Physical Performance Consulting for Athletes
Our Developmental Model
Absolute vs Relative Strength
Often confused with Newton's 2nd Law, strength is essential to ensure a safe, healthy season. Absolute is defined as the maximum force an athlete can exert with his or her whole body, or part of the body. Relative pertains to the maximum force exerted in relation to body weight or muscle size. Blending both types of strength enables an athlete to create repeatable levels of high velocity.
Force = Mass x acceleration
Your ability to produce explosive force is dependant upon 2 variables: mass and acceleration. However, these dynamics events occur over only a very short period of time. Still, a necessary tool for contact sport athletes. We can measure power, more specifically with the Wingate Test, however that give us a short steady state work x time paradigm. How long can you ride a bike with 100% effort while loaded? It's unlikely you can reproduce that on the field. Explosive strength is defined as an individual ability of the neuro-muscular system's ability to manifest strain in a short period of time (Herodek, 2006.)
Speed & Agility
Speed is acquired over time. Many researchers believe that you're either born with or without speed. Our training can facilitate speed even in the fastest of athletes. For those looking to develop baseline speed, we work from the ground up, starting with biomechanics.
Quite possibly the most important tool in sporting to prevent injury. Your ability to change directions, decelerate and accelerate are all important aspects of agility.
Regardless of the sport you play, the conditioning of energy systems prepares you for sustainable performance. Whether, you require Cardiovascular Endurance or Muscular Endurance, these systems require energy to produce energy. This is why nutrition is so important. One must take a progressive approach to load-rest variables in improving these systems for performance.
The repairing of tissue encompasses nutrition, recovery, and regeneration. Eat a clean, simple diet, obtaining adequate rest and facilitating proper movement, function, and preparation for intense bouts.
Regeneration is imperative to success. It includes myofascial release, flossing, massage, yoga, dynamic stabilization, quadraped movement patterns and addressing energy systems.
Just a scientific term that means knowing where your body is in space and time. Think of it as some deep science that will help your body and mind function efficiently. Fatigue efficiency plays a big role here.
Our Core Values
Life happens. Don't make excuses, make exceptions. Be committed to your success.
Small habits lead to big results. Focus and control in developing proper movement patterns.
Recognize your will to achieve. Allow us to educate you on fatigue, fitness and movement performance to better adjust your path.
As the owner of Assist Performance, Chris oversees all aspects of aP. Chris focuses on the development of hockey players, as well as golfers. Though, every athlete is every sports offers a unique challenge. He possesses 24 years of experience in the hockey world, as a coach, official, player and strength & conditioning coach.
Chris is formally educated, possess a B.S. in Kinesiology, as well as working towards an M.S. in Human Performance. Developing knowledge is pivotal. Chris is self-taught in the rehabilitative modalities of PNF, soft tissue release and myofascial release. Chris takes an omniplanar approach to training, not only for the kinematic process, but also in the modalities used to invoke the most of each athlete.
I have been working with Chris for about a year now. He's really worked hard to prep me for my Freshman year at prep school. My athletic abilities have developed both, physical and mentally. Even while at prep school, Chris provides me with nutritional tips and constantly keeps tabs on my progress. Not only does he help me throughout off season training with intense training, but also sends me workouts to do during the season to keep me in the best shape. As i keep growing as a person, I know I'll be in the best shape because with Chris's help.
~ Peter, Procter, CT
When I first started going to see Chris I was at the beginning of a season and wasn't playing well. I had lost most of my confidence as a player because the season before wasn't a good one either. Chris spent time with me, worked with me, helped get my confidence as a player back and improved my skill. Because of Chris I was nominated for the all star team and now have a chance at furthering my career at the junior and college level.
~ Nick, USPHL, Adirondack
We met when I was skating with the Flyers and began training together shortly after. As a 6’2 210lbs goaltender, Chris realized I needed to slim down and focus more on my strength, agility, flexibility, and speed by using resistance, weight training and plyometrics. Having dealt with knee surgery and other injuries as well, I am not an easy project for anyone. Chris found a way to work through my injury and build muscles that allows me to move better. To accomplish this, Chris had to take in my opinions of what I was capable and not capable of doing, then make a judgement call on what I was babying and what needed to be accomplished. He knows the sport. He understands what goes into the physical aspect of the game with his training experience and knowledge.
After working together, I am happy to say that I am feeling great on and off the ice, moving at an explosive pace, with control and flexibility. More importantly, I consider Chris a great friend, someone I can count on day in and day out. As an athlete, you have to develop a level of trust in your coach, as it affects your game greatly for better or worse. I trust in Chris as a friend and a strength coach.
~ Peter Dundovich, ECHL
I have been training with Chris at Assist Performance since May 2015 and within the time of training with him, I have noticed major changes not only with my physical appearance, but my overall performance as well. I have gotten bigger, stronger, and faster. I have been able to do more repetitions and have also increased my endurance and agility since training with Chris. Not only does the five days a week of training increase my overall potential, but Chris' knowledge of the proper nutrition that I need, and that he is monitoring, is also effective. His "athlete first" personality is an asset that other competitors would find difficult to compete with. I will be continuing my daily training at Assist Performance well through the summer until I return for the upcoming hockey season.
~ Troy Henley, OHL Peterborough Petes