1) What are PL Levels (2, 3, 4, 4.40), and how are athletes graded and classified?
a. PL stands for Performance Level, and is the system by which we grade and classify our athletes. Athletes are graded on both physical and mental characteristics including but not limited to: prior training experience, chronological and biological age, existing relative bodyweight strength, lower body power, movement biomechanics, mental focus & capacity, intrinsic (self) motivation, etc.
b. Athletes may be moved up or down a PL-Level based upon their performance.
2) Why are there 2 session types for PL3 and PL4?
a. We offer separate Speed & Strength sessions for our higher-level athletes. These athletes have a sufficient athletic base to be able to benefit from this increased level of focus.
3) Why is my session not offered at “xx:xx” time??
a. We take pride in offering a total of 5 different session types, many for multiple sessions each day. We try to strike a balance between giving our athletes options while still keeping some separation between athletes of different Performance Levels.
4) How many day’s per week should my child train?
a. This questions depends on several factors including: your child’s biological age, what other activities your child is participating in, your child’s own interest in performance training, the time of year, etc.
b. As athletes become more physically mature they are able to handle more overall training volume.
c. Training frequency will be discussed after the initial evaluation.
5) How many times per day should my child train?
a. We do not recommend anyone but the highest-level athlete train for multiple sessions a day at 4.40 Performance. While our packages are sold as Unlimited, we reserve the right to limit training if we believe it may result in overtraining the athlete.
6) What should the training breakdown (speed vs. strength) be?
a. This will depend on the sport the athlete is training for and the time of year.
b. Golfer’s do not need to participate in any speed sessions.
c. In general, as you approach the competitive season the overall training bias should switch over from strength to speed training.
7) What is your opinion on weight training in adolescents?
a. There’s a lot of misinformation out there regarding athletic training in adolescent populations. Kids are not impervious to injury, whether in the weight room or on the field of play, but weight training gets a bad wrap. While it is true that weight training places forces on the body greater than that experienced at rest, what is often ignored is that forces of 2-5x bodyweight goes through the foot, ankle, knee, etc. while jumping and running, two activities that we never worry about kids performing. Our point is that while strength training does expose athletes to novel forces, none are greater than those experienced while playing their sport.
To be Continued....