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Age Related Training Philosophy

We have a longitudinal (long-term) training philosophy for athletes.  Our philosophy addresses young athletes, high school athletes & collegiate/professional athletes.  Below is the summary of what we feel is appropriate for athlete & where they are in their careers.

Pre High School

“See the benefits of our programming in yourself and the older athletes you train with.”

  • Athletes must be entering the 7th grade or higher.  If an athlete is younger than this, “Volt” is an age appropriate speed, agility & quickness training program that can transition to “Vargo Trained” at a later time.
  • We want these athletes to see positive results from training and see the value in training.
  • In working side by side with high school athletes, the young ones will see “older kids” doing the same things they are doing and becoming all league, all state, player of the week winners, thousand pound club members, all Americans, school record holders, and going on to college.  They will also see college athletes that we were with in high school on breaks.  Hopefully it clicks with them that they are on the same path and are capable of doing the same thing under our high school program.
  • These athletes still have a long career ahead of them, families should adjust training days/loads to the make-up each individual athlete brings.  We want them to still be interested when it’s time to “pick it up” in high school; also the time that their bodies will be capable of achieving the greater ends of speed, strength, quickness, etc.

High School

“Commit to the program.”

  • We have blueprints for how to make an athlete faster, jump higher, reduce the risk of injuries, peak at desired times, etc.  Although we are always attempting to improve our plans, we are certain of many things that do not work.
    • Athletes, dependent on their sport, season, time of season, number of sports, & level of play have different time requirements to implement the plan.
      • If you cannot meet these minimums, we do not believe it is worth your time or our reputation, because we already know it’s not going to work.
        • Volt is an alternative program that can help with speed, agility, quickness & explosiveness.  High School Volt athletes are encouraged to find a source of strength training to complete their needs.
    • If you had a game today, would you dress?
      • If the answer is yes, you should be at your workout.
      • We have had many athletes go 2-3 years without missing a single workout, with the same social schedules, classes, projects, homework, allergies, headaches, tummy aches and tiredness that you will experience.
    • If an event does not have a permanent impact, we train through it.
      • Many club tournaments have zero impact on the career of an athlete, while high school tournaments are single elimination and you wait 9 months to play again.  In this example, the club athlete would not see an adjustment in their programming, while the high school athlete would.
      • Some sports qualify for tournaments regardless of their regular season record.  If an athlete is a key player on a team posed for an undefeated season, all-time best season, or a league championship with a big game on the line, we adjust.  Contrast this with an athlete that is young in their career and coming off the bench on this same team, with aspirations of one day becoming a scholarship athlete or even a starter next season on the varsity, this athlete’s long-term goals override the happenings of the week.
    • Some exposure tournaments, ID camps & games with scouts visiting could have a permanent impact on the athlete’s career, we adjust.  Other similar events are very unlikely to lead to interest from colleges because of the tournament/camp/game itself, or even because the athlete is not yet recruiting material.

College & Beyond

“How can we help you?”

  • Our college athletes sometime use our space while in town for a short time, to stay on their school’s program.
  • When our college athletes are in town for multiple weeks or months, they usually jump into our sport based programming.
  • College athletes often request whole programs or supplemental programs.  Similar to what we do at the high school level, supplemental programs are designed off of & around existing team programs, with individual needs addressed for the college athlete.


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