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Are your athletes still struggling to increase speed and quickness?

One of the biggest myths in training is that you can’t train an athlete to increase their speed. As a result, many coaches and parents of youth athletes fail to help them develop their true speed, quickness and athleticism potential.

These same coaches and parents try to compensate for this with more skills training and extra time spent practicing and playing on multiple teams of that same sport… even year-round.

Are you making this mistake with your youth athletes?

The truth is… not only CAN you train speed, but an athlete will have a much better chance of developing more speed, agility and long-term athleticism by training for it when they are young and developing.

One of the most important periods of motor development for children is between the ages of 8 and 12. During this time, children are developmentally ready to acquire the fundamental movement skills that are the cornerstones of all athletic development. These fundamental skills include running, throwing, jumping, hopping, and bounding. The introduction of these  “ABCs” of athleticism (agility, balance, coordination, speed) during this period will lay the foundation of athletic excellence for years to come.

Training should focus on building athletes up from a foundational level with exercises, games and drills that appeal not only to their growth and development, but also to their curiosity and enthusiasm.

If your athletes are having fun, they will be more engaged.  If they are more engaged, they will experience more success.

Consider it a window of opportunity!

If you want a jump-start to increasing your athletes’ speed and quickness, be sure to check out our Fall Sports Performance Programs!

Our programs are specifically designed for 3 different age groups, and include all sports and skill levels from youth to high school and beginner to elite. They will put your athlete on the cutting edge and ensure that they are using the latest and most effective training methods.

Act now, classes kick off 9/9 – Fall Sports Performance Programs

Train Hard, Train Smart, Train True…

Registration is Open for Fall Programs

Registration is Open for Fall Programs - True AP

Register by 8/31 and save 20% with code: early19

At True Athlete Performance (TrueAP), we are committed to improving the athleticism and confidence of our student athletes by providing a safe, fun, skill-based experience for kids ages 8 to 18.

If your athlete is:

  • looking to jump higher, move faster, reduce injuries and become a more dangerous player on the field or court; 
  • is not not afraid of a little hard work; 
  • can invest 2-3 hours a week for 6 week; and
  • Is looking to take their game to the next level

… then guarantee their spot by REGISTERING NOW  for our Fall Sports Performance Training!

Our Performance Training Programs are specifically designed for 3 different age groups, and include all sports and skill levels from youth to high school and beginner to elite.

  • YOUTH (ages 8-10) – This program creates the foundation for coordination and athleticism. Learning how to train, athletes will build confidence through proper body mechanics, running technique and body-weight exercises in a positive environment.
  • MS ATHLETE (ages 11-13) – In this program, training progresses to more athletic movement with increased emphasis of power and speed, age-appropriate weightlifting, and overall movement quality.
  • HS ATHLETE (ages 13-18) – This program helps athletes develop high-level power and strength, and implements advanced speed and agility programming.

 


Frederick, MD

Starts 9/9 – Offered Mondays & Wednesdays

Tuscarora Recreation Center | 6321 Lambert Drive, Frederick


Chantilly, VA 

Starts 9/10 – Offered Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays

The nZone | 14550 Lee Road, Chantilly


Hagerstown, MD

Starts 9/10 – Offered Tuesdays & Sundays

Lifehouse Church | 515 E Wilson Blvd, Hagerstown

5 Ways to Maximize Your Athletes Recovery

All athletes know the feeling of being sore, whether after an intense workout, a tough practice or a closely contested game. The discomfort that comes the morning after a tough physical bout when players step out of bed is called delayed onset muscle soreness.

That pain is the result of muscle damage after strenuous exercise, leading to symptoms of swelling, soreness, pain, stiffness, and weakness, often lasting for several days.

Use these five ways to recover faster, avoid injuries and improve sports performance this season: 

1.) Sleep

Sleep is the most important when it comes to recovery. Adequate sleep helps to provide mental health, hormonal balance, and muscle recovery. You need to get enough sleep, athletes ages 6-13 should sleep 9-11 hours and athletes ages 14-17 should sleep 8-10 hours. Here’s a few tips for deep sleep:

  • Turn off all electronics an hour before bed.
  • Drink a glass of milk, which contains “tryptophan” an amino acid which promotes sleep.
  • Get to bed early. Hours slept before mid-night are proven to be more effective than those slept after.

2.) Hydration

Drinking proper amounts of water is critical to health, energy, recover, and performance. Typically, athletes are very attentive to hydration levels before and after games, but maintaining proper hydration during training, practices, and during recovery times are just as important. Here’s a few tips for proper hydration: 

  • Water is the best way to hydrate.
  • After training, practice, competition consume 20oz for every lb of body weight lost.
  • Check your pee. The darker and more color in your pee the less hydrated you are and the more water you need to drink.

