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  • Every performance sport trainer at Athletic Republic is required to pass a rigorous, three tiered certification process in order to deliver the extraordinary training experience for every athlete that walks in into an Athletic Republic facility.
    January 8, 2014
  • With summer in full swing and temperatures rising, it is more important than ever to stay hydrated, especially when training or competing. An athlete's hydration status not only impacts performance on game day, but also affects recovery from intense physical activity.  
    June 18, 2013
  • Regardless of your sport, speed and power can be the difference between making the podium and being the runner-up.    Logging  infinite miles on the road, repeated drills on the speed ladder, or endless reps in the gym is no longer enough.   While there are plenty of fads that have dominated fitness trends,  the truth is that to take your game to the next level, your training must incorporate a wide range of movement velocities with a variety of loads. 
    May 29, 2013
  • April 16, 2013
  • Athletic Republic has helped over 800,000 athletes improve their performance over the last 22 years. With that experience, we understand that athletes can be a challenging bunch when it comes to holiday gifts. Based on what athletes in our training centers have said this year, the following is our suggested 2012 top 10 gift list that will likely satisfy everyone from the junior high school athlete to the weekend warrior:
    December 4, 2012
  • Winning is measured in a hundredth of a second, a quarter of an inch, and sometimes… in the blink of an eye. 
    June 14, 2012
  • Thank you to everyone who participated in our Summer Of Speed Sweepstakes.  Winners will be notified via email, and prizes shipped early next week to the address provided at time of entry.
    June 7, 2012
  • Estero, Florida -- The Florida Everblades have had a demanding, yet a successful season. On Tuesday night they battled the Las Vegas Wranglers in the Kelly Cup Finals and while the team has required its fair share of dental work this season its total number of injuries has been limited. The key: good conditioning, and it all starts at Athletic Republic.
    May 23, 2012
  • Summer training provides athletes the opportunity to accelerate their skills and create a competitive advantage for summer sports, select team try-outs and when they return to the field, court or ice to compete this fall. Athletic Republic's “Summer of Speed” training program combines its evidence-based training approach with an individualized plan to help every athlete get the most out their summer.
    April 2, 2012
  •   Summer training provides athletes the opportunity to accelerate their skills, improve their conditioning and create a competitive advantage for summer sports, for select team try-outs and for their return to the field, court or ice to compete this fall. Athletic Republic's “Summer of Speed” training program combines an evidence-based training approach with an individualized, flexible plan to help every athlete get the most out their summer training.
    March 23, 2012
  • Wakefield, Mass. - The Hockey East Association announced that senior forward Spencer Abbott (Hamilton, Ont.) from the University of Maine was named 2012 Athletic Republic Player of the Year on Thursday night at the league's annual Championship Awards night at the Royal Sonesta Hotel in Cambridge, Mass.  Athletic  Republic - Norwood owner, PJ Vende Rydt was on had to make the persentation.
    March 16, 2012
  • Bryant Wilson, Head Performance Coach at Athletic Republic-Midland, qualified for USA Track & Field's Indoor National Championship meet by pole vaulting 17 feet 9.5 inches last weekend.  A four time NCAA Division II national champion from  Grand Valley State, Wilson says he's thrilled to be competing at a high level again.
    February 23, 2012
  • PJ Vande Rydt operates more than the Athletic Republic training center in Norwood, Massachusetts. He is also the Massachusetts Regional Director for Football University (FBU) and he has extended the affiliation to bring Athletic Republic's sports performance training together with FBU to enhance his marketing and youth/prep football in his state.  
    February 20, 2012
  • In only their sophomore season in the league, the Florida Junior Blades are making some noise, as they remain undefeated in their quest for the Junior Tier 3 national championship.
    January 3, 2012
  • The sports-nutrition scene can be confusing.  Athletes have a lot of choices when looking to fuel their bodies.  With so many options, making healthy, educated decisions about what to consume before, during and after competition is more important than ever. USA TODAY recently published a cover story titled "Young Athletes and Energy Drinks: A Bad mix?"
    December 8, 2011
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    December 6, 2011
  • It's no secret that Athletic Republic is the training center of choice for more than 80,000 athletes.  But it's also Hollywood's choice when movie directors are looking to create an authentic performance sports training scene in the latest big screen hit. 
