Video: How one small college builds mental toughness
When Mike Hallett was hired at Heidelberg seven seasons ago, he brought with him a workout idea aimed at building team camaraderie and developing a "secret identity" among players.
What started off as a completely voluntary workout to kick off spring ball has evolved into a badge of honor and pride for the players. As you can see in the clip, the 6am workouts has also turned into a fun stage to see who can show up with the best face paint.
As one coach explained to us, the workouts help them develop the mindset of being "a Hulk on the field, and Bruce Banner in the classroom and community." At the beginning of fall camp the staff gives give out a helmet sticker to the players that finished all three days of the workouts. That sticker helps to aim the freshman towards the players worth following.
Take a look at these workouts. Coaches told us that without these workouts, they wouldn't have had a chance to win the games that they have over the past few seasons in the ultra competitive Ohio Athletic Conference (17 wins over the past two seasons).
Keep in mind, these are voluntary. In order to battle your way to the top of a league as strong as the OAC, you've got to have these types of guys on your roster.