Boe and Myrna Adams
Strength and Conditioning Center


One of the most impressive aspects of Arkansas State’s Football Complex is the strength and conditioning program and the weight room.  Success on the football field begins in the weight room, and A-State has one of the best.

Arkansas State’s athletics department moved one huge step closer to achieving its goal of a new Performance Enhancement Complex when a gift of $250,000 from longtime supporters Boe and Myrna Adams of Leachville was presented in March 2004.

The single donation equals the fifth largest ever given to the athletics program at A-State.

Upon completion of A-State’s three-story football facility, improvements to the current strength and conditioning area was the next step.

Enhancements to the structure included connecting it to the football building through complementary architectural design as well as providing services for student-athletes in the classroom through computer labs, study areas and academic support staff.

The area has continued to see renovations and updates with new wall graphics, weights, training equipment and more.

Behind the efforts of Matt Shadeed, A-State’s strength and conditioning coach, the area is in use to help Red Wolves student-athletes become bigger, stronger and faster.

The A-State strength and conditioning area features over 70 work stations, flooring, flexibility area, power area, speed area, cardiovascular area, training equipment, Olympic weight-lifting platforms,   a plyometric training area, air and heating system and training security measures.  The weight room equipment includes seven double-sided racks with platforms and benches, eight adjustable auxiliary benches, six glute ham machines, three hammer strength neck machines, three reverse hypers, Plyo-Safe plyometric boxes, dumbbells ranging from 15 lbs. to 150 lbs., 20 yards of turf and mobility hurdles.