Elite Sports Performance (ESP) is revolutionizing the way athletes strive towards their athletic potential. At ESP, our mission is to create a well-conditioned, well-rounded athlete, with injury prevention at the core of our values. We believe that a performance program is only one of the steps into becoming 'elite.' Rather than implementing a "cookie cutter" workout for a group of athletes, ESP focuses on developing each athlete individually. With more athletes focusing on specialization of a particular sport at an earlier age, it is crucial that overworked muscles are tended to. Conversely, muscle groups that do not play a prominent role in an athlete's sport need to be given attention to develop. With that in mind, each ESP athlete's fundamental movements are assessed thoroughly before they begin their workout. Following the assessment, athletes are given a personalized plan of attack to most efficiently improve their athletic performance. Our belief is that marginal gains each day are what separate the elite from the ordinary. Trust the program and begin the path to maximizing your ability today.
What Makes ESP Unique?
ESP takes a systems-based approach, boiling athletic performance down to its essential parts and striving to improve on each one. The simple reality is that training has evolved dramatically in recent years. Traditional training is not enough anymore. Our highly targeted workouts offer greater benefits than an athlete will get spending hour after hour training on their own or using a generic workout.
What Does a Typical Class Entail?
Foam Roll - Foam rolling is a safe and very effective technique involving the application of gentle, sustained pressure into the Myofascial connective tissue to restore motion and eliminate pain. Due to the constant grind of modern-day athletics, this action is a necessity for athletes to loosen their muscles and generate blood flow.
Dynamic Warm-Up - After rolling, athletes head to our sprint track to further loosen their muscles through various movements. Research has proven that this type of stretching before exercise can actually decrease an athlete's strength and explosiveness.
Mobility - One of the big misconceptions in fitness is the notion that flexibility and mobility are one in the same. Mobility is one's ability to perform functional movement patterns with no restrictions in the the full range of motion - with control. A flexible person may or may not have the core strength, balance or coordination to perform the same movements with the same control.
Strength - Sustained success comes from training and performing over the long-term rather than winning in the short-term. Overemphasizing an athlete's sport (sport-specific training) too soon will cause shortcomings in athletic ability later in an athlete's career. Overemphasizing appearance (bodybuilding training) is training for form. ESP's approach to strength training begins with the end product in mind, an athlete who is protected from injury and best equipped to excel in his or her sport of choice. We focus on a number of concepts, including bodyweight mastery early on, movement variety, foundational skills, an an emphasis on quality coaching to develop a well-prepared young athlete.
Speed and Agility - When properly implemented, speed and agility training can be the difference between a good athlete and a great one. In a recent study, researchers found that athletes of high ability (starters) performed substantially better on tests of agility relative to their less skilled counterparts. However, no significant difference was found regarding peak linear speed. With this in mind, ESP stands by the belief that on-field success is determined to a greater extent by the athlete's multidirectional movement ability rather than peak linear speed exclusively.
Cool Down - Our cool down's objective is to kickstart the recovery process by loosening up the joints and muscles. To elaborate, when faced with a stressor, muscles contract. Following completion, the muscles remain contracted for some time. Recovery is the restoration of a muscles' length. Therefore, forgetting to stretch is a surefire way to slow down the recovery process.