Iron Dread is a weightlifting program that was made for DHS athletes this year. The program is lead by Coach Chris Whittaker, a DHS teacher and coach. Whittaker is proud that he is able to help athletes of all sports: “That’s my goal, for everyone to become better, stronger, and healthier.” The program and its leader claim to be in it for the improving of all athletes, but is that really the case?
Many students still appreciate the new program and even though they feel it might not be specific for their sport(s), they believe they are getting stronger and improving in some way. Quinn LaFontaine, a varsity volleyball player has notice how much stronger her arms have become and how she isn’t having to take breaks so often when she plays.
Out of 15 students surveyed that attend Iron Dread regularly, 73% said they would continue to go even if it wasn’t a requirement by their coaches. Ashley Love is one of these students.
“100% yes I would go still if I didn’t have to,” Love said. As a JV basketball post player and defensive soccer player, she feels the workouts help her succeed to a higher level
Just in the past several months, there have been 17 torn ACLs (anterior cruciate ligament). Whittaker has had three of these athletes in his class and feels for them. The tearing of the ACL is extremely painful and takes awhile to heal, and Whittaker hopes to lower the amount of injuries, if not get rid of them completely.