FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Who is this program for?
The Acceleration Program isn't just for all-stars. It helps athletes of all levels of athletic ability improve. If you are willing to work hard, you're sure to improve speed, quickness, strength and self confidence. Put more in, get more out. Our goal is to help every participant become a better athlete, no matter what level they're at when they come through our doors.
Since beginning in 1992 many athletes have used the Tekulve Acceleration Training™ Sports program to become Quicker, Faster and Stronger. It has been used by athletes from the NFL, NHL, NBA and Major League Baseball. In the Greater Cincinnati area we have trained over 21,000 Jr. High, High School and collegiate athletes as well as members of the Cincinnati Reds, Cincinnati Kings, Cincinnati Bengals, Olympic Women's Soccer Team and the Cincinnati Ladyhawks Professional Soccer team.
Who can do this program?
The age range of participants has been from 6 to 67 years of age. We modify the intensity and program duration for each athlete to meet his or her specific training needs. It is a safe and effective training program no matter what your age or level. If you are willing to work hard to become a better athlete, we can help you get results.
What does the program involve?
First, you go through a thorough strength, flexibility, speed and agility evaluation to tell us about your athletic ability and conditioning as you begin our program. This evaluation covers every major muscle in your body!
You should plan to schedule 3 sessions per week for 7 consecutive weeks for maximal strength and physiological gains. You will run on the High Intensity Performance Treadmill two times a week, and perform Dynamic Movement Skills once a week. The athlete will also do weight training twice a week (Age Appropriate). We'll help you plan your schedule when you begin. At the end of the program, you will receive a final evaluation so you can actually see how much you have improved.
Advanced levels of training also use the Lower Body Sprint / Sportcords.
The High Performance Treadmill is used to analyze and improve your running mechanics. Qualified professionals will determine improper gait and running mechanics. We help you lengthen and quicken your stride, so you're faster and more agile. You'll use the treadmill to run in gradually increasing speed sprints, so your body is conditioned to recover quicker between bouts of exercise.
Dynamic Movement Skills are footwork drills to improve your balance, agility, endurance and vertical jump. You'll gain outstanding body awareness and the ability to move quickly and explosively to make that first step quicker.
Strength training involves the use of specific Lower body weight lifting equipment to improve your power base. Young athletes use modified strength-building techniques to increase their strength.
When should an athlete begin the program?
You should start the program 8-9 weeks prior to your season. This will give you time to finish the program and allow for recovery and a rest period prior to your first day of practice with your team. If a vacation or other plans will get you off of your 7-week consecutive regimen, move your starting date to allow extra completion of the program. Athletes must allow 10-14 days of rest prior to starting their practice with their teams for maximal gains. You have 90 days to complete the program, but remember you'll gain the best results if your training isn't interrupted by more than one week during the 7-week training session. So keep on track!
What can an athlete do during the season to maintain the improvements that have been made in the Acceleration program?
We have a maintenance program that can be done once a week at our facility. Our maintenance program is designed to help keep the high end cardiovascular gains already achieved. The In Season protocol is invaluable to the athlete who wants to maintain their competitive edge.
What can I do to keep making gains?
The Tekulve Acceleration Training Program, has unlimited levels in the core running programs as well as additional sport and position-specific protocols. Each level of training involves greater intensity. Once you've been through one level, then participated in your sport, you may want to come back for the next level, or you may want to complete the levels in succession. We can keep you "in shape" and conditioned for your specific sport also, with our in season training session performed once a week.
How is Acceleration program different from what I can do at camp?
Camps teach you specific skills for your sport. Tekulve Acceleration Training program focuses on developing and Building Better Athletes by increasing speed, strength, quickness, jumping ability and overall conditioning. While our price is the same as many camps, you get far more one-on-one time with professionals and you get 7 to 8 weeks to absorb and practice what you're learning.
How can I compare this program to other conditioning programs?
There is no other program like ours in the Greater Cincinnati area. Our program protocols were scientifically developed and tested with input from exercise physiologists, orthopedic physicians, athletic trainers, and physical and occupational therapists. Besides this high level of expertise, athletes who've been through our program will tell you that it's fun and it's excellent for building motivation, quickness, speed and self-confidence.
What can parents get out of the program?
This facility isn't off limits to parents. Parents can get involved as much or as little as they want. Some parents come in often to training sessions to observe and learn some of the training techniques and biomechanics of the body that we are teaching. Parents are also encouraged to participate in the program with their child.
What can athletes expect at the first appointment?
Come dressed to work out, have shorts, T-shirt and Basketball/court or cross trainers to change into.
Quality running shoes are best for the Treadmill training. Basketball/court or cross trainers are recommended for Dynamic movement skill workouts. You'll begin with an initial jumping evaluation, then a Dynamic skill session and strength evaluation on our weight equipment.
You'll want to eat a light meal two to three hours prior to your appointment. Please bring a water bottle to keep hydrated.
All 20 one-on-one sessions will take one hour each to complete.
What do I do to get started?
It's simple. Just call our office inside
Champions Baseball/Softball Academy
at 513-474-4525 to schedule your initial evaluation and training session.
Our location is:
5994 Linneman Street, Cincinnati, OH 45230