Sports Performance

Pro-Level Sports Performance Enhancement via a CSCS

So, what can we offer athletes of all ages and levels that are seeking sports performance enhancement here at QB&P? For starters, on-the field experience as an athlete, not just in the gym! I was a D1 running back at the University of New Hampshire and also a Captain. However, my freshman year I realized I desperately needed help from a strength coach and performance programming or I was going nowhere. I listened, trusted and excelled gaining over 40 lbs. of high performance , functional myuscle under our Strength coach, George “Dino” Elder. I eventually went on to get drafted in ’83 by the Cowboys.

I’ve attended Top Gun camp and been invited to speak with many amateur athletes. Whether it is their motivation or their parents to get Certified Professional help…I still see very few athletes who are progressing to where they should be as incoming freshman from a functional size, strength, speed perspective.. Take it from a former pro, the time in now, early in their careers so they are not faced with cramming to catch up as I did my freshman year. And it is so important to have a knowledgeable, certified performance expert implement porper programming that will be safe and benefical for any athlete.

That’s where I come in. I understand all of it, emphasizing quickness (or acceleration, first step) over linear speed, foot speed with power, strength applicable to a field of play, agility not at the expense of strength or mass gain, what works ( a cut to the chase ) and what is subpar or dangerous, and most importantly nutrition to excel as an athlete whick typically is an afterthought meaning after careers are over.

I am not big on fat; we build aesthetic athletes. Fat or non-functional mass, is inert, has no biological activity and might impress on a scale yet, does nothing for your performance in your specific sport. The weakness in performance training is nutrition…which we maximize FIRST. Then we master better to best movement patterns in basic compound movements, incorporate these with functional, open chain work, emphasizing the non-dominant side, bilateral asymmetries, rebalance existing routines, improve mental toughness and focus. This, while teaching how to be a class act, role model, and a better student/athlete as well. Oftentimes, we might address structural muscular imbalances causing joint of nerve issues (or future ones) before we embark on any resistance, speed or agility training. Although quite common, it is obvious to me upon diagnosis (casts, growth plate fractures, one-side dominant movement are causes ), and correctable.

Commonly, many athletes I work with just need to eat more and better. Simple as that. I met Kevin Foley as a 211 pd sophomore starter at Marist. He finished as a 245 pd senior captain at Inside Linebacker and in his case, what he benefitted from was a renewed emphasis on nutritional intake and quality. Want to get stronger?
Protein, two syllables defined are for and strength and the marcronutrient most athletes are deficient in. Another beauty is “it is the only nutrient (macro. or big one) upon ingestion which can make you stronger!” Sure carbs are your primary source of energy and of equal importance is it’s protein sparing (meaning sufficient carb intake spares protein intake from being used as an energy source) benefit. Dietary fat becomes a secondary source of energy. I would estimate that well over 90% of athletes’ protein intake is insufficient. This becomes a starting point to meeting their full potential before any training program is started.

Experience on the field is combined with my CSCS certification. Unlike certificates that can be obtained in a weekend, my CSCS was a hefty investment of both time and money including 600 hours study, and a timed four hour exam w/ proctors at Pace University. We recertify every three years with 6 college credit units, CPR/First aid/AED and proof of full liability insurance. A client of mine, a former college athlete, astutely said, “the problem in your (my) industry is there is no barrier to entry.” This is so true, particularly in this long-term recession, where people decide on a whim to get a certificate and become “a trainer” or worse, represent themselves as a strength coach. I am a holdover from a yesteryear where this industry had professionals, the work ethic was old school yet the science employed stays current science. Please, experience the difference.

The NSCA is THE governing body for athletic performance training of which I am certified and recognizes that every professonal coach has to be, including myself.
As you would do with anyone in charge of your wellness, check the credentials of your trainer or performance coach. This Certified Professional wants to help athletes achieve their goals. If you have another moment, click on 10 Commandments, a credo I penned years ago that all fitness and performance professionals should implement…yet, few do. If your training history, as example has not been maintained on a strength card in your file, let’s start yours now! Funny, it went over well with fellow professionals and not with those who are not.