Allied Strength Athlete Sam Groleau Named Winter Sport All-Star

Congratulations to Allied Strength Athlete Sam Groleau for being named Winter Sport All-Star by the Gloucester Times Sports Team. Sam has worked hard this winter to get stronger and keep his shoulders healthy during a tough swim season. Here is what the GDT had to say about him:

“The sophomore was a standout in both the 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke, winning the NEC and earning first team All Conference status for his work in the former. Groleau competed in both events at the North Sectional Meet, scoring Gloucester’s lone point in the backstroke and earning a trip to the Division 1 State Meet, where he finished 16th.”

Sam has a bright swim career in front of him. He is already back at Allied Strength to prepare for next season.

Allied Strength Athlete Mia Cromwell Named Winter Sport All-Star

Allied Strength athlete Mia Cromwell was named Winter Sport All-Star by the Gloucester Times Sports Team for her achievements in track & field:

Mia Cromwell, Manchester Essex track and field: The junior is the Manchester Essex program record holder in the 1,000m, and she broke her own record twice this season en route to All League honors. Cromwell won the CAL in the event and finished second at the Division 5 State Meet before turning in a top-15 finish in the event at the All-State Meet. She set a new program record in the 1,000m at both the Division 5 and All State meets.

Well deserved recognition for her achievements! She has been consistently working hard in the gym to get faster and stronger. Glad to see it is paying off!

Allied Strength Athletes Mia Cromwell and Sam Groleau in the News

It has been a busy few weeks for Allied Strength Athletes Mia Cromwell (Indoor Track) and Sam Groleau (Swimming). Both made it to All States in their respective sports and set new personal records in their events.

Sam placed 16th overall with a new personal record time of 1:03.21 in the 100 Yard Breaststroke as a Sophomore and today was named All Conference for his successes this season. He is already back to work at Allied Strength preparing for next season.

At the Indoor Track All States Meet on Saturday Mia placed 13th overall and set another personal record time in the 1000m (3:02.79) after just setting a previous best and breaking the Manchester-Essex High School record two weeks before. She is also be back in the gym this week to prepare for her Senior season of soccer in the fall and next year’s track season.

They both should be very proud of the work they put in and for showing up regularly to train in pursuit of their achievements. They deserve a lot of credit and praise for that. I can’t wait to see how they progress for next season.

Allied Strength Athlete Mia Cromwell Sets School Track Record

Allied Strength athlete Mia Cromwell set a new school record for Manchester-Essex High School in the 1000 meter at the Division 5 Meet this past Wednesday at the Reggie Lewis Center. Mia came in second overall with a time of 3:03.97 to earn a spot at the All State Meet on February 23.

Congratulations to Mia for making it in the Manchester-Essex High School record books for not one, but two sports in the 2018-2019 school year (the other being the first ever CAL Championship for Girls Varsity Soccer).

Read more about it in the Gloucester Times.

Reconceptualizing Youth Athleticism (Deceleration for Performance and Injury Prevention)

by Kevin Larrabee, CSCS, CFSC, PN-1

Above is the audio version of this article with some additional commentary.

Download the audio file by right clicking here (option-click on Mac) and selecting save-as)

Preface

First, thank you for taking the time to read what in today’s world is a lengthy article (that is why I put it in audio form as well), but for athletes, coaches, parents, strength coaches, trainers and fitness enthusiasts this information could change your and or an athlete’s career. It is my goal that this article will make you change the way you think about speed and performance training as well as the importance of smart and effective programming in reducing the risk of injury in youth athletes.Continue reading

Easy and Effective Sports Nutrition Strategies for Performance and Recovery Presentation

Thanks for taking the time to check out this 35-minute sports nutrition seminar. It will be incredibly valuable for athletes, parents and coaches. In it I cover the three most critical aspects of sports nutrition:

  1. Hydration
  2. Quick and Effective Breakfast Options
  3. Pre Event/Game/Practice Meals and Snacks

Without proper nutrition, athletes will see a drop-off in performance (especially at the end of games and throughout the season) and recovery (their ability to fully recover before the next practice or game). If you would like to follow along with the lecture, I have attached the PDF of the slides for download. If you have any questions or would like to get in contact with me, please do so here.

Allied Strength Athlete Jade Cromwell Named Fall Sport All-Star by Gloucester Times

Jade doing push ups with a 10-lb weight vest

The Gloucester Daily Times named Allied Strength Athlete Jade Cromwell one of its Fall Sports All-Stars. Since joining Allied Strength in April 2018 Jade has been a leader inside the gym and out on the field  with her hard work and positive attitude. She, along with her sister Mia and Claire O’Brien, trained throughout the summer to help Manchester-Essex Girls Varsity Soccer have their most successful in the program’s history. Jade is already back in the gym training in preparation for her colligate career.


Here is what the Gloucester Daily Times staff had to say about her:

Jade Cromwell, Manchester Essex soccer: The Hornets had a historic 2018 campaign, winning the CAL title for the first time in program history, and Cromwell was the leader of the team defense which allowed just a goal per game.

A starter on the back line since her freshman season and a three-time CAL All-Star, Cromwell was frequently tasked with defending the opponent’s top scorer, and she frequently shut them down.

Manchester-Essex Girls Varsity Soccer Finish as Cape Ann League Champs and State Division Finalists

It was an historic season for Manchester-Essex Girls Varsity Soccer. They finished the year with the program’s first ever Cape Ann League Championship and as Division State Finalists. Also Head Coach Luke Cosgrove was awarded Coach of the Year honors.

