The USSR experience helped John Frappier understand the boundaries of human performance.


...Which allowed him to identify the most important metrics to test. He returned home to Fargo, North Dakota in 1986 with an idea of how he could apply some of the Soviet concepts for neuromuscular training and how to manipulate the body's neuromuscular system to illicit a stronger response. Within two years, he had three Fargo football players signed with University of Nebraska ... a first. Fargo was not on head coach Tom Osborn's recruiting radar, so he made a visit to learn more about what was changing in the local sports community and to meet Frappier. Osborn was amazed at the techniques John was employing and the success he was having with local athletes gaining collegiate and professional tryouts.


Meanwhile, aspiring Bio-mechanist Steve Swanson was playing football at nearby Concordia College and taking one of the classes John was teaching at Concordia. Steve started training with John in 1989 and was making significant improvements, ultimately leading John to ask Swanson to work at his training facility. By the time Swanson was a senior, he was managing what had become the first training center.


One former All-Pro Linebacker for the Cincinnati Bengals, who had played in the league for 10-12 years, moved back home to Fargo and was coaching locally. At the age of 46, he started coming into the center and training with Frappier and Swanson. After completing the first training series, he ran a 4.7 40-yard dash, having never run that fast even when playing professionally. He called the Bengals and they sent Tim Krumrie, Anthony Munoz, Eric Thomas, Ickey Woods and Jim Breech to train. The players would fly in to Fargo every week in the summer to train alongside all the local athletes and they all began registering tremendous improvements.