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2009 BFS High School of the Year
Aztec High School wins BFS's Prestigious Award

Published: November/December 2009

"We encourage our kids to play as many sports as they can, and if they are not playing a sport, we want them to continue lifting with the BFS program." Hirsch says that all their athletes lift in-season, with some coming in as early as five in the morning to train, and also in the summer. And it’s not just football players who lift in the summer. "We'll have cheerleaders, soccer players, basketball players…. Pretty much every sport is represented in the summer program."

Aztec High School first implemented the BFS program in 2003, primarily with the football team. That first year they were in the state championship game, and the football team’s success inspired other teams to get with the program. "Prior to 2003 we saw that our weight training program was not going in the direction we needed it to be at – athletes were coming in and doing their own thing. In 2002 one of our physical education instructors saw that the BFS program had the type of structure we needed and suggested we give it a try," says Hirsch.

The assistant superintendent, Kirk Carpenter, agreed, and with the help of the booster club got the funding to purchase some BFS equipment and educational materials. “Every year we’ve been upgrading the program.” Case in point: This summer the weightroom went completely BFS, replacing several old machines that got little use with more power racks, barbells, bumpers, and a special section devoted to auxiliary lifts. And the weightroom staff has increased: In addition to Hirsch, the primary weightroom coaches are Anna Straus and Mike Felicetti.

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