If you stepped inside the Xavier University strength and conditioning facility during the men’s basketball team’s workouts this past summer, you wouldn’t notice anything out of the ordinary. Players are working hard, and Matt Jennings, MS, MSCC, now in his ninth year as a Head Strength and Conditioning Coach, is encouraging them on.
As Clif Marshall made the three-hour drive from Cincinnati to Bloomington last spring, he thought he had made up his mind. As personal trainer to the Cincinnati Bengals, Xavier Musketeers and Dayton Flyers, and as a key member of a successful training business in Cincinnati, Marshall couldn’t envision leaving.
Ignition is partnering with high school athletic departments nationwide to provide quality strength and conditioning expertise to their student athletes. Ignition provides Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialists (CSCS) by the National Association of Sports Medicine (NASM) to ensure elite supervision.
If you want to lift more explosively, then your training better reflect your goals. “A lot of strength programs in America are built around slow, controlled reps,” says Chris Gray, the Senior Performance Specialist at Ignition APG in Mason, OH. “But to be explosive, you must train explosively, and French Contrast is great for this.”
GREEN BAY – Winston Moss has seen this kind of progression before in his linebackers. From Desmond Bishop to Nick Perry, the Packers associate head coach has watched countless playmakers go from backups waiting for years in the wings to full-fledged contributors during his 11-plus seasons leading Green Bay’s linebackers.
Sean O’Mara’s meaty, 6-foot-10 frame was never intended to be used for tumbling on recreational mats in the style of a Jiu Jitsu fighter, and yet there he was – face red, a thin glaze of sweat forming on his brow, hunched on the ground and laboring to tuck his left arm back toward his right hip in order to perform a tumble.
Forest Hills School District recently partnered with Ignition APG to provide performance coaches at both Anderson High School and Turpin High School. Ignition APG has partnered with professional and collegiate athletic programs in the past, but this is the first time they have partnered with high schools.
As the Bengals players prepare for training camp which starts in just about two weeks, a few of them are doing it together at Ignition APG, a training facility in Mason, Ohio. Ignition APG is frequented by NFL players including many Cincinnati Bengals, which makes sense as Mason is so close to Cincinnati.
St. Xavier linebacker and Ohio State recruit Justin Hillard does some training at Ignition in Mason Ohio.
There was no drama for Justin Hilliard on Wednesday morning. No hat displays, no social media consternation over which college football program the young man from Cincinnati St. Xavier High School would choose from the hundreds that had at one point or another expressed interest in him. All that was needed to do was hit the “send” button on the fax machine at 7:23 a.m.
After eight years of preparing players for what he calls this week’s “Underwear Olympics,” trainer Clif Marshall realizes the NFL draft process has delicate dance partners. There is the brute reality of the prospect’s college tape. Meanwhile, the NFL Scouting Combine that opens Wednesday in Indianapolis supplies sheer data that is seductive and dangerous eye candy for scouts.