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Directions From The Director

Plymouth State University

Kim Bownes is the Athletic Director at Plymouth State University, located along the Pemigewasset River on the edge of the White Mountains of New Hampshire. Formerly, she was the school’s Alpine Ski Coach winning numerous Eastern Regional Championships and qualified for the United States Collegiate Ski and Snowboard Association National Championships 20 of the 21 years she coached. Kim presides over an Athletic Department that has had a tremendous influence on the development of athletes Nationally.

The Panthers former athletes and coaches include; Don Brown former Head Coach at PSU and current Defensive Coordinator at the University of Michigan, Brandon Hourigan Head Strength Coach Wake Forest University, David Feeley Head Strength Coach Miami University, Ian Bures Assistant Strength Coach Notre Dame, Tom Barbeau Assistant Strength Coach Carolina Panthers, Ryan Bellerose Associate director of Strength & Conditioning of South Carolina, Jim McGuire Head Strength and Conditioning Coach Fitchburg State, Mike Gittleson former Head Strength Coach for the University of Michigan, John Thomas former Head Strength Coach of Penn State University and current Strength and Conditioning Coach for Plymouth State University and other exercise leaders across the USA.

Athletic Directors employ, schedule games and events, manage people, budgets, negotiate contracts and have numerous other responsibilities. As an AD these are all part of Kim Bownes daily workload – importantly she exemplifies the essence of athletics as she remains avid about fitness.  AD Bownes personally trains using the Burdenko Method, which she has since 1992.  Kim remains in great shape, active and injury free and shares with us some of the exercises she does for balance, coordination, flexibility, endurance, speed and strength.

Getting Strong in Plymouth




The bench press is performed in multiple ways; a variety of grip widths, feet up, feet on the floor, different speeds of movement, variable ranges of motion, various percentages of 1RM and more. All affect muscle activation during the pressing...

All Five Fingers

Using a Power Grip on the Pendulum Rope Pull The hand has its greatest gripping strength when utilizing a ‘power grip’, that is squeezing with all five fingers. When the thumb is negated, grip strength has the second greatest capability...

Hip Engagement 

There are an abundance of techniques utilized and taught to target the hips when squatting. Ankle, hip and thoracic mobility, posture, quad dominance, bar weight, bar height, stance and form adjustments are just a few of the things coaches address....