Cleveland State’s Strength and Conditioning program is extremely important to the Vikings student-athletes.  The main focus is on building the “total athlete” for athletic performance and reducing the risk for injury using dynamic flexibility, speed training, various weight training philosophies, plyometrics and conditioning.  It develops the athletes both physically and mentally for competition using discipline and a strong work ethic.



Our primary focus on developing the total athlete covers these main components. 
  1. Strength and Power
  2. Agility and Quickness
  3. Mental Toughness
  4. Speed
  5. Flexibility
  6. Conditioning
  7. Injury Prevention
  8. Sound Nutrition



1.   Develop confidence in the athletes so that they perform at their highest level.
2.   Improve team camaraderie.
3.   Increase team foot speed.
4.   Improve team agility and quickness.
5.   Increase team strength.
6.   Improve team explosive power.
7.   Decrease body fat percentage of all athletes while increasing lean muscle mass.
8.   Improve the overall flexibility to aid in the reduction and elimination of injuries.
9.   Improve the mental toughness of the athletes.
10. Assist in the development of team leaders.



Our strength training philosophy that we incorporate here at Cleveland State University is that of a Multi-Disciplined Periodization Approach. Our program is merely a planned diversified training program implementing various disciplines into a structured training program. Changes are made throughout the program to ensure long-term strength gains. In all primary movements, training cycles are used to vary the weight to be used over a set amount of weeks to provide continual strength increases.

The strength program focuses on developing total body strength. The development of the core (legs/hips/abs/low back) is vital. Athletics are games that combine speed, quickness, power, and leverage. It is for that reason the program centers much attention to lower body strength and explosion.    Upper body improvements are approached with the same intensity and goal of strength, explosiveness and overall health.

The core exercises mentioned above are used to develop the base strength the athlete needs to participate on this level. These exercises are multi-joint movements that require more than one muscle group and develop large amounts of power. It is equally important to incorporate iso-lateral movements as well.  These single limb movements assist in developing strength but also in decreasing the possibility of injury.


Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
Tim Bilbrey M.A., CSCS, SCCC

Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach
Sean Wallace M.A., CSCS, USAW