3.) Chocolate Milk.

Chocolate Milk provides fluid, carbohydrates to replenish your body’s supply, protein to promote muscles healing and the sodium that you’ve sweated away. Consume chocolate milk in the first 20 minutes after training, practices, or games. Plus, it’s rather inexpensive and tastes so good!

4.) Self-Myofascial Release (Foam Rolling)

Self-myofascial release is a fancy term for self-massage to release muscle tightness or trigger points. This method can be performed with a foam roller, lacrosse ball, or your own hands. By applying pressure to specific points on your body you are able to aid in the recovery of muscles and assist in returning them to normal function. Normal function means your muscles are elastic, healthy, and ready to perform at a moment’s notice. 

Read my article and FREE CHEAT SHEET on foam rolling for more information.

5.) Focus on Mobility

Spending just 5-10 minutes a day stretching can increase your range of motion, improve your movement efficiency, and, most importantly, reduce your risk of injury. Plus, after a tough day on the field, it just feels great.

To get started, try these 3 mobility moves two times a week for one month and I guarantee you’ll feel a difference!

Dedicating additional time to the categories of sleep, hydration, nutrition, self-myofascial release, and mobility will increase your performance, decrease recovery time, and lower your risk of injury. These strategies take very little time, but can make the difference over the course of a long season. Coaches and athletes don’t take advantage of it because they don’t want to dedicate the time to the little things that matter most.

Will you make time?

Personal Training?

Are you interested in a big promotion
for PERSONAL ATHLETE TRAINING?

Whether your athlete is a beginner, aspiring to make a team, or trying to earn a starting spot, we are fiercely committed to helping them achieve their performance goals.

For a limited time, we’re offering a discount on our award-winning personal training program for athletes.

Click the link below and an exclusive email promotion will be sent to you shortly.

Maryland Athletes – Click here 

Virginia Athletes – Click here

This special offer is gone 5pm this Friday.

Why Try TrueAP’s Personal Training Program?

  1. We Target Your Athlete’s Individual Needs & Goals
    If you have specific needs or goals that don’t fit directly into what we do in our larger group-based offerings, this is the perfect way to maximize progress toward those.
  2. Receive More Advanced Training
    Each client will work one-on-one with a coach, allowing us to utilize more complex movements that can’t safely be part of larger group formats. We won’t have to hold back, so we can use the best movements possible to accelerate results.

These sessions are typically $65-75 each, but during this promotion period, you’ll save big. As mentioned above, this special offer is gone 5pm this Friday.

We are excited to work with you!

Volleyball Performance Training

Volleyball has become an increasingly competitive and popular sport. Young players not only play for middle or high school teams, but also try out for traveling or league teams between seasons.

This continuous play of one sport can lead to overuse injuries in the shoulders, knees, and other areas of the body. Research shows that taking part in proper volleyball performance training, a program that addresses speed, strength and conditioning, and flexibility, will increase power, endurance, and agility.

The team of certified trainers at True Athlete Performance have designed a program to help young volleyball stay injury free while also helping them to become faster, stronger, and more explosive!

True Athlete Performance hosts Volleyball Performance Training

Frederick, Md

Starts 6/24 – Offered Mondays and Wednesdays

Tuscarora Recreation Center (6231 Lambert Drive)

Chantilly, Va

Starts 6/17 – Offered Mondays and Wednesdays

 The nZone (14550 Lee Road)

Hagerstown, Md

Starts 6/24 – Offered Mondays and Wednesdays

 Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School (1311 Yale Drive)

For questions please call: 703-996-3500

Spots are limited to 15 athletes per location so be sure to reserve your athletes spot soon!

Summer Sports Performance Registration is Open

 

True Athlete Performance is committed to improving the athleticism and confidence of our local student-athletes by providing a safe, fun, skill-based experience for kids ages 8 to 18 years old. 

So if your athlete is looking to jump higher, move faster, reduce injuries and become a more dangerous player on the field or court…

And if their not afraid of a little hard work

And if they can invest 2-3 hours a week for 6 weeks

And their looking to up their play to the next level

Register for Summer Sports Performance Training – Guarantee Your Athlete’s Spot Today!

At TrueAP, Performance Training programs are specifically designed for 3 different age groups. Programs include all sports and skill levels from youth to high school and beginner to elite.

  • YOUTH – designed for ages 8-10, creates the foundation for coordination and athleticism. Learning how to train, athletes build confidence through proper body mechanics, running technique and body-weight exercises in a positive environment.
  • MS ATHLETE – designed for ages 11-13, progresses to more athletic movement with increased emphasis of power and speed, age-appropriate weightlifting, and overall movement quality.
  • HS ATHLETE – designed for ages 14-18, develops high-level power and strength and implements advanced speed and agility programming.

