1. What Types of Training do you Offer?
A: We offer 2 different types of training:
- Strength and Conditioning Training (done at our facility, the Speed Training Centre):
This training comprises high speed/high incline treadmill running, plyometrics, and functional strength training. Sessions are delivered in 8- or 16-session packages. The training is done in small groups (1-5 athletes with 2 Trainers). The intensity of training is very high, and is customized based on the results of individuals’ fitness assessment results.
- On-Field Training (done either at our Power Running Series, or at your team’s training location):
This training is delivered either as the Power Running Series (our location), or as On-Field Team Training (your location). It comprises on-field speed, power, agility, coordination, and strength training. Sessions are delivered in 10- or 20-session packages. Training is done in groups (10-20 athletes with 1-2 Trainers).
2. What is the Difference Between Strength and Conditioning and On-Field Training?
A: Strength and Conditioning Training is general and is aimed at improving general athletic abilities (running coordination, speed, power, strength, and endurance/recovery). We use technology and science-based training to overload the muscles in a way that is impossible to do on field. Programs are customized to the strengths/weaknesses and abilities of each individual athlete. There is a very small Trainer-to-Athlete ratio (2:5) so athletes receive a lot of individual attention.
On-Field Training is specific and is aimed at improving sport-specific athletic abilities (coordination, speed, power, agility, endurance, and strength). We use protocols and exercises both with and without the ball, and the training is all done to be as specific to the game of soccer as possible. The Trainer-to-Athlete ratio is 1:10, so there is less individual attention given to each athlete, but all athletes are grouped with players of similar age and level of ability.
3. Is There any Difference Between Power Running, and On-Field Team Training?
A: No, not in the training itself. The training sessions in Power Running and On-Field Team Training are exactly the same, and follow the same templates and protocols. Power Running is an option for any individual who wants to do On-Field Training, and/or for teams who want On-Field Training and do not have a field/practice location.
4. Is Your Training Personal Training?
A: No, we do not offer personal, 1-on-1 training. All our training is delivered in small groups. Strength and Conditioning Training has a Trainer-to-Athlete ratio of 2:5; On-Field Training has a Trainer-to-Athlete ratio of 1:10.
5. What Does the Athlete-Specific Fitness Assessment Measure?
A: Our Athlete-Specific Fitness Assessment measures the physical abilities which are most important for optimal performance in any sport, including leg power, agility, speed, and endurance/recovery. In addition, we also measure height/weight, and do a movement screen to check for muscular imbalances that may be a risk factor for injuries. The Athlete-Specific Fitness Assessment gives you a complete and comprehensive picture of your fitness level, where you stand in relation to the best athletes in the Province and in Canada, and also allows for the implementation of a training plan designed to set and achieve specific fitness goals during training.
6. Why do I need to do an Assessment?
A: Assessments are necessary for training done with Speed Training. for 3 reasons:
- To establish a baseline measurement of physical fitness.
- For comparisons to age- and gender-specific standards and norms.
- (Applies to Strength and Conditioning Training) For us to set the intensity (Level,treadmill speed/incline, time duration) of all exercises being performed in the Speed Training Centre. Basically, so that we can customize your training program.
7. What is the Optimal Training Frequency (# of Days per Week)?
Our training comprises high intensity aerobic interval training, plyometrics, and strength training. You will get the best results by training 3 days per week. If you are training/playing games with a competitive team for 3-4 days per week, you should train with Speed Training 2 days per week. If you are training/playing games with a competitive team 5-6 days per week, you should train with Speed Training 1 day per week.
Please click here to view a copy of our Speed Training Optimal Training Frequency Chart, which explains the choices in more detail.