    December 2, 2011
  • What do NFL Players Greg Jennings, Mark Sanchez, and Larry Fitzgerald have in common?  They're all training with the Nike SPARQ Vapor Strobe eyewear to help them see sport better. "The tennis ball looked like a beach ball, it was so easy to catch," said Mark Sanchez after training with the Vapor Strobe.
    December 1, 2011
  • When people ask me about Athletic Republic, I often share with them the competitive advantage athletes who train with us earn through consistency and commitment to our individualized approach to their development. But perhaps the real advantage the athletes have is access to the numerous talented business managers and performance sports trainers available to them in our network.
    November 29, 2011
  • Athletic Republic has helped over 800,000 athletes improve their performance over the last 21 years. With that experience we know that athletes can be a challenging bunch when it comes to holiday gift-giving.  Based on what athletes have said this year, the following is our suggested 2011 Top 10 gift list that will  satisfy everyone from the Junior High School athlete to the weekend warrior:
    November 28, 2011
  • November 18, 2011
  • As the Florida Everblades look forward to the upcoming season, an important aspect of their preparation is pre-season testing and dry-land training. For the second year in a row the Florida Everblades and Head Coach Greg Poss have turned to Athletic Republic for their expertise in player development.
    October 31, 2011
  • What happens when more than 100 owners, operators, and trainers from 50 Athletic Republic centers across the country get together at the sixteenth Athletic Republic Facility Conference? 
    October 14, 2011
  • Athletic Republic was proud to honor the achievements and contributions of network members from around the country at the 2011 Facility Conference held in Portland, Oregon October 6-8.  Congratulations to all the nominees and winners.
    October 13, 2011
  • On October 3, Forbes Magazine published its Fab 40 list of the Most Valuable Sports Brands.  While Athletic Republic did not make the cut (this year), two of our partners cracked the Top 5.  Nike earned Forbes top spot and Gatorade claimed the fifth position. Athletic Republic is proud to be affiliated with these industry leaders and looks forward to working together to expand the brand in the year ahead.
    October 12, 2011
  • As part of the 2011 Facility Conference, Athletic Republic will recognize members from around the network for their outstanding accomplishments and contributions at the Awards Celebration on Friday, October 7.  In addition to the Master Trainer, award categories include: the Founder's Award, The MVP Center, and the Dick Vraa | Trainer of the Year.  Congratulations to all the nominees.  
    September 30, 2011
  • As part of the 2010 Facility Conference, Athletic Republic introduced a new distinction in performance sports training when twenty trainers received a Master Trainer medal. This year, we are expanding the distinguished list to include sixteen individuals whose experience, training expertise and commitment to the athletes they train, their performance sports training center, and our network is exemplary. Athletic Republic is proud to announce the Master Trainer Class of 2011:
    September 12, 2011
  • We're pleased to announce the addition of a new award for Facility Conference 2011 - the Athlete's Choice Award. We've made our nominations for Trainer of the Year. Now it's time for athletes to make theirs. Who is the best trainer in the network according to those we train? Let's find out. Athletes from Athletic Republic centers across the country asked for it and we're answering.
    September 9, 2011
  • The entire Athletic Republic network mourns the loss of life and the players from the KHL's Lokomotiv Yaroslavl team who died earlier today when their private Russian jet crashed into a riverbank just moments after takeoff. "As the hockey season begins across the North America, we all recognize the talent, achievement and contributions the players have made to the game, their teams and their communities. We send our blessings to their families, friends and fans from around the world," said Tad O'Had, Athletic Republic VP of Hockey.
    September 7, 2011
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    June 10, 2011
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    May 19, 2011
  • May 17, 2011
  • During a time when NFL players are unable to practice with franchise coaches or use NFL team facilities, New York Jets Quarterback Mark Sanchez has organized Jets West, a week-long passing camp in Southern California.  In addition to using Athletic Republic's proprietary Warm-Up Cord, the team is also reviewing video from last season, studying playbooks and working on formations on the field.
    May 4, 2011
  • May 2, 2011
  • April 14, 2011
  • The Nike Vapor Strobe improves athletic performance by enhancing visual skills such as focus, attention, anticipation, reaction, visualization, balance, stability, and peripheral vision. Sensory training gives players a competitive advantage so they are able to react faster and make better plays in critical situations.
