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First 'Are You Catamount Strong?' Clinic Set for April 12

March 28, 2014

Cullowhee, N.C. - Have you ever wondered what it takes to be "Catamount Strong?" Western Carolina's Catamount Club, in conjunction with the department's Athletic Performance staff, is offering fans the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a WCU student-athlete as it pertains to the strength & conditioning side of competition.

On Saturday, April 12 - the same day as WCU football's Spring Game, presented by Wells Fargo; home baseball against Furman; and the Beynon Catamount Classic track & field meet - fans will have the opportunity to go through the rigors of a training session with Director of Athletic Performance, Evan Bar, and his staff.

The mission of WCU's Athletic Performance is to provide the most effective training systems, resources, programs and services to Catamount student-athletes and coaches whereas to empower each individual to reach their maximum potential, thus creating "explosive and bulletproof" athletes and teams. The WCUAP staff integrates all facets of athletic performance while providing the highest level of instruction, proven information, reliable resources, focused intensity as coaches, and attention to detail in the training regimen.

"To be a NCAA Division I student-athlete, one must be dedicated to a sound training program that encompasses everything an athlete needs to excel on the playing field or court," Barr said. "Strength, power, speed, agility, pre-hab, flexibility, core stability, and psychology are all integral parts of our Athletic Performance program. All participants in the clinic will get to experience a taste of what the complete package looks like, and what it takes overall to be `Catamount Strong.'"

From the WCUAP mission, Barr reiterated that "Our success is attainable only through the student-athlete's success."

The first "Are You Catamount Strong?" clinic will feature the ability for attendees to either participate in exercise drills or simply be a spectator in the weight room of the Jordan-Phillips Field House. The clinic will open with a motivational video of WCU student-athletes in the Athletic Performance program, as well as an introduction of the WCUAP staff and their underlying philosophies. The staff will then deliver an overview of a basic workout and what the Catamount student-athletes do as a part of the program.

Then, things will get physical.

Opening with the Catamount Strong Warm-Up, participants in the clinic will have the opportunity to be treated like a WCU student-athlete as they work through a six-stage process including Core Blaster, Speed & Power, Lift, Finisher, Cool Down, and the all-important Nutrition segment.

The special "Are You Catamount Strong?" clinic is scheduled from 9:30 -11:00 am on the day of the spring game is open to the first 50 participants for a cost of just $35. All proceeds from the clinic will go to benefit WCU's Athletic Performance which directly impacts its role with the Catamount student-athletes.

For more information on the "Are You Catamount Strong?" clinic - or to register for the event - contact Director of Athletic Performance, Evan Barr, at (828) 227-3792 or via Email at