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5 Lessons Athletes Learn from Sports

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5 Lessons Athletes Learn from Sports

I began playing sports at an early age. It began with soccer and baseball and then expanded into football and basketball. I even wrestled for a season or two. In high school, I focused primarily on football and baseball, and baseball in college. I have always loved being an athlete, and I have always been appreciative of the lessons I learned from playing sports. These lessons have served me well in all aspects of my life including business and being involved in my community.

1. Hard Work: If you want something in life you’re going to have to make sacrifices that others may not be willing to do. 

2. Practice your craft: No matter what sport it was, if you wanted to get better you had to practice. This is the same in anything you want in life. There are no short cuts. There’s no magic words. Being great at something takes hard, consistent work.

3. Teamwork: A lot of the sports are team sports. When can teach kids how to rely on others, to work toward something that cannot be done alone, and at times be selfless.

4. Leadership: How to encourage, pick up, and educate others. There’s so many opportunities in sports to be a leader. You never have to be the most talented to be a leader. 

5. Losing: this is the toughest part, but you’re not going to win every game/contest. When you lose, losing with grace and dignity is an important lesson to learn. Regroup, make corrections, and prepare for the next game. 

I’m so thankful for the valuable lessons sports taught me at a young age. I’ve been able to use these lessons in almost all areas of my life. 

P.S. – If you have a athlete who is interested improving athleticism and confidence CLICK HERE to find a location and programming in your area.

Josh Daniels is Vice-President of True Athlete Performance and the head strength and conditioning coach for Bishop Walsh High School boy’s basketball program. He has devoted the majority of his career to training multi-directional speedand he’s been performance coach and consultant for 50+ high school teams spanning football, soccer, volleyball, basketball and lacrosse. Daniels is graduate of Eastern Nazarene College with a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science and he is certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA-CSCS).

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 Spring season.

This powerful package provides one day per week of 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.

Frederick, Md

 Group Training Starts 3/11 – Offered Mondays and Wednesdays

 The Frederick Volleyball Club (4451 Georgia Pacific Blvd)


Chantilly, Va

Group Training Starts 3/4 Offered Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays

 The nZone (14550 Lee Road)


Hagerstown, Md

 Group Training Starts 3/8 – Offered Fridays and Sundays

 Hagerstown Sports Club and Fitness (20321 The Gardens)

 

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.

Are your athletes still struggling to increase speed and quickness?

One of the biggest myths that goes around to coaches and parents is that you can’t train speed…

So many coaches and parents of youth athletes fail to help them develop their true speed, quickness and athleticism potential because of this myth.

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

Are you making this mistake?

The truth is… not only CAN you train speed, you have a much better chance of developing more speed, agility and long-term athleticism in your young athletes by doing 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 ABC’s of athletics. The introduction of the ABC’s of athleticism (agility, balance, coordination, speed) during this period will lay the foundation of athletic excellence for later years.

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

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.

And for a limited time, you can save 20% off any packages with code “fall20”!

The 20% discount ends 10/17. We will put you on the cutting edge and make sure that you have the latest and most effective training methods. If you act now, you can also save 20% on any packages – Fall Sports Performance Programs

Train hard, Train smart, Train True…

Registration is Open for ‘Fall 2’ Programs

Register by 10/17 and save 20% with code: fall20

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 Fall 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 Fall Sports Performance Training

Frederick, Md

Starts 10/29 – Offered Mondays and Wednesdays

 The Frederick Volleyball Club (4451 Georgia Pacific Blvd)

Chantilly, Va

Chantilly, Va – Starts 10/29- Offered Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays

 The nZone (14550 Lee Road)

Hagerstown, Md

 Hagerstown, Md – Starts 10/30 – Offered Tuesdays and Sundays

 Lifehouse Church (515 E Wilson Blvd)

Here’s What People Have To Say About Us

“I highly recommend True AP, they truly believe in every child’s potential and then help them grow into strong athletes step by step, coaching them, supporting them, guiding them and encouraging them.”
          Mohana Vamshi Gudepu, father of athlete

“This program is excellent and the instructors are awesome. I recommend TrueAP for every athlete who wants to be stronger and more confident. I can’t say enough about this program.”
          Michelle Murray, mother of athlete

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

Linear Speed Clinic Series

How Would You Like to Discover the Secrets to Developing Blazing Speed That Will Make Your Young Athlete Faster & More Dangerous on the Field or Court?

