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, forceperformancetraining.com 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, Crossfittherack.com 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, Elitetrainingacademy.com 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, njsportsadvantage.com 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, superdomesports.com 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, ultimatesportsamerica.com 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.