Middle School Athletes > Pro Athletes

For me, training youth athletes is an extreme passion. 

5 years ago if you would have told me that I would be focusing my business around coaching middle school athletes I would have told you that you are crazy. It’s funny how perspective changes over time. I started out with the goal to only coach college and pro athletes, however, now all I want to do is teach strength and speed to middle and early high school kids. 

Now, you may ask –“why do you focus on teaching strength to this age group?”

Well, that’s pretty simple honestly!

In high school, I fought through near cripplingback pain almost my entire athletic career and I know exactly what caused it. On day 1 in the high school weight room, a coach put a bar on my back and told me to squat. From there I trained 3-4 days per week for the next 4 years. 

No technique, no cueing, nothing…

This is the reality for many young athletes and this is why I run this program. My staff and I have dedicated ourselves to developing the best possible program for 6th, 7th, and 8thgrade athletes. We do this in the hopes that they will enter high school ready to train with the team safely. 

There are many things that strength coaches disagree on, however, one common ground that we call all collectively concur on is that proper implementation of strength and speed training is the most effective way to decrease injuries. 

I want to see athletes experience all the benefits that participation in competitive sports provide and The RISE Program is my vehicle to help them do just that.  I want to change the way young athletes develop and it all starts with proper implementation of a safe and effective training program. 

I know this…if there is one thing I do better than anything else it’s how to get young athletes competent and comfortable in the weight room. 

So, what does proper implementation consist on?

  • A teaching protocol that allows young athletes to LEARN strength movements before being given a barbell or heavy weight. 
  • Teaches the athlete to control their bodies through a full range of motion. 
  • Emphasis on deceleration training to decrease the likelihood of a non-contact injury. 
  • Takes careful time to develop kids at their pace and does not rush the teaching process.

The reason that athletes need a program like this is simple… 

Strength training is the greatest developer of confidence and the best possible way to decrease the occurrence of injuries in youth sports. 

Now, we are starting a new training block for middle school agedathletes on Monday, September 23rdand registration is open currently. If you are interested in more information click the link below or hit reply to this email. I am happy to answer any questions you may have. 


Stay Hungry Stay Humble, 
Rob Van Valkenburgh CSCS, TSAC-F, NASM-PES 

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