Strength Clinic

Some 300 prep athletes are going to get hands-on instruction from Kent Johnston and his staff of Alabama Strength and Conditioning coaches as part of a clinic at The University April 23-24. The deadline for sign-up is April 14.

Kent Johnston, who has 23 years experience in the strength and conditioning field including 17 in the NFL, returned to Alabama last year to head up the Crimson Tide program. He is a former recipient of the "Strength and Conditioning Coach of the Year" by the Professional Football Strength and Conditioning Coaches Society. In addition to Johnston and his staff, clinic speakers include:

Louis Simmons of Westside Barbell in Columbus, Ohio, ranked in the top ten in the United States from 1972 to 2002. He holds elite status in five weight classes. He was the first 50-year-old to bench press 500 pounds and then 600 pounds.

Martin Rooney, a performance enhancement specialist, is the director of the Parisi Speed School. He has been a speed consultant to the New York Giants and to hundreds of individual professional, college, and Olympic athletes.

Al Vermeil is the only strength coach to have both World Championship rings from both the NFL and NBA and is the only strength coach to have been in the NFL, NBA, and Major League Baseball. He was an inaugural inductee into the Strength Coaches Hall of Fame.

While athletes will receive group and individual instruction and evaluation and assessment, the clinic concentrates on information for coaches and for parents.

Athletes (male and female, grades 7-12) must sign up by April 14.

For complete information, call Kent Johnston at (205) 348-3600 or e-mail

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