Fitness Friday: Getting A Full Look Into The St. Cloud Orthopedics H.E.A.T Program [VIDEO]
SARTELL -- This week in our "Fitness Friday" series on WJON, we dig a little deeper into the St. Cloud Orthopedics H.E.A.T program.
The High Energy Advance Training (H.E.A.T) program is a fitness program set up for all athletes.
The program began back in 1998 and Program Coordinator Zac Coauette says the programs are specialized and skills to the athlete.
"We set up programs for sports specificity for each athlete as far a training for a specific sport," says Coauette.
Program Director Eric Kohn says with the advancements in technology, they have been able to grow their training techniques and programs to fit the level of today's athletes.
"Our programs are more flexible, meaning we are constantly changing to keep up with the times of the training facilities and also techniques and how the athletes change," says Kohn.
Working along side the doctors and specialists helps when training. Coauette says they can check with the doctors to know how fast or slow they can bring the athlete back from an injury and monitor their progress.
"We have people on staff where I can walk 10 feet and talk to someone face to face verse trying to call across town, leaving voicemails and waiting for information back," says Coauette.
Athletes at participate in 6 week, 8 week or 10 week courses.
Kohn says the H.E.A.T. program has combined with area schools to help develop their athletes and working on other programs the athletes can use.
"That has been a great partnership over the last couple of years. In addition we are working on the ACL prevention programs, golf and tennis rehabilitation and preparation programs," says Kohn.
Inside the facility hangs many pictures of former athletes which Coauette says inspires the new athletes to continue to work hard and reach their goals.