Mission: Peddie's fitness center provides the entire community the opportunity to set and acheive their physical fitness goals by providing a motivational environment and creating and implementing high-performance programs all within a state-of-the-art facility. Strength and conditioning coach Mike Volkmar works with individuals, groups, coaches and teams to tailor programs to specific needs, monitor workouts and track progress.

Training Principles:
  • Progressive overload: The gradual increase in volume (reps x sets) and intensity (% of max) from workout to workout or week to week
  • Muscle regeneration: Allowing the body time to recover from exercise through one or more of the following: download weeks (low volume, low intensity weight training), post-workout and pre-game meals (high carbohydrate/moderate protein), foam rolling, pool mobility workouts, ice baths, hurdle mobility, and aerobic exercise (light bike riding or jogging)
  • Planned performance training: Alternating periods of progressive overload with muscle regeneration to maximize performance
  • Technique and assessment: In addition to teaching and stressing perfect technique, athletes are tested for muscle imbalances and, when necessary, corrective exercises are added to the personalized workout plan
  • Specificity: Individual profiles are created for each student-athlete, faculty/staff member in order to create a personalized workout plan. Profiles are based on discussions regarding training goals (i.e., Is the individual training for a specific sport (or specific sports), for general fitness, for specific performance and/or fitness goals?). Injury history is documented (with help from the Peddie athletic trainers when appropriate). In addition, all performance test scores are maintained and updated in the individual profile.
  • Training variety: When appropriate, the following advanced techniques are incorporated into workouts to keep individuals/teams engaged and excited about training:
    • Super sets: Alternate sets between two different exercises; super set opposing muscle groups or the same muscle group
    • Circuit training: Performing multiple exercises (6-10) with multiple pieces of equipment for a period of time or a number of reps in succession with minimal rest
    • Barbell complexes: A circuit using a fixed barbell weight and one space
    • Complex training: Performing a strength movement (i.e. box squat) with a power movement (i.e. squat jump) in a similar movement pattern. Also known as contrast training (i.e. a 10-yard sled push followed immediately with a 20-yard sprint)
    • Cluster sets: Short rest periods (10-20 seconds) between reps within one heavy set, allowing the athlete to lift additional reps of their 3RM or 5RM
  • Competition: Competition in the fitness center serves to increase the energy of individuals in the fitness center with workout challenges (i.e. sled races or tug-of-war), Keiser competitions (highest power score per exercise). A record board hanging in the fitness center increases awareness and enthusiasm for competition.
  • Balanced programming: All of the basic movements used in the gym and in daily life are incorporated into every workout (i.e. upper body pull (horizontal and vertical), upper body push (horizontal and vertical), lower body pull, lower body push, and core rotation and stabilization.

List of 1 members.

  • Michael Volkmar 

    Strength & Conditioning Coach
    The George Washington University - M.S.
    Le Moyne College - B.A.

Fitness Center Hours

For information about the use of the fitness center and our guest policy, please contact Mike Volkmar at mvolkmar@peddie.org.

Monday-Thursday: 6:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
6:00a.m.-2:00p.m.: open for staff, faculty, students, and alumni
2:00p.m.-6:00p.m.: PA class/athletic teams/faculty & staff
6:00p.m.-9:00p.m.: open for staff, faculty, students, and alumni
Friday: 6:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
6:00a.m.-2:00p.m.: open for staff, faculty, students, and alumni
2:00p.m.-6:00p.m.: PA class/athletic teams/faculty & staff

Saturday: 8:00 - 4:00 p.m. (please check for weekly updates)
8:00a.m.-4:00p.m.: staff, faculty, students and alumni

Sunday1:00 - 4:00 p.m.
1:00p.m.-4:00p.m.: staff, faculty, students and alumni
***Hours are subject to change.
201 South Main Street
Hightstown, NJ 08520-3349
Phone Number: 609-944-7500
Fax Number: 609-944-7901