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Do you have what every elite athlete has?

There's one commonality that every elite athlete possesses, it's something that could be argued as the most important aspect to their success. This commonality is called...accumulation of training years.

We stress this concept so often to our athletes and their parents-if you want future success you have to put the time in now. Accumulation of training years is the concept that all of the years/time spent practicing your skill will lead to the best/optimal athletic result. Think about every pro athlete you follow, how often do you hear them say, "Well I started when I was 14." You don't. They start young, they practiced forever and put in the work, which correlates to their success.

No athlete plays a sport not wanting success for their effort, which is why we push for younger athletes to start learning basic concepts early. The picture below shows our table of critical age periods of trainability - this table illustrates which age level will benefit from different forms of training. Every age has their optimal times to learn different skills. For example, think about a skill like coordination and a midget aged athlete - if a midget didn't take the time to develop coordination at a young age it's incredibly hard (if possible at all) to catch up to someone who started when they were 5.

A lot of times younger athletes don't realize how much the drills and practice is building towards their success, every time they're in the gym it's building their foundation. As trainers it's easy to see which athletes started at a young age, even when we're teaching exercises/lifts athletes don't have previous experience with.

For example, teaching a back squat - if you took two athletes, one who's been in the gym and worked their flexibility, body awareness and understands basic movements and the other none of the prior, 10/10 times the athlete who understand basic concepts will learn and develop the move faster. This again can be linked back to accumulation of training years, it's the lump sum of training/athletic experiences that weighs heaviest on future success.

Every concept learned and worked on will correlate to an advanced future concept. Body awareness is linked to better lifting (understanding movements/verbal cues), basic plyometrics correlate to explosive power/strength, the list goes on forever...

Athletic success has one commonality, it's the total amount of time spent practicing and training your trade. Start working today to build your future, every day counts.

The Proven Secret to Getting Stronger: Great Training Partners

Even the best training programs can fail without the right type of support. The proven secret to success is great training partners. When you’re able to be pushed past your comfort zone by others–that is when strength will greatly increase. We have what’s called the SCC (Support, Challenge, Camaraderie), it’s our foundation as to why great training partners are a must.

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Support

Motivation - Great training partners bring a positive energy, attitude and improve the gym atmosphere.

Energy - If you’re a serious athlete you know how important it is to have people surrounding you with the same driven mindset.

Spotting - Partners can help you avoid injury when handling heavy weight and help deload/load weight.

Confidence - Working with others builds your self confidence and theirs.

Keep you honest - Great training partners won’t let you forge numbers or cheat reps, they’ll keep you honest and demand persistence.

Challenge

Competition - Partners will push you to prove yourself...and them wrong.

Strengths/Weaknesses - Everyone will have their own strengths and weaknesses–having training partners shows you what you need to work on, no one wants to be the weak link.

New limits - Whether it be weight, time, reps–partners will help increase what you’re able to to do and perform.

Camaraderie

"Chi" - This is the atmosphere you and your partners create when training together, it's the energy you feel when surrounded by the right people.

Relationships - Whether your partners are teammates, friends, coaches, competition–you will build better relationships with them by training along side them.

Accountability - You and your partners have a commitment to each other when you train: time, a positive attitude and motivation are a few examples of your responsibility to them.

“No wimping out” - Great partners won’t allow you to quit and take the easy way out. Even on your worst day a great training crew will challenge you.

Common goal - At the end of the day you’re all working towards one goal: Self Improvement.

Fun - It’s fun training with people who challenge you. Getting stronger, reaching new limits and growing is fun–especially when your partners are putting in hardwork with you.

When you train with the right group of people your results will match the energy brought to the gym. The right training group will push you past your own limits and help you accomplish your goals. We guarantee if you have training partners that follow these points you will get stronger, create a better self and build stronger relationships.