Nearly every athlete we train at Max Performance plays for a select or club sports team. And it’s not limited to any one sport. Baseball, basketball, volleyball, soccer, softball, hockey, and lacrosse athletes all do it. And unfortunately, many of these kids are not becoming better athletes – let alone becoming better at their chosen sport.
When we ask them about their club game, practice, and training schedules there is almost no mention of training. Lots of practice. Even more games.
Wait a minute. Mom and Dad are shelling out hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to develop you as an athlete and your “elite” travel team does nothing to develop your strength and conditioning? That doesn’t make much sense.
Listen, I’m all for working on skill development. You cannot become a better lacrosse or basketball player without working on your craft. But, when do you get a chance to become stronger, faster, and more mobile?
There is always this fun remark: “Our coaches condition us at the end of practice. We ran 15 sprints the other night and my legs are dead.”
Welcome to glorified babysitting.
Anyone can make someone else tired. That’s not training. Why do club coaches think this is appropriate? I do not know the exact answer, but my experience tells me it could be because of a number of reasons: lack of knowledge, laziness, or both. Enough already!!!
Every athlete needs to develop a good foundation of strength, power, mobility, flexibility, and stability. The funny thing is, every opportunity that Max Performance has taken to reach out to local coaches has been met with resistance or just plain lack of interest. Sounds like some “clubs” are just more interested in raking in a few dollars instead of actually developing their athletes. And yet, the number of kids enrolling in these teams and clubs continues to grow.
The athletes Max Performance trains have come to us either on their own, or because they have been referred by another athlete we train. They see the light. Is it a coincidence that the athletes that train with us are the ones turning heads at practice? Our volleyball players are jumping higher, our soccer players are running circles around their counterparts, and our baseball players are throwing and hitting harder. Our athletes have built up a ton of power, strength, stamina, and speed. And it shows!
And guess what? More and more Colorado athletes are beginning to catch on.
So if you are a “select” player (or the parent of a select player) who is missing a true strength and conditioning program, and you are ready to take your athletic development seriously, contact us today. Our summer program is just around the corner and training spots are filling up fast.
There’s nothing more important to an athlete’s development than his or her strength and conditioning program. And for the high school athlete, the best time of year to work on strength, speed, power, and quickness is during the summer. Look no further this summer than Max Performance.
Max Performance is happy to announce special pricing for Summer 2013. Our normal month-to-month pay structure will still be in place, but for those athletes that know they will be training in both June and July, we have a great way to save a few bucks on training this summer.
Pay for both June and July training before May 1st to enjoy the biggest savings. For those who do not wish to commit to two months as early, you still receive a great deal by paying before June 1st. Once June begins, the deals are gone.
Max Performance athletes will be able to schedule training sessions 8 AM – 4:30 PM, Monday through Thursday. So here’s a breakdown of available training times:
Remember, summer is one of the best opportunities for high school athletes to really improve physically. Don’t step back on campus next fall the same athlete you were when summer started. Train to be stronger. Train to be faster. Train to be more powerful. Train with Max Performance.
It’s the best time of year. Your season is about to start, and you have spent the last few months gradually building up your training intensity to prepare your body for the demands of the season. But, with the first practice or game of the new season comes a bad habit among many at the high school level. The season starts and training stops. Not continuing with your training can only hurt what you have worked so hard to build up. So, let’s talk about finding the time and developing the right approach to stay on track and never miss a training session.
Listen, in-season training is important. If you expect to maintain your off-season gains, maximize your recovery, and reduce your risk of injury, you have to train during the season. Professional and collegiate athletes have much more demanding schedules than high school athletes and they still find time to perform their strength training. If the best athletes in the world train in-season, then why wouldn’t a high school athlete who desires to play at the next level?
For the high school athlete who plays 2-3 games per week, there should be no problem finding time for the weight room. Just 30 minutes once or twice a week can make a difference over a relatively short high school season.
Finding the right day will be important. Typically, there should be a day or two between games, so one of the best times to train is after a game. This will give you plenty of time to recover before the next game. For the same reason, another great time to train would be the day before an off day. You should be training at least two times per week – at the very least one time a week. Your needs and schedule may be different. So, take a look at your schedule and adjust accordingly.
Should your training in-season be the same as your off-season and pre-season training? NO! We know the high school season can be demanding on your body. But, you need to be at your physical best to play in competition. Training at an off-season volume will only cause you to be sore and fatigued come game time. Furthermore, you need to stay healthy. Missing games are never fun, and staying on the injured list is the most effective way to miss games. With in-season training, intensity should stay relatively high while your volume should be significantly lower than your off-season training program.
A few things to consider:
Remember, every athlete will be different. Some sports may have more needs to consider than others.. Freshman and JV players may be able add a little more volume compared to varsity athletes. Your schedule may only allow for one day of strength training. Whatever it may be, just be smart and use your head. Your primary goal is to play. If fatigue and soreness creep up, then you may need to tone down the strength portion of your workouts and focus more on pre-hab, mobility, and foam rolling.