True Athlete Performance hosts Summer Sports Performance Training

Frederick, Md

Starts 6/24 – Offered Mondays and Wednesdays

Tuscarora Recreation Center (6231 Lambert Drive)

Chantilly, Va

Starts 6/17 – Offered Mondays – Thursdays and Saturdays

 The nZone (14550 Lee Road)

Hagerstown, Md

Starts 6/24 – Offered Mondays and Wednesdays

 Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School (1311 Yale Drive)

Imagine what it will be like 6 weeks from now when your athlete can run faster and jump higher OR walk out onto the field/court as a Captain and compete at a high level.

Don’t let your athlete spend another second frustrated with a lack of results from their current efforts. They deserve better. Their solution is right here, right now, so take action today.

Simply Click On The Button Below to Reserve Your Athlete’s Spot

Sprint Technique – 10 Common Errors and Corrections

Whether you’ve been blessed with the ability to fly or not, speed is a skill that can be taught—and thus dramatically improved. It starts with learning and implementing proper running form and sprinting technique. Mastering proper sprint technique is perhaps the most immediate way to improve speed.

Below are 10 Common Errors and Corrections of Sprint Technique:

Problem: Upward Emphasis or Not Swinging Arms Back Far Enough.

  • Correction: Have the athlete pretend he/she is holding a hammer in each hand and pounding nails into a wall directly behind him/her.
  • Main Point: The faster the arm is swung backward, the faster the leg will pull forward.

Problem: Shoulders Shrugged/Upper Back Tension.

  • Correction: Have the athlete consciously relax the traps and shoulders to allow more natural movement. Practice in place looking into a mirror.
  • Main Point: Upper body needs to stay relaxed. Tension can inhibit the free motion required for optimal speed.

Problem: Side-to-Side Arm Movement.

  • Correction: Have the athlete practice in front of a mirror to help him/her understand that this movement is causing excessive trunk rotation. The path in which the arms travel begins with the fingertips even with the chin. The hand should reach the midline of the body, but does not cross. The hand will then travel backwards until it is completely behind the hip.
  • Main Point: There should be limited lateral movement, as the focus should be on forward and backward movement emphasizing the backward motion.

Problem: Cross-Over Knee Drive (crossing the knees inward over the midline of the body)

  • Correction: Explain to the athlete that the legs travel in one plane of movement, it’s like riding a bike. Working in front of a mirror may be helpful.
  • Main Point: Knees need to travel in a straight path.

Problem: Lack of Knee Drive (During Acceleration 10-20 yards)

  • Correction: Likely needs to strengthen hip flexors and core. Hip flexors raise the thigh and core stabilizes the pelvis.
  • Main Point: Need to forceful knee drive getting hip 70-80 degrees in relation to the body.

Problem: Toes Point Inward or Outward

  • Correction: Likely needs to improve ankle flexibility, hip flexor strength. Muscles imbalances in hip internal and external rotation may all need attention.
  • Main Point: Toes need to point forward and should be in line with the knee and hip.

Problem: Over-striding (plant foot too far in from of the body)

  • Correction: Explain that the athlete needs to keep a tighter knee bend as the knee drives during each swing phase.
  • Main Point: During acceleration (first 10-20) yards the foot should strike the ground slightly behind the body. After the first 10-20 yards, the foot will strike slightly in front of the body.

Problem: Under-striding (short, choppy steps)

  • Correction: Cue the athlete to increase the distance between their thighs on each stride. Likely needs to improve hip flexor flexibility.
  • Main Point: Stride length comes from by pushing off the ground harder and fully extending hip, knee, and ankle and driving the forward knee to high knee position.

Problem: Landing on Heels (many larger athletes have a hard time with this)

  • Correction: Make the athletes aware of the issue. Coach athlete on proper foot strike through high knees drills, wall drills, etc.
  • Main Point: The heel will almost make contact with the ground, but athletes should be coached to stay on the ball of the foot because no weight should be taken by the heel.

Problem: Ankle Plantar Flexed (pointed down, leads to over-striding)

  • Correction: Coach the athlete to pull the toes to the knees. Coach the athlete to barely keep the heel from hitting the ground. Practice with high knees, butt kicks, wall drills.
  • Main Point: When foot strikes the ground, the ankle needs to be dorsiflexed (pointed up) in order to deliver a high force into the ground.

True Athlete Performance will be hosting a Linear Speed Clinic Series for $59!

We breakdown the fundamentals of sprinting including proper posture, proper mechanics, and proper rhythm.

