at the highest level by making them bigger, stronger, faster, more powerful, and to help them avoid injury," said Andre Bernardi, NGU Director of Strength Conditioning and coordinator of the strength and conditioning program for male athletes. "We train for performance and functionality. The weight room is designed to be functional through ground-based movements and the best way to do that is with free-weight, multi-joint movements."
The facility will help the athlete in time-efficiency because all circuits of the workouts are designed to be completed at the rack through an average 15-minute routine. Each rack has two Olympic bars, power blocks, bands, kettlebells, and chains. Having these tools in one place allows for more variation.
"Every sport requires athletes to be faster and more explosive," said Bernardi. "We have multiple tools to improve speed
and agility as well as explosiveness, such as agility ladders, sleds, plyo boxes, and bungee bands."
Hurdles are used by every athlete as part of their dynamic flexibility work to warm up and increase flexibility in the hips."The more flexible the athletes are, the better range of movement they will have. This is a primary factor in the reduction of injury," adds Bernardi.
In addition, Bernardi's wife, Kaitlyn, has been named NGU's Director of Olympic Sports and coordinates the strength and conditioning for all female athletes.