Sports Train­ing

Keep­ing fit in and off sea­son


If you have a young ath­lete who is fully into sports, year-round con­di­tion­ing has prob­a­bly be­come part of his rou­tine. Pick­ing up a lacrosse stick or base­ball bat on the first day of spring prac­tice isn’t enough, so keep­ing fit is es­sen­tial.

Not sur­pris­ingly, there are a va­ri­ety of in­door sports fa­cil­i­ties for young com­peti­tors. F.O.R.C.E. PER­FOR­MANCE TRAIN­ING 22 Hol­ly­wood Ave., Ho-Ho-Kus (201) 670-1700, for­ceper­for­mance­train­ Strength, con­di­tion­ing and sports spe­cific train­ing is the fo­cus at F.O.R.C.E. Their pro­grams in­clude ses­sions for young ath­letes (8-12), teen ath­letes (13-15) and ma­ture teen ath­letes (16+). The young ath­letes start with fun­da­men­tal move­ment skills and move up to cus­tom­ized pro­grams to de­velop strength and power through re­sis­tance train­ing and run­ning. CROSSFIT THE RACK 49 E. Mid­land Ave., Para­mus (201) 693-3154, Cross­fit­ther­ CrossFit Kids fo­cuses on the de­vel­op­ment of skills and move­ment pat­terns kids use ev­ery day whether they play sports or not. With an em­pha­sis on short work­outs of vary­ing in­ten­sity (for ex­am­ple: lat­eral lunges, squats, pushups and a short run), train­ers com­bine strength train­ing, car­dio­vas­cu­lar ac­tiv­ity and ba­sic gym­nas­tics for 5- through 13-year-olds). ELITE TRAIN­ING ACADEMY 1 Tice Road, Franklin Lakes (201) 847-2550, Elite­train­inga­ Elite’s 12,000-foot in­door turf field is de­signed for team prac­tices and in­struc­tion for sports like soc­cer, lacrosse and field hockey. Re­cently in­stalled: a 50-foot pitch­ing lane for base­ball and soft­ball play­ers. NJ SPORTS AD­VAN­TAGE 50 Spring St., Ram­sey (201) 236-6381, njs­port­sad­van­ Train­ing for in­di­vid­u­als, small groups or team pro­grams to im­prove speed, agility and strength. Train­ers work mostly with high school ath­letes, many of them base­ball play­ers. They also of­fer stretch ther­apy and team speed train­ing pro­grams. PARISI SPEED SCHOOL 134 Hop­per Ave., Wald­wick (201) 444-7660, su­per­dome­s­ A fa­vorite of the youngest ath­letes with soc­cer and flag foot­ball pro­grams, Su­per­dome also has in­door league play for lacrosse and soc­cer, all in a dome with four fields on more than 79,000 square feet, with a three-lane run­ning track sur­round­ing it. Parisi Speed School also holds speed and agility train­ing clin­ics at the fa­cil­ity. UL­TI­MATE SPORTS AMER­ICA 12 Wright Way, Oak­land (201) 644-0372, ul­ti­mate­s­port­samer­ The Ul­ti­mate Ath­letic Per­for­mance pro­gram of­fers train­ing for ath­letes from el­e­men­tary to high school based on tech­niques used by pro­fes­sional ath­letes. The pro­gram be­gins with ba­sic move­ment pat­terns, then moves on to work­ing through ef­fects on the body due to growth spurts, and ad­vances to in­creas­ing the vol­ume of train­ing through fo­cus­ing on the ath­lete’s phys­i­cal abil­i­ties.

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