In our Linear Speed Clinic, we will unveil all of our speed training secrets that will have your athlete:

  • Accelerating faster than ever without the risk of injury
  • Reaching top speed faster than ever
  • Running with the proper mechanics
  • Improving efficiency to preserve their energy and keep them on the field longer

Space is Limited to the First 8 Registrants – Guarantee Your Athlete’s Spot Today!

The #1 request for performance training is speed. We all know that speed kills and the fastest athletes on the field or court have a huge advantage over their competition!

In our recent poll of hundreds of coaches, the number one thing that they wanted to improve in their athletes was their speed! I have yet to meet a coach that thinks an athlete is TOO fast or TOO quick.

Sprinting is a skill that can be developed and dramatically improved using the right combination of technique and training. Because some people aren’t nauturally fast some parents and coaches wrongly assume there is little they can do about it.

But Think of it like this. While it’s true not every athlete can be an Olympic sprinter, most athletes have never been taught how to run or move correctly, if at all. As you turn their weaknesses into strengths, they will operate at a much higher percent of their full potential. 

And you’ll learn exactly how to do that in our Linear Speed Clinic Series as we breakdown the fundamentals of sprinting including proper posture, proper mechanics, and proper rhythm. 

True Athlete Performance hosts Linear Speed Clinic Series for $59!

Hagerstown, Md

Tuesdays – 8/21 and 8/28

Ages 11-13 from 6:00-7:30pm

Ages 14-18 from 7:30-9:00pm

Lifehouse Church (515 E Wilson Blvd)

Frederick, Md

Mondays – 8/13, 8/20

 Ages 11-13 from 6:00-7:30pm

Ages 14-18 from 7:30-9:00pm

The Frederick Volleyball Club (4451 Georgia Pacific Blvd)

Chantilly, Va

Tuesdays – 8/21 and 8/28

 Ages 11-13 from 6:00-7:30pm

Ages 14-18 from 7:30-9:00pm

Lifehouse Church (515 E Wilson Blvd, Hagerstown, MD 21740)

Here’s What Athletes Like Yours Have To Say About Us

Rodney Dorsey (Frederick, Md), University of Towson and Tuscarora High School Football Player

Other athletes in my area were training with TrueAP and that motivated me to get started. I’ve always had great speed but Josh and TrueAP helped me improve even more by focusing on making improvements to my form and technique. From TrueAP, I’ve gained knowledge, drills, and techniques that I’ve continued to use in my athletic career. I am more efficient and explosive than I’ve ever been. 

 

 

 

 

Kaela (Chantilly, Va), Chantilly Youth Association Soccer Player

I wanted to be faster on the soccer field. I knew if I wanted to continue to play at a high level that I needed to work on my speed and reaction. TrueAP’s training was not only only helpful but fun. Improving my speed and athleticism has improved my overall game on the field, it’s the best training I’ve been a part of.

 

 

 

 

Simply Click On The Button Below to Reserve Your Athlete’s Spot in Linear Speed Clinic Series!

Your Season is Over…Now What?

Quick Tips to Re-Charge After Your Season.

If your sport season is coming to a close, it can be tempting to attack the weight room with new enthusiasm. But while you may be itching to hit the ground running, it’s important to take some time for to reflect, rest and recover before you look toward next season. Here are three quick tips to help you re-charge after your season.

REFLECT

Preparation and performance can be categorized in 3 areas:

  • Physical – Cardiovascular fitness, speed/agility, strength/core training, diet and nutrition, injury prevention.
  • Fundamental – Aspects related to the development of the many physical skills specifically related to the sport you participate in. 
  • Mental – Focus, intensity, purpose, trust, strategy formulation, adversity and coping skills, decision-making capabilities.

No matter how good you are in a sport, you can always get better and improve. Few athletes actually take the time to assess, critique, and formulate strategies to improve in an honest and purposful manner.

Try this short exercise…

When answering the following questions, be as specific and detailed as possible in relation to the physical, fundamental, and mental aspects of your preparation and performance.

  1. What aspects of your performance were you pleased with last season?
  2. What aspects of your performance were you NOT pleased with last season?
  3. What is your assessment of your daily preparation during the past season?
  4. How can your preparation improve?
  5. How have you matured as a person and as an athlete since last season?

