Important Athlete Training Secrets

There are a couple of things we believe that make up a good athlete training program, but one will always stand above the rest for us. We strive to offer every different aspect of these to our athletes that train with us at Greater Purpose Strength and Conditioning.

Character Building

We believe in cultivating a culture and atmosphere of growth in our gym. This is accomplished by helping each individual grow as humans, not just as athletes. What is the purpose of becoming a better, more fit athlete if you don’t open the door for someone else? We want to help grow impactful young men and women, so that they can make a positive impact in their field of play and off of it. You can only play sports so long. What kind of footprint are you leaving in your sport and what will you build into after it?

We actively search out athletes to train who want to be more than just a really good player in their sport. If we haven’t helped them grow as a person during our time with us, we have missed our goal.

WHY Based Programming

We do not program anything without a strong reason behind it. If you ask our coaches why they are doing a certain exercise or workout, they will give you the exact reason and science behind it. In order to find what exercises and modalities to implement, we first test the athlete. Testing the athlete is key in order to ensure the best improvement. It’s hard to know where you are going if you don’t know where you started from. We test everyone individually and then give them personalized exercises to best improve their results. A perfectly rounded program, only works for a perfectly rounded athlete.

With athlete training, end result needs to be the same. We aim to help develop the ten general physical skills:

  1. Cardiovascular/Respiratory Endurance – the ability of body systems to gather, process, and deliver oxygen.
  2. Stamina – one’s ability of body systems to process, deliver, store, and utilize energy.
  3. Strength – an athlete’s ability to productive application of force
  4. Flexibility – the ability to maximize the range of motion at a given joint.
  5. Power – one’s ability of a muscular unit, or combination of muscular units, to apply maximum force in minimum time.
  6. Speed – an athlete’s ability to minimize the time cycle of a repeated movement.
  7. Coordination – the ability to combine several distinct movement patterns into a singular distinct movement.
  8. Agility – one’s ability to minimize transition time from one movement pattern to another.
  9. Balance – an athlete’s ability to control the placement of the bodies center of gravity in relation to its support base.
  10. Accuracy – the ability to control movement in a given direction or at a given intensity

We utilize the CrossFit methodology, as it has been found to elicit the best adaptations in all of the aspects listed above.

Athlete Training vs. Sport-Specific Training

We are not here to train the athlete in dribbling the ball better, stick handling better, or serving a volleyball better. The idea behind all athlete training is to look for weaknesses in the 10 general physical skills, and attack them. When an athlete improves their weaknesses and nurtures their strengths, the byproduct is a more well rounded athlete and human. We don’t want to help a hockey player to have the best one-timer but then be unable to ride a bike with his friends. The goal is to develop great athletes and not one dimensional sport robots. As proven by many studies, when kids play and practice different sports, and train in a constantly varied fashion, they are better off in the future.

If you or a young athlete you know is interested in this type of gym and atmosphere, please click the link below and we will get you set up with a professional trainer.

We are going to make a big positive impact in the sporting community and we want to work alongside those of you that want to do the same. Don’t lose sight of the person in pursuit of the athlete.

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