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Pleasant Hills sports performance training facility undergoes expansion, renovations

Strength, Fitness and Speed in Pleasant Hills has been undergoing renovations and improvements while doubling its size in the Hosmer Supply Industrial Park.

The current 2,400 square-foot training room will be connected to a new 2,400 square foot facility, creating a permanent home for a basketball hoop and baseball batting cage.

A 25-yard, four-lane stretch of turf will be added for workouts, and a pro shop and lobby area will complement the area.

“The expansion and improvements will enable athletes and adults to utilize plenty of room during our busiest seasons,” Ed Wietholder, SFAS president, said. “These upgrades will help our staff provide a perfect combination of skills training to go with physical performance. We will be having both the physical and skills components being trained onsite.”

Wietholder is a certified sports strength and conditioning specialist who has been involved in sports performance training for more than 30 years. He has made SFAS a leading provider of such training since 1998, and also operates SFAS East in the Monroeville Sports Center, SFAS Southeast in Elizabeth and SFAS Latrobe.

“At Pleasant Hills, the areas will now have more of a strength wing and movement training wing to them,” Wietholder said. “There is much more room, double the size, and athletes really can specialize their training.”

SFAS also will offer baseball hitting instruction by Chris Winkler, former WPIAL standout and a current St. Vincent College baseball player.

Winkler has played for the Diamond Dawgs in Pittsburgh, and was the shortstop on the 2013 WPIAL champion South Park High School team. He led the WPIAL in RBIs in 2013.

Additionally, baseball teams may utilize the SFAS facilities to train, as well as utilizing the batting cage.

“During these sessions, we will focus on the field specific aspects of speed such as lateral quickness for middle infielders, out-of-the-box speed, breaking-on-the-ball speed and first-step quickness,” Wietholder said. “We can also focus on the 60-yard dash start and performance, and rotational core power for enhanced bat speed.

“Regarding the throwing arm, exercises that target the rotator cuff will be utilized. Scapular strength and stability will be addressed. Since the bicep also plays a role in stabilizing this joint, it too will be strengthened.”

Among the success stories of athletes who went through the Strength, Fitness and Speed program is Dom DeCicco, a Thomas Jefferson High School product who went to play at Pitt and in the NFL.

DeCicco, 26, is a 6-foot-4, 230-pound linebacker currently on the Minnesota Vikings’ reserve/injury list.

Strength, Fitness and Speed also measures its success in the number of athletes of all ages who have reached various milestones — such as increasing their vertical leap or shaving seconds off their 40-yard dash time, or increasing their bench press.

“This is an exciting time,” Wietholder said. “We’ve made the expansion and renovations with our athletes in mind. The changes will have a great impact.”

SFAS East in Monroeville, which opened in May 2012, also has expanded to 2,500 square feet, nearly doubling in size.

For questions, contact Wietholder at [email protected] or by calling 412-653-7970.

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