Reminder: Fall Athlete Training Starts September 3!
It’s not surprising to walk into any gym or health club and see groups of teenagers workout out. Especially when it comes to athletes, they know the importance of training hard – but in most of these cases, they don’t know what it means to train smart, and this can end up wasting their time (best case) or getting them seriously hurt (worst case).
Whether they flock to the treadmills and ellipticals or the bicep curl rack, teenagers tend to do what they know, what they enjoy, or what they think will help them look the best. Unfortunately, this is probably not what they should be doing.
We hear all the time from parents about the concerns they have over kids lifting weights – and many of the horror stories attached involved unsupervised, uneducated young athletes. It’s not their fault – they just don’t know any better!
This is why young athletes – especially in the beginning – need constant education and supervision. There are clear right and wrong ways of doing things – but sometimes they’re not obvious.
So what can your athlete do to learn the right way? The first step for many is to go to their High School weight room, where coaches may or may not teach them proper form.
We’ve heard from dozens of parents about how unsafe they feel their athletes are in these environments. Unless they’re working with a coach who is teaching them the right way, they are putting themselves at the same risk as going after it alone.
This is why we’ve had a number of coaches and parents send their athletes to us. We’ve even taken over in Chatham High School as the strength & conditioning coaches. By working in a program such as ours, athletes learn the right way to train. This helps them:
If getting your athlete involved in a proven, trusted strength training program is something that has been on your mind, stop in or call today. We’d be happy to help teach you more about what your athlete can be doing to play at their best.
“Why should my kid train? They already play sports all the time.”
Many parents we get the chance to speak to ask the same questions. After all, if you’re anything like us, sport-specific training was not available as kids.
Years of research and experience show that training, even as young as 9 or 10, can have amazing benefits for athletes. For the parent looking to give their kids every available advantage, strength and conditioning programs can give them an immediate upper hand.
That said, many also don’t understand how training should fit into their child’s life, so we wanted to give a few examples modeled off of current GFP Athletes.
Profile: Freshman Male, trying out for Travel “A” Team (Lacrosse)
As an 8th grader, he missed the “A” Team for his club lacrosse team. No matter how much he practiced, he was told that he is just not strong or fast enough to make the cut.
As a result, he spent the next year – Summer, Fall, and Winter – training 3 days per week, focusing on improving his power and strength, while working on his sprint technique and agility.
At tryouts the following year, he got attention from the coaches immediately, who noticed how much quicker he was and the added muscle he put on.
Going from the “B” team to “A” team was his goal – and by training hard for a year straight he was able to achieve that goal.
Every season, we get athletes like above who come to us following disappointment. Sometimes they get cut, sometimes they miss varsity, sometimes they just don’t get the playing time they need.
These are the athletes we love to see come in – they have something to work for, something to prove. Don’t let one disappointment steer them away from the sports they love.
If you or someone you know falls into this category, Middle School and High School Training programs are for you.
By finding your strengths and weaknesses, you can focus on improving the qualities that are holding you back – so you’re ready to dominate the next season.
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– Motivational Speaker Tony Robbins
Spend enough time around successful athletes, and you begin to see a trend. Many of them share the same work ethic and attitudes. They also have become experts in the same 4 areas:
1. Practicing the growth mindset
The best athletes know that it’s not just about putting in the most work – it’s about putting in the RIGHT work.
When your athlete goes to practice or the weight room, they need to know what they should be doing to maximize performance, minimize injury, and not waste time.
When designing our athlete programs, we wanted to make sure that they received everything they could possibly need to succeed. This led us to the development of the GFP Athlete Success Pyramid
Every athlete who trains with Gabriele Fitness & Performance receives a copy of our Success Manual, which lays out strategies for each of these areas.
Summer camp is in full swing and the Fall season is fast approaching. I have been having a blast coaching over 200 athletes this summer and we have had some great results.
Even with all the great work we’ve seen, I have noticed a disturbing trend among athletes this year. Most of them want to do “abs” training, some in search of high level performance and some for more vain reasons like a search for 6 six pack ABBBZZZ.
Most athletes know that a strong core is important to become a top level athlete. The problem is most athletes think that core training means performing endless amounts of crunches.
Just this week, two of my college athletes told me they perform 200 crunches a day. I can usually guess which athletes perform a lot of crunches. The dead giveaway is that they have the posture of Quasimodo.
If you’ve been training a GFP for a while, you have probably noticed how you’ve never done a crunch in any workout. There is a much better way to train the core – a way that is safer and more effective. When a core is trained the proper way you increase the potential of becoming a faster, more explosive, more agile, and longer lasting athlete.
If you train them the wrong way, you set yourself up for failure.
#1: They take your low back to extreme ranges of motion, which increase the possibility of disc or vertebrae damage. If you’re wondering why this is bad, ask anyone with low back pain how it helps their athletic performance.
An injured athlete will never be a good athlete.
Other ways crunches decrease athleticism include:
That’s it, no matter what time of day, no matter if its pre or post workout!
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