Strength & Conditioning

Success in competition requires power, stamina and skill, but also resilience, grit and determination.These are built through strength and conditioning.

Our mission is to engage, educate and empower our student-athletes to develop skills that will translate to improved athletic performance and build a strong foundation for a lifetime of wellness.

The Blaine Center is utilized throughout the entire year. In-season teams and out-of-season student-athletes train multiple times each week under the supervision of nationally-certified strength and conditioning coaches. 

a high school football team works out in a strength and conditioning facility at penn charter

As part of Penn Charter's robust strength and conditioning program for Upper School students, Coach Estok and Coach Mal use use technology to enhance their practice and better support students. They orient younger students to the program, and are a top-choice destination for interns seeking experience to become a strength and conditioning coach. 

Visit The Blaine Center calendar for hours of operation and schedule of team visits.

Contact Strength and Conditioning Coaches John Estok or Mal Benard with questions.

girls high school team work out in a strength and conditioning facility at penn charter

John Estok
Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
215-844-3460 ext. 295

Strength and conditioning coach Michael Paesani stands in in a weight room with a PC fleece on.

Michael Paesani
Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach

Mal Benard
Associate Head Strength & Conditioning Coach
215-844-3460 ext. 150

Technology, Science and Athletics: The Connection to Movement

Project by John Estok, Alec Tressler, Eve Schwartz and Tim Clarke.

Project Description

1) Engaging students in the classroom is an important part of keeping them connected to learning. Using technology and connecting topics that they enjoy away from the classroom and help spark interest into curriculum that they may not previously have connected with. With the use of technology, we can re-envision future science curriculum to expand upon traditional principles, while engaging the students with topics that make learning fun and practical.

2) Athletic monitoring has become more popular in recent years, tracking movement patterns, movement quality, and total workload of athletes while practicing or playing games. With our students engaging in a rigorous college preparatory academic schedule, along with a number of different avenues in the arts and athletics, the physiological and physical stress can affect the students in detrimental ways. Catapult is an athlete monitoring system that tracks a multitude of metrics that paint the picture of the workload on the student’s body. Tracking these metrics can help to build more time and energy efficient practice plans to utilize our student’s time more efficiently.

Project results


In 2019, Penn Charter was awarded a Strength of America Award from the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

The award is given to schools that have "demonstrated excellence to teach, implement, and encourage safe and effective strength and conditioning programs."