Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Athlete Spotlighting #12) Nick Gratto

Hello Everyone!

Our 12th Athlete Spotlight could have easily been our 1st because he has been training with some of AGSP's staff since before he was in high school! Now a senior, this athlete leads by example, effort, and commitment. Focus is never a question. His attention to detail and willingness to help others make him not only a great teammate, but a great role model. It is time for you to meet...

Athlete Name: Nick Gratto

Sport(s): Baseball, Soccer
Shortstop/Pitcher, Goal Keeper

Kenston High School

Graduation Year: 2011
AGSP Athlete Since:
(at AGSP, with some of the staff before AGSP opened)

Favorite Professional Sports Team: Minnesota Vikings
Favorite Professional Athlete: Gianluigi Buffon

Favorite Lift: Overhead Squats
Favorite Movement Skill:
Running with the harness

When I am not training at AGSP, I am: Practicing or doing homework.
What are your short-term goals? To play varsity baseball or soccer at a top-tier academic university
What are your long-term goals?
To earn an MBA and pursue a career in business.

How has AGSP impacted you performance as an athlete?
I have noticed an incredible improvement in overall athleticism, including increased flexibility, durability and strength, making me stronger and more powerful.


Keep Training!
Coach Amanda Kephart

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Endurance Running Analysis & Correction Clinic

Hello Everyone!

This Saturday we will be holding our 3rd Endurance Running Analysis & Correction Clinic. We got rave reviews from our earlier clinics, such as:

"Hi Coach Amanda, I LOVED the clinic you put on yesterday, and I really learned a LOT." - Gale C.

"First, thank you for a great session on Saturday. I thought it was extremely informative and a heck of a deal for the cost! It's easy to get into certain habits but this clinic helped me realize that I need to take the time to stretch, strength train, and do things like the foam roller to not just be a better runner but be able to keep running. It was a lot of information but I liked the fact that you kept it pretty simple and focusing on doing what you can. I appreciated all your time and effort you spent with us."
- Jennifer P.

Spots are limited for this small group clinic that includes video analysis and skills each runner can use to help improve their current form.

Endurance Running Analysis & Correction Clinic
Have our Certified Coaches analyze and correct your running
Adults that participate in races from 5K to Iron-Mans!.
Upon completion of the clinic each participant will have the ability to:
- Understand biomechanically correct running form
- Identify improper running techniques and how to correct them
- Utilize running skills and drills to address and improve technique
- Understand the value of proper strength training and its affect on performance
- Participants will be videotaped at both the beginning and end of the course, this will be reviewed by the coach
- Individual "homework" will be provided to each participant, focusing on his/her specific running mechanics (unlike other running services, you will be empowered with abilities to improve yourself, not dependent on additional services/fees!)
Clinic will last 3 hours
8 participants per clinic
Cost: $30/sports performance members, $40/non-members
10am – 1pm
Saturday, January 8
4300 Allen Road, Stow, Oh 44313 (immediate left as you enter)
Call the reservation line at: 330-945-3150 to reserve your spot! Limit is 8!

Email questions to:
Amanda Kephart MS, CSCS, USAW Club Coach
Head Sports Performance Coach
Akron General Health and Wellness- North
Email: akephart@agmc.org