Michael S. Knapp Weight Training Center
The Central Connecticut State University Strength and Conditioning program is a sophisticated blend of science, technology, nutrition and one-on-one attention to each student-athlete. Central's student-athletes make a year-round commitment to physically preparing to play their sport at the highest level.
That physical preparation addresses numerous components that are critical to athletic success, including strength, speed, power, agility, flexibility, metabolic conditioning and motivation. Central's strength and conditioning staff, under the guidance of Michael P. Ericksen, MS, C.S.C.S., tailors a strength and conditioning program that matches the student-athletes' individual needs with the specific physical demands of their sport.
At the heart of Central's strength and conditioning program is the Michael S. Knapp Weight Training Center, located in Kaiser Hall, below Detrick Gymnasium. The physical elements of the Strength Center reflect the strength and conditioning philosophy.
The 4,000 square foot facility contains more than 15,000 pounds of weights and 12 Olympic lifting platforms with multi-purpose power racks. The room also includes dumbbells ranging from five to 170 pounds, selectorized machines and numerous pieces of cardiovascular equipment. A fully equipped plyometric training area is located just off the Strength Center.
Ericksen has been the Director of Sports Conditioning for Central Connecticut State University since 1997. He is a 2000 graduate of Central with a master's degree in physical education/exercise science. Ericksen is also a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist and holds a club coaching certificate from the United States Weightlifting Federation. He was a three-time captain of the rugby club at CCSU.
Ericksen directs the strength and conditioning programs for all of CCSU's 18 varsity sports. He is assisted by Michael Piper, BS, C.S.C.S.