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Football program starts spring training with new equipment
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Junior Joey Toal used the Keiser Infinity Series Functional Trainer in warmup exercises Feb. 25. - photo by Bob Christian

Looking to improve on their record breaking 2018-19 season, which ended in the Sweet Sixteen round of the state playoffs with a team record of 10-2, the Dawson County Tigers football program has expanded the capability of their weight room with the addition of eight Keiser Infinity Series Functional Trainers.

Priced at approximately $3,500 apiece, the machines were purchased with a down payment of funds raised by the Tigers’ booster organization, the Touchdown Club, and have been a feature of every locker room in Head Coach Sid Maxwell’s football coaching career.

“I installed these in my programs at Sequoyah and Lambert and saw good results,” Maxwell said. “Along with the existing weights we can train up to 48 guys at a time.”

Maxwell explained the differences between traditional free-weight training and the type of training available with the Keiser Infinity.

“It runs off of air, so you basically have the ability to go explosive at any moment,” Maxwell said. “The machine applies constant momentum the whole way which allows you to do more at game speed.”

Maxwell pointed out that one of the key advantages of the new system is a feature that allows coaches and trainers to track the speed at which an athlete is moving the weight during each repetition.

With the new information, the team is able to more precisely determine when an athlete has reached his peak during a training session and will allow the team to fine-tune their training routine.

“The goal is to train power over endurance. Explosiveness,” Maxwell said. “The game is all about the first to the ball.”