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Strength & Conditioning

“Strength training is important because the development of muscle strength and tendon strength is our best preventative measure against sports-related injuries.”

- Doug Scott, Pingry Strength & Conditioning Coach

Pingry Strength


Pingry is committed to the strength and conditioning needs of the students, offering a comprehensive strength and conditioning program that helps athletes achieve their physical potential in the safest manner possible. We focus on developing complete athletes at Pingry, emphasizing physical and mental strength, cardiovascular training, as well as educating students on the benefits of living a healthy lifestyle.

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Fitness Center

In 2017, the new Miller A. Bugliari ‘52 Athletics Center will open. Some features of the new center include:

  • 5,000 square foot strength and conditioning center
  • 44,000-square-foot state state-of-the-art training facility
  • Large multi-purpose, indoor practice area spacious enough for several teams to train at the same time
  • Space for training during the the off-season and summertime

Strength and Conditioning Staff

Our training facility staff are led by Doug Scott C.S.C.S and Joe Forte. Coach Scott is a speaker at state and national conferences on the topic of high school strength and conditioning. He has served as a Physical Education teacher and strength and conditioning coach since 1999 and he designs workouts for a number of Varsity and Junior Varsity teams. Joe Forte has been at Pingry for more than 25 years and he is currently the Department Head for Physical Education. In addition to teaching physical education and health, Mr. Forte has also coached several Pingry teams.

Fitness Education

All 9th grade (Form III) students are required to take Introduction to Physical Fitness, designed to develop students’ basic understanding of the importance of physical fitness. A sample of topics covered in Pingry’s Introduction to Fitness class include:

  • Nutrition
  • Muscular strength/injury prevention (including safe use of fitness center equipment)
  • Cardio-respiratory fitness
  • Mindfulness/yoga
  • Sleep and recovery
  • Flexibility

Concussion Awareness / Prevention

“For every one pound increase in neck strength, odds of concussion decreased by 5 %” -Dawn Comstrock 2014 Youth Sports Saftey Summit

Pingry Strength and Conditioning prides itself on being innovators in preventative sports medicine. At the forefront of those efforts is developing exercises and programs to develop the muscles of the head, neck and upper back to better protect our student athletes from concussive forces associated with athletic competition. Athletes who participate in our neck strengthening program as less likely to sustain an injury.

Rehabilitative Training

Unfortunately injuries do happen and we work with our students to design customized programs to help strengthen injured areas to avoid future injuries.

Healthy Living

In addition to promoting the physical aspects of strength and conditioning, we also teach the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle. This includes proper nutrition, getting enough sleep, taking time off for recovery, developing positive fitness habits, and stress management .