Questions and Answers
A QUICK REFERENCE GUIDE TO COMMONLY ASKED QUESTIONS
How would you describe your training program and focus?
I am in the business of developing the complete athlete. My Total Package Training Program includes:
Total Body Physical Development
Strength, Power, and Explosion Training
Athletic Performance and Skills Training
Sport Specific and Position Specific Training
Injury Prevention and Injury Rehabilitation
Sprint Mechanics, Footwork, Plyometrics, and Agility Training
Speed, Quickness, Endurance, and Conditioning Training
Time Management Skills, Mental Focus, and Fitness Education
Sports Performance Management and Fitness Specific Nutrition
Muscular Recuperation and Workout Recovery
Next Level Development and College Athletic Preparation
Click on the link Athletic Performance Training Guidelines for a detailed explanation on
"How I Develop Good Athletes into Great Athletes"
What is a typical workout like?
Most of my athletes are looking to improve at an accelerated rate so they can perform at an exceptional level in middle school, high school, college, or in the pros. Therefore we push it, and it is well documented that we train as hard, fast, and smart as any program out there. What sets my workouts apart is the intensity and pace, and how I make the necessary adjustments every workout, so each athlete can reach their goals as efficiently and quickly as possible. It is well known among athletes and their peers, that we build stronger, more powerful, and more muscular athletes faster than any other sports performance program.
What are my training options?
My total package training program includes work In the weight room, on the track, on the field, at the nutrition table, and on the college recruiting trail (when applicable). I train athletes in either a one on one setting (e.g. pros and elite college athletes), or in sport specific groups (e.g. middle school and high school student-athletes). Workouts range in time from 60 minutes to 90 minutes per session.
My training and nutrition programs are sport and position specific with an emphasis on developing each athlete to their genetic and athletic potential.
Call me for specific training options, and/or log on to my Online Sports Performance Store
Do younger athletes workout with older athletes?
Only if the younger athlete is physically and mentally mature enough for a specific form of advanced training. For example, I had one younger athlete who was a national sprint champion in AAU track. He obviously was capable of training with older athletes in that capacity. In addition, many younger athletes who have started with me in middle school are able to train the next level up after one year in my program. Refer to my Training Progression tab within the Weight Lifting tab for a detailed explanation.
Do you train athletes full time and when did you start?
Yes, I am a full time, independent strength and conditioning coach, performance training specialist, sports nutrition consultant, and college recruiting advisor. I first started training and counseling athletes, and working with sports teams, including their coaches, scouts, managers and trainers, in 1987.
My independence allows me to work with athletes throughout greater Houston and the USA, 365 days a year. I am not subjected to any time and rule restrictions imposed by the governing bodies of high school sports in Texas (UIL, TAPPS, and SPC), or by any contract with a specific school or school district. In addition, I do not work at another job, or perform my trade part time. These are very important factors to consider when choosing a strength and conditioning coach, especially when a student-athlete has aspirations of competing on the collegiate level, and they want to create the most opportunities.
As far as my schedule, I typically work with athletes and clients on Mondays through Thursdays from 6 am until 8 pm, on Fridays and Saturdays from 8 am until 5 pm, and on Sunday late afternoons to early evenings. The past 30 years I have put in over 60,000 hours of actual personal training time with athletes, from middle school to professionals.
What is the youngest age you start working with athletes?
My middle school, student-athlete program is designed for children beginning at the age of 11, or entering the sixth grade. That said, I do have younger athletes who were allowed to join up earlier after an initial evaluation.
Will other trainers work with my student-athlete?
No, and this is one of the unique features of my program as compared to others. Athletes are trained by me only. I do not pass my athletes on to another trainer! On rare occasion I may have a colleague assist me, but this is typically reserved for specialty camps or events. The personal attention I give to every athlete is a major factor why so many are successful and develop into next level athletes.
How soon do you include sports nutrition into your program?
Immediately as my performance based, sports nutrition program is a major factor in how quickly my athletes develop, recover from workouts, and perform in games. My sports performance nutrition program has been developed through years of research, the practical application with hundreds of athletes, and through the interaction with an employeed registered dietitian over many years. My sports performance nutrition program takes into account each athlete's specific fitness needs, health history, food allergies, energy and recovery requirements, growth and performance goals.
What type of individual awards and honors have your athletes received?
I have been blessed with training a wide variety of very talented professional athletes plus younger amateur athletes who possessed the ability and work ethic to achieve great success. Individual awards and honors include:
Team MVP, Tournament MVP, Athlete of the Year, All Star
Team MVP, District MVP, Tournament MVP, All Star, All District, All Area, All Region, All State, All American
Academic All District, Academic All State, National Honor Society
Team MVP, All Conference, All American
All Star, All Pro, All League, Tournament Champion
How fast can my young athlete pack on muscle?
I grew up and competed as multi-sport athlete in many disciplines including football, baseball, soccer, and track. I also have a power lifting and body building background. In combination with my sport specific functional strength training, my power lifting and bodybuilding program has enabled many middle school and high school athletes to pack on over 30 pounds of lean body mass in only six months! That said most of my athletes can build that much muscle in a year, every year. This is the norm, not the exception! Note: We are totally drug free. Some of my competitors simply do not possess the knowledge and personal experience, and/or they do not implement the proper training system to build muscle, strength, and power, as fast as we do.
Will my young athlete become muscle bound?
Absolutely not, because we follow a stretching, running, and lifting protocol that prevents such a scenario. For example, I have trained high school student-athletes who have been awarded All State in nine different sports, including many different positions. This does not happen by becoming muscle bound.
Everyone claims to have the best program, how do I know yours really stands out?
First, I have stood the test of time having counseled over 3000 clients and personally trained over 2000 athletes, with 160 of them who have moved on to compete on the collegiate level. This is in addition to any specialty camps I have worked. I have also published over 100 articles on training and nutrition, lectured for professional and amateur sports teams, certification organizations, medical institutions, and fortune 500 companies.
How do you evaluate student-athletes?
My analysis of each student-athlete begins with the first time I speak to them, to get an overview of their mental focus, goals, maturity, and training discipline. In the gym, on the track, and on the field, I identify their range of motion capabilities and flexibility, and test them on their strength, power, speed, agility, explosion, footwork, balance, recovery, and conditioning. Analysis are consistently being performed throughout the training process.
Now here is another area that sets my sports performance program apart. I watch all of my athletes compete, in person. Doing so enables me to see live, how their hard work translates into better on-field and/or on-court performances, and which training adjustments are needed to ensure they keep improving on schedule.
How do you view the interaction between academics and sports participation?
I believe in building a team where the student-athlete, their parents, and myself are working together to create the best opportunities for the student-athlete long term. Everyone who truly knows me understands that I am totally committed to my student-athletes becoming excellent students as well as outstanding athletes. This is true with my daughters as well, as both earned Academic All State honors and membership into the National Honor Society in high school. My older daughter is now a college graduate and was a college honors athlete, while my younger daughter also earned All State athletic honors in swimming, and is now in a college honors program.
What are some of the universities your student-athletes have compete for and graduated from?
A short list includes: Rice, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, MIT, Virginia, Wake Forest, Vanderbilt, DePauw, Texas, Trinity, TCU, Baylor, Texas A&M, LSU, Texas Tech, Houston, Dallas Baptist, Tulane, Kansas State, Mississippi State, Texas State, Colorado Mines, and many more...
What about in-school workouts as compared to extra-curricular workouts?
First it's important to recognize that in-school training programs vary greatly dependent upon the school, coach, and sport. Plus there are restrictions placed upon the school coaches by the governing bodies who oversee middle school and high school athletics in Texas (e.g. UIL, TAPPS, and SPC). The restrictions can and do limit how much time and supervision a school coach can devote to their athletes during the off season and summer. In addition, high school summer camps (e.g. six week sessions) are mandated to be non-sport specific, and therefore do not adequately address the unique developmental needs of each individual athlete and their position. That said, I like many high school camps, but elite athletes and parents recognize the need for much more specialized training during the summers and off seasons.
Having trained student-athletes from 80 different high schools in over fifteen sports, I am well versed with how to properly coordinating my training programs with the workouts that are being administered during school. Unlike some school programs and some of my competitors, my training programs are not designed around big group workouts, or a one size fits all scenario. My training programs are age, sport, position, gender, and athlete specific, in a one on one, or small group setting. Simply put, athletes develop much faster with my program.
Championship programs and coaches recognized the value of extra-curricular training. In fact it is common place throughout the USA. Greater Houston area athletes who are serious about developing their bodies the right way, including their strength, speed, and athleticism for exceptional game time performances, choose Green Athletics USA and have been doing so since 1987.
How do you view your responsibilities as being a mentor to student-athletes?
As young teenagers develop into young adults, I believe their role models should have a life long positive affect. For me personally, I learned the value of a strong work ethic from my parents and many coaches, but also from older athletes and mentors who watched me compete, encouraged me, and taught me how to workout properly. They included athletes such as Rodrigo Barnes, the All Conference Rice University and NFL Super Bowl Champion Linebacker; Hank Breaker, a collegiate power lifting champion at the University of Texas and the owner of the original "Hank's Gym"; and my original training partner for many years, Wayne Dickinson, an LSU alumni football player. There are more, and if I could give one piece of advice to parents it would be to make sure your student-athlete is motivated to work hard all the time for their coaches, teachers, and trainers; every play, every day in class, and every workout. Good things happen to student-athletes who keep their priorities straight, stay disciplined, and learn the value of smart, hard, and consistent work on and off the playing field!
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