Tennessee Shows “Groundbreaking” Weight Room Changes

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    Photo credit: Anne Newman/RTIWhen Jeremy Pruitt picked Craig Fitzgerald as his hire for Tennessee’s new strength and conditioning coach, Vol fans hoped he would come in and completely restructure Tennessee’s strength and conditioning program. And it looks like he’s doing just that.

    Fitzgerald already replaced all of the machines in Tennessee’s weight room with free weights and more intensive facilities for the spring. But now that spring practices are over, he wants to do a complete rework of UT’s facilities.

    Tennessee released a video on Tuesday showing off the “groundbreaking” work that’s going on inside UT’s weight room right now. It features Fitzgerald talking through what changes are being made and his plan for the program.

    “We’re going to do the best facility that’s ever been,” said the Vols’ new strength and conditioning coach.

    Here’s the full video:

    Jeremy Pruitt said at the tail end of spring practices that the plan for the summer was for Tennessee’s players to lift more and bulk up in preparation for the fall. And with this new weight room soon to be finished, Vol players will be able to hit the weights like never before.

    “You’re gonna know when you walk in this is where football players train,” Fitzgerald said. “This is where the best players in the country train as they get ready for their NFL careers and become dominant players in the best conference in America, the Southeastern Conference.”

    Tennessee has had a rash of injuries the last two seasons, and many believe a lack of quality conditioning has been one of the contributing factors. The Vols will work to avoid that this season while also working on improving weight and overall strength for a lot of the roster.