Congratulations to Allied Strength athletes Claire O’Brien (Senior), Jade Cromwell (Senior), Mia Cromwell (Junior) and the rest of the team on their incredible season!

Winter 2018-2019 Allied Strength Sports Performance Program and Schedule

The Allied Strength Winter 2018-2019 Sports Performance Program (click for more info on the program) will be running from November 26, 2018 (Monday after Thanksgiving) until March 8, 2019. Also please scroll down to learn more about our sports performance program. Athletes can begin early at a prorated rate. Please contact us if you are interested.

There will no scheduled sports performance sessions during school vacation weeks of 12/24/2018 – 1/2/2019 (Holiday/New Years Break) and 2/17/19-2/24/19 (February Break). We will offer optional session times depending on demand.

Group Sizes and Scheduling:

Each small group is capped at 7 Athletes to provide attentive coaching/feedback and optimal group flow.  While it is not guaranteed, if an athlete is unable to make a scheduled group time, we will do our best to have them make up the session at a different time and/or day.

Winter Session Pricing and Scheduling (13-week Program)

Biweekly payment options are available upon request.

  • 2x/Week – $695 (26 Sessions over 13 Weeks)
    • 3:00PM (Monday/Wednesday or Tuesday/Thursday)
  • 3x/Week – $895 (39 Sessions over 13 Weeks)
    • 3:00PM (Monday/Wednesday/Friday or Tuesday/Thursday/Friday)

*If you start after November 26th, your Winter Session cost will be prorated accordingly.

Included in the registration each athlete receives their choice of t-shirt or tank top.


Allied Strength’s Sports Performance Program is Unmatched in Cape Ann

At Allied Strength we have athletes that travel from up to 20-minutes away (Manchester, Essex, Ipswich, Lynnfield, Hamilton-Wenham, and locally in Gloucester) to make sure they are getting the best possible training experience and results for their sport. From middle/high school to the collegiate level, our sports performance program is built to help athletes reach, and then surpass their perceived athletic potential.

The Cornerstones of the Allied Strength Sports Performance Program

  1. Reduce the Risk of Injury: With the increase trend of sport related injury in youth athletes (NCAA Research) it is imperative that we do everything possible to assure our athletes have a long and healthy career. The prime pillar and perhaps the greatest benefit of the Allied Strength Sports Performance program is reduced risk of injury during competition. The increase in overall strength and endurance will help prepare athletes for the rigors of competition to compete at a high level throughout their season and the playoffs.
  2. Maximize Performance: The Allied Strength Sports Performance Program is designed to help athletes get faster, stronger and to compete at the highest levels of their sport. From youth to collegiate athletics, the competition is getting tougher. A safe and effective strength and conditioning program is becoming more standard and in some cases a requirement for one’s sport.  Beginning at the warm up, to speed training, power development, plyometric training, strength training and conditioning, athletes at Allied Strength are being prepared to perform at their best no matter their current level of competition.
  3. Provide the Optimal Environment for Athlete Growth: The Allied Strength Sports Performance program is built to support athletes of all abilities and from Age 10 and up. This includes teenagers that currently do not play a sport and want to be a part of a fitness program. No matter how fast, strong or skilled, all Allied Strength athletes are teammates. Great teammates support and encourage each other to work hard and get better every single session. This includes a zero-tolerance policy for name calling or athletes putting other athletes down.

Breakdown of Each Session

Allied Strength Sports Performance training sessions are 80-minutes long and are constructed to help athletes take their performance to the next level. We do this by improving movement quality, increasing speed, power, explosiveness and strength, all while reducing the risk of injury. Each session begins with an Active Warm Up to improve movement and tissue quality, improve agility, and power output. The active warm up is followed by Strength Training, utilizing full body movements to maximize results and minimize training risk. Each session finishes with high intensity conditioning to increase cardiovascular and muscular endurance. We do this by utilizing our Assault Air Bikes, weight sleds, as well as slide boards for lateral movement conditioning.

Our program also has considerations and modifications for overhead (baseball/softball/swimming) and other specialty athletes.

Group Sizes and Scheduling:

Each group is capped at 7 Athletes to provide attentive coaching/feedback and optimal group flow.  While it is not guaranteed, if an athlete is unable to make a scheduled group time, we will do our best to have them make up the session at a different time and/or day.

Learn more about our sports performance program below:

For more than seven years I have had the privilege to coach a wide range of athletes at Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, from untrained middle school athletes just beginning a strength and conditioning program to elite level athletes in college and the pros. Before my time at MBSC I interned at Cressey Sports Performance. My decade of sports performance coaching and programming is the foundation of our program at Allied Strength.

Allied Strength provides a welcoming and encouraging environment that meets the athletes where they are now and challenges them to reach their perceived potential and then exceed it. It doesn’t matter if you don’t play sports, or if it is your first time in a strength and conditioning facility, or if you are a confident veteran.. Our athletes at Allied Strength will be driven to not just be great athletes, but to be excellent leaders and teammates and people.

Please contact Allied Strength with any questions.

Registration and payment is done at our facility at 27 Kondelin Road, Unit #4, Gloucester, MA

Before signing up for a sports performance training, we encourage you to visit Allied Strength so we can introduce ourselves and so you can go through one of the training sessions to experience what separates Allied Strength from other fitness facilities. Please download, print and fill out our new athlete/trial form prior to arriving.

For more information please call or email us. You are also welcome to visit us during our group hours.