Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Athletes don't workout

Hello Everyone!

Athletes need to stop looking at their strength, speed, and power training as workouts. Athletes are not working out, athletes are TRAINING and PRACTICING their game-needed speed, strength, and power skills.

Athletes should be spending their time in the gym and weight room with the priority of, "how is this time going to help me play better and at a higher level?"
Developing vertical power, hip rotation, and proper athletic landings.
The training sessions at AGSP are designed to help athletes gain the speed moves, flexibility, range of motion, biomechanics, physics, strength and power that all great athletes have.
Getting faster laterally (side to side) improves your defensive skills.

Other programs like those in muscle magazines, rec centers, Crossfit and boot camps are great for general population and those looking to get healthy and fit. But Professional Sports teams and Division One Collegiate programs don't train their athletes with these programs, they train their athletes scientifically and specifically for the speed, strength, and power assets their athletes need to play their sport better.  (Remember people's jobs are on the line at these levels so they have to do exactly what will help their athletes win.) And that's what we do at AGSP, we equip our athletes with the same science-based approach.
Short hill sprints WITH resistance bands make you a faster, stronger runner. 
Being in the gym/weight room doesn't guarantee you're getting faster, stronger, and more powerful for your game.

When your athletic career is over, you can utilize other great workout programs like Crossfit or boot camps, but until then, TRAIN like the D1s and Pros!

Keep Training!
Coach Amanda Kephart and Akron General Sports Performance 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Get In

Hello Everyone!

If an athlete wants to get in the game, they first need to get in the training and preparation. High School Sports today are more competitive than ever. You don't play at the high school level today by accident. You play by effort, sweat, and getting in the work.

GETTING IN some core/ab work at Akron General Sports Performance.
Here are some things athletes have to GET IN before they can expect to get in the game:
  • GET IN the weight room! Your athletic career will end when everyone else is stronger than you. Don't let that happen when strength is a byproduct of your choices or lack there of, to get in the weight room.  

  • GET IN the speed training! Speed is king! Respect the king and learn how to get faster. Speed can be taught and coached! The top prospects never train alone, they find great coaches and get trained by them. 

  • GET IN the coach's office! It may be a surprise to you, but your coach actually knows a lot about your sport. When was the last time YOU asked to meet with them and talk shop? At the very least, you'll learn what your coach looks for in athletes. 

  • GET IN the classroom! One day your sports career will end, how much education will you have to fall back on is 100% up to you.

All of these GET INs can be done by any athlete that chooses to do them. Getting in the game is a choice. A choice to put the effort, sweat, and work into the GET INs that come before the game starts. 

Keep Training!
Coach Amanda Kephart and Akron General Sports Performance

Friday, May 1, 2015

Athlete Spotlight #77) Matthew Funtash

Hello Everyone!

Our 77th athlete has been one of the most consistent leaders we've had at AGSP. Like many successful athletes, he created a routine to follow and committed himself to that routine without fail. This simple, but powerful act of consistency...consistency to his routine, work ethic, leadership, timeliness, and great effort has led to powerful results. It's time to meet....

Athlete Name: Matthew Funtash
Sport(s): Golf
Position(s): N/A
School: Walsh Jesuit High School
Graduation Year: 2016
AGSP Athlete Since: Fall of 2014
Matt warming up with theraband medicine ball squats.

Favorite Professional Sports Team: N/A
Favorite Professional Athlete: Tiger Woods, Jordan Spieth, & Rickie Fowlen

Matt is one of the most focused athletes we've had at AGSP. Here he is doing a core exercise. 
Favorite Lift: Power Clean
Favorite Movement Skill: Acceleration 

When I am not training at AGSP, I am:Playing golf.
What are your short-term goals? Winning a state championship for golf this fall, 2015. 
What are your long-term goals?
 Playing in college. 
How has AGSP impacted your performance as an athlete? AGSP has impacted my golf performance by gaining more distance, don't get tired as quickly anymore. I have become more flexible and just overall feel better when I am playing. 

Check out some video of Matt in action at AGSP!

Keep Training! 
Coach Amanda Kephart and Akron General Sports Performance