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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!

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.

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!

7 Lame Excuses

Adults…this one’s for you.

Whenever we don’t want to do something like exercising we tend to think of creative excuses to get ourselves out of it. Excuses serve a simple purpose: to relieve some of the guilt associated with not doing whatever it was we said we were going to do.

Ultimately though, these excuses start to add up and disempower and diminish our lives. If you really want to do something, you will make time for it instead of making excuses.

Here are seven of the most common and disempowering excuses that people give for not joining our adult fitness program. Let’s look at each of them and how to overcome them one by one.

1. I am not fit enough. 

This is probably the biggest fear of most who are considering joining a new program. Lucky for you, True AP’s Adult Fitness Program is geared for all fitness levels from beginner to advanced. We welcome all ages and all fitness abilities – our youngest current participant is in their 20’s and our oldest is in their 60’s!  Our coaches are there to work with all fitness levels and will have modifications and advancements of every exercise. You can work as hard or as easy as you want…it’s your workout! But, we promise we will push you to your limits!

2. I cannot afford it. 

Our classes are extremely affordable as our pricing breaks down to $5-$8 per session! Realize, you are working with a certified fitness professional in a personal / individualized setting. Every time you participate, you will get results & that’s why you train – TO GET RESULTS! The better question is… How much time and money have you wasted on fitness memberships, vitamins, supplements, books, and fitness products trying to achieve your fitness goals?

3. I will start next month.

The problem is, next month you will have the same excuse. Think about it…how many times have you ALREADY used that excuse? The longer you wait, the harder it becomes! FORM NEW HABITS TODAY!

4. I don’t have time.

Sorry but this is just another excuse, nothing more. We all have responsibilities, but there’s nothing more important to you and your family than your health. If the only time of the day to exercise is at 5am, then get up early and make it happen. It’s painful at first, but you’ll thank yourself afterwards and feel much better for the rest of the day. Our classes are 1 hour out of your 24 hour day and likely no more than 3 hours of your 168 hour week! You have time, you need to make time – it’s all about your PRIORITIES!

5. I don’t like running.

Great! We don’t like running either! In fact, we do very minimal running during class. Any running that we do is under 30 yards.

6. Exercise is hard work.

Ask any current participant how they feel before, during, and after each training session. My guess… Nervous. Challenged. Accomplished – in that exact order! BUT, just because you will be pushed harder than you can push yourself on your own, doesn’t mean it won’t be the most fun you’ve ever had working out! “If it doesn’t challenge you, it doesn’t change you!”

7. I am a member of a gym.

Great! BUT our training program will get your more results in 1 month than you will get in 1 year on your own at the gym. You get a certified coach and individualized instruction every single time without the expensive cost. No gym can give this to you.

THE PRE-HOLIDAY SHRED starts on November 4th in Hagerstown, MD! Flip the script this year and lose fat when everybody else is getting sloppy and pounding Halloween candy 👻🎃.Click the direct link here: trueap.com/shred to signup and get ready to lose 5-8 lbs of fat before 🌽Thanksgiving. 

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.