Alabama strength and conditioning coach Scott Cochran vividly remembers stepping into his workplace, Alabama’s recently-completed weight room upgrade, with his son and asking him how many script A’s he sees around the facility, a question his son could only answer with something to the effect of, “a lot.”
Alabama’s news weight room was recently opened to the media, a tour led by the master of the operation, Cochran. Cochran made no hesitations to express his satisfaction with the new facility, saying the new building has, “everything I could ever dream of and then some.”
The 37,000-square foot facility opens directly to both the indoor and outdoor practice fields, fitting into the theme of the economization of the workout process. Cochran made a point to fit as many exercises into one station as possible and keeping all workout necessities as close to each other as possible.
Cochran said the proximity of it all makes his job much easier, but might make it harder for the players.
“They don’t have to jog across the gym to do the next lift,” Cochran said.
The facility, complete with several mounted flat-screen televisions on the walls, also has a nutrition station where nutritionist Amy Bragg ensures the players are correctly nourished.
Cochran said he always has video of how to do certain lifts or exercises properly on the televisions, to let the players see how to do what they should be doing.
But his favorite part of the facility is not the fancy machines or innovative technology, but the sound system. The very, very loud sound system.
Cochran said both current players and recruits immediately smile when they walk in the weight room and hear the sound system at its maximum level: “You can’t help but smile.”