  • Hagerstown, Md –  Sundays, May 19th and 26th
  • Frederick, Md –  Mondays, May 20th and June 3rd
  • Chantilly, Va –  Sundays, May 19th and June 2nd

Click Here to Learn More and Reserve Your Spot in the Linear Speed Clinic Series!

Celebrating 10 years of Sports Performance Training!

At True Athlete Performance (TrueAP), we are both humbled and proud to be celebrating our 10th year serving Northern Virginia and Maryland as the leader in youth sports training! In the last decade, we have consistently sought to help athletes of all ages and skill levels not only improve their athletic performance, but also develop life-long skills such as goal setting and increasing confidence.

We are perhaps best known for our extensive work with high school teams. TrueAP was started by veteran athletic trainer Rob Rose in 2009 after working onsite with the football programs at four area high schools: Westfield (Chantilly, VA); Stone Bridge (Ashburn, VA); Linganore (Frederick, MD); and Middletown (Middletown, MD). At the time, coaches were working hard to improve athletes’ strength and power, but no one was truly working with athletes on their movement skills. We bridge that gap, working on the field or court with the entire team to improve speed, agility, quickness and overall efficiency and precision in movement.

We now train more than 4,500 athletes each year, working with 140 area sports teams that span a variety of sports including: football, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, volleyball, baseball and softball.

As much as we are grateful for our last ten years, we are beyond excited for what lies ahead. Thank you to all of our incredible athletes for entrusting us with your training. We are honored to work with you, both on and off the court and field!

To celebrate our 10-year anniversary, we are now offering 50% off group sports performance training classes. Learn more and register online at: https://www.trueap.com/10years

Maximize Results with the “Starter Pack”

We’ve just launched a brand new Training Program, named the “Starter Pack” to help athletes maximize their results through the busy Summer season.

This powerful package provides six group training and six private, 1-on-1 sessions for one flat fee and at a steep discount off of the regular priced programs.

There is some bad news… we can only take the first 10 who snatch up this crazy deal at each location.

 

Chantilly, Va

Group Training Starts 6/17 Offered Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays

 The nZone (14550 Lee Road)


Hagerstown, Md

 Group Training Starts 6/24 – Offered Mondays and Wednesdays

 Ruth Ann Monroe Primary School (1311 Yale Drive)

 

So why would you want to add Private, 1-ON-1 sessions?

  • Target Your Individual Needs and Goals. If you have specific needs, goals, or schedule that doesn’t fit directly into what we do in our group based offerings, this is the perfect way to maximize progress toward those.
  • More Advanced Training. Because each session will be in a 1-ON-1 setting, this will allow for us to utilize more complex movements that can’t be part of larger group sessions.
  • Accelerated Results. More individual attention and higher-skill movements mean that we can truly “release the brakes” and get you the fastest results possible.

 

This package is a savings of over 25%, if priced a separate programs.

We have to limit this special offer to the first 10 as we introduce this program, so you’ll need to act fast.

If you want to take advantage of this special offer, click on the location above.

Call us at 703-996-3500 with any questions.

Baseball Performance Clinic Series

You need more than a strong arm and a good swing to be a great baseball player. We know, because we’ve helped countless teams & athletes from youth to the Collegiate level excel.

Whatever your current skill level, our Baseball Performance Clinic will introduce you to our comprehensive approach to improving the speed, agility, explosive power, and the durability aspects of your game.

Space is Limited to the First 6 Registrants – Guarantee Your Athlete’s Spot Today!

 

Overview: The Clinic series consists of 2 sessions with the following focus…

Day 1 Focus–SPEED, AGILITY, & QUICKNESS for improved:
  • Base running and stealing
  • Covering ground in the field
  • Injury resistance
Day 2 Focus–EXPLOSIVE POWER, SHOULDER, FOREARM, & CORE Strengthening for improved:
  • Power at the plate
  • Throwing velocity
  • Arm care
BONUS–Every participant will receive our Velocity and Arm Care Manual!

 

True Athlete Performance hosts Baseball Performance Clinic for $59!

Frederick, Md

Wednesdays – Dec 12, 19

Ages 11-13 from 6-7:15pm

Ages 14-18 from 7:30-8:45pm

 The Frederick Volleyball Club (4451 Georgia Pacific Blvd)

 

Chantilly, Va

Tuesdays – Dec 11, 18

 Ages 11-13 from 6:00-7:15pm

Ages 14-18 from 7:30-8:45pm

 The nZone (14550 Lee Road)

 

Hagerstown, Md

Sundays – Dec 9, 16

Ages 11-13 from 3-4:15pm

 Ages 14-18 from 4:30-5:45pm

 Hagerstown Sports Club and Fitness (20321 The Gardens)

If you have baseball athletes, I recommend you check this out.