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From the General Manager | August 2020 Facility Updates

From the General Manager | August 2020 Facility Updates

Like many industries both small and large, the fitness industry has been drastically impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic suppression. At the time of writing this statement, Performance Health & Fitness has been open for exactly 10 weeks since the shutdown to slow the spread of the virus. While we’ve certainly had challenges and will likely continue to experience bumps along the way, we’ve been encouraged by our members, clients, and staff over the last several weeks.

 

Although we’re seeing nearly 50% fewer weekly visits than our average pre-shutdown average, we have seen approximately a 25% increase in weekly visits since June 1st. Additionally, we have been very pleased with everyone’s level of adherence and patience with our screening, sanitation, and distancing protocols. We’re also encouraged by the participation in our virtual membership options and at-home programming we are providing. They have served as a great tool for us to stay connected to many of our members who have chosen not to return to in-person fitness classes or training at this time.

 

Our staff should also be commended for stepping up as needed and providing guidance and leadership where needed. While we do understand that there are always areas that can be improved, we want to thank you all for helping us maintain safety standards here at Performance.

 

Currently, we do not anticipate major changes to our operational hours, services, or programming in the coming weeks. We will continue to promote distancing both in and outside of our facilities, as well as continue to improve our cleaning effectiveness and consistency. We also encourage all to adhere to personal hygiene standards as well as the use of PPE, including masks and/or shields. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, we will continue to ask that all of our members, guests, and staff to please stay home if they are symptomatic or believe they may have been exposed to the virus until they have been cleared by their primary care provider.

 

We certainly appreciate your patience as we navigate the ever-changing business and social environment that we are all encountering. We are hopeful to be able to increase our operational hours, services, and programming in the near future as we continue to strive to recover from some of the changes to our business that have taken place over the past 100 days.

 

As always, please follow our social media and website for the most up to date information about any changes that could be made.

 

Sincerely,

 

Brock Reed
General Manager, Performance health & Fitness

 

RESOURCES

 

Hours of Operation for August:

 

Monday-Friday
5:00am-7:00pm

 

Saturday and Sunday
7:00am-1:00pm

 

Virtual Membership: $29/month provides unlimited access to all of our live Zoom group fitness classes. To inquire about changing your membership type, please email membership@perfther.com.

 

August Group Fitness Classes: Click here to view and/or download our full August Group Fitness Schedule

 

Summer Shape Up 8-Week Exercise & Nutrition Program: Learn more about this complete digital download package

 

Performance Sport & Speed

Performance Sport & Speed

Key elements that apply to all sports are speed, agility, strength, power, and endurance. At Performance Sport & Speed, we train athletes in grades 4-12 in these areas. We then take their training to the next level with personalized, sport-specific workouts. Our coaches emphasize proper technique and incorporate injury prevention exercises, creating a powerful, functional athlete. Having trained over 3,000 athletes throughout the state of Iowa, we have developed a program that works to progress athletes to the next step in their careers, whether it’s high school athletics, college athletics or professional athletics.

 

THE PERFORMANCE SPORT & SPEED PROGRAM

Performance Sport & Speed meets for 1 hour on Tuesdays and Thursdays (times vary based on groups and participant/coach availability). Call 319-665-2548 (option 1) or email lrobertson@perfther.com for the current session times and available openings.

COST: $180 per 6-week session per athlete

 

View Program Description & Registration Form

 

Athlete-improvement-graphicPre- and Post-Evaluation

  • Vertical jump to test their power development
  • Broad jump to test their horizontal power and the ability to translate their vertical power into a horizontal movement
  • 40/10yard sprints to test their speed and strength during their sprints
  • Pro-agility to test their quickness and ability to change direction
  • Bodyweight testing and strength testing will depend on the athlete, how long they’ve been working with us, and what developmentally they are ready for.

