Strength and Conditioning (S&C) at Westminster is designed to introduce our student-athletes to functional strength training and conditioning in a way that develops the athlete as a person, both physically and mentally. We teach them how to perform key lifts and movements safely and effectively in order to reduce the risk of sports injury and to improve athletic performance. Athletes are exposed to a variety of resistance training techniques to develop speed, explosiveness, as well as strength and durability. Programming is designed to develop total body athleticism and reduce risk for the most common sports injuries, particularly those of the knee, shoulder and lower back.
We instill in our athletes sufficient mastery of technique and programming concepts so that they are prepared to continue their sport beyond Westminster or to carry on an effective individual fitness program. More than simply serving our sports teams, S&C also addresses Westminster’s core values of community, character, balance and involvement; a successful program will build bonds among participants as they face challenges to meet both personal and team goals.
Strength and Conditioning is offered as an afternoon activity during the winter term. Coach Danny Batten also makes himself available to work with teams and individual athletes throughout the year.
Coach Batten joins Westminster with four years of teaching and coaching experience at St. Andrew’s School. During that time, he earned his credential as a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in order to improve the quality of coaching for his cross country and track and field teams. He is also a Certified Group Exercise Instructor and Certified Functional Strength Coach. His favorite part about strength and conditioning is that there is always room to improve, both as a coach and as an athlete. Danny also teaches Spanish and lives in Memorial Hall.