Bulldogs strength and conditioning

Concordia's athletics facilities are among the best in the nation for small colleges and its strength and conditioning programs take full advantage of them. Weightrooms are located inside Walz Human Performance Complex, completed in 2009, and the P.E. Building, remodeled in 2012. Bulldogs strength and conditioning programs also make use of the fieldhouse, stadium track/field and the numerous practice fields at Concordia.

Strength and conditioning efforts at Concordia glorify God and take inspiration from Romans 12:1, which reads: "Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God--this is your spiritual act of worship."

The primary objectives of strength and conditioning at Concordia are to improve athletic performance and prevent injury.

Common training components 

1.  SPORT SKILL

2.  POWER

a.  Explosive exercises

b.  Jump training

3.  STRENGTH

a. Focus is on multi-joint exercises with single-joint used to further stability

b. Primarily body weight & free weight exercises

c. Static & dynamic core exercises for flexion, extension, and rotation

4.  SPEED

a. Linear and lateral movement

b. Resisted training with hills, stairs, and sleds

5.  AGILITY

a. Acceleration & deceleration 

b. Reaction time 

6.  CONDITIONING

a. Manipulate work to rest ratios to achieve desired adaptations    

b. Various activities to elevate heart rate are used 

7.  MOBILITY & STABILITY

a. Ability to move through a functional range of motion

b. Balance and control to move safely and efficiently   

8.  NUTRITION

a. Daily nutrition affects energy, recovery, and immune system health

b. Focus is on proper nutrition before supplementation

c. Hydration throughout the day and before, during, and after training

9.  REST & RECOVERY

10.  INTANGIBLES

a. Work ethic

b. Mental toughness

c. Competitive drive 

Todd Berner, Director of Strength Training and Conditioning

Previously the head strength and conditioning coach at Northern State University, Todd Berner began his tenure as Concordia's first-ever full-time Director of Strength Training and Conditioning in the summer of 2015.

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Berner, who had worked at NCAA Division II Northern State since 2010, brings more than nine years of collegiate strength and conditioning experience to the position. While part of the Wolves athletic department, Berner oversaw training for 15 men’s and women’s teams. Berner tasked himself with designing and instructing strength and training routines, demonstrating exercises, leading speed and agility drills, monitoring progress and networking with coaches in regards to progress and development of athletes. 

Berner now serves all 21 Bulldog athletic teams and more than 600 student-athletes in an effort to maximize strength, speed and agility while promoting proper nutrition. He collaborates with head coaches to develop strength and conditioning activities for all athletes in addition to managing and supervise the Walz weight room.athletic department, Berner oversaw training for 15 men’s and women’s teams. Berner tasked himself with designing and instructing strength and training routines, demonstrating exercises, leading speed and agility drills, monitoring and networking with coaches in regards to progress and development of athletes.

Prior to his time at Northern State, Berner worked at Winona State University from 2007 to 2010 as the Associate Director of Strength and Conditioning. Berner also served as a graduate assistant in strength and conditioning for two years at Winona State, a department that included 15 total athletic teams.

A native of York, Neb., Berner earned his bachelor of science in exercise science from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2000. He received his master of science in education leadership from Winona State in 2007.

Todd lives in Seward with his wife, Cari, and sons, Quinn, 8, and Easton, 5.

Contact

Todd Berner

Office:  #022B Walz

Office Phone:  (402) 643-7191

Email:  Todd.Berner@cune.edu