Tell me about your Acceleration, Speed and Agility Program?
Every program at Total Performance Training Center is individualized to meet the needs of each athlete. We begin every program with a comprehensive evaluation to determine your specific needs and goals. From this information we create a program to help maximize your potential. Plan to schedule two to three appointments per week for maximum performance benefits. The training will include a combination of straight-ahead speed training, multi-directional agility, plyometrics, acceleration and strength training depending on your individual needs and goals. Each session lasts 1 – 1 1/2 hours, and scheduling is very flexible. You get to choose your days and times, and we will help you design your schedule when you begin. We take appointments on the hour Monday-Thursday 1- 8 with the last session beginning at 7:00 PM, Fridays are 1-6 and on Saturdays 10 – 1. Summer hours are M,W,F from 10 – 5, T,Th from 10 – 7, with Saturdays remaining 10 – 1.
Who is the program for?
The program is for all athletes, not just all-stars. Our scientific training methods help athletes in every sport and every level move toward maximizing their potential. With this program you are sure to improve your speed, strength, and self-confidence. The more you put in, the more you get out. Our goal is to help every participant get better, no matter what their level is when they come in through the door.
Is my child too young?
While we do not train athletes under 8 years old, research has shown that, with this kind of training, amazing neurological changes occur in young athletes. Simply put, the more one can do prior to full maturation, the better the neuromuscular system of that athlete will work as he/she grows up. Also, because of the physical demands this program places on the athlete, we conduct a thorough pre-program evaluation. Based on the results of the evaluation, we create a program that will get the results you are looking for. We concentrate on teaching sprinting mechanics and introduce them to proper training techniques that will aid them for the rest of their lives. Research has shown that specific incline training on our treadmills maximizes power output on each step.
What kind of training does the program consist of?
Every program begins with a thorough pre-test evaluation to tell us about your athletic ability. Each athlete’s training program is planned to include a combination of incline treadmill work, plyometrics, multi-directional agility, mechanics instruction, acceleration and strength training.
- Incline and FORCE Treadmill Running– Used to analyze and improve running and sprinting mechanics, and to develop maximal power on each step. We help you lengthen and quicken your stride, so you are faster and more agile. The intervals used on the treadmill will gradually increase in intensity, so your body gets conditioned to recover quickly from certain enzymes which are released during intense bursts of activity.
- Plyometrics – These are footwork and jumping drills designed to improve balance, explosive power, agility, endurance and body control. You will gain outstanding body awareness and the ability to move quickly and explosively.
- Strength Training – Specially designed weight training equipment improves strength and power. Younger athletes use age-appropriate strength-building techniques that develop body control and teach how to train safely.
- Agility and Acceleration – This is also known as Movement Training. We teach athletes how to move their bodies for maximum power, speed and quickness. The focus is on movement quality or how to accelerate, cut and turn.
Why do treadmill and incline running increase sprinting speed?
What kind of results can I expect?
You will be able to compare your results to other athletes all over the country using our national database on the internet.
When should I begin the Program in relation to the athletic season?
What can I do during the season to maintain improvements made during the program?
What can I do to keep making gains?
How is the Program different from what I can get at camps?
How can I compare this program to other conditioning programs?
What can I expect at my first appointment?
What should I expect from the program?
As the program continues, you will notice a significant difference in your child’s stamina. He/she will last longer in practices or games, concentration will improve, and technical skills will not break down as easily due to fatigue. Not only will his/her speed improve, but that speed will be maintained throughout an entire game or practice while other athletes are slowing down.
Probably the most important result you will notice is a boost in your child’s confidence. We are constantly hearing parents tell us that their child is more confident on the field or court and they just see a difference in their attitude toward sports. When an athlete knows he/she is faster, stronger and in better shape than ever before, sports are much more enjoyable – which is what this is all about.
How do I schedule appointments?
What will my child be doing and what expectations do you have of him/her?
In an effort to develop a sense of personal accountability and accomplishment, we intentionally expect the athletes to perform certain parts of the workout on their own. The warm-up, strength training and flexibility routines are taught and semi-supervised, but we expect the athletes to take a small amount of personal responsibility. We have plenty of trainers watching, so we will always make corrections, give feedback and help out, but we feel that all athletes need to learn how to work both with a trainer and independently to improve their performance.
Generally, you can expect your child to really enjoy the pre-test/evaluation and be excited about training. The first and second training sessions are usually pretty difficult, so it can be a real challenge for many young athletes. After these sessions, your child may feel like their program is really hard. We do everything possible to keep kids from getting dizzy or sick, but it sometimes happens during the first few sessions. Most athletes adapt to this kind of training relatively quickly, so within a few sessions your child will probably start to really enjoy the training and the results they are feeling. By the end of the program, most kids look forward to coming to Total Performance.
Who will be training my child?
What can parents do to maximize the effectiveness of the program?
Second, try to arrive on time for appointments. Obviously, there are things beyond your control, but nothing throws a young athlete off like feeling rushed. Third, help fuel your athlete with quality foods and plenty of water. To help improve recovery between workouts, a small snack immediately following the workout is highly recommended. Finally, encourage your athlete to get plenty of sleep to maximize recovery.
If you haven’t received our FREE Nutrition Tips handout, please ask us for a copy.
What should we do after the program is completed?
Once a program has been completed, we typically recommend a week or two of rest to recover both physically and mentally. After that, your child may begin a sport season, train on his/her own or take advantage of additional training at Total Performance. There are many levels of the Acceleration program that athletes can take advantage of to make continual progress. There are certain requirements to advance to the next level of training, so be sure to ask our staff if your child is ready for the next level.
We also offer Monthly and Year-Round Training options. The Year-Round option is the most cost-effective way to train. You simply pay a monthly fee, and we set up a year-round program that allows you to train as often as necessary to achieve maximum results. Please talk to a trainer if you have questions about additional levels of the Acceleration program or our extended training options.
What can parents get out of the program?