Strength & Conditioning
Entering his second year as Director of Strength and Conditioning is Todd Wohlfeil, where he will be responsible for the development, implementation, progression, and oversight of comprehensive sports-specific strength and conditioning programs for Oakland’s 18 varsity sports. A National Academy of Sports Medicine Performance Enhancement Specialist (NASM-PES), Wohlfeil obtained his B.S. in Health Science from Oakland in 2005, and will receive his Doctorate in Physical Therapy (DPT) from Oakland in December 2009.
No stranger to the Oakland University community, Wohlfeil has served as OU’s Strength and Conditioning coach in a graduate assistant position for the past three years, where he oversaw the development, implementation, and monitoring of the strength and conditioning program at OU; while also educating student-athletes about nutrition and supplements and also communicating with the athletic training staff to ensure the safety of every student-athlete.
Wohlfeil has also served as an anatomy teaching assistant at OU, educating physical therapy students in the art of cadaver dissection as it relates to musculoskeletal and neurological anatomy, and creating study materials to assist physical therapy students in the retention of facts related to human anatomy and physiology.
While a student at OU, Wohlfeil worked as an exercise specialist with The Recovery Project in Livonia, Mich., developing and implementing strength and conditioning programs for spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury patients.
In addition to the graduate assistant role Wohlfeil has played at Oakland over the past few years, he also brings seven years of experience as a personal trainer, having worked with several individual clients since 2003.
The number one objective of the Oakland University Strength and Conditioning Program is to achieve the maximal level of performance of each student-athlete while reducing the occurrence of athletic injuries through a sport specific program that is designed and administered by a member of the Oakland staff.
Training programs are designed to increase an athlete’s strength, speed, agility, flexibility, conditioning and explosiveness, all important components in the developing a highly-skilled collegiate athlete.
With the assistance of Beaumont Hospital and the OU H.E.A.L.S (Healthy, Eating and Living Support Team) program, the strength staff is able to individualize each athlete’s workout in order to achieve optimal results. The Oakland University program provides workouts with periodization and a wide range of exercises to push the athlete in each workout.
The Oakland University Strength and Conditioning staff challenges each athlete to bring an attitude of hard work, accountability and total effort to each workout so that the athlete will improve both physically and mentally.
Oakland University boasts one of the top weight rooms in The Summit League under the direction of strength and conditioning coach Todd Wohlfeil, who takes over as director this year after serving three seasons as a graduate assistant.
The Athletics Weight Room was designed and constructed as part of the Athletics Center in 1998. It was constructed for use by Oakland University's 18 Division I varsity teams. The 3,500 square foot weight room features a cardiovascular fitness area equipped with Star Trac equipment, Hammer Strength weight machines and free weights. The cardiovascular fitness area includes a Cardio-Theater, Star Trac treadmills, upright and recumbent stationary bikes and a Stairmaster Step Mill.
Thirty-three Hammer Strength plate loaded machines, four Wynmor Husker racks, two Wynmor Power racks, a Smith machine, a dual adjustable pulley machine and a Stairmaster Gravitron are available to meet the strength training needs of Oakland University's athletes. In total, the Oakland University Athletics Center Weight Room holds over seven tons of plates and free weights. The weight room also features a custom made Olympic Lift Platform, plyometric boxes and a Verti-Max jump Training system.