 



Performance Health & Fitness Strength & Conditioning Coaches

 

ALEX HARMER
Credentials: 
Masters Degree in Coaching and Administration; Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist

Alex attended Wartburg College where he earned his degree in coaching and administration while playing on their football team. He was fortunate enough to intern at Iowa State University (football), North Dakota State University (football), and the University of Iowa (Olympic), and was recently an Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Minnesota State University (Mankato) where he was in charge of baseball, women’s basketball, wrestling, cheer, redshirt football, intern coordinator, while also assisting with football.

His passion is to develop relationships with athletes and give them the tools necessary to achieve success on and off the field.

 

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KELSEY MCCREA
Credentials: 
B.A. Health and Human Physiology- Exercise Science, ACSM Certified Personal Trainer

Kelsey has always had a passion for sports and helping people grow up with an athletic background. She combined her passion at the University of Iowa where she graduated in 2016 with an Exercise Science degree. Since then she has gained experience through rehabilitation internships at hospitals, working with the University of Iowa football team and personal training. She enjoys working with clients of all ages, motivating and pushing them to new fitness limits while building relationships. In her free time, Kelsey loves spending time with friends and family, being outdoors, traveling, playing volleyball, and going to sporting events.

 

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BRENDON PANTHER
Credentials:
 B.S. in Sport and Exercise Science, USAW Level 1 Sports Performance Coach, M.A. in Kinesiology

Brendon grew up in Iowa City. After writing his own programs in high school, he learned the technique of Olympic weightlifting under coach Jianping Ma as well as how to write strength programs under UNI’s head strength and conditioning coach Jed Smith. Brendon gained more experience working with the Waterloo Black Hawks as well as multiple teams at UNI. Brendon is currently at Iowa City West High School working as the strength and conditioning coach as well as working with the students in Performance PE. In his free time, Brendon enjoys music, relaxing with his family, and supporting his athletes whenever possible.

 

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LEAH ROBERTSON
Credentials: 
M.S. in Exercise Physiology; B.Ed.S. in Exercise Science; Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist; Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified; USA-W Level 1 Sports Performance Coach; Eleiko Strength and Conditioning Coach Certified

Leah has been involved in strength and conditioning since high school when she started strength training for softball. After high school, she played softball for the University of Kansas. While at KU she interned with her strength staff as well as completing a summer internship at the National Strength and Conditioning Association Headquarters in Colorado Springs where she got to assist with training the local Police, S.W.A.T. and Fire departments as well as assisting with pre-season testing for the Colorado Avalanche. After graduating from KU she continued at Auburn University as a graduate assistant and assistant strength and conditioning coach working with Softball, Diving and Gymnastics as well as assisting with Baseball, Swimming, Volleyball, and Track and Field. Leah enjoys sharing her education and love for fitness with others and is excited to be a part of the Performance Health and Fitness team. Outside of work, Leah loves to spend time in the kitchen cooking and baking for family and friends.

 

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BRYAN ROHRBACH
Credentials: 
M.A. Kinesiology; B.A. Exercise Science; Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS); United States Weightlifting Certified (USAW)

Bryan attended the University of Northern Iowa for undergraduate and his masters from 2008-2015. While there he was a member of the top 25th ranked Men’s Track and field team. After Track and Field Bryan got involved with Olympic Weightlifting with coach Jianping Ma, Coach Ma was a member of China’s first Olympic Weightlifting team at the Los Angeles Olympics in 1984. After learning from Coach Ma, Bryan began interning with the UNI Strength and Conditioning department working with Track and Field and Football. In 2015 Bryan began his masters and became the Head Strength and Conditioning coach for UNI Track and Field while also assisting with UNI Football. After finishing his masters, Bryan became the Sports Performance Director for Sioux City East. After 2.5 years at East Bryan returned to UNI to become the Head Strength and Conditioning coach for UNI Women’s Tennis while assisting with UNI Track and Field. Bryan joined Performance Health and Fitness in May of 2018.