    April 4, 2011
  • Tune in this weekend to Sports Stars of Tomorrow, a half hour nationally syndicated television show hosted by legendary NFL announcer Pat Summerall, which will feature the U.S. Army All-American Bowl (USAAB), the Eastbay Youth All-American Bowl and the Youth Combine held in San Antonio's AlamoDome on January 8 and 9, 2011.
    March 24, 2011
  • Estero, Fla. -- Last weekend the Florida Junior Blades won all four games in a Philadelphia national qualification tournament, earning them a Wild Card invitation to the USA Hockey National Championships March 25 – 29 in Boston. 
    March 21, 2011
  • Post by: Charlie Graves, CEO March in Japan is usually a time of great joy as the world turns to the island's celebration of the annual cherry blossom festival. But on March 11, 2011, the largest earthquake to hit Japan in the nation's history struck mid-afternoon. Thousands of lives and livelihoods have been devastated by the powerful earthquake and subsequent tsunami.
    March 17, 2011
  • Like former NHL Centre Marty Murray, some professional athletes make a compelling decision to take their sport’s passion and use it to train young, hopeful athletes who aspire to some day live the dream Murray did. A small but gritty centreman, Murray, now director of hockey at Athletic Republic in Minot, N.D., enjoyed a 15-year professional hockey career where he was named captain on a number of teams.
    March 8, 2011
  • Athletic Republic’s Chelsea Piers BlueStreak has seven athletes fully participating in the drills at the NFL Scouting Combine, which started Wednesday and runs through Tuesday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.
    February 25, 2011
  • Post by: Tad O'Had, VP of Hockey It's been said, "If you can't skate, you can't play hockey." But to me, if one can’t skate well, you can’t have success in hockey.
    February 1, 2011
  • A great post by James Walker about Pittsburgh Steelers' linebacker LaMarr Woodley and his stellar postseason performance. Woodley's done a lot of legwork and upper body strength training in the off-season at Athletic Republic in Auburn Hills, Mich.
    January 31, 2011
  • By: Charlie Graves, CEO Long before Jack LaLanne was featured on Power Juicer infomercials, he was inspiring athletes to become stronger. Often recognized as the 'Father of Fitness', LaLanne passed over the weekend at age 96, leaving behind a legacy of making exercise accessible to all Americans.
    January 24, 2011
  • Since retiring from pro hockey a few years ago, David Karpa is heavily involved in strengthening the youth game in Southern California.
    January 13, 2011
  • For the 3rd consecutive year, Athletic Republic showcased its technology and electronic timing system at the National Combine Friday in San Antonio. Among the 500 athletes participating was Kyle Faunce, who has been training with Athletic Republic in Tempe, Az., for more than a year. To Faunce, the Combine was a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to showcase his talent on a national level. "I was so excited when I found out I was selected that it was hard to concentrate for the rest of the day," Faunce said.
    January 10, 2011
  • Video Link  For the third consecutive year Athletic Republic will be a key participant in the U.S. Army's 2011 High School All-American Football Bowl in San Antonio's Alamodome.
    December 20, 2010
  • The Athletic Republic training center in Clifton Park, NY is helping hockey players in Update New York improve their skating mechanics, and increase foot speed and on-ice performance.       Ice Hockey Treadmill Increases Skating Speed for Saratoga County Athletes  ~by Stan Hudy
    July 15, 2010
  • North Shore Ice Arena in Northbrook, Illinois expands its services with an Athletic Republic performance sports training center. It’s hard for former New Trier hockey player Stephanie Dubin to forget her first experience on a skating treadmill. “At first, it’s weird,” said the center, who is entering her sophomore year at the University of Colorado. “It’s scary to let go of the bar and then you realize that you can’t fall. You’ve got nowhere to go.”
    June 30, 2010
  • 2010 marks Athletic Republic’s 20 year Anniversary. Over the past two decades the company has grown from an idea that was planted in Fargo, North Dakota into a field of 160 training centers that helped 80,000 athletes develop a competitive advantage last year.  The following video captures the spirit of Athletic Republic’s heritage of performance sports training.
