Central Arkansas Christian athletes are in the midst of Fastang, the July conditioning program at Mustang Mountain.
For the first time, CAC’s summer conditioning program is open to every athlete on Mustang Mountain. Senior high girls and boys work at 7:30 a.m. Mondays through Thursdays. Junior high athletes follow at 8:30, with seventh graders starting at 9:30.
"We have three 30-minute stations," CAC football coach Tommy Shoemaker said. "There’s a warm-up where we do some ab and core exercises, and then we go to the weight room for 30 minutes, then we go outside for speed, agility and conditioning.
"Usually we just worked out the football players, but this year we offered it to every athlete through the whole school, and the things we do are not specific for football, just general athletic conditioning and strength and conditioning. We have girls basketball and volleyball players and most of the boys sports, so there is a good mixture. Everybody does the same thing. For some of our younger kids, it’ll be good because we get to work with them more on technique."
Shoemaker said prior to the start of Fastang he was expecting about 125 athletes to be involved with the program, which will continue for four weeks.
He said the Mustang football team had a more laid-back June than usual.
"We have a lot of kids who play basketball, and we let them go to basketball team camps or individual football camps," Shoemaker said.
The Mustangs hosted a team camp with Greenbrier, Pottsville and Glen Rose on June 5 and traveled to Valley View for a 7-on-7 tournament June 13. The team camp included 20 reps on offense and 20 on defense against each of the other teams.
"We did some good things at Valley View," Shoemaker said. "We were able to play a lot of people. Obviously, there are always things you need to work on, but we got some things done. But we’ll really crank up in July."
The Mustangs were off during the Arkansas Activities Association-mandated dead weeks June 17-28 and the week of July 4. They have a team camp set for the evening of July 18 at Searcy. They’ll convene for the start of fall practice on Aug. 5.