During the final 49 weeks until Kickoff 2013, we will take a moment each week to look at various aspects of the football program.


Wake-Up Call

Jan. 12, 2013

By Tom Whitestone

You've gotta like some of those old, well-worn adages.

If you want it, work for it.

If you love it, work for it.

Nothing will come to you.  There's no substitute for hard work.  You have to push yourself.  Always. 

The phrases are popular, because they ring true.

So, when I stopped down in the weight room at the Rose Football Center this week to get some updated photos of that facility - it was impressive to hear that several local players had made use of the facility over break.  In fact, as players started to return to campus, the strength training staff let a few know that if they were around they could come by before classes started to get extra work in.

50 players showed up.

If you want it, work for it.

If you love it, work for it.

These next two months - before spring practices get underway, the 49ers will work for it.

Head coach Brad Lambert has already said how important these two months are to the development of the team.  The weight room will be their home away from home.  These months are key to the strengthening of the program and preparing it for competition this August.

Strength coach Jim Durning will use the wide array of toys available to him in his fully-equipped weight room.  He'll demand effort and work. He'll expect the team to push themselves harder than he does.  He'll expect the team to want it.

His schedules are set - alternating upper and lower body workouts.  And they'll be early.  Workout sessions will start as early as 6:00 a.m.

As Lambert has said:  "We are just like every other team now - we hit our weight training hard, now - then we move to spring practice and the spring game - then it's the summer and preseason and games."

Yes, the players hit the weight room in the fall -- but that was mixed in with practices.  Winter workouts will be different.  Whereas practices were a focal point this fall, weight training will be the focal point this winter.  It's sort of similar to the preseason workouts they took part in before fall practices began.  But only not.  That was a shorter time period, and more educational.  Productive, yes -- but not to this degree.

Now, the fun stuff starts.

Just like every other team, weight room sessions will be key - and they'll be amped up.

Hearing that about 50 players turned out to get started a little early is encouraging.  You can tell there is the desire, the expectation and the understanding.

Still, for some it could be a rude awakening. 

At 6:00 a.m.