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The Perfect Warm-Up

The Perfect Warm-Up - True AP

Knowing how to warm up effectively can be the difference between your players surviving the preseason and thriving in the regular season or your players stumbling through the season due to preventable injury.

Traditional warmups take athletes through a series of static stretches. There’s value in traditional stretch-and-hold, or “static” stretching if done properly and done after a workout. However, static stretching routines performed before exercise increase flexibility only for a short time. There is little scientific evidence that such routines improve performance, reduce delayed-onset muscular soreness (DOMS), or prevent injuries.

The main purpose of warming up is to prepare your body for the upcoming movement. At TrueAP, we progress through a “Movement Prep” process of activating or “waking” the muscles, dynamically stretching them, and then exciting them so it is easier to call on these muscles when needed. As opposed to a traditional warmup, Movement Prep actually makes you stronger and produces long-term flexibility gains. You actively elongate your muscles in a series of movements, which can improve balance, mobility, and stability. Think of it as warming up with a purpose.

Movement Prep increases heart rate, core temperature, and blood flow to working muscles. By strengthening muscles in this new range of motion, you stabilize all the tiny muscles that hold the joints together. That will improve posture and performance and decrease potential for injury. Just doing Movement Prep alone can make your body stronger and more stable, and can also help increase speed and power output. Performing Movement Prep will allow you to keep pushing your body to the level needed while reducing the risk of injury. 

Check out TrueAP’s “Quick Guide to Movement Prep” and start using our sample routines today!

Maximize Results with the True AP “Starter Pack”

The “Starter Pack” is designed to help athletes maximize results, achieve new levels of performance, and keep them consistently working out.

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 Offered Monday through Thursdays, and Saturdays

 The nZone (14550 Lee Road)

Purcellville, VA

 Group Training Offered Mondays and Wednesdays

 Olympus Gym (201 N Maple Ave #204)

Hagerstown, Md

 Group Training Offered Tuesdays and Sundays

 Lifehouse Church (515 E Wilson Blvd)


Why do we include 1-ON-1 sessions in the “Starter Pack”?

  • 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 your progress.
  • 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.

 

The “Starter Pack” saves over 25% of the cost of these amazing programs if they were priced separately.

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.

Foam Roller Flow Routine (FREE Cheat Sheet)

 

Grab your foam roller and flow between 10 self-massage moves that hit your whole body. 

This routine will improve tissue quality and break up scar tissue, adhesions, and knots.

It’s ideal for tight muscles and achy joints and best performed pre/post-workout and anytime of day.

===> DOWNLOAD [Foam Roller] Cheat Sheet

Here’s how to do it: 

Perform each move for one minute with no rest between moves for 10 total minutes. Switch sides at the halfway 30-second mark for all single-sided exercises:

  1. Quadriceps L/R
  2. Hamstrings L/R
  3. Adductors L/R
  4. TFL/IT Band L/R
  5. Glutes L/R
  6. Calves L/R
  7. Shins L/R
  8. Shins (Lateral) L/R
  9. Lats L/R
  10. Thoracic (Upper/Mid-Back)
  • Pay attention to which areas of your body are most sore and tight and be sure to spend extra time on these areas at all other times pre/post-workout. Prioritizing your self-massage in this manner will provide you the biggest bang for you buck.
  • For knee pain, focus on #1, 4, 5 
  • For shoulder pain, focus on #9, 10
  • For back pain, focus on #2, 3, 5, and 10. #10 is also great for improving posture.
  • If you run/jump a lot and/or suffer from shin splits, focus on #6, 7 and 8.

I simply cannot stress enough the importance of daily self-massage. It will make you feel better, move better, and perform better.

If you’re serious about changing your body, feeling better, and making serious gains in the weight room and on the field/court, then “self-massage” days are a must.

After all, you’re only as strong as how well you allow yourself to recover.

===> DOWNLOAD [Foam Roller] Cheat Sheet

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!

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

True AP Clients Continue to Shine

Carly, Danielle and Stephanie each were Washington Post All Metropolitan lacrosse selections, participated in a total of 7 Virginia State Championship games, were two year Captains at Oakton HS and they went on to become scholarship athletes at the University of Connecticut and the College of William and Mary respectively.

Carly Palmucci (Oakton HS 2012, Univ of Connecticut 2016) – Read Bio

Started training with Rob Rose as a 6th grader and at Oakton HS was a two time All American, Northern Region Offensive player of the year and Captain of  the 2012 Virginia State Championship team. Carly went to become a 4 year starter at UConn, an All Big East Conference selection and holds the UConn single season record for shooting percentage. 

Danielle Palmucci (Oakton HS 2014, William and Mary 2018) – Read Bio

Started training with Rob Rose as a 6th grader and at Oakton HS was an All American, Northern Region Defensive player of the year, a First Team All State selection and member of the 2012 Virginia State Championship team. Danielle is a 4 year starter and team Captain at William and Mary.

Stephanie Palmucci (Oakton 2016, Univ of Connecticut 2020) – Read Bio

Started training with Rob Rose as a 6th  grader and at Oakton  HS was a two time, First Team All State selection and a two time Virginia State finalist. Stephanie is playing in her first year at UConn.

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!