The Barbell Bear Post Fourth Edition was released at the end of last week. The fourth edition of the post, which is a newsletter created by Shelbyville Strength Coordinator Royce Carlton, honored SHS Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach Rick Zimny.
“(Coach Zimny) is a vital part of our program’s success,” Carlton said. “On behalf of our athletic programs and student athletes, we want to say thank you for everything you do.”
Coach Zimny has a plethora of experience in the strength and conditioning field. In addition to his time with the Golden Bears, he spent 32 years at Warren Central, eight years at New Palestine and one year at Morristown, according to the post.
The Barbell Bear Post Fourth Edition also featured columns from SHS junior Abby Brenner (basketball, softball) and senior Tyler Harker (swimming).
Strength and conditioning has been the key factor that has turned me into the athlete I am today. I just started lifting freshman year and, with motivation from my coaches, I pushed myself to be better, faster and stronger and made the Girls’ Top 5 Leaderboard as a freshmen. For the last three years, I have been able to maintain my spot by continuing to work hard everyday in class and during morning lifts. My athletic ability has drastically improved these last three years, and I will continue to go up from here along with the rest of SHS athletes.
This program has made a huge impact on Shelbyville athletics. The work everyone has put in during the offseason is truly paying off. Our athletics are the best they have been in years. Being able to witness the transformation of other athletes around me because of this program is what keeps me motivated to continue improving myself.
Looking back at my time spent in the weight room, I never realized the tremendous impact it has had on my athletic career. Since I started lifting the summer before my freshman year, the weight room helped turn me from being an average high school swimmer to now a senior looking for a run at state. In the beginning, I weighed 100 pounds and could only bench 95 and clean 90.
Now I am benching 185 and cleaning 205. The weight room itself, however, is not the only reason behind my success. Coach Carlton has been at the center of all my weight training. He is always there to help with my form, encourage me and push me to be my best. Coach Carlton is always looking for ways to improve everyone in the weight room, which is why he is nationally recognized.
A weight room will always be there for an athlete, but the coaching staff behind your training in that weight room can make the difference in an athlete’s career, which is why I am so grateful that Coach Carlton chose to help Shelbyville High School and to push me to be the best athlete I can be.
The hard work I have put in the weight room is paying off, which is why I encourage others to put their confidence in Coach Carlton and his weight lifting program. Thank you Coach Carlton for creating this opportunity for me to use the weight room and elevating my athletic career.