Stephenville High School athletes have been hard at work this summer, taking part in a new workout program that pushes them to be the best they can be.

The program, Performance Course, is known for combining sound, proven strength and conditioning principles with the latest methodologies to give those who participate a top athletic performance program.

"Obviously athletics, not just football, is always changing," said Stephenville ISD athletic director and head football coach Joseph Gillespie. "We've always done the summer program ourselves in the past, but we were so regulated by the UIL. This program isn't regulated by the UIL, the athletes can go all summer, every day of the week as long they want to."

Performance Course has an impressive resume, being used by other top programs in the state of Texas including Allen, Southlake Carroll, Aledo and Austin Westlake.

"It's going to be a great program for our kids," Gillespie said. "It's different from what we did originally. They don't just do strength and conditioning, but they also focus on nutrition and how the kids should fuel their body correctly."

The change also allows the program to focus on male and female performance.

"When the coaches originally conducted the summer strength and conditioning, it was football coaches running it, so 99.9% of our participation was football players," Gillespie said. "Last year was the first time we had females participating and we only had five or six. They loved what we did but they had to workout with the football players. Now we have 100 girls going at it and it's girls working out with other girls. It caters to their needs and not football players."

Stephenville athletes will continue to participate in Performance Course through July 25.