    May 1, 2010
  • Athletic Republic, the nation’s leading franchisor of science-based performance sports training centers, and Panasonic Enterprise Solutions Company, have agreed to a strategic alliance. Under the terms of the alliance, Panasonic is “The Official Technology Partner” of Athletic Republic.
    April 27, 2010
  • EAS is expanding its “Power to the People” advertising campaign, which debuted during March Madness, to directly connect with athletes at the point of performance™ in Athletic Republic’s performance sports training centers.  The association distinguishes EAS as Athletic Republic’s Official Sports Nutrition partner.
    April 16, 2010
  •   BJ Maack Testing, Teaching & Training @ Football University - Orlando
    April 15, 2010
  • Toby Gerhart, Doak Walker Award winner and Heisman Trophy runner-up, is eager to prove doubters wrong this week in the NFL scouting combine which will be held in Indianapolis.  Gerhart has been training in the Athletic Republic network since eighth grade, and returned to work on his speed in preparation for the combine.
    February 23, 2010
  • Athletic Republic is proud to announce an advanced certification recognizing trainers who demonstrate extraordinary athlete development skills, maintain the highest level of professionalism, strive to improve their training centers’ operations and contribute to the advancement of Athletic Republic. The Master Trainer certification is being awarded to 20 long-time members of the performance sports training network to commemorate the company’s 20 year anniversary.
    February 17, 2010
  • Last June, Cole Marcoux was an unheralded quarterback prospect preparing for his senior season at The Fieldston School in the Bronx, when he attended Football University - Philadelphia.
    January 18, 2010
  • Athletic Republic Annapolis hosted Seantrel Henderson, the nation’s number one high school football prospect, and legendary offensive line coach, Jim McNally, on Wednesday afternoon. Henderson is preparing for the upcoming Army All-American Bowl to be held in San Antonio, Texas on January 9, 2010.   Coach McNally spent over three hours taking the offensive tackle through a variety of drills and refining his technique.
    December 17, 2009
  •   Brandon Meriweather of the New England Patriots made some noise by stripping the ball from Buffalo kickoff returner Leodis McKelvin during last night’s Monday Night Football game. The fumble positioned the Patriots to make the go-ahead touchdown and provided New Englanders with an exciting start to the season.
    September 15, 2009
  • Connor Sport Court has been excited to be a part of this project ever since we first learned about it a year ago when approached by Athletic Republic to design a super plyo floor for the new training center under construction in St. George, Utah.
    August 26, 2009
  • Steve Swanson - Chief Science and Technology Officer
    August 24, 2009
  • Pulling up to All-Star Sports Training in Paisley, Florida for the first day of the Top Gun camp I was a bit skeptical.  You drive down a 1/4 mile dirt road and the first thing that you see is about 10 long horn bulls.  This was going to be my office for the next two weeks and I was not sure what to expect.  I have visited and trained at many training facilities but none of them had livestock to my knowledge.
    August 12, 2009
  • Blake Gardner With the start of football season just around the corner, some of the nation’s best players have been invited to Paisley, Florida, to fine tune their games at the three-day Football University Top Gun Camp, before returning to lead their High School teams.
    July 29, 2009
  • Football University Top Gun Camps 1 and 2 took place last week in Paisley, Florida, and included up and coming 7th and 8th grade football players.  The intensity of both camps were impressive for athletes of such a young age.
    July 28, 2009
  • Here’s a link to a post on Rivals.com that talks all about the integration of technology into Athletic Republic’s on-field and training center based football training programs.
    July 27, 2009
  • Left to Right: Kyle Palmieri, Mike Cichy, and Jordan Samuel-Thomas. Athletic Republic Congratulates  our class of 2009 NHL Draft picks! The recent NHL Draft was a great one for players who have trained using Athletic Republic’s patented Hockey Treadmill and proprietary training protocols. The photos above show just three of 16 players drafted after training at an Athletic Republic facility or with the USA National Team Development Program.
