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Impact Training

by Glori Gayster
Making an Impact: Local athletes look to get results and improve fitness with Impact Training.

No matter one’s age, participating in sports can be a vital part of life. They extend far beyond simple fun, providing invaluable lessons in teamwork, cooperation and leadership while building confidence beyond the sports field or court. Today, excelling in a particular sport can lead to college scholarships and even professional careers. However, the competition is as intense as the games themselves.

Impact Training and Fitness is at the forefront of performance enhancement and fitness training focused on individual goals and needs. Says owner Keith Scott, “At Impact, we focus on athletic-based training that develops functional movement patterns, surrounding hard working, like-minded people with similar goals.”

This leads to radically improved results, he says.

Through a rigorous assessment process, Scott personally identifies performance weaknesses, then develops individualized programs to correct deficiencies and enhance athletic development. Plans address strength, power, speed, agility and mental toughness with an equal focus on corrective measures and injury prevention.

Parents want to know
With its core athletes coming from middle and high school ages, Scott recognizes parents want and need to know everything about the Impact Training program. “After the initial general questions, the focus quickly becomes who is doing the training and how will they be trained. Both are very important and I encourage parents to ask,” he explains.

The “who” is Scott, the owner of Impact Training and one committed to performance and fitness excellence for more than 20 years. Throughout his career, Scott has trained people of all ages and athletic profiles, from youth team hopefuls to professional athletes. He has a master’s degree in exercise and sports science with a concentration in sports medicine and a bachelor’s degree in athletic training. In addition to being a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and Certified Athletic Trainer, Scott is certified as a Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES).

“My goal is to assist athletes of all levels reach their athletic potential, help them maintain or regain their optimal physical health, and be a valuable source of knowledge for anyone looking to improve their overall fitness, health and nutritional goals,” he says.

As for the ‘how’
Impact Training is not a run-of-the-mill gym. There are no machines like those found in public fitness centers. Instead, the focus is on small group or semi-private training using “old-school” techniques in combination with the latest research and cutting-edge training principles.

For each new client, Scott provides an individual assessment to evaluate one’s physical function, orthopedic structure and complete health history. He looks to uncover the performance gaps that are hindering an athlete. “Such holes vary by person, sport and even play position,” Scott explains. “For example, a baseball player needs great hip explosion for hitting. Therefore, we focus on core strength and hip mobility.”

Each athlete is trained using his or her own bodyweight, as well as a combination of dumbbells, kettle bells, medicine balls, ropes, sleds, tires and many more “non-traditional” training methods and routines. The intense principles do not follow a “cookie cutter” regimen. Instead, each workout program is designed and modified to fit an individual’s needs.

But not to worry — the Impact Training system is fun, despite its toughness. And the small group concept creates a family or team environment. “It allows supervision, creates incredible motivation and keeps everyone accountable,” says Scott.

At Impact Training, not all clients are focused on sports performance. For non-athletes, workouts are based on real-world strength, core development and function. The regimens, such as “H.I.T. – The Anti-Boot Camp,” are designed for minimizing body fat and physical sculpting with lean muscle. “A HIT session consists of a 60-minute, intense, full-body, targeted training that is developed to burn fat fast, develop full body strength and get one in the best condition.

When asked what the best part of his job is, Scott answers easily. “Watching athletes achieve a level they never felt possible. That’s what I enjoy most.” He goes on to say, “To be a part of setting their goals and helping them get there in a safe and efficient way really makes a difference.”

Impact Training is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to noon and 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., and on Saturday mornings.

Impact Training & Fitness
115 N. Rt. 73
West Berlin
(856) 767-2250
ImpactTrainingNJ.com

Published (and copyrighted) in Suburban Family’s High School Fall Sports Preview, July, 2012.
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