“The main ingredient of stardom is the rest of the team.”
– John Wooden
– John Wooden
- “In August of 2010 I made the observation that our athletes were in very good condition, but were a bit lacking in power, explosiveness and general athleticism. I was very impressed with mark and the FMF program when we were introduced. Our relationship with Mark has been a very positive addition to our training plan. The overall fitness level and strength has improved drastically over the year. Mark understands the dynamics of swimming movements and is in tune to the needs of each individual in the group. His program has helped us achieve our goal of increasing the overall fitness level of our athletes and remain competitive on the local & national swimming scene.”
Paul Stafford - Head Coach The Terrapins Swim Team 2010-2011 USA Swimming National Team Coaching Staff
Functional Muscle Fitness LLC (FMF) believes that proper team development requires discipline from every individual. When the PAAS Athletic Performance Training model was created the goal was to develop and enhance talent in every sport through tertiary methods (speed and agility training), strength training, power training, and discipline training. PAAS, which stands for Preparation, Accountability, Attitude, and Strength, is more than performance enhancement exercises / workouts. PAAS is athletic performance for the entire spectrum of everything involved to become and continue to be an elite level athlete. PAAS Athletic Performance Training has worked for numerous Division I athletes, professional MMA athletes, Olympic hopefuls, and professional athletes.
Team Training at FMF starts by developing each athlete through proper technique, core stabilization, balance, muscular function, stretch shorten cycle (SSC) development, and work ethic. FMF believes in strength and power for each athlete; however, FMF also believes that each athlete must go through a progressive program that teaches athletes how to handle these movements safely.
FMF starts by assessing and testing each athlete. This provides a baseline number and generates a greater knowledge on each athlete before starting the training program. Each of FMF’s trainers observe and direct each team member though proper progression. This progressive training method starts with the development of core strength and stabilization through cross education (one leg / arm) training; along with various other original stabilization exercises. FMF runs each athlete through movement assessments while them proper technique.
For example, before FMF’s S&C Coaches allow athletes to perform the power clean, each athlete will be required to perform each part of the movement correctly. Basically, we have a method that deconstructs each part of the movement. As a result, improvement is shown in as little as one session. More advanced athletes will be at “full go” by session two. FMF’s progressive training methods are implemented for each athlete on the team. PAAS methodology has lead to more optimal results, along with a reduced injury percentage amongst our athletes. Once each athlete has been passed through PAAS’s baseline program, each athletes will engage in complex training movements that enhance lateral quickness, foot speed, agility, upper and lower body coordination, speed, range of motion, strength, and power.
How is PAAS Athletic Performance Training applied to Team Training?
Preparation requires discipline, dedication, hard work, and sacrifice. These traits are all a necessary part of the preparatory process. FMF holds each athlete accountable for their level of work intensity. No matter the situation, each individual is expected to be willing to put in the time to learn correct technique, encourage each teammate, lead by example, and sacrifice time in order to reach their / team goals. When one of FMF’s S&C coaches assigns “at home” work, each athlete is expected to perform these tasks. FMF ensures that every team member understands how to prepare for life and athletics.