As the spring sports season was set to begin practice on Monday, Feb. 25, the weather still might be a hurdle for the track team, which is just one reason for the donation of a new VertiMax training machine to the Lakeview High School.
Bought with funds from local Lakeview running group the Mile High Striders, the VertiMax is a platform with bungied, retractable cords that are attached to various girdles and straps worn by the athletes. After hooking onto it, the resistance provided makes everything from running, jumping and stretching that much more difficult.
“There is nothing it can’t help with,” said LHS track and field coach Bobbie Steninger. “It gives a tremendous workout in a short period of time.”
Giving a demonstration as she began to train some students in early preparation for the track season, she showed off how it could help increase high jumps, strength and endurance. Through differently weighted cords in many combinations, the VertiMax can train a variety of students.
“As long as you have a high enough ceiling,” Steninger added.
Apparently, the machine is widely renowned by professional organizations for its biomechanical approach to training, something that Steninger values as the school’s sports medicine authority. “Almost every professional basketball and football team has a VertiMax,” she said. “There are a lot of different sizes and we have the Cadillac.”