It's only mid-morning, but a loud hip-hop beat is already pulsating from the gym's speakers, as the athletes in the nearly full gym nod along mostly silently as they lift and stretch.
Then a beaming Jeff Dillman blasts through the front doors of the Athletic & Personal Development program.
"C'mon, baby," he booms, somehow rising above the music's decibel level. "Let's get it done!"
He stops at the very first station and corrects the form of a basketball player doing squats, giving sincere encouragement when the player gets it right. A human ball of frenetic energy, he then turns to talk to an IMG Academy Athletic & Personal Development programsstaff member.
"Do you know how many square feet this gym is?"
"10,000 square feet," the staffer correctly responded.
"Do you know how many total pounds of weight we have in here?"
"Yeah, well, we just got some new weights..."
"You've gotta know that, baby!"
With a joking smile, Dillman - IPI's new head of physical conditioning - bounds off to work with another IMG Academy athlete.
"Hard work beats talent when talent's not working."
Born and raised in Rockingham, NC, Dillman played football and baseball at Richmond Senior High and was forever influenced by the energy and motivational tactics used by the school's strength coach.
Dillman went to in-state Elon College, where he played on the defensive line as a freshman before having to put his football career on hold due to a staph infection and subsequent 50-pound weight loss. Due to the class time lost, Dillman eventually transferred to a community college before enrolling at Appalachian State University, where he played his last year of eligible football.
After getting a bachelor's degree in exercise science, Dillman went to graduate school at the University of Louisiana at Monroe, where staff changes left him as an assistant coach for strength and conditioning while he took classes.
He worked with swimmers, divers, tennis players... basically every athlete on campus.
"I was a grinder," he said. "I worked hard and had a lot of fire all day long."
"If you come in with a negative attitude, it just takes over. If you come in with a positive attitude, it trickles down to everyone else."
With a strong recommendation from the head strength and conditioning coach at UL-Monroe, Dillman accepted a grad student position at LSU in 2003. Soon a full-time spot opened, and Dillman accepted.
In the next two years, Dillman helped LSU teams to achievements like Final Four appearances for the men's and women's basketball team, College World Series trip for the baseball team, and an SEC title for the football team.
In 2006, the position of head strength and conditioning coach opened at Appalachian State, and Dillman returned to his alma mater.
That year, a skinny, but immensely talented freshman quarterback named Armanti Edwards also arrived at App State.
"I define athleticism as if you give an athlete something, not only do they pick it up quickly, but they make it look easy," Dillman said. "Armanti Edwards makes things look easy."
Two years and 30 pounds of muscle later, Edwards - under the physical tutelage of Dillman - brought two straight Division I-AA national championships to the school. The second year's feats included the defeat of Michigan, an upset many experts consider one of the largest in college football history.
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"Make a good day a great day"
Coming from the legendary coaching tree of Tom Moffitt, the strength and conditioning coach at LSU, Dillman already appealed to IMG Academy Athletic & Personal Development programsdirector Trevor Moawad. A solid recommendation from former LSU and current Florida State offensive coordinator Jimbo Fisher only helped.
"Jeff's a natural leader with charisma and a strong pedigree," Moawad said. "We are getting a true talent who is ready to continue the legacy of exceptional IMG Academy Athletic & Personal Development programscoaches."
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For Dillman, it's not only about increasing the strength and agility of IMG Academy Athletic & Personal Development programsathletes, but teaching them what makes a healthy lifestyle.
"We want to push the kids to the extreme, but in a smart way," Dillman said. "Ultimately, their well-being is the most important thing. The more you educate kids right now, the healthier they'll be in the future."
Dillman says physical conditioning isn't a complicated as many people make it. He says it's reliant on knowing simply how hard to train and when. Informing juniors on how to get and stay healthy is more important than ever.
"People used to think that if you take a 300-pound kid, just tell him to run five miles," Dillman said. "But if you don't change the structure of how the kid is eating and living and resting, then all he is a 300-pound kid who can run five miles.
"That's what makes IMG Academy the total package. You have the athletics, the physical training, the mental conditioning, the nutrition classes, the communication training, the school, the dorms, and everything on one campus."