    June 30, 2009
  • Last year when Athletic Republic moved its training and technology into the USNTDP training facility at the Ann Arbor Ice Cube, Scott Moneghan Director of Hockey Operations for US Hockey had this to say:
    April 24, 2009
  • This report just in from Tad O’Had, our VP of Hockey … who is a big hoops fan too:
    April 23, 2009
  • Athletic Republic in Russian
    April 13, 2009
  • Suffolk PAL National Champs! At Athletic Republic, we pride ourselves on providing hockey players a program dedicated to “lighting the lamp”. Last week, the Suffolk PAL Junior “B” franchise took that to another level when they clinched a National Championship Title from the Central Penn Panthers with a decisive 4-1 win.
    April 5, 2009
  • Offense vs Defense Reaction Drill As I stood waiting to speak to a high school gymnasium full of parents and athletes, my father asked me if I was nervous.  I gave him a quizzical look and said, “No way, I’ve been waiting for this since October when they announced the FBU partnership.”  I spoke for only 5 minutes but I guarantee every person walked away with one new piece of knowledge.
    March 25, 2009
  • Hello Blog Fans! I just finished up my first FBU event in Southern Cali’s own, San Diego.  The camp was held at Cathedral High School, whose football team won the State Champs of last year.  The brand new campus was awesome as it had an Aztec look plus a monastery feel to it.  The camp started off great because I had the chance to individually meet every kid.  All seemed nervous, yet super excited  at the same time.
    February 18, 2009
  • Athletic Republic’s patented Hockey Treadmill and performance sports training programs gives hockey players the speed and separation needed to compete in the “new” NHL.  Each individual training program increases a player’s stride frequency, stride length, skating mechanics, edge control and stability, conditioning, shot velocity and puck control. Visit an Athletic Republic training center for one of our programs designed to “light the lamp!”
    February 12, 2009
  • Are you football fast? Do you have the speed to separate from a defender or close the open-field gap? Athletic Republic has been the answer, for more than 500,000 athletes of all ages, looking to improve their speed, power and agility.
    February 9, 2009
  • What a weekend!  Athletic Republic was out in full force at the first Football University camp in Dallas last weekend.  Over 170 high school and middle school athletes who are serious about football attended the weekend-long event.  As a former collegiate player, the opportunity I had to learn from the FBU coaches was phenomenal.  Former NFL standouts who are passionate about teaching kids who are passionate to learn is a winning combination!
    February 5, 2009
  •   FSU's Derek Nicholson Hi everyone, I’m Derek Nicholson. I played inside linebacker at Florida State University the past four years, and I’m currently training at All-Star Sports in Paisley, Florida, in eager anticipation of FSU’s Pro Day on March 15th.
    February 4, 2009
  •   Football 365 defines the Athletic Republic training network’s commitment to helping youth, middle school and high school football players maximize their potential and achieve their goals. We’ve partnered with Football University (FBU) and Rivals.com to develop a year-round, systematic approach to overall stamina and speed development, position-specific skill building and the X factor—getting noticed by college recruiters.
    January 26, 2009
  • Even though football combine season is already in progress, you can still fine-tune your technique to maximize your results. In the attached video, you’ll learn techniques to improve your 40-yard dash time. Over the next couple of weeks we’ll post other videos with combine preparation tips, so stay tuned. And don’t forget, training at an Athletic Republic performance sports training center will help hone your testing technique while improving your football speed, power and agility.
    January 22, 2009
  • It’s been a while since we’ve heard from or about Neil Clark (left) and Vladi Nikiforov (right). With hockey season in full-swing, they’ve both seen the benefits of their hard summer of hockey training pay off. Here’s a story about Neil being called up to the AHL Rochester Americans.
    January 16, 2009
  • On January 2, 2009, 500 of America’s top high school sophomore and junior football players gathered in San Antonio, Texas, to demonstrate their physical talent and football skills in front of the U.S. Army All-American Bowl Selection Committee and college football’s top scouting organizations. Athletic Republic was on the field with them capturing their test results with state-of-the-art technology solutions.
    January 9, 2009
  • The photo at left recently was posted on Habs Inside/Out–the online source for absolutely everything about the Montreal Canadiens. The title of the post is Getting Into Hockey Shape, and tells the tale of the Silver brothers bring Athletic Republic’s patented Hockey Treadmill to the Sportplexe Quatres-Glaces in Pierrefonds. If you’ve ever wondered what hockey treadmill training was all about, this article is a must read.
    January 8, 2009
  • Athletic Republic CEO Charlie Graves
    January 1, 2009

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