I am pretty much obsessed with optimizing everything performance based. With that said, there are two real common denominators in the local athletic performance arena that became a constant and were driving me crazy. One was that the majority of local sports training was geared towards football. Most of the athletes of different disciplines were being trained like football players. Why would a soccer player or basketball player train like a football player? Not Good…
The other was that a good friend and local physical therapist kept seeing athletes come into her practice with similar injuries. Injuries that were caused by weak links in the athlete’s kinetic chain.
This was the beginning of MVP Fitness. I wanted to create a convenient, efficient, and effective program that all athletes would benefit from. I figured decathletes were the most well-rounded athletes in the world, so I would create a program around them. A program that addresses all of the elements of performance. So, you could pretty much be good at everything from one program.
Also, I like working out, but I REALLY like playing sports. So, I find the most enjoyment in exercising in the gym to enhance my hobbies/sports. For example, if the surfs up, I would much rather go surfing then to a gym. But if the waves are flat, I may go to the gym and do a functional workout with pullups, core, isometrics, etc. to enhance my surfing for the next "paddle out." All of the moves I now do in the gym work towards some type of movement pattern that helps me "play" better. I currently surf, paddleboard, run, bike, play beach volleyball, tennis, and pickleball, and they have all gotten better since performing MVP workouts.
Sidenote – People think it’s weird when they jump and turn and tear an ACL in Rec Ball, even though they train like a bodybuilder in the gym. Train like a freaking athlete if you want to look, feel, and function, like an athlete.