Athletes pull to higher levels |

Athletes pull to higher levels

John GardnerGlenwood Springs, CO Colorado
Kelley Cox Post Independent

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado – Dakota Stonehouse arrived 10 minutes early. The Glenwood Springs High School varsity quarterback quietly entered Accelerate Human Performance Studio, across Grand Avenue from the high school, and sat down at the exercise bike.It’s how he’s spent a lot of days during his summer vacation. Three days a week for the past five months, Stonehouse has trained at the studio to improve his athletic performance in preparation for his senior year at GSHS.”I come just to work and get better at my sport,” Stonehouse said. “I’ve already seen a difference on the basketball courts in strength and speed.”

Not too long after Stonehouse showed up, another fellow GSHS football player, Keenan Hartert, arrived ready for another round of circuit training. The two – and two other young athletes, GSHS sophomore Taylor Nicola and incoming freshman Michael Brunk – participated in the Varsity Sports Training Program, a 55-minute comprehensive training program specifically designed for high-school-age athletes to improve performance in their respective sports.”This is not a gym. This is a training studio,” commented Judy Haynes, who co-owns Accelerate Human Performance with her husband John Norton. “You can’t just come here and work out, you have to make a commitment and want to come. We’ve had a great interest from the people who’ve signed up.”

Like these four athletes who’ve come to the varsity program, three times a week, during their summer break.”I come to improve flexibility and it’s also making me stronger overall,” said 15-year-old Nicola. “I hope to get in better condition and hopefully become a better jumper for volleyball.”Nicola said that she, too, has already seen an improvement in her performance in the four months she’s been attending the training sessions.Accelerate Human Performance opened in mid-March with three separate programs designed for different athletic types. Besides the varsity sports program, there is a twice-a-week program for endurance athletes and a 30-minute Accelerate Express Program during the lunch hour for active people who still have to work a nine to five.”Our programs are not just for athletes,” Haynes said. “They are for anyone who is looking to enhance their performance.”They have an idea for future programs that will focus on people who’ve been sedentary or inactive for a period of time due to injury.

The Varsity Sports Training Program is circuit-style training that takes the students through several different fitness stations working on quickness, agility, strength and power. They change stations every 45 seconds and, according to Norton, the program is the “missing link” between weight training and playing time.”It’s these type of exercises that makes a good athlete a great athlete,” Norton said. “And it will make a great athlete an exceptional athlete.”Stonehouse threw for 2,341 yards and 31 touchdowns, and ran for another 17 touchdowns last season. His efforts led the football team to a 9-1 season, which ended in the first round of the state playoffs. However, he thinks this extra training will take him to the next level.”It takes a lot to come here. You have to love your sport and you have to want to improve at it,” Stonehouse said. “I can’t wait to see what football season will be like.”Contact John Gardner:

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