Sports training has become more and more specialized and this created an unintended consequence. Our bodies are a system of systems that require varied and constant stimulus. Often specialized training neglects the basics of athletic movement of power generated at the core and transferred to the extremity.
Ever met a natural athlete? You know the person that picks up a sport after just a few tries. Jackson, Jordan, Sanders, it’s not an accident that most of the greatest athletes were multi-sport athletes. Their sport didn’t make them great athletes, being a great athlete allowed them to excel at the their sport.
This is why GPP (General Purpose Physical) training in the off season produces outsized results later during sport specific training. The gains in baseline strength and efficient movement at speed with a high heart rate create a foundation that the athlete can build on while developing fine motor skills specific to their sport.
We have trained scholarship and high school level athletes in football, swimming, tennis, volleyball, field hockey and cross country. We do modify many of our programs to help prepare specific areas of interest for a impact sport vs and endurance sport, but our core belief remains the same; developing the athlete to their true genetic potential will get them further to their sports goals.