Bachelor of Science student, Steph Pollard, has been working hard with our very own Strength & Conditioning guru Glenn Corcoran in the lead up to this years Australian University Games.
In her third year of study, Steph Pollard is beginning to find out what opportunities are available to students at ANU Sport during their tertiary studies. Aside from her coursework, Steph is an accomplished sprinter and hurdler. After attending last years' Australian University Games in Sydney for the first time, she has set her sights on returning as an improved athlete. "My first Australian Uni Games was a fantastic experience. It was an opportunity to compete in a national event, which are few and far between once you leave junior-aged athletics. Competing against some of the best athletes from universities right across Australia was a great challenge and has motivated me to return and achieve higher next year."
For the best part of 6 months, Steph has been diligently training at the ANU Sport Fitness Centre with S&C guru, Glenn Corcoran, to improve her power, technique and speed. With less than 10 weeks left until this years' Australian University Games in the Gold Coast, Steph has increased the volume of her training. Her program has been heavily geared towards the sprinting specific movements, meaning plenty of compound lifts.
Since starting the program, Steph has impoved her lifting technique significantly. This has subsequently led to an increase in power, flexibility and speed. Her biggest improvements in strength have included:
- Increased Bench Press - 45kg to 60kg
- Increased Squat - 55kg to 80kg
As a result, her times at training have not only been faster, but consistently quicker than what they were before she started the program.
ANU Sport would like to wish Steph the best of luck in both her study and athletic pursuits
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