Archive for the ‘Athletic Development’ Category

RAW Training Sports Performance – What’s it all about?

To put it simply, our sports performance program is all about competitive fun. The athletes that participate in this program are here to improve their athletic capabilities in a way that transfers into their sport; whether that be on the field, court or ice. If they are here, they want to be the best and they want to win.

Now that’s not to say that all of these athletes have the aspirations of playing professionally or even into college. Some want to finish off their high school athletic career on a good note and then move onto other goals in life. While others are looking to continue their sport into college, playing at various levels while taking on the demands of their chosen degrees. Knowing the short and long term goals of our athletes plays a major role in how we implement our coaching to them.

In order to explain the what and why to our program, first I would like to break down the slogan used at the beginning of this article; competitive fun. Being competitive is in our nature. But why do we do it? Why do we compete? Why do we do participate in something that requires a lot of sacrifice and hard work? This is a common question I like to ask my athletes. And more times than not, there is no clean-cut answer. But I can give you an answer that almost every competitor would agree with. The beauty is in the struggle! We are attracted to the adversity and challenges we are faced with to improve ourselves. Competitiveness is in our nature because we want to be better and in the end, we find that fun and enjoyable. Once the love and fun of the game is lost, usually you’ll see the competitiveness dwindle.

So with understanding these two facets of sport, competitiveness and fun, we are able to form the basis of our program. And that’s finding ways to challenge these athletes to drive competitiveness in ways that are fun. If they enjoy it, they will be more committed and willing to give full effort. And in return will see progress in their sport.

That does not mean that all we do is play games, tell jokes and goof off. We keep the goal the goal. And the ultimate goal is to improve sports performance. One of the first pieces to our sessions in our High School group athletic development program, Power-Speed-Performance, that follows the preparation phase (term I use for warm ups) is our tactical and technical expression. To the athletes, they feel as if they are playing a game. Almost how it would be in their sport. But to us, we are working on specific perceptual skills and motor learning processes crucial for athletes to improve their game. Not only do the “raw” characteristics of athleticism improve an athlete, but so does their ability to perceive their environment and make calculated decisions that translates into change of direction and plyometric skill work. This is one way we drive competitive fun from the athletes!

Along with the creative expression these athletes get in the tactical and technical piece to the session, we absolutely still work on the main qualities of strength, power, speed, coordination, agility and more that are all demanded by sport. Our mantra is to put quality in front of each of those individual attributes. I’m not talking about getting our athletes to move textbook style as that’s not how human movement is derived. But teaching each athlete that quality movement for them comes first before pushing the intensity. When the time comes, then the intensity will have a solid base formed from habit that will transfer to sport the most. Typically, we follow the order of power work and then into their strength work. But this can be reorganized to fit the theme or the goals and needs of the athletes. You can view some of our strength, power, speed and agility work in the video below.

In the end, if you’re not having fun, then what’s the point?

Advertisements

Sports Performance Training

Posted: November 13, 2017 in Athletic Development

WHAT WE WILL PROVIDE

Every sports performance program follows a fully inclusive progressive plan to build the athletes from general physical preparedness to sports specific demands and led by nationally accredited coaches.

Screen Shot 2017-11-13 at 1.28.38 PM

Training Preparation (“Warm-Up”) We prepare our athletes for their sport and training experience the moment we begin. Each preparation phase incorporates an active dynamic prep to increase core temperature, activate specific muscle groups and prime the nervous system as well starts the team unity experience.

Strength and Power – In order to be fast and explosive, athletes need to be able to create force.  Building a prerequisite amount of strength is foundational to speed.  The faster you can apply that force, the more powerful they are.

Speed and Agility – Almost all sports require speed. You need to be fast to win.  But more often than not, you need to be able to change direction quickly.  Acceleration and deceleration is a large part of our speed and agility training methodology.  Add this in with absolute speed training and you have a recipe for an extremely effective athlete.

Energy Systems and Conditioning – All sports and positions have their own demands for energy systems requirements.  What are energy systems?  They are specific systems within our physiology that creates energy from fuel to complete a specific task efficiently.  We train these energy systems in both general and sport specific environments to improve the athlete’s performance capabilities.

Injury Prevention and Nutrition – Training is hard.  That’s why we complete our team training programs with shoulder and trunk stability and mobility training, quality movement pattern education and wrap it all up with nutrition and recovery guidance.  We believe if you train hard, you must recover harder!

METHODS & PHILOSOPHY 

We believe in long term athletic development.  We meet the athletes where they’re currently at and design an effective progressive plan to constantly improve their performance.  We realize the importance of continual development, not just the current season.  We bolster this method with health and performance education.  Not only do we coach the athletes through their training program, we also ensure they are learning the why’s behind their development so they are even more prepared in taking care of their progress.

The next Athletic Development Program:

-Starts on 10/24 and goes to 12/14
-Tuesday and Thursday’s 3-4:30 pm

This program has been designed for the competitive High School athlete to specifically utilize the training methods and principles of RAW Training during our 1 hour 30-minute training sessions. Our inclusive program at RAW will give athletes the opportunity to increase systemic body strength, become proficient in functional movements as it transfers to sport, learn barbell movements correctly and apply them in team weight room lifting sessions, improve their General Physical Preparedness (GPP), and develop power and speed with proper mechanics, which all decrease the chance of injury. Athletes will be expected to train in the manner it takes to perform at a high level. In sports, ALL Athletes will be asked to jump higher, run faster and be more EXPLOSIVE. To do so, athletes must become stronger, move throughout full range of motion and learn how to move correctly!

