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  • Speed Training - What I've Seen in 20 Years - Part II

    In my last speed training blog post, I laid out some of the foundation upon which the modern-day sports performance speed coach in Winter Garden can attribute the origins of their profession. In summary, the growth of big-time college athletics was a major needle-mover in that process. If you'd like to read that post, click on the link below: LINK TO PART I While the monetization of college athletics and the growth of the college strength coaching profession was a huge driver in the growth of the speed training industry, other factors went hand-in-hand in the burgeoning sport and physical fitness culture. As college and professional strength coaches were producing bigger, faster, and ....

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  • The Making of a Youth / High School Athlete Speed, Strength, and Conditioning Coach

    The Making of a Youth / High School Athlete Speed, Strength, and Conditioning Coach

    Parents and Coaches When I started TAT in 2008, I was a lot different than I am now. I was fresh out of 10 years working as a strength and conditioning coach at the college level. That gave me the knowledge and know-how about the end goal many parents and athletes are striving toward – playing their sport at the college level. In the last 9 years, I have been able to learn tremendously about training the youth and high school athlete not only toward that ultimate college goal…but more importantly for the shorter term goals of making that athlete better for their next season, or next week, or simply making that athlete better TODAY . But getting back to my ....

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  • Self-Confidence in Sports

    Self-Confidence in Sports

    Parents and Coaches, Athletic Confidence can be compared to a brick wall…and your athlete needs to become a bricklayer. However, the bricklayer must be ready to work and that work may take a while and can be painstaking. He or she must show up with the intention of getting at least one solid brick laid every day – perfectly. If that brick is perfect then other bricks can be laid on top of it. A solid brick will not fall from a “gust” of another’s opinion or crumble from external pressure or more damaging - internal pressure. True confidence comes from challenge. Doing something that is easy builds nothing more than a paper mache wall. Playing on ....

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  • Tweet and Score Less

    Tweet and Score Less

    Parents and Coaches, We probably all are often finding ourselves in the position of limiting our athlete’s screen time. Especially so when it comes to bedtime. That the light given off by our devices makes it harder to fall asleep is now established fact. We know it’s for their benefit, but how do you truly get a young person to buy-in to an idea that’s not their idea? MAKE IT THEIR IDEA.
    How do you do that? Hit them where it matters! GET THIS: Researchers analyzed Tweets made between 11 PM and 7 AM the day of a game for 112 NBA players over 7 years. They found that late-night Tweeting was associated with less time played, fewer ....

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  • Speed and Strength Training for Lacrosse

    Parents and Coaches, We recently had an exemplary group of high school student athletes into our facility to participate in a trial session of our sports performance training program. Members of the Olympia HS girls lacrosse program led by head coach Chip Carbiener showed up and kicked some butt! Watch the video above to see the highlights of the speed, strength, and agility work that the girls attacked with great attitude and effort! Ladies, keep up the hard work into the upcoming season! Local athletes can participate in a free session at our facility by registering with the following link: TAT Free Trial Session Dan Bessetti Owner and Head Coach ....

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  • Speed Training - What I've Seen in 20 Years - Part I

    Speed Training - What I've Seen in 20 Years - Part I

    Parents and Coaches, Speed training in Winter Garden may be the most common thing people are looking for when they reach out to Total Athlete Training. This was just as true 17 years ago when I ran my first speed and agility camp at UCF. Things in any industry change quickly and a time span of 20 years may change an industry entirely. Many clients find us via an online search, and I feel confident to say that internet searches in 1998 for "speed trainer", "speed coach", or "speed training" are probably less than 1% of those searches today. And while most of that can be attributed to the infancy of the internet in 1998, there is no doubt that awareness of specialized speed training for ....

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  • Speed, Strength, Agility for Athletes in Central Florida

    Speed, Strength, Agility for Athletes in Central Florida

    Parents and Coaches, We recently had an article published about our speed, strength, and agility training program in the West Orange Times Observer! TAT Article in West Orange Times Observer
    The article hits on some great points including a little on my background in sports medicine and as a college strength and conditioning coach, the importance of providing developmentally appropriate training and coaching, and the power of getting athletic skills and abilities introduced and instilled early for maximum results. Do me a favor and share the article to your social media if you like the message! Dan Bessetti ....

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  • Speed and Strength Training for Baseball and Softball

    Parents and Coaches, With the summer travel ball season winding down for most, its time to focus on off-season speed, strength, and overall athletic development. Included in this would be recovering from any injuries and the strength, mobility, conditioning, and flexibility work that will prepare the player for the spring and make them more resilient and less injury-prone. But you may say, the high school's "fall ball season" begins next month. Yes, I know...and therein lies the problem: Too often in softball and baseball, the opportunities to participate in year-round practicing and playing practically eliminate meaningful strength, speed, and conditioning training. Now I know that ....

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  • Sports Performance Training and Small Group Performance Training Classes in Winter Garden!

    Check out our new website for Total Athlete Training!
    We proudly serve the Winter Garden, Windermere, and Horizon West areas! Come see the programs and deals we have to offer. Sports Performance Training, Small Group Performance Training, Nutrition, and SO MUCH MORE! Fill out the "Request Information" form on the side of the page and stop in for a visit today! Don't forget to click below to visit us on our social media pages!! Facebook Google+ Twitter Instagram YouTube ....

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  • Wrong Toolbox

    Follow along with me on this: What if you hired a plumber to fix your sink but when you saw his toolbox all that was in it were blood pressure cuffs, stethoscopes, and thermometers….and he was actually trying to fix the sink with these tools? Wrong tool box…and probably the wrong plumber for you, right? Unfortunately, similar situations are happening every day with our youth and high school athletes and the training they receive in areas of speed, strength, and agility. What I’m meaning is that practitioners (call them coaches or trainers) being paid for their services are using the wrong tools and approaches in the training of the athletes they ....

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