Strength and Conditioning

The 10,000-square-foot Alexander C. Waterhouse Physiology Research and Training Facility provides student-athletes the tools to excel with quality strength training in their respective sports. 

With his more than 20 years of experience strength and conditioning coach Tommy Heffernan heads the staff of three full time strength and conditioning trainers and three graduate assistants. The staff has several years of experience training division 1 athletes who have succeeded at all levels, including national team members and professional athletes. Heffernan and his team assist 500+ student-athletes achieve optimal strength and conditioning performance and injury prevention.

Each year Heffernan coordinates and host a strength and conditioning forum with coaches from across the country. This gives Heffernan and his staff the most updated knowledge on training theory and methods within his field of expertise.

The student-athletes utilize various strength, flexibility and conditioning methods, along with and education in body-type testing and nutrition for the athletes to develop optimal individual performance and injury prevention. Student-athletes are charted from their first training session throughout their athletic career to establish athletic progression.

Alexander C. Waterhouse Training Facility Quick Facts

  • 10,000 Square feet of room
  • More than $300,000 worth of high-tech strength and conditioning equipment
  • 23,000 pounds of free weights from YORK Barbell molded with custom UH logos
  • 18 Werksan Olympic sets of plates
  • 6 Open Olympic platforms
  • HAMMER STRENGTH machines used by NFL and NBA teams
  • BEAR machines for squatting and jump training
  • 12 SAMSON power racks