Strength and Conditioning

Mission Statement

The overall mission of the Beaver Strength and Conditioning staff is to improve athletic performance while reducing the risk of injury.

The Beaver strength and conditioning staff will accomplish this by implementing evidence based programming in a safe environment. The Beaver strength and conditioning program gives student athletes this opportunity by emphasizing sport specific programs focused on injury prevention, functional strength, speed, agility, power, endurance, mobility and recovery.

Beaver Hockey Weight Room



The Beaver Hockey Weight room is home to both Men’s and Women’s Hockey and has been since the Sanford Center was built in 2010.  Besides having a great view with floor to ceiling windows, this weight room also features four double-sided racks with four platforms, four Keiser Pneumatic Functional Trainers, eight sets of Powerblock dumbbells, ten Keiser Bikes, two treadmills, and an elliptical.  The weight room also features a 20-yard section of turf.  Other equipment used in training include kettlebells, bands, chains, med. balls, Swiss balls, boxes, USSR incline boxes, glute ham. racks, landmine anchors, TRX straps, ropes, SS Yoke Bars, Hex. Bars, and slider boards.

John Glas Weight Room



The John Glas Weight room is home for 12 of the 14 teams at BSU and sees over 700 athletes cumulatively per week.  Main features of the weight room are five racks, five platforms, four benches, and four glute-ham. racks.  Recent equipment upgrades include a brand new set of dumbbells from 5 lb. pairs up to 125 lb. pairs, four Legend Fitness Glute-Ham. Racks, five 350 lb. sets of Olympic bumper plates, bars, and plate racks, five SS Yoke Bars, five Hex. Bars, five TRX Straps, ropes, and a brand new stereo.  Other equipment used in training include med. balls, Swiss balls, bands, chains, boxes, and belts.

Strength and Conditioning Staff

Mike Lewis - Director of Strength and Conditioning

Mike is in his first year as the Director of Strength and Conditioning at Bemidji State University.  Prior to accepting this position, he spent two years as the graduate assistant for strength and conditioning at Bemidji State University.  Before going to Bemidji State, Mike completed his undergraduate degree in kinesiology-sport and exercise science with a minor in Coaching at the University of Minnesota where upon graduation in 2011, he interned with Gopher Strength, working with all varsity sports teams.  While attending the U of M, Mike was coaching football at Minnetonka High School along with assisting in their strength and conditioning program.  Mike also has spent some time working at two different sports performance centers, 1st Athlete and Velocity, where he gained experience working with a variety of teams and athletes ranging from youth to professional.

Mike has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist since 2011 and a member of the NSCA since 2010.

Cory Anderson - Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach

Cory is in his first year as Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach and also takes on the role of Compliance Assistant for Beaver Sports. At BSU, Cory is in charge of Baseball, Softball, Tennis, and Men’s and Women’s Golf.

Prior to arriving in Bemidji, Cory was a Graduate Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. While at Midwestern State, Cory was in charge of implementing strength and speed programs for Volleyball, Women’s Basketball, and Men’s and Women’s Tennis. Cory also assisted with Football and was in charge of Midwestern States internship program and also received his second M.Ed. in Sport Administration.

Prior to his time at Midwestern State, Cory was the Bloomington Kennedy High School’s first Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. While at Bloomington Kennedy, Cory led the efforts for redesigning a new weight room for Kennedy’s student athletes. Cory graduated from the University of Minnesota with a M.Ed. in Applied Kinesiology from 2013 to 2014 where he also interned with the Gophers Olympic Strength and Conditioning staff in the spring. Cory also brings experience from a summer internship with the North Dakota State University Bison after completing a summer internship with Bison Football in 2012. Cory Graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota in 2013 with a bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science where he also played Linebacker for the Gusties.

Cory has been a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association since 2014.

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