Advantage Strength opened its doors in April of 2012, and has been offering quality strength training and athletic development programs ever since. After a 7 year professional hockey career, Brian Sipotz founded ASC with the goal of bringing intelligent, responsible, and effective training to youth, teens, adults, and teams in the area. The training systems used at Advantage were developed with Darryl Nelson from USA Hockey’s National Team Development Program. Darryl is a leader in the sports performance industry, and his expertise has allowed Advantage to develop the most highly regarded training system in the area.
A year after opening, Advantage began their tiered membership program to keep up with the demand for good training, and to offer adults the same great training their sons and daughters had experienced. After 2 years, we added an additional 1,300 square feet to house the weight equipment, giving us a wide open turf space for training.
The Advantage team has grown to include an incredible group of talented coaches, physical therapists, and vital role-players. It is a community of life-long learners dedicated to improving their craft, so the future of Advantage is bright. We look to continue our rate of growth and will continue to offer the most intelligent, responsible, and effective training for youth, teens, adults, and teams.
Why Advantage Strength?
At Advantage, we train our clients according to a progression which begins with basic strength and fitness skills all the way to specialized sport specific training. In younger athletes, we stress a solid general strength and conditioning program because it enhances overall performance, prepares young bodies for competition and future training, and actually helps prevent overuse injuries due to the variety of exercises. After this base is solid, we continue towards more sport specific improvements. Our training objectives are broken down by age. Of course, not everyone fits the mold when it comes to health and physical development, so each athlete is examined individually.
Youth (ages 8-12)
We train our younger clients to improve general athleticism and strength. These athletes will experience a wide variety of exercises, and begin learning proper lifting technique. By developing these lifting patterns we help to establish a strong fitness base and promote body awareness, which is vital for any physical activity. Younger athletes will be taught in a way that will help them learn about their bodies and enjoy the challenge of being fit so they are prepared for more specific training later on. In this age range, our focus is to train in a way that will:
- Improve balance and coordination
- increase bone density and strength
- recruit muscles more efficiently
- teach proper lifting technique and mechanics
- improve strength through a range of motion
Teen and Collegiate (ages 13-22)
This is an age range where we start to see large gaps between individual abilities. Depending on a client’s physical maturity level and training experience, we can start to get more advanced with the way they are trained. Given the athlete has a proper fitness base and is prepared for more intensive training, this phase of physical development offers an excellent opportunity for:
- athletic performance enhancement
- increased force production
- increased bone density and strength
- injury prevention
- increased muscle size
Adults (age >22)
After the age of 30, lifting ability has been shown to decrease about 1% per year until age 70, however your strength and health are not a lost cause! We approach clients of this age with a combination of aerobic and resistance training to help them maintain their health and active lifestyle. Common benefits if this kind of training include:
- improved mobility
- improved heart health
- maintain or improve bone density (crucial defense against osteoporosis)
- maintain or increase fat free mass
- increased resting metabolic rate