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    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!


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    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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  • Is Your Athlete Being Coached?

    Parents and Coaches, Is your athlete being COACHED to be more athletic...or are they just using the ability they already have? Are they being COACHED to sprint more efficiently...or just running when the whistle blows? Are they being COACHED how to athletically cut, shuffle, and spin...or just being put through drills? Watch how we COACH our athletes on our social media: TAT Facebook
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    When I started my first youth and high school training camps 17 years ago while a strength and conditioning coach at UCF, I quickly learned that in order to get RESULTS from these younger athletes that I needed to up my game! My skill set developed ....

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  • Teaching to the Test

    Is this happening to your athlete? Parents and Coaches, Over the last 9 years of running TAT and communicating with youth and high school coaches and parents, the following topic has come up enough times that I feel compelled to write…I feel compelled to educate . “Teaching to the Test”
    In the academic world this denotes the practice of using the test to dictate the teaching process, usually to the detriment of real learning. This practice is unfortunately common in our system of standardized testing where teachers and administrators are feeling the pressure of “creating” high test scores. But I’m not talking about teaching to ....

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  • Bad Coaching

    Parents and Coaches, Hearing what I’m about to tell you made me sick inside…for many reasons. Sick because I’ve worked with this athlete many years…and what happened was dangerous and unprofessional. Sick because this “coach” is probably doing the same thing to many other athletes. Sick because parents pay for this “coach’s” services and are getting fooled into thinking that what he’s doing with their athlete is awesome. Bad Coaching
    So this athlete has a hitting lesson recently at the “coach’s” facility where he also does strength and conditioning work with his clients. RED FLAG ....

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  • Speed in Sports

    Parents and Coaches, I’ve rarely trained an athlete who did not want to get faster or talked with a coach or parent who didn’t want their athlete to get faster. Whether its basketball, softball, baseball, lacrosse, or football, the play making ability of those who are fast is obvious! However, when getting down to the nuts and bolts of the training components required to get faster, most people don’t understand the contribution of strength. Parents, coaches, and athletes in the football community are naturally more receptive to the idea because of the physical nature of the sport. However, they typically only partially understand the importance of strength ....

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  • Winning a National Championship

    Parents and Coaches, I had the pleasure of catching up with a colleague and friend, Eric Biener, last week. I’m sure many of you also had opportunities to reconnect with family and friends over the last few weeks as well. Eric was a strength and conditioning coach for 8 years at the University of North Carolina. During that time he was in charge of 6 sports in that high profile college athletic department. During his tenure there he had a personal hand in the development of the physical and mental abilities of hundreds of elite athletes – many of them D-I All Americans and a good number that went on to play professionally in their respective sport. Several ....

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  • Winning a National Championship

    Parents and Coaches, I had the pleasure of catching up with a colleague and friend, Eric Biener, last week. I’m sure many of you also had opportunities to reconnect with family and friends over the last few weeks as well. Eric was a strength and conditioning coach for 8 years at the University of North Carolina. During that time he was in charge of 6 sports in that high profile college athletic department. During his tenure there he had a personal hand in the development of the physical and mental abilities of hundreds of elite athletes – many of them D-I All Americans and a good number that went on to play professionally in their respective sport. Several ....

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