Take a look behind Purdue's strength and conditioning efforts
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Bonhotal’s philosophy centers on increasing general strength and stability, while also removing limitations, deficiencies and imbalances. By doing so, he can focus on the development of strength, power and speed.
He also seeks to increase each student-athlete’s motor vocabulary in order to provide the framework for Purdue’s coaches can work to improve a player’s basketball-specific skill set. He views training as a four-year process constantly guided by short-term goals and the desire to significantly increase a player’s athletic efficiency and durability on the court.
Bonhotal played a critical role in the development of 2017 All-American Caleb Swanigan, helping Swanigan cut weight while developing improved quickness and explosiveness. Swanigan lost over 20 pounds from his arrival date to his selection in the NBA Draft.
Prior to his arrival at Purdue, Bonhotal spent nearly three years with the Chicago Bulls as an assistant strength and conditioning coach. Bonhotal’s duties with the Bulls included coaching athletes through all aspects of the strength and conditioning program, traveling with the team to manage player workouts and lead warm-ups, testing and evaluating NBA Draft prospects and coordinating recovery protocols. Bonhotal also served as a strength and conditioning intern with the Bulls following his graduation from the University of Wisconsin in 2006 with a degree in kinesiology.
Bonhotal’s additional work experience includes a stint as strength and conditioning coach at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning in Winchester, Mass., and a sports performance internship at the International Performance Institute in Bradenton, Fla.
He worked in the UW sports conditioning department as a student assistant while pursuing his undergraduate degree, while also founding Get In the Game Sports Performance and serving as its director from 2004-07.
Bonhotal is an NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, and is also a certified Heartsaver AED through the American Heart Association.
He received a Master of Exercise Science degree from Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia, in December of 2011.