Every now and again I like to share about an athlete or two that I have had the chance to work with over the past couple months that I feel deserves some kind of recognition. I had the chance to share about some of our athletes throughout the summer and now that we are in the middle of a strong surge of new athlete enrollment I'm positive I'll be forced to share about the yong men and women that will begin their journey at Apex.
About 3 months ago, in walked a taller light haired young man with a lean physique who introduced himself as Jake Thaler, and he was interested in trying out the strength class. On his first day I attempted to create some small talk to get an idea of his strength training experience and why he wanted to actually come in and train to begin with, I like to know their "why". Jake really wasn't very talkative, sharing that he didn't play many sports just dabbled in track a bit and that he just wanted to get bigger and stronger....period.
Hey, that is all I need to hear, if I know an athlete has goals and is driven to attain them.....you can train here. Over the next 3 months I would learn a few things about Jake Thaler, he is consistent, hard working, and probably one of the most coachable athletes I've ever worked with. For myself as a coach, Jake makes life very easy due to his ability to follow direction. Sometimes you can find it difficult to communicate to athletes while strength training in order to correct movement, sometimes they don't want to "lift light to lift right", Jake however would take any direction given on the spot. One of the most memorable training sessions working with him was a day he was there solo in the strength class, and the finisher in the workout was Airdyne intervals. For any of you whom don't know what an Airdyne is or how it feels, another name for it is "Satans's Tricycle", enough said. From what I recall it was only Jakes 2nd or 3rd visit so I hadn't known much about his work ethic or attitude quite yet, but he showed me a lot that day. I don't specifically remember the intervals time domain or how many we did, but each and every interval Jake went all out....by himself, on that bike....and then he pretty much died. To a coach, like me, this makes my heart smile, it is common to come across athletes who find the easy way out of workouts when they are alone, or when it really gets difficult or when you can tell they are holding just a tad bit back so it doesn't hurt so bad.
But Jake did exactly what I asked of him, he went as hard as he could each time and paid for it after we were finished and well......it made him better. As sessions passed and our classes grew, Jake became the demo athlete for nearly all the movements we would do in each training session, truly being a model for the other atheltes to follow after.
Jake is 16 year old Junior that attends Davis High School. He competes in track and field and runs the 100m, 200m, and 400m dash. When I asked Jake what he enjoyed most about training at Apex Performance Center he said, "My favorite thing about the training and workouts at Apex is the variety. For the 3 or 4 months that I was training there, we never once did the same workout twice. And the workouts were always super intense but very fun. And I loved the friendly/competitive atmosphere at Apex." Over the past 3 months at Apex he has filled in around 12-15 pounds and made huge gains on his primary lifts of Squat, Bench and Dead lift. He is very excited to see how the improvements in his physiqe and power will correlate to his performance on the track, "My game will change very much. Even while I was training I noticed how much my speed, strength, and agility were improving. And I gained more muscle in the 3 months that I was there than in the year I had been working out before."-Jake T.
Jake's training at Apex will now begin to taper off now that he will begin pre-season track workouts. He has already shown he will continue to make as many sessions as possible throughout the season which will allow him to maintain much the strength he gained and allow him to resume training at a very high intensity once his compeitive season is over. For this track season I'm sure Jake will see huge results from the hard work he has put in over the last 3 months, and one thing is for sure, he deserves it.
Good luck brotha!