Strength & Conditioning

Jeff Crelling, Director of Strength
& Conditioning
(818) 677-6359

Jeff Crelling joined the Cal State Northridge strength and conditioning staff in November, 2010, as the Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Crelling develops and implements the training programs for women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, men's volleyball, and women's tennis.

Prior to joining Cal State Northridge, Crelling was an assistant strength and conditioning coach at the University of California, Davis, where he developed speed, strength and conditioning programs for five NCAA Division I teams.

Crelling received his Masters degree in physical education from the University of Nebraska (Omaha) where he served as a graduate assistant strength and conditioning coach, and received his Bachelors degree in Exercise Science from Virginia Commonwealth University where he served his internship for two years.

Crelling holds his strength and conditioning specialist certification from the National Strength and Conditioning Association, and his USA weightlifting certification.

John Lockwood, Assistant Strength
& Conditioning Coach
(818) 677-6359

John Lockwood joined the Cal State Northridge staff as an Assistant Strength & Conditioning Coach in November 2013 after working at Eastern Washington University as a Graduate Assistant Athletic Performance Coach, where he was responsible for training the track & field and football programs. At CSUN, he will work with the baseball, cross country, women's soccer, men's and women's volleyball and women's water polo programs.

Prior to his time with Eastern Washington, Lockwood spent three academic semesters as an Undergraduate Assistant at Monmouth University primarily with the men's golf team. While at Monmouth, he also assisted with the football and men's soccer teams, and men's and women's throwers.

In addition, Lockwood spent the summer of 2012 as an intern at UCLA assisting with the design and implementation of the men's basketball training program.

Lockwood holds multiple certifications, most recently becoming a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) in April 2013. He earned his bachelor's degree in Science, Health and Physical Education from Monmouth University in 2013 and played football for the Hawks from 2009 to 2011.

Cal State Northridge Athletic Performance Center

Facility Description
The California State University Northridge Athletic Performance Training Facility is located in Redwood Hall adjacent to The Matadome. The 3,500 square foot facility includes 7,500 pounds of free weight, including bumper plates and urethane barbell plates. The weight room also houses 2,500 pounds of dumbells.
The training center includes ten state of the art Power-Lift Olympic Weightlifting platforms, ten Power-Lift multidimensional half racks with lever action benches. The facility also contains a selection of other training modalities such as medicine balls, stability balls, plyometric boxes and hurdles, flex resistance bands, slide boards and jump ropes.
Training Philosophy
The training programs designed by the Strength and Conditioning staff at California State University Northridge cover all facets of speed, agility, strength, conditioning, and joint flexibility. Each training program is based upon the development of functional strength and explosive power using Olympic Weightlifting (i.e. Snatch, Clean & Jerk) and other free weight movements that help prepare student-athletes for the rigors of athletic competition.
The goal of the Strength and Conditioning staff at California State University Northridge is to foster a positive training environment that will provide each student-athlete the opportunity to reach their athletic potential. The true success of any strength and conditioning program is in the design and implementation. We believe it is necessary to educate and motivate student-athletes about the importance of a multi-faceted strength and conditioning program. Experience has shown that better educated student-athletes are likely to train harder and smarter. The Matador training experience encourages competition, accountability, and self-discipline.