 

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MITCHELL SCHUMACHER
Credentials:
 B.S. in Human Performance and Fitness, NSCA-CSCS, BOEE Certified Coach

Mitchell received his Bachelor’s degree in Human Performance and Fitness from St. Ambrose University in 2016. He has always been interested in sports and staying active. Since the age of 5, Mitchell has played tennis; his sport of choice. Mitchell enjoys working with people on the “little things” in the gym that can lead to BIG differences in performance and functionality. When he is not with clients or doing his own training, Mitchell enjoys being outside, fishing, and catching up with friends and family.

 



FAQs

 

What exactly is injury prevention?
We focus on teaching the athletes proper technique to help their overall athleticism. By developing athleticism, we cover all the positions and movements encountered during a practice or competition. We focus on bodyweight movements first, covering the basic mechanics of jumping, running, and landing so when the athletes encounter a similar position during a competition they already have the correct movement pattern to produce the maximal amount of force. To increase the injury prevention we also focus on strength exercises throughout the full ranges of motion to help develop the muscles fully, as to not over shorten or overstress the muscles that are most commonly injured depending on the sport.

 

What about the young athlete’s ACLs?
With knee injuries being fairly common, especially in adolescent girls, we make sure to teach the girls how to recruit the proper muscles during the movements that could put added stress on the ACL if done improperly. By teaching the athletes to recruit the proper muscles, we teach them how to move without added stress to the knee ligaments this helping prevent the ACL and other knee injuries. By teaching them in practice, we are able to have carried over into the games so they don’t get out of proper position and put their knees and ACLs at risk.

 

Sport-specific vs general athleticism?
We focus on both of these during our sport and speed sessions. The general athleticism is what will help the athletes when they are reacting to a ball or a play during competition. We want all of our athletes to be well rounded and able to move well throughout normal sport-specific positions like throwing or hitting mechanics for baseball or softball, but also have the proper positions when they react to a ball hit to their left or when they have to jump to catch a line drive. Sport-specific exercises are those that can directly be transferred to the sport, such as box jumps for basketball players, med ball throws for baseball and footwork, and agility for soccer. All of these types of exercises would help further the athlete’s development in a specific sport.

 

Training Notable Athletes
Many of our athletes have gone on to great athletic accomplishments including NCAA All-Americans, High School State Champions, All-State, and Regional Recognition and Collegiate Athletic Scholarships. A few notable area athletes include:

  • Dan Davis – Washington University Hurdler
  • Jake Gannon – Iowa State University Football
  • Tom Gorzelanny – Milwaukee Brewers Baseball
  • Nate Kaeding – San Diego Chargers Football
  • Zach Miskovic – Washington Capitals National Hockey League
  • Allison Smith – University of Iowa Volleyball
  • Emma Winstead – Drake Soccer
  • Caitlin Wnek – University of Northern Iowa Softball

 

 

Tom P

Since joining Performance, I have made huge gains. The process of recovering from knee surgery has been much easier because of the expertise of the Performance staff in helping me get back to full strength. I would recommend this gym to anyone.*

Kim C

Performance Fitness Member

“I joined Performance and it has changed my life. Gone are the days when I dreaded trying on clothes at the store, Thanks to Performance, I feel like a super fit mom.”*

Seth D

Performance Fitness Member

Under the guidance of trainers, I have been able to decrease my 5K time from 28 minutes to under 20 minutes in just 2 years.  I have also lost 30 pounds while increasing strength, endurance and power.*

Connie R

Training over the last few years at Performance has been the best health decision I have ever made.  Leslie, my current trainer, keeps me on track to stay fit and strong, makes our sessions interesting and challenging, and is always positive, even when I have setbacks.*

Barry C Testimonial
Barry C

Performance Fitness Member

“I am a competitive cyclist and have been in personal training at Performance for 6 years. The best part about the trainers is that they know our medical histories very well.  Leslie is great at modifying a training session specifically to each individual person’s limitations so as to avoid injury.”*

Pat S

Performance Fitness Member

“I’m retired and enjoy a full, active life. This is due, in no small part, to the time I spend at Performance. The group classes provide a great workout and lots of variety. Plus, a fun way to meet new friends!”*

*Results may vary