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Robert Stiner talks Trojans strength and conditioning

USC has been giving glimpses at the winter strength and conditioning program under new Director of Football Sports Performance Robert Stiner. On Thursday, USC released a video with Stiner talking about his approach and what he expects of players in the program.

Here are all the quotes from Stiner in the video:

“It didn’t take long to really understand the standard that has been set by Coach Helton. One, being faith, family, football. But taking it the next step into being tough, disciplined and accountable.

We have an effort-based program that focuses on the development of mental and physical toughness.

Our goal as a strength staff is to make sure that when the guys step into the weight room, that it’s positive energy. There’s constant coaching, whether they’re being coached on the rep with technique, or they’re being coached on effort.

With our competitive offseason program, we try to make sure that we’re competing in everything. They’re competing in the classroom. They’re competing to make sure they’re on time to meetings. All those things go into the collaborative picture of development and discipline. Toughness isn’t just about how much pain I can endure on a day-to-day basis. Toughness is being where you’re supposed to be when you’re supposed to be there. Doing the small things. The effort it takes on a day-to-day basis to be great. Those things aren’t easy.

We know that if we’re invested in our student-athletes and developing them as men, the athletic side is going to take care of itself. We want to make sure that as a staff, that we leave no stone unturned when it comes to the development of our kids. Everything from movement analysis, to flexibility and mobility, strength development, power development, speed and endurance, agility, conditioning, we want to make sure that we’re on the forefront of all the scientific-based research to ensure that these guys are being put in an appropriate position to be successful.”

Stiner takes over as the lead strength and conditioning coach from Aaron Ausmus, who was brought in during the spring of 2019. Stiner came to USC from Notre Dame, where he spent three years as the assistant director of football strength and conditioning.

Some of the previous conditioning videos since Stiner took over.

Erik McKinney

Erik McKinney began writing for WeAreSC in 2004, during his junior year at USC, covering the Trojans football team and recruiting. He then moved on to ESPN.com in 2011, where he served as the West Region recruiting reporter and then the Pac-12 recruiting reporter. He took over as publisher of WeAreSC in January, 2019.

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