St. Ignatius College Preparatory

San Francisco’s Jesuit School since 1855

Chris Tow, Senior

Varsity Basketball

Update on Chris: The week before Thanksgiving, Chris fractured his wrist near the growth plate. He will be in a cast for 3-4 months. He will be helping with lower level basketball weight room instruction during his rehb period.

In the beginning...

My experience with weightlifting and training began my sophomore year. After my Junior Varsity basketball season ended, thinking about next year already rang in my head. A couple weeks after the varsity season ended, Coach Lippi started up the spring workouts. It was here I had my first experience with core lifting. I worked on squats, cleans, push press and snatch.) I spent most of my sophomore summer and beginning of junior year working on solely my technique. I went into the weight room 3 times a week with a couple of my friends.

Making strides...

When I the made the Varsity basketball team my junior year, I was surrounded by a great group of individuals who took weightlifting and getting in shape as serious as me. As tedious and time consuming form running was, it really did help my coordination and footwork. In the beginning it seemed to be a pain to do, but add these exercises with jump ropes and ladders it turned out to really tweak my performance. The results were in what my body were the actions my body allowed me to do. After the Varsity season ended, I spent most of 2 nd semester and all of summer in the weight room. Now that I had better technique, I could add more weight to my repetitions.

Now, in my Senior year at SI, I am enrolled in Coach Bluford's Fall Weight Lifting class. What I love about this class is that it's relatively small, and I get to spend 50 minutes four days a week focusing on lifting. And not just lifting weights but lifting weights properly, the muscle groups, how they work, where they are, and how to take care of our bodies. Like Coach Blu says, “I'll have your bodies looking beautiful.” And as you can tell in the picture, I'm almost there.

Reflections on the S&C and Training Staff...

The staff at SI has definitely played a role in me staying healthy. Coach Calvello is usually in the weight room with any of the teams or athletes making sure we are conducting our exercises properly.   When I injured my ankle Rob and Marla were key factors in my recovery. They gave me exercises for strengthening my ankle, checked in on my progress and helped me get back on the court as soon as possible.

Advice to others...

My advice to prospective athletes is the results are based on your time and effort. If you want to lift, do it on a consistent basis. Grab a couple of friends who want to get swoll with you, and push each other. The strength and conditioning program is a great guide to help you along the way. I used it as a crutch to help me until I could do it on my own. The thing about weight lifting is, if you put in the hard work, there is a 100% chance you will see the results.

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