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05/10/2019

Many team athletes know they need to do additional strength and conditioning outside of practices, but may be heading to the gym without much of a plan, without knowing how to relate their workouts to their sport and their goals. At best it’s a waste of time, and at worst it can result in injuries. At Athletic Republic, however, we train athletes specifically to get better in competition and excel at their sport. When they’re training with us, they can quickly get measurable results that translate to success on the field. And we have the numbers to back it up.

We know we get results because whenever an athlete comes in to train, they’re tested in a variety of ways to establish a performance baseline. We look at three key areas of athleticism: movement skills, power and strength, and efficiency. The results of these tests allow us to create and personalize training programs that address the specific needs of the athlete. Additionally, they give us a concrete way to measure performance improvements at the end of the training program.

For instance, we’ve been training Megan,15-year-old soccer player, since last October. She’s in the 10th grade, a time when college recruiting really kicks into high gear for serious players. She was skilled and in good shape compared to her peers, but felt that being stronger and faster would help her make an impact at recruiting tournaments. She was also concerned about reducing her risk of injury, having had teammates who tore their ACLs and missed entire seasons as a result.

When we tested Megan we found she was already fairly strong, but there was definitely room for improvement. Megan started training with us three times a week for eight weeks, then we ran her through the tests again. In that relatively short period of time, she made impressive gains in lower body strength and power. When we ran the 3PQ test on the Plyo Press machine, she registered an average of 6% increase in isometric force generated by her legs. What really impressed was the rate of force development, or how quickly she could reach maximum force. That jumped an average of 33%! On the soccer field, that means she’s much more explosive when cutting or breaking into a sprint. These measurements were backed up by her vertical leap measurement, which improved an incredible 5.5 inches, or 35%. Similarly, her broad jump improved 15 inches, or 20%. The vertical and broad jump are ways of measuring power --the quicker force is generated, the faster the velocity that the athlete leaves the ground with. Higher power translates to higher maximum velocity and better agility on the field.

What do these big results in lower body strength and power mean in competition? According to her mother, “We’re big believers in the Athletic Republic system, because we can see how well it works. Everyone’s been asking me what Megan has been doing for training, because she’s so much stronger and faster in games than she was before.”Her coach agrees, stating, “Megan’s taken her game to the next level faster than just about anyone I’ve seen. This kind of training is a no-brainer for anyone who wants to get better.” Megan’s teammates are taking notice, too -- we recently had a parent of one come in to the center to set up a trial workout who said, “Megan’s looking incredible out on the field -- my daughter wants to get that fast, too!”Are you ready to take your game to the next level? Contact us to set up a free trial and see for yourself how Athletic Republic can help make it happen.