1. Will my teenage child’s aerobic fitness and/or stamina improve with the program?
The program is tailored to develop faster, stronger and efficient movement patterns to make your child more explosive and fluid on the field. Further, we work on developing speed endurance (repeat sprint capability) necessary in sport.
2. Will the program help my child stay safer and more injury free on the field or court? In particular, I’m very concerned about knee related injuries.
Yes, our program focuses on injury reduction strategies to help alleviate non-contact related sport injuries such ACL tears, ankle sprains, muscle lesions & strains by improving strength, mobility, stability, flexibility and technical movement deficiencies (linear, lateral, vertical and horizontal patterns).
3. Will your program make my child run faster for their sport? And do you measure and keep track of progress?
Yes – developing game speed, which often takes place within a 10 to 20-yard distance is a big part of the program’s core philosophy.
We use electronic devices to measure progress and performance every 3 months and offer private Z-Screening sessions weekly for those looking for more frequent and deeper analysis on important movement qualities required in sport.
Note: Progress will vary by individual based on numerous factors related to training frequency and external lifestyle choices (i.e. sleep, nutrition, recovery, stress).
4. Will my child be able to train during their regular sports season if scheduling permits without concerns related to overtraining?
YES – our program can actually benefit an athlete with in-season maintenance to ensure progress is not lost with as little as 1 to 2 training sessions per week.
5. How often will my child have to train to see the benefits of the program?
Ideally, we recommend two times per week with consistency. Your child will begin to reap the benefits within 8 to 12 weeks of continuous training.
Note: Unlike general conditioning, game speed takes a longer time develop and is analogous to developing proficient dribbling skills in soccer or basketball. Speed is a skill that should be worked on all year long if real progress is to be seen.
6. Will the program help to fix my child’s poor running form?
Yes, we pride ourselves on addressing lower & upper body mechanics that could be limiting their speed potential. However, it’s important to keep in mind that this may take some time to correct through repetitive drilling, corrective exercises and consistent training. Further, private one on one training may sometimes be required to rectify major mechanical abnormalities.
7. Is it ok if my child trains on back to back days? I’m concerned they may over train and be sore for either practices or games.
Yes, because we focus on different training objectives (movement & strength) each day to minimize the risk of overtraining specific muscle groups and patterns.
For example, if we focus on the anterior (front of body) chain on Monday we’ll be sure to address the posterior (back of the body) chain on Tuesday to prevent over stimulation of prime muscle groups while managing their training volume and intensity.
Having said all this, delayed onset soreness will sometimes surface with new clients within the first few weeks as their bodies adapt to the workouts, or, when we introduce new stimulus.
8. Will your program help my child improve their balance, agility and coordination as an athlete?
Yes – the program will address multidirectional movement training which will involve a plethora of balance, reactive and motor coordination type drills to enhance their overall athletic ability.
9. What is the difference between CrossFit/Fitness Boot Camp style training programs versus your program?
CrossFit & Fitness Bootcamp style programs focus primarily on general conditioning & endurance training for the general population.
Although elements of our program may appear similar at times, we design targeted programs that produce a ‘movement’ oriented training response suitable for sports when game speed, change direction, reaction time and explosive jumping is required.
Furthermore, we take a pre-habilitative and age appropriate approach to our curriculum to help mitigate the risks of unwanted gym related injuries caused by excessive loads and poorly selected exercises.
10. Will my child get slower if they stop training for a stretch of time?
Yes and No…this will all depend on their levels of activity outside of ZenSport, which would have to include elements of sprinting, mobility and functional strength training to ensure that your child does not regress along the way.