****PLEASE NOTE: The program runs from 10/24 and goes to 12/14
Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at 3:00pm – 4:30pm for High School Athletes (15-18 y/o)

*ATTENTION PARENTS- A waiver is required for all athletes participating. If you have participated in a RAW class this calendar year please stop by the desk to make sure we have an updated waiver and current information on file.

**Please enter your child’s name as “Primary Account Holder” and please include the following on the site when registering: Parent/Legal Guardian’s Email address and Phone Number.

To register go to :
https://rawtraining.sites.zenplanner.com/sign-up-now.cfm

Sessions will be taught by Raw Strength and Conditioning Coach:

Keith DeNinno

• IYCA High School Strength and Conditioning Specialist
• OPEX Level 1 Coaching Certification, Assessment and Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, Program Design
• Certified Level 1 CrossFit Instructor
• Former 4 year Collegiate Soccer Player

#SportsPerformance #AthleticDevelopment#StrengthandConditioning #Strength #Speed#Power #RawTrainingPGH #RawFamily#RAWtraining #PittsburghFit

Please contact amy@raw-training.com for any questionsAD_Fotor

Athletic Development Program begins 8/24/17!
 
HURRY, LIMITED SPACE REMAINING!
 
This program has been designed for the competitive High School athlete to specifically utilize the training methods and principles of RAW Training during our 1 hour 30-minute training sessions. Our inclusive program at RAW will give athletes the opportunity to increase systemic body strength, become proficient in functional movements as it transfers to sport, learn barbell movements correctly and apply them in team weight room lifting sessions, improve their General Physical Preparedness (GPP), and develop power and speed with proper mechanics, which all decrease the chance of injury. Athletes will be expected to train in the manner it takes to perform at a high level. In sports, ALL Athletes will be asked to jump higher, run faster and be more EXPLOSIVE. To do so, athletes must become stronger, move throughout full range of motion and learn how to move correctly!
 
****PLEASE NOTE: The program runs from August 24th – October 12th
Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at 3:00pm – 4:30pm for High School Athletes (15-18 y/o)
 
*ATTENTION PARENTS- A waiver is required for all athletes participating. If you have participated in a RAW class this calendar year please stop by the desk to make sure we have an updated waiver and current information on file.
 
**Please enter your child’s name as “Primary Account Holder” and please include the following on the site when registering: Parent/Legal Guardian’s Email address and Phone Number.
 
To register go to :
 
Sessions will be taught by Raw Strength and Conditioning Coach:
 
Keith DeNinno
 
• IYCA High School Strength and Conditioning Specialist
• OPEX Level 1 Coaching Certification, Assessment and Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, Program Design
• Certified Level 1 CrossFit Instructor
• Former 4 year Collegiate Soccer Player
 
#SportsPerformance #AthleticDevelopment #StrengthandConditioning #Strength #Speed #Power #RawTrainingPGH #RawFamily #RAWtraining #PittsburghFit
 
Please contact amy@raw-training.com for any questionsCollage_Fotor_Fotor

Begins 5/23/17

HURRY, ONLY 8 SPACES REMAINING!

This program has been designed for the competitive High School athlete to specifically utilize the training methods and principles of RAW Training during our 75-minute training sessions. Our inclusive program at RAW will give athletes the opportunity to increase systemic body strength, become proficient in functional movements as it transfers to sport, learn barbell movements correctly and apply them in team weight room lifting sessions, improve their General Physical Preparedness (GPP), and develop power and speed with proper mechanics, which all decrease the chance of injury. Athletes will be expected to train in the manner it takes to perform at a high level. In sports, ALL Athletes will be asked to jump higher, run faster and be more EXPLOSIVE. To do so, athletes must become strong er, move throughout full range of motion and learn how to move correctly!

****PLEASE NOTE: The program runs from May 23rd – June 22nd,

Tuesday’s and Thursday’s at 3:00pm – 4:15pm for High School Athletes (15-18 y/o)

Cost Per Athlete – $200 per athlete. Only 8 Athletes per Session

**** There will be NO refunds or credits for classes missed.

*ATTENTION PARENTS- A waiver is required for all athletes participating. If you have participated in a RAW class this calendar year please stop by the desk to make sure we have an updated waiver and current information on file.

**Please enter your child’s name as “Primary Account Holder” and please include the following on the site when registering: Parent/Legal Guardian’s Email address and Phone Number.

***Payment for this Program are being accepted ONLINE ONLY.

Acceptable forms of payment are: VISA, MASTER CARD, DISCOVER AND ACH Checks. Sorry NO AMERICAN EXPRESS.

Membership Terms

Attendance: 2 classes per week

Begin Date: May 23, 2017

End Date: Jun 22, 2017

Price: $200.00

To register go to :

https://rawtraining.sites.zenplanner.com/sign-up-now.cfm

Sessions will be taught by Raw Strength and Conditioning Coach:
Keith DeNinno

  • IYCA High School Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • OPEX Level 1 Coaching Certification, Assessment and Exercise Physiology, Nutrition, Program Design
  • Certified Level 1 CrossFit Instructor
  • Former 4 year Collegiate Soccer Player

#SportsPerformance #AthleticDevelopment #StrengthandConditioning #Strength #Speed #Power #RawTrainingPGH #RawFamily #RAWtraining #PittsburghFit