REST and RECOVER

After the season your body needs a break. There will be plenty of time to train for your next season, and the best way to start preparing now is to give your body enough time to fully recover. Take two weeks off of high-intensity activity and address any injuries.

This rest period includes all structured high-intensity activity—no strength training and no workouts or pick-up games. 

However, you don’t need to stop ALL activity. 

Stretching (try these 3 mobility moves), foam-rolling (article and FREE CHEAT SHEET on foam rolling), and low-intensity cross-training—like riding a stationary bike, going for a brisk walk—are great options for active rest. 

Resist the urge to jump back into training immediately after the season to take the time reflect, rest, recover, and re-charge!

Peak in the Playoffs

 

Want to help your team peak in the playoffs?

Looking to go on a miraculous run through the playoffs with an average team?

Or are you trying to finally breakthrough and beat one of the elite programs in your sport?

Or are you top-seeded and wondering how your team will handle the pressure of expectations?

Here are five strategies to ensure that your team is motivated, fearless, and focused when it counts the most – the playoffs!

1. Stick to what got you there.
Do what works for you. Don’t feel like you need to change up your whole routine and game plan. Stick to what works for you and trust it to work again during the playoffs. Stay consistent with your routine. Remember that consistent preparation leads to consistent performance.

2. Execute the small things. Don’t beat yourself.
Championship teams are usually the ones who consistently do all the small things necessary to win. Focus your team on the top 3-5 battles you need to control to win the overall war. By focusing on and taking care of these small things, you force your opponents to beat you and often avoid beating yourself.

3. Know how to quickly refocus teammates.

Coaches and captains must know how to quickly and effectively refocus teammates when they are down, distracted, aggravated, or scared. You can’t allow people to go into the tank when you need their focus, confidence, and performance. It’s the ability to keep their team’s competing play after play, rather than succumbing to the inevitable adversity, distractions, and hassles of competition, that determines the outcome of many games.

4. Compete aggressively.
Take it to people, dictate the tempo… Go out and play the game with passion and vigor. Often it is the individual and team that is the most aggressive that comes out on top. 

5. Become a team of DESTINY
Many of the teams that I have been fortunate to witness win championships felt they were destined to do so. No matter what situation they found themselves in, whether they were down with little time left, had a tough injury to a key player, or weren’t getting the appropriate calls, they somehow felt that it was never enough to deter them from reaching their ultimate goal. They persisted on and trusted the process that it was all meant to be. Give your team every reason to feel they are destined for success. Assuming you have paid the price of success, remind your team that the training, your practices, and the lessons you learned throughout the season have all prepared you for this moment in time.

You want your team to feel – “This is our time.”

Developing Mental Toughness in Young Athletes

One of the greatest compliments an athlete can get is the label “mentally tough.” Mental toughness isn’t a quality people are born with. Rather, mental toughness is a skill. Just like any other skill it can be learned.

Coaches and parents are in an ideal position to help young athletes develop a healthy philosophy about success and an ability to handle setbacks when they occur. By teaching mental toughness lessons to kids, adults can give them a priceless gift that will benefit them in many areas of everyday life.

Here are some specific attitudes that can be communicated to young athletes.

  1. Creating Interest and Keeping It – I use a simple metaphor to build interest. I tell athletes to see sports participation like putting pennies in a piggy bank. Every time they show up to practice, that investment pays off with wins and success in the future. After students see their time as valuable, it is harder for them for them to quit or to give less than 100%. Your athlete will feel like they have invested so much, they will go the extra mile when the time comes to dig deep.
  2. Model/Encourage Consistency – Show your athlete what it means to have a confident attitude by continuing to do what you say you are going to do. Your athletes will see you as a consistent force in their life. They will want to honor that commitment by upholding their end of the bargain. Your athlete will have the tools to avoid the pitfalls of modern life, as they model your ‘show up’ consistency. Your athlete will see you as a model to follow, a consistent hero.   
  3. Proper Goal Setting – Develop the Why – Setting goals with your athlete allows you to define where they want them to go. Without a clear destination, nobody gets where they want to go. Setting goals allows athletes to judge progress and arrive at a specific destination.  Learning goal setting is a tool that carries them far beyond sports. What it would be like to congratulate your athlete for reaching their goals this season?     
  4. Expect and Prepare for and Dealing with Adversity – Learning to handle adversity is one of the key skills a human needs to learn. To become a high-achiever, athletes must learn to use tools for handling adversity. To be honest, achievement equates to adversity. True mental toughness comes from the ability to stay positive and on task at the worst of times. Teaching this to your athletes will be a part of your legacy as a parent or coach.
  5. Process oriented not ends oriented – Accomplishing goals is about achieving tiny things over time. Athletes learn that it’s not all about winning. It’s more important to show up and over time you will win through the application of the process. Focusing on the process rather than focusing on results fosters maturity. Establish a system to deliver small victories on a regular basis. These steps lead to guaranteed achievement.
  6. Having and keeping the right attitude – The athlete with the best approach to his attitude will win every game, even if he gets outscored. Attitude is the foundation of every aspect of sports from training to game-day. Teaching attitude comes before you teach a kid how to score. If your kid has a bad attitude, you don’t have a player, you have a problem. We do not win by accident. Attitude gives birth to victory. It is in those moments where we have to dig into some untapped well of strength that we cross the line between student and champion.

Mental toughness is a skill, and any skill can be learned.  Ultimately, mental toughness is built through habits, just like any other skill.  The habits of consistency and positive attitudes produces mental toughness.  Habit is built through the choices we make daily.  Mental toughness is a choice.  You have to consciously choose to persist until the choice to persist becomes a habit.

5 Ways to Instantly Become a Worse Athlete

Follow these 5 easy steps, and you’ll be well on your way to becoming a slower, weaker, burned-out athlete.

1. Don’t Sleep

Arguably the easiest step to becoming a worse athlete, don’t get enough sleep! Most already do this without even trying. But while sleep is important for human beings in general, it is essential for athletes. While you sleep, your body metabolizes glucose, which helps your muscles recover from a hard training session. So if you’re getting less than the recommended 7-8 hours of sleep per night, your muscles won’t recover as quickly. Awesome, right? But that’s not all—lack of sleep can also lead to moodiness and anxiety, which can affect your performance on game day. Bottom line: don’t sleep enough, and you will DEFINITELY be able to tell a difference in your athletic performance – the wrong kind of difference.

2. Don’t Rest

Rest refers not to sleep, but to taking a purposeful break from training. And it’s one of the quickest ways to deteriorate your athletic ability. Taking rest days—complete days when you’re not even doing active recovery or cross-training—gives your body a chance to repair small tears in muscle caused by resistance training, and build new muscle tissue from protein ingested after training. Your muscles need a pause from the constant breakdown that occurs when you strength-train in order to rebuild themselves stronger. By skipping your rest days and going all-out in the gym 24/7, you’ll be on your way to developing symptoms of overtraining: extreme muscle soreness, extreme fatigue, depression, and susceptibility to illness and injury. Awesome, right? So build in rest days or you’ll be the coolest athlete wearing a knee brace or missing practice from a sinus infection.

3. Don’t Eat

Yeah, just stop eating. Your body needs the nutrients and energy in food to do basically everything: repair organs, fight off diseases, and build muscle. If you really want to see a decline in your athletic performance, simply stop eating enough calories to maintain your high activity level! Not eating enough is a simple, easy way to sabotage your athletic career—closely followed by eating the wrong stuff. Meeting your calorie requirements solely with Flamin’ Hot Cheetos will definitely leave you not feeling like sprinting for your full 90-min soccer game. 2,500 calories worth of Vanilla milkshake never makes my long runs any easier. Oh, don’t eat after training either. Physical activity depletes muscles of glycogen, made from carbohydrates, so if you want to make your muscles sore and mad, don’t eat anything within 30 minutes to 2 hours after training. 

4. Don’t Warm-Up

Make sure you go into practice, the gym, or the competition completely cold, and you’ll be well on your way to injury and decreased performance. 

5. Don’t Train on a Periodized Program

Periodization programming peaks athletes for their sport at just the right time. DO NOT do this if you hate being amazing. Don’t train on a periodized, customized, sport-specific training program. A periodized program means that your workouts change depending on the day, week, and season of your athletic year—off-season training looks a lot different from pre-season training, because your body needs different types of conditioning for these phases. To train to perform during a given season, you must be using a periodized training program. If you go into the gym and do the same workout, same rep count, same weight, over and over again, your body will stop responding to the stimuli of training and you will plateau!

And there you have it! 5 easy ways to instantly become a worse athlete. Practice each one faithfully, and I promise you will never be the best athlete on your team—and that’s a guarantee!