First, we use a periodized training model, so the workouts change every 2-4 weeks; and the intensity changes along with the exercises.
Second, Go: Sports Performance is about training smarter, then training harder. If we had to choose between smarter and harder, it would be training smarter. By doing this, we can make what seems like small changes in exercise, have huge carry-over into sports. Small things like multi directional exercises, using just 1 arm or 1 leg at a time, can make a huge difference when you are in the game.
Third, we do not try to make up for less effective training by impressing the parents with their young athletes ready to pass out when they are done with their class, or being belittled during the class. We want the athletes to enjoy working out, and want to give them the support and encouragement needed to be and feel successful.
We liken this training style to how a great sculptor works. A sledgehammer is only needed at the beginning. The artist knows when to switch to a fine tuned smaller hammer. It’s the fine-tuning and subtle changes that make a piece of art great. Most other programs apply the “sledgehammer” approach all the time. We apply it in a selective way and we also have fine tuning tools to make the athlete better in ways that other places can’t.
You can make food substitutions, track your daily intake, and even print out grocery lists. It is very easy to use, and very beneficial to the athlete.
The fact is, if an athlete jumps off a platform that is 24 inches off the ground they are landing with more force than they could generate in the weight room. As far as current research, studies have shown conclusively that sub-maximum lifting benefits pre pubescent youth, (7- 13 year olds) for motor-skill development and body stabilization & control.
Also, athletes over the ages of 12 to 13 are at the perfect age for developing the foundation for speed, strength, and power that will last for an athlete’s entire lifetime. Along with both age groups the confidence and self-esteem that is gained with strength training is immeasurable for both boys and girls.
The position Statement of the National Strength and Conditioning Association states the following in regard to Youth Resistance Training: “It is the current position of the NSCA that: 1. A properly designed and supervised resistance program is safe for children. 2. A properly designed and supervised resistance program can increase the strength of children. 3. A properly designed and supervised resistance program can help to enhance the motor fitness skills and sport performance of children. 4. A properly designed and supervised resistance program can help prevent injuries in youth sports and recreational activities. 5. A properly designed and supervised resistance program can help to improve the psychological well- being of children. 6. A properly designed and supervised resistance program can enhance the overall health of children.”
How is Integrated Functional Training different from the other programs the athlete can choose from? All sports are built on circular force rotations, multi-planar movements, level changes, balance and stability. Think about it this way, sports are dynamic: running, throwing, kicking, pushing, pulling, stabilizing, and twisting, all while primarily standing on 1 leg and using 1 arm. So shouldn’t their lifting programs require them to do the same?
Many athletes come to us with incredible strength, but with no core, hip, knee, and ankle stability. Our evaluation is very effective in showing athletes and parents what the athlete needs to work on, to be safe and to move to the next level.
It is a priority at GO: Sports Performance to respect each client as an individual. As the athlete progresses through the higher levels of training, the class size will get smaller and more specific to suit their needs.