Frequently asked questions
My kid is 9-10 years old, is this appropriate for them?
We are firm believers of providing services supported by research and largely rely on the findings of the Long Term Athletic Development model (LTAD). This model requires the identification of early, average and late maturers in order to design appropriate training and competition programs in relation to optimal trainability and readiness. The beginning of the growth spurt and the peak of the growth spurt (Peak Height Velocity) are significant landmarks for Long Term Athlete Development applications of training and competition design. (Read Page 28-30 in attached document for more details).
I want to be faster, do you guys offer speed/agility/quickness training? Or… I want to jump higher, do you guys offer jump/plyometric training?
We do! BUT, based on our assessment of each athlete we determine their highest needs for their overall development. Most of the time we find that most athletes have an overwhelming need to get stronger BEFORE they can be fast & explosive. If we address that strength is a priority, we suggest that this be the focus and still supplement the athletes program with the things that they want to do. “You can’t be overly powerful when you are under strong.” – Jeremy Sheppard
How do you make decisions on what program an athlete needs?
Every Individual Training athlete begins their first session with a performance assessment and goal setting. In a variety of performance tests we are able to reveal some of the athletes strengths and weaknesses and align these findings with their performance or sport specific goals.
From here a program is made to tailor to these goals throughout their training plan. In Group Training all athletes begin with a performance test, but their common goals will be addressed in the programming as they will share the same program. In Team Training, every member of the team goes through performance testing and common weaknesses are addressed based off of discussions with the coach and observations by our coaches.
I train with my team, can I train on my own as well?
YES! If your team already trains with GPA, we will set up a separate package for you to train another day on your own under the Individual Training Package. Please contact us if this is of interest to you!
How many times a week is preferred to see results from training?
We typically recommend a minimum of 3 training sessions a week as it provides the greatest training stimulus for optimal changes in performance.
I have ‘x’ injury, are there still things I can do?
We are always open to discussing your injury and can communicate with physical therapists or doctors on their recommendations regarding exercise. We ask that as soon as the injury happens we are notified ASAP so we can determine what will be safest and best practice to help you still train. In most cases we are still able to train around the injury without affecting it (example: training the opposite limb, torso exercises, upper/lower extremity only). See why Unilateral strength training increases voluntary activation of the opposite untrained limb in our blog! (Link to blog). In addition to our prehab/injury prevention exercises we include before our training sessions, we would include a greater focus in Individual Training to assist the injured athlete in return to play.