Strength & Conditioning
George Allen Fitness Center
The George Allen Fitness Center is the offseason home for all 22 teams within the athletic department and open for students throughout the day and evenings. The Whittier Strength & Conditioning Program is a ground-based Olympic lifting program with six Olympic lifting platforms, six half racks and an assortment of kettlebells and dumbbells.
The George Allen Fitness Center was dedicated in the fall of 1997 in honor of legendary football coach George Allen, Whittier's head coach from 1951-56., He went 31-22-5 and won one SCIAC title at Whittier before moving on to a 21-year career in the NFL. Allen was inducted to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2002.
In the fall of 2016 the athletic department created the cardio room, which features Cybex strength and cardio machines. Hours for both rooms are listed below.
George Allen Fitness Center/Cardio Room Hours
6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Noon - 5:00 p.m.
Our mission as a program is to provide our student-athletes with the physical performance and mental discipline tools to perform at their best in intercollegiate athletic competition. We are committed to serving our student-athletes in giving them the guidance and support to succeed in academics and athletics, while instilling positive habits that will allow them to succeed in life beyond their years as a Whittier student-athlete.
- Scientific and evidence-based training – We want to ensure that we train our student-athletes using up-to-date methods that have been shown through research to have a positive training effect leading to improved athletic performance, as well as a greater resilience to potential injuries.
- Intent – Our goal is always for our training methods to result in not just positive adaptations in strength, power, speed, etc., but optimal adaptations. In order to optimize the effects of our training, every repetition must be performed with intent. One-hundred percent of the athlete’s effort and focus must go into every repetition, no matter the load or percentage of the athlete’s training max.
- SAID Principle/Principle of Specificity – All general training methods/demands must elicit specific physical adaptations that transfer over to more sport-specific activities.
- Quality technique – Quality technique is strength, no matter how much weight the individual is lifting. We make it an emphasis to teach our student-athletes to move well first before loading them.
- Character – We will emphasize being a good human being before anything else. Respect and positivity toward others are vital to the success of our program.
- Accountability – Each individual must do his or her job. Showing up on time (i.e., early), focusing on the task at hand, and working hard every day are standard practice in our program.
- Effort – Of the many uncontrollable factors that may come with being a college student-athlete, one thing we can always control is our effort. No matter the circumstance, we must bring our best effort every day.
- Confidence – By learning and performing various training methods, and pushing through strenuous work, we build confidence in our student-athletes. An individual must condition his or herself to confidently execute every repetition of every training session. A confident athlete during training and preparation helps to produce a confident athlete during competition.
- 6 Legend Fitness Pro Series racks
- 6 power barbells
- 6 Olympic barbells and platforms
- 6 trap bars
- 12 weight benches
- 7 sets of 25, 35, and 45-pound Olympic plates
- 6 Elitefts SS Yoke Bars
- Dumbbell set of 5-140 pounds
- 50 kettlebells of various weights (15-70 pounds)
- 20 Dynamax medicine balls from 6-18 pounds
- 6 TRX straps
- 3 glute ham raise machines
- 80 bands of various resistance
- 12 18-pound chains
- 10 speed harnesses
- 2 Elitefts Plyobox sets
- 4 Cybex Treadmills
- 4 Cybex Arc Trainers
- 8 Cybex resistance machines
- 2 Cybex multipurpose cable stations