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Over the past six years, we have been developing many of the area's hardest working athletes and teams in their sport ranging from the youth level up through high school, college and pro's. We cater to athletes and individuals, male and female, of all backgrounds beginning at the youth level and up to give you the edge and maximize your potential! With clients also trained in the NFL, CFL, MLB, NBA, PGA, NWSL and Olympics, we can assure you that no matter what your current athletic or fitness goals are, you can achieve them!
Their sessions are excellent for younger players trying to get stronger, quicker, fitter, more explosive and more knowledgeable on injury prevention!"  
- Paul Riley, Head Coach NC Courage, NWSL 2017 and 2018 Coach of the Year

 

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“Being a serious athlete and all I've gone through with a lot of different people and "programs" to try and get the competitive edge or heal quicker. After ten weeks with the staff at Our I was a month ahead of schedule in my rehab process after double knee surgery and as far as improvement as an athlete my power and explosiveness increased dramatically. One example was my max bench increasing to 300 lbs when it had started out at around 225 lbs (10 weeks). They take the time to appreciate your personal circumstances and are happy to go the extra mile (or 50) to help you maximize your potential. Their overall care and kindness for you as an individual person is unmatched contrary to the many cookie-cutter styles.”
- Stan Wier, 1st Team All-State High School Basketball Star, University at Buffalo

 

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"This program is one of the best I've ever been a part of. Prior to joining the Our Family I had a pre-conceived idea of what working out was and of what potential I had. They smashed that. My speed and agility as a whole improved beyond my wildest dreams. Making me a stronger player, more reliable teammate, and a healthier person. I went on to play at the college level and prove my worth.  - Jake Modrzynski

 

3 Tips for keeping your body Healthy and Strong during Pre-Season Camp

1) Get more quality sleep. Most athletes today don’t prioritize sleep, which can be the best method for the body to repair and recover. It is recommended that athletes get 8-10 hours a night. On top of adequate sleep every night, naps can help periodically throughout the day especially during pre-season camps. Naps should never be longer than an hour, aiming for 20-30 minutes is optimal

2) Improve your nutrition and hydration. Keeping your body supplied with plenty of nutrients will not only keep energy levels high but also help you recover and maintain hard earned lean muscle. Build each meal around 20-30 grams of lean protein and aim to get about .8-1.0 grams per pound of body weight. To aid in hydration and help eliminate cramping, adding a little extra sodium, preferably pink Himalayan sea salt, to a meal or two a day will help drastically. During pre-season make sure you drink plenty water, attempt to drink at least half your body weight in ounces throughout each day.

3) Continue strength training throughout the season. Keeping the body strong throughout the season will not only keep you at the top of your game, it will also help eliminate many injuries. Everything you did in the off-season to make you stronger, faster, and more explosive you should continue during the most important time of the year, your season.  Don’t just go into the weight room without a plan though, especially if you took the whole off-season off. When training in-season, have a proper plan and program in place to help optimize performance while aiding in recovery.

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3 Ways to Develop Lightning Fast Speed!

When most athletes think of improving speed they primarily think about just spending more time on the field or track when yes that has importance but as many athletes have experienced you may soon hit a ‘speed barrier’ or plateau in your running speed. You’ll also hear ‘speed coaches’ talk about how running fast is all about stride length and stride frequency and can only be improved from more running. The truth is, stride length and frequency are simply byproducts of running fast, a result of improving speed, not the direct reason why you are getting faster. When it comes to actually building speed for team sports, these are three important areas you should focus on in training:

1)      Strength Development in Relation to Body Mass

The majority of the fight down the field when sprinting is to overcome gravity, so having the proper strength to apply the right amount of force into the ground is key when it comes to enhancing your speed. Larger athletes need greater force while smaller athletes may need less force to propel their bodies across the field. Knee drive is important, but you don’t get faster in the air, you get faster by applying more force into the ground. Training to develop maximal strength in relation to your body mass should be a priority if your goal is to get faster. Compound movements like deadlifts and box squats are great strength builders. Also focusing on strengthening your posterior chain through exercises such as glute ham raises, reverse hypers, and heavy sled drags to name a few. For the younger athletes, starting with just the basics and improving their technique behind the strength movements will also build a solid foundation for years to come.

 
2)      Ever-Decreasing Rate of Ground Contact Time

You may have heard the saying you can never get ‘too strong’, but you can get ‘only strong’. For athletes in team sports, strength is just one part of the equation. Show us an athlete with a slow first step and we’ll show you an athlete on the sidelines. You’ll not only need to apply great force into the ground with each step, but also in shorter increments of time as you accelerate. In addition to getting stronger, make sure you are also training to develop a fast rate of force production through different types of intensive and explosive jumps and plyometrics, med-ball throws, and sprints to help improve speed.
 

3)      Mechanical Efficiency

Being able to display great force in shorter increments of time and at the proper angles into the ground is vital to improving speed no matter what direction you’re moving. You want your technique working for you, not against you. Making sure you have efficiency in your technique will eliminate wasted energy and allow you to apply maximal effort every step. In addition to sprint and change of direction variations, we also incorporate different movement exercises as needed during an athlete’s training session to help teach their bodies to move as efficient as possible. A lot of times though, limitations such as strength, flexibility, or not being able to produce force quickly can also play a major role in maintaining good form while sprinting. As Joe DeFranco says, the problem with most speed programs is that there is not a strength program, you can’t teach an athlete to hold a certain position if they’re not strong enough to hold that position. A lot of problems in regards to improving speed can be addressed inside the weight room with the proper training.

 
Conclusion

A pyramid is only as high as it is wide. When your goal is to get faster and improve speed it all starts with having a solid foundation to build from. In addition to being able to produce more force, a properly trained athlete can also withstand greater forces on the field, which can help lower their risk of injury. This is important as half of the battle when working with athletes is keeping them healthy. To build great speed make sure you are addressing all of these areas throughout your training and be sure to reach out to us for more info!

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