3 Overlooked Benefits Your Athlete Gets from a Long Term Athletic Development Program
A lot of the times we get parents and athletes who want a very specific outcome from training:
Increased vertical jump.
Decreased risk of avoidable injury.
Overcome mental mistakes.
These are all outcomes of our approach to long term athletic development (LTAD) at PFP.
But there are other benefits your kid is either receiving RIGHT NOW because they are currently training, or they are not.
1. Developing a Resilient, “Overcomer Mindset”
Every session at PFP your athlete gets a Motivational Message. Every year, we have 52 messages, all covering different topics. Here is a testimonial from an athlete who has consistently trained and heard all 52 messages. When we hear something over and over again, it tends to transform us- the younger you are, the more transformational.
“Prior to working out at PFP, challenges would knock me down. I was not equipped to overcome mistakes, obstacles, and my own ‘stinkin’ thinkin’. But coming to PFP for as long as I have been coming, hearing the messages, getting 1 on 1 feedback and advice from my coaches, and being reminded of certain things over and over again has really started to change my mindset. I now consider myself an overcomer and it has shown in my actions, which is what my mom says actually counts.”
Developing a resilient, “Overcomer Mindset” is an often overlooked benefit for your athlete training consistently at PFP.
2. Becoming a Healthy, Fit Person for LIFE
This one is probably more overlooked than any. We forget about the value of our sons and daughters becoming healthy, fit people for LIFE when all we want to talk about is college scholarships and enhancing speed.
To date, I can count 15 athletes who have gone on to major in Exercise Science after years of training with us at PFP.
Everyday, at least one parent thanks us for their kid making healthier food and beverage choices.
Quitting soda and fast food is a regular occurring theme among our committed, consistent athletes.
Drinking more water and even COOKING is something our athletes begin doing overtime. I had a parent once tell me they about fell down the steps when they heard their athlete in the kitchen cooking breakfast one morning.
Why? Because we value this benefit enough to prioritize it in our training sessions. We talk to them about nutrition, being a healthy person. And we also model a healthy lifestyle as their coaches.
Is a healthy, active kid for life important to you? If so, don’t overlook this benefit any longer, I promise that this benefit alone is worth your investment at PFP.
3. A Person who is CONSISTENT and who knows the value of the Compound Effect
When your athlete works out consistently, month after month, year after year, they begin to see the Compound Effect at work in their life FIRST HAND.
Mentally, physically, athletically, and more. They experience tremendous growth and improvement in all areas.
When you are consistently doing the right things in any area of your life, the results compound over time. This makes you a “believer” in consistency.
If you have ever gone to the gym for 1 year straight, you know what I am talking about. If you quit after 8-12 weeks, you know that the results were less than extraordinary.
An athlete and parent came to us last year. They wanted a DRASTIC increase in vertical jump in 12 weeks. Their athlete got hurt at the 6 week mark. We rehabbed the ankle for 2-3 weeks. The athlete improved their vertical by 1.5 inches. The parent wanted 3+. The athlete stopped working out with us and went to a gym that advertised they had the magic formula to produce an overnight success.
If you value and believe in:
The power of compounding efforts
The importance of finishing what you start
The power of “stick-to-it-ness”
Then you are in the right place. You athlete will experience that mindset overtime with us at PFP.
Please do me a favor, do not pull your athlete out of training after 12 weeks. It is sending the wrong message about what actually matters. By keeping them training, they learn that if they continue to sow seeds consistently, at the proper time they will reap a harvest if they do not give up.
If you want your child to learn how to be an overcomer, if you want them to be a healthy, fit person for life, and if you want them to be a consistent, committed person, find a way to keep them coming. Even if it is only 1x/week for a period of time. We will continue echoing the lessons and values that you want instilled in your athlete.
It takes a village to develop a great young man or woman, and we are happy to be a part of your child’s developmental journey.
Dedicated to your athlete’s success,