Standard Operating Procedure
IRON CRIMSON STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES
- The Palmer Dixon Strength and Conditioning Center is for
Harvard University Varsity Athletes, athletic department staff and
- Every Varsity Athlete must go through the Strength and
Conditioning Orientation before they may train in the facility.
- The only Strength and Conditioning Programs allowed are those
designed and implemented by the Harvard University Strength and
- This is Iron Crimson Country; no other College or University
apparel is allowed.
- All teams with issue gear must wear it when strength and
- No jewelry, hats or other head covers allowed.
- Sleeves must be on T Shirts.
- Appropriate athletic training shoe required at all times.
- No food; including gum allowed in Palmer Dixon.
- Absolutely no tobacco or alcohol products at any time in this
- Music will controlled by strength staff only and must be
- Headphones are only allowed in the machine conditioning
- It is the athletes' responsibility to ensure proper nutrition,
hydration and rest both prior to and following each strength and
conditioning session in order to ensure training progress. Each
athlete should bring, fill and use her/his own water bottle to stay
hydrated during training. This will ensure a strong finish to the
- Teams and their athletes will arrive to Palmer Dixon at least 5
minutes before their scheduled strength and conditioning session
start time in order to fill out their cards and prepare themselves
and their stations.
- Athletes must fill out lifting cards completely. Fill in all
weights used and indicate the number of reps achieved on every set.
Good record keeping helps a great deal in long term
- All training begins with a proper warm-up usually involving but
not limited to self-administered massage rollers, footwork ladders
and dynamic flexibility. The training session will end with static
stretching. The team's Head Strength Coach will decide the exact
protocols for all warm-ups and flexibility.
- Athletes will follow the order of the program. The exercises
are set-up so that all explosive movements are done first, with the
major compound lifts following them. The assistance movements are
always the last exercises done. This will allow the athlete to have
maximal strength and energy for the major lifts.
- Only excellent technique in all training movements will be
tolerated. This means always having control of the barbell or
dumbbells. Focus and effort is critical in performing excellent
- Athletes must follow the cycled % poundage exactly as
prescribed for the core lifts. This progression is designed for
maximal improvement and peak strength levels right at the
conclusion of the training cycle. Percentage charts are located on
the walls of the facility.
- Only successful reps allowed! Upon failing a rep, the athlete
must rack the weight and lower the poundage for the next set.
Spotters must help rack the weight if failure takes place. No
forced reps allowed. This can cause excessive micro tears to the
muscle fibers and can actually make the athlete weaker.
- SAFE lifting environment. This means having competent spotters,
using collars on free weight lifts, and keeping plates off the
- Athletes will put back all equipment in the correct
- Everyone will sanitize the area where they trained.
- No assistive equipment allowed.
- Failure to follow the facility rules or 3 unexcused training
session misses will result in an athletes' indefinite suspension
from the Strength and Conditioning Program.
- When entering Palmer Dixon, be prepared to train. Wear
appropriate clothing, have your shoes tied, and be mentally
prepared to improve. Only 100% effort is acceptable.
- Be respectful of the Strength and conditioning Staff, athletes
and the facility. Remember training with Harvard Strength and
Conditioning is a privilege.
- Remember; Harvard Strength and Conditioning is here to help each athlete maximize their potential.