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Athletes who need to perform at top levels of competition understand the importance of proper performance training. Having trained athletes from many sports, Bruno’s personalized strength and movement training plans have helped countless athletes reach their true potential. This is what has made John Bruno Strength and Conditioning the SRQ performance training leader since 2014.

Athletes who have used Bruno’s performance training methods include:

  • 3 Olympians in Ice Hockey (1 Gold Medal, 2 Silver Medals)
  • 1 Patty Kazmaier Award-winning NCAA Female Division I Hockey Player
  • 2012 NCAA Division Champion and 4th Place Water Polo National Finishers
  • Golden Glove Champions & Top Finishers
  • Martial Arts and Jiu-Jitsu Competition Winners
  • Many other decorated athletes in various sports

What is performance training?

Performance training is a type of training where the goal is to prepare athletes to perform at their highest potential in the sport of their choice. Each sport has its own list of specific physical demands on the body. Performance training plans are designed to meet those physical demands, improve performance, and prevent injury in whichever sport is being focused on.

Performance training uses the five training principles of overload, specificity, progression, variation, and consistency to achieve improved performance in your sport. Depending on what aspect and type of performance you are looking to improve, performance training plans will include elements to enhance all levels of a person’s physical fitness, including aerobic capability, anaerobic strength and conditioning, flexibility, range of motion, strength, stamina, work capacity, movement efficiency, and the development of specific skills.

Why is sports performance training important?

Training for optimum performance specific to your sport (or activity) is critical, not only for performing at your best but also for avoiding injury. Whichever sport you want to improve your performance in will determine the specific attribute development focus of your performance training plan. A soccer player, for example, will want to improve lower body strength to get stronger legs for more powerful and controlled kicks, while also focusing on speed, agility, and endurance to handle all of the back and forth on the field. On the other hand, a baseball player will focus more on improving upper body strength to improve how well they throw and bat, while also having a focus on sprints for running bases. Having a proper sports performance training plan is important because the needs of each sport are so unique.

At John Bruno Strength and Conditioning, we have been providing the SRQ performance training scene with innovative tried and true fitness programming for athletes and competitors since 2014.Before working in the Sarasota performance training arena, Bruno spent over 10 years training NCAA Division 1 and Division 2 Athletes at Mercyhurst University in Erie Pennsylvania as a strength and conditioning coach. Click here for more information on how to sign up for elite performance training here in the SRQ and Manatee County area.

How is performance training different from training for other goals like weight loss, bodybuilding, or general fitness?

Performance training is different from other types of training because of the intended outcome. The purpose of sports performance training is to prepare an athlete for the physical challenges associated with sports competition. Training plans for sports performance are sport-specific, so the training plans vary from sport to sport as previously discussed. On top of that, John Bruno Strength and Conditioning customizes each sport-specific program to the specific needs of each individual athlete, based on their specific strengths, weaknesses, position, and areas needing improvement. This is why someone training for something like weight loss, bodybuilding, or even just general fitness, will not have the same type of workout routine as someone involved in performance training.

If you’re interested in training for something other than sports performance, such as weight loss, bodybuilding, general fitness, or some of our other programs, click here for more information on how to sign up in the Sarasota area.

What is a sports performance training plan?

Sometimes referred to as a sports performance program, a sports performance training plan is going to mirror the skills and movements that are required for the sport you’re focused on improving. The goal is to produce the physical (and mental) attributes necessary to succeed with the specific demands and physical challenges. Sports performance training plans are customized to each athlete. Training activities are based on the strength and movement requirements specific to your sport. Thus, together we create an individualized training plan that will take you to the top of your game.

We offer complete sports performance training plans in Sarasota for a variety of sports. Bruno has worked with NCAA and professional athletes from many sports, including ice hockey, water polo, basketball, football, wrestling, all type of martial arts, field hockey, soccer, lacrosse, golf, track and field, boxing, and tennis. Click here for more information on how to sign up for elite performance training in the SRQ area.

What is functional training?

In a broad sense, functional training is a type of exercise program that focuses on improving the specific strength and movement patterns associated with a given activity. Therefore, good sports performance training is inherently functional training by nature. Functional training exercises are designed by using the knowledge of, and application of, functional anatomy and movement systems to design exercise routines that strengthen and enhance the function of these movements. In performance training, these movements are obviously sports specific. However, functional training can also be applied to help people perform better at work or move better and safer while performing daily chores. It can even be used to help people do things as simple as being able to play with their children and be more active with less risk of injury.

In addition to sports performance training, we also have functional training plans to help you be the best at your day-to-day actives. Click here for more information on how to sign up for functional strength and movement training in the Sarasota area.

What is corrective exercise?

Corrective exercise focuses on exercises that correct imbalances and asymmetries in strength, movement, posture, and mobility. One of the biggest benefits of corrective exercise is avoiding injury. Imbalances in strength or mobility can cause excess strain on other parts of the body working to compensate for the imbalance. For example, someone with a fuzzed ankle may also have knee pain on the same side as the fuzzed ankle. This is commonly seen in these cases because the ankle has lost its mobility function and hence, the knee joint receives stresses that the ankle. If it was moving properly, it would have absorbed the stresses safely instead of the knee taking up the slack. Sports commonly have movements that are repetitive and not posturally balanced (for example, always batting right-handed). Thus, by incorporating corrective exercise into your sports performance training plan, we can improve or reverse any sports-specific imbalances. This will improve your overall biomechanics and ensure you aren’t overworking other areas of your body, which helps prevent injuries.

In addition to sports performance training, we also have corrective exercise training plans to help you move better, be stronger, and avoid injuries. Just like sports, our jobs and daily lives have many imbalanced activities (right-handed vacuum, right-handed leave rake, etc.) or assaults on our posture (sitting too much in front of a computer).

Click here for more information on how to sign up for a corrective exercise analysis screening in the Sarasota area.

No matter what your sport is, John Bruno Strength and Conditioning has been the leader in SRQ performance training and can help you efficiently and effectively achieve your goals. We have the knowledge, the experience, and a roster full of top-performing elite athletes who have seen significant results using Bruno’s strength and movement principles. Don’t wait, sign up today to feel better, get stronger, and go faster in whatever sport or daily activity you want.

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Best Regards

John J. Bruno, MS, CSCS, PES, CSS, FMS, USAW
Master’s degree in Exercise Science – Concentration in Performance Enhancement
and Injury Prevention
NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
USA Weightlifting Level 1 Sports Performance Coach
Precision Nutrition Level 1 Certified Nutrition Coach
AIS Active Isolated Stretching Practitioner Aaron Mattes Method
NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist
FMS Functional Movement Screening Specialist (Level II)
NASE Certified Speed Specialist
RKC Certified Kettlebell Lifting Instructor
AKC Certified Kettlebell Lifting Coach
Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
Certified Associate Grappling Instructor, Harris International
Certified Apprentice L5 Jeet Kune Do, French, Filipino, and Indonesian Martial Arts
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