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Student-athletes at South Hardin High School utilize the practice facility outside to do drills and other workouts. It's a good way for them to stay six feet apart as well as be outside.

After a three and a half month layoff, the Iowa High School Athletic Association and the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union gave the go ahead for schools to open their weight rooms to athletes – bringing back some normalcy to a summer that had been anything but typical.

Though athletes and their coaches have been allowed to get back to lifting programs, they were not without new rules and regulations. In order to keep the athletes safe and limit the spread of COVID-19 schools broke into smaller lifting groups, instilled more regimented cleaning and found new and creative ways to get their student-athletes in shape for whatever the next athletic competition will be.

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The biggest thing when it came to returning to the weight room was cleaning. After each use, athletes and coaches sanitize all of the equipment used.

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Each school breaks the groups down into smaller pods to workout. Ryan Walters, a South Hardin freshman, participates in one of the drills with his group. Each group is 10 kids and they go from station-to-station and are asked to not intermix to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

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When students are not able to social distance - like when spotting - AGWSR coaches have them wearing a mask.

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