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6/11/2013 6:11:00 PM
Camp set to give Huskies the edge
Erik Pague

Jacob Johnston, Othello alumni, assistant coach and certified personal trainer, is providing a six-week Summer Speed and Conditioning Camp beginning June 21 for Huskie student athletes willing to put in the extra time to push themselves and help their teams. This will be its second year and Johnston said the gains his participants made last summer should be reason enough to get athletes to sign up.
At an informational meeting held at the high school May 30, Johnston told the athletes the camp would start June 21 with a three-hour testing day to evaluate where each individual is at in their athletic abilities. Johnston is offering 21 two-hour long sessions throughout the summer and is requiring participants to pay for at least 10 of them at $10 each. Even if an athlete doesn't participate in every session, Johnston said they would experience gains.
"If I make them pay for 10, I can give them the guarantee they will improve with at least 10 sessions," Johnston said.
David Garza, the former starting quarterback for the Huskies participated in only nine sessions last summer and Johnston said he made plenty of progress by only attending about half of the camp's offerings. Garza will also be helping Johnston with the camp this year.
"I felt faster and stronger while in the game," Garza said in a video testimonial Johnston showed to attendees. "I don't recommend this camp to someone who wants to be good. But, if you want to be great, get out to this camp."
Johnston said camp sessions begin with stretching and warm-ups and then the athletes will go through a number of speed, quickness and agility drills. The final half of the session provides core strength and full body exercises to improve athletes' conditioning. Johnston said his own background as a top athlete for Othello, combined with his degree from Central Washington University for exercise science, gives participants the know-how to push their athleticism to the next level.
"In my program, we studied a lot about the human body in exercise," he said. "I even minored in athletic training ... so, not only am I training them, but I'm trying to reduce the risk of injury."
Johnston said the sessions would be intense and not for the faint of heart. He only had a handful of dropouts last year but said he's mostly looking for athletes who are willing to push themselves.
"You've got to do the work, you've got to put in the time if you want to be great," Johnston said. "You're going to come out and test the body, push it and gain some mental toughness."
The camp will be offered for those 14 years old, up to those going into their senior year of high school. Interested athletes can check out the camp's Facebook page to find more information by following

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