There is an incredible amount of distraction in the youth and high school football world.
Some old school rules have still proven the test of time and others are highly out of date.
The game has changed since the last time I graduated from Glendale High School in 1993.
Here are some frequently asked questions below:
1. What is your schedule?
Monday – Thursday: 6 to 7:00pm at EPIC Strong
Saturday: Chittick Field 9 to 10:30am
*Chittick 1900 Walnut Ave, Long Beach, CA 90806
*EPIC Strong Located at 1157 Long Beach Blvd. Long Beach, CA. 90813
2. Why don’t you guys lift that much? I barely see you guys pushing any weight.
Answer: In the 1980s, the game was more condensed and size was valued a lot more than being able to play in space like today’s game.
Lifting weights can come in an infinite amount of forms. Not just a bar that moves in a vertical plane. We choose to train differently. We use bands, battle ropes and medicine balls to get strong in every direction not just the vertical plane.
We are not here to please the on looking parents of how lifting is “supposed” to be done either. Our training is on the cutting edge and a lot of our methods are not found in magazines and the local 24-hour Fitness gym.
Sire Woods has trained with us since the 8th grade. He now has over 20 Division One scholarships such as Colorado, Oregon State, and UNLV. He is one of the top 5 tight ends in the state of California and is ranked in the nation as a whole. Watch his story below.
Training has evolved from just focusing on the bench, deadlift, and squat. Football players have to be athletes that can play in space now. They aren’t just moving linearly. The game is wide open and we must adjust our training accordingly.
Also, generally speaking, our Varsity athletes are already doing the traditional weight lifts at school (bench, squat, deadlift, clean).
It would be redundant to have them do the same lifts they just did a few hours before at their high schools.
We normally do traditional lifts with the incoming freshman more than we do with the Varsity.
We do more unconventional movements with them so we can complement their program that they have in school.
We choose to work with the high school coaching program and supplement their programs
Elijah Hicks has trained with us since the 8th grade. He now has over 33 Division 1 scholarship offers and just committed to Notre Dame. Watch his story below.
3. What does your program look like?
Phase One: The Post Season- November 20th to Jan 11th
Unload the body to help repair from the season that just finished.
Introduce new movements at a light enough weight to keep from further breaking down the body such as:
We will also introduce the recruiting game to our athletes. L.A. is filled with so much clutter. Everyone is an expert out here and they’re all saying different things. We will:
Phase Two: The Off Season- January 11th to May 3rd
By this time, all of the great players from the great teams are in full go with their training. We expect our athletes that have been with us for 4 to 6 weeks to make their first initial jump in their performances.
It normally takes 28 to 42 days to make improvements in performance.
This phase will comprise of:
Phase Three: The Pre-Season May 3rd to July 26th
This is a preparation phase for us. Any new movements and training concepts introduced 6 months earlier should be second nature. We expect athletes to get in as many repetitions as possible when they are away from us.
June is also a time when athletes will attend college camps where they will be directly evaluated by coaches.
Please call or text 562-483-3895 for more info or to get signed up.