NEW YORK— Headed by Director of Football Sport Performance Robert Gilmartin, the Columbia Football Strength and Conditioning program focuses on developing strength, flexibility, power, speed and change of direction in all of its student-athletes. Gilmartin and his staff of Darius Ducre and Frank Lisante have three core principles: 1. Improve performance, 2. Prevent injury and 3. Improve physical and mental toughness as individuals and as a team.

“We are headed in a direction where we can compete for an Ivy League Championship,” Gilmartin said. “The two prior classes have laid the foundation for us to have success in the future. Each year, more and more players have stayed over the summer. This past year we had 45 players stay. The offseason and particularly the summer months are a critical time toward the development of a player. The players have bought into our program with hard work and dedication and judging by the results, we have experienced success.”

Gilmartin and his staff keep files on each student-athlete. Each athlete is tested multiple times over a course of a career and multiple times per year. All information goes directly into their player profiles. When an athlete enters the program as a freshman coming out of high school, Gilmartin says, the primary focus is to improve strength.

“Everything we do and everything we work on must have purpose,” Gilmartin said. “We have a vision for each player individually and a vision for where we want to go as a team. Our goal is to have a fresh, winning team attitude. We are setup to win and we want to feel and build that type of attitude team-wide. The team has bought into the vision.”

That vision is clearly on display in the various strength and conditioning videos that have been distributed this spring. The videos show the team camaraderie and the supportive team attitude displayed by the players as they encourage teammates to achieve goals that they never thought were possible.

Year-round nutrition is part of the program as Columbia is one of only a few schools nationwide that employs a full-time nutritionist on staff. Director of Nutrition Amy Connell plays a key role.

Facilities and equipment are also important factors as the Lions workout in one of the nation’s nicest and newest weight rooms located in the Campbell Sports Center. In addition, Gilmartin says the Bubble at Baker has made an enormous impact on offseason strength and conditioning because for the the first time, Columbia can conduct workouts indoors at any time during the winter months.

Over a four-year period, Columbia players have gotten bigger, stronger, faster and more agile and it shows in the on-field product. Here is a look at how the entire team overall and certain individuals have improved over a four-year basis:

TEAM IMPROVEMENT OVER THE LAST FOUR YEARS

The following is a chart depicting the improvement of the entire team made over a four-year period taking into account how many players can lift a certain amount of weight and the average for the entire team.

POWER CLEAN

2014

2015

2016

2017

300+ lbs

7 players

14 players

23 players

32 players

250-300 lbs

25 players

37 players

34 players

42 players

Average

249 lbs

270 lbs

282 lbs

286 lbs

 

SQUAT

2014

2015

2016

2017

500+ lbs

3 players

1 player

10 players

19 players

400-500 lbs

21 players

29 players

28 players

40 players

300-400 lbs

25 players

35 players

33 players

19 players

Average

349 lbs

391 lbs

406 lbs

436 lbs

 

BENCH

2014

2015

2016

2017

400+ lbs

1 player

3 players

4 players

1 player

350-400 lbs

4 players

3 players

8 players

17 players

300-350 lbs

18 players

26 players

29 players

35 players

Average

293 lbs

296 lbs

308 lbs

310 lbs

INDIVIDUAL FOUR-YEAR IMPROVEMENT

The following are examples of how 14 different players at various players playing different positions improved over a four-year period.

 

Landon Baty, DB

2014

2015

2016

2017

Weight

179

184

191

193

Clean

245

285

305

315

Squat

270

335

405

485

Bench

200

225

280

280

 

Charlie Flores, OL

2014

2015

2016

2017

Weight

279

297

316

300

Clean

265

270

INJ

300

Squat

365

410

INJ

500

Bench

320

325

385

395

 

Anders Hill, QB

2014

2015

2016

2017

Weight

206

214

218

216

Clean

245

290

295

295

Squat

315

385

415

465

Bench

260

295

300

300

 

Alexander Holme, DL

2014

2015

2016

2017

Weight

223

262

264

263

Clean

245

300

305

325

Squat

300

385

450

500

Bench

275

320

325

325

 

Lord Hyeamang, DL

2014

2015

2016

2017

Weight

251

276

277

278

Clean

275

315

315

315

Squat

405

550

550

595

Bench

340

425

435

445

 

Markham Paukune,OL

2014

2015

2016

2017

Weight

290

309

310

303

Clean

225

265

290

315

Squat

340

405

455

600

Bench

260

295

300

300

 

Dominic Perkovic, DL

2014

2015

2016

2017

Weight

234

255

268

268

Clean

245

315

335

DNT

Squat

315

405

DNT

DNT

Bench

315

380

390

DNT

 

Bailey Popeck, TE

2014

2015

2016

2017

Weight

228

235

253

255

Clean

205

245

275

275

Squat

285

285

365

365

Bench

225

275

300

300

 

Cameron Roane, DB

2014

2015

2016

2017

Weight

191

193

195

197

Clean

255

280

300

300

Squat

380

435

440

500

Bench

290

315

315

325

 

Ben Robbins, OL

2014

2015

2016

2017

Weight

286

295

305

289

Clean

225

265

300

315

Squat

285

360

420

445

Bench

220

265

275

295

 

T. Schoenwolf, C

2014

2015

2016

2017

Weight

256

266

277

281

Clean

N/A

245

280

305

Squat

N/A

385

405

475

Bench

275

275

320

355

 

Liam Talty, DL

2014

2015

2016

2017

Weight

230

246

248

237

Clean

255

330

345

345

Squat

330

415

455

455

Bench

285

335

345

345

 

Parker Thome, PK

2014

2015

2016

2017

Weight

191

200

207

219

Clean

205

255

270

315

Squat

275

335

355

415

Bench

190

215

230

235

 

Bewley Wales, OL

2014

2015

2016

2017

Weight

291

300

301

304

Clean

225

250

290

295

Squat

300

405

455

525

Bench

240

255

275

295