Trinity Summer Conditioning Camp 2010

For the fifth summer in a row, Trinity Sports has hosted its July training camp, a 4 hour per day, 5 day per week, 4-week sports conditioning camp. There really is nothing like getting up at 8 in the morning and for 4 grueling hours, pushing your body to the absolute limit. Camp was a huge success this year. Each year more and more middle and high school athletes are hearing about Trinity Camp and making it a major part of their summer conditioning. We hit the 100-camper mark for the first time this year, an impressive number given no advertisement other than word of mouth.

There were a number of changes to this year’s camp that made it unique in comparison to the previous years. For one, we came up with an official Trinity logo, which makes the t-shirts look very professional and much more recognizable. The addition of Cindy Walsh to not only the Trinity trainer crew but also the Runwithpower crew brings Trinity its first female representative, which was great for the female athletes in camp. Continue to check Runwithpower for posts by Cindy, as she will be talking about her training experience and her athletic career.

The biggest change to camp was the focus on sport specificity in the second session. The first session of camp is the first 2 hours of each day, where the training consists of high levels of muscular demand to increase range of motion and efficiency in the athlete’s structural joints, particularly the hips, taking their athleticism to a whole new level. The second session in the past was all about strength. The campers would spend a great deal of time lifting as well as doing dynamic strengthening. This year, however, we split the campers into their individual sports for the second session and they would spend time doing strength focused on their sport’s demands, as well as doing skill training in their sport. We had soccer, basketball, volleyball, football, track and cross-country, and baseball. The addition of the sports specific session helped out tremendously as the athletes began to integrate their training into their sport.

Finally, the first session of camp was much more focused on quality of training rather than quantity. We traditionally spent the first week and a half doing what we call a “tear-down”, where the athlete’s body becomes significantly fatigued and stressed as the extreme levels of demand take their toll on their muscular system and break through any inefficient muscular patterns that may be limiting their performance. What this normally does is it causes the athlete to relearn how to move in those fundamental ways with greater efficiency of movement. The rest of camp, then, is to rebuild the athlete with their new muscular patterns. This year, we did not do a tear-down. The reason for this was, many of the campers were in the middle of summer league competition, and when you do a tear-down, the athletes performance may temporarily suffer until they are able to train for a few weeks with their new muscular patterns. Instead of tearing down by doing heavy demand, we made the workouts not quite as intense at first, but really emphasized proper form on every single exercise to get the greatest benefit without breaking down the body. In the end, we liked the tear-down from the previous years, but again the new style helped the summer athletes to be able to perform well in competition during camp, and it also contributed to them being able to develop their sport specific skills during the second session.

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    February 14th, 2012 at 2:44 am

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