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Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Tereshinski: 'We are attacking where we've been weak'

Last week I had a chance to sit down with Joe Tereshinski, the newly-elevated strength and conditioning coordinator for the Georgia football team. The story is now posted at Macon.com, and here's an excerpt:

“So I do see where we were getting beat. I do see where our weaknesses are,” he said. “And so that’s what we are attacking. We are attacking where we’ve been weak.”

So what does all that “attacking” entail? Tereshinski doesn’t want to get too specific because he wants to keep the training habits in-house. After his first workouts in January, players started tweeting about how strenuous the workouts were. Backup quarterback Hutson Mason tweeted, “I call this a good hire! Hard work aint enough!”

But Tereshinski told the players to cut out the tweeting. He also scoffed at the players reacting to how tough the first few workouts were.

“That’s how it’s supposed to be,” he said.

At first I was told Tereshinski would only have 20 minutes, but it turned to a bit more as he got going. The man loves to talk about his craft, and is obviously excited about the job.

“When (Mark Richt) asked me to go into strength and conditioning, that’s where my passion is," Tereshinski said, in a quote that didn't make my story. "I love working with young men.”

There was one other thing that couldn't make it into my story that I wanted to pass along. Tereshinski says one factor that hasn’t gotten much notice is that because of construction, the team has been moved to a different weight room, and for the previous 18 months had been largely operating out of trailers. They didn’t have much room for equipment: No dip bars, no incline presses, and some other machines.

“Last year’s team was very limited, really because of the facility, of what they could get done," he said. "So we were very weak in our triceps. We were very weak in our upper chests. So what happens is now that we have our full weight room capacities we’re really going to be able to develop our bodies fully. ...

“That did affect this team. Because Georgia did not have anything that it was used to having. Now we have an unbelievable weight room, and we have everything we need.”

6 comments:

<--- Dawg Stephen Himself said...

I had been wondering if anything was missing during this construction. No excuse for being as weak as we were on the lines, but still, maybe there will be a little help now that the full compliment of weight equipment is available

Keese said...

Seth, did you ask JT how Competitive Edge Sports was going to be implemented in the offseason workouts?

Keese said...

Anyone should also check out Gentry Estes photo tour of the new facilities on Dawgs 247. David Hale did a walk through/photo tour last summer...looks better than I anticipated!

Ryan said...

wooooooooow.... weak triceps and upper chest... I knew something looked funny. Thank God there's not any other exercises at all that you could be doing to work on those areas. I bet Bama could work out in a middle school gym with no equipment and still manage 10 wins.

Anonymous said...

Great article. I hope Coach T is getting medieval with them. I want them ripping the our opponents in half.

Anonymous said...

What I can't believe is the incompetence to let construction on your weight room to effect the strength of your athletes. I mean is this an 'elite' program in the NCAA or is it some middle of the pack team. Obviously the latter based on our record over the past couple of years. It's just unbelievable the level of complacency in Athens right now. I bet Richt goes 5-7 next year and we boot his aw schisms attitude right out the door in favor of Kirby Smart next December.