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Finish First Insider, Issