Adding Turf in the Weight Room, From Start To Finish
Here is Pt. II of our video series with Wayzata HS Head Strength Coach Ryan Johnson. In our first video here, we covered their new weight room and the how and why behind it’s design and function. Today, we’re digging deeper into The Wayzata Strength Program’s application of turf in the weight room. In the video, Ryan addresses the following:
- The added versatility provided by turf in the weight room
- How specifically has the turf altered the way their athletes can train
- An average day of classes and after school training using the turf
- How they trained specific movement-patterns and exercises prior to the turf addition
- Working with administration to approve a turf installation
- What advice he’d give to coaches interested in adding turf to their weight room
- Has the new facility design changed the way student-athletes view their weight room
If you’re interested in adding turf to a new or existing facility this video is a must-watch. Ryan’s account gives coaches the tools they need to successfully plan a turf addition from the initial planning stages, convincing administration and architects, to programming.
Johnson is a graduate of Normandale Community College, Augsburg College and the University of Minnesota, playing football at both NCC and Augsburg. “RJ” teaches physical education at Wayzata High School and is the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator for Wayzata Public Schools, a position he began in 2000. Wayzata Athletics have captured 52 team state titles in histenure; Johnson works directly with the three-time state champion football program as Director of Operations and Player Development. He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist as well as a Registered Strength and Conditioning Specialist – both certifications with Distinction and is the Minnesota NSCA State Director. NSCA awards include Minnesota High School Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year 2010; State Director of the Year 2013; Strength of America Award 2015; and 2017 National High School Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year. In 2017 he became a founding Board Member of the National High School Strength Coaches Association (NHSSCA); and serves as a Regional Director for the organization. A former volunteer firefighter, he also received an Award of Merit from the Minnesota Department of Health and Safety for participation in a lifesaving CPR/AED effort to revive a player that suffered sudden cardiac arrest while at practice. Johnson is a frequent clinician, speaker, author and his Wayzata Trojan Power program has been visited by over 50 other high school and small college programs. He also volunteered his time in the Rockford School District where he and his wife and four children reside by serving as the Rockford Area Youth Athletic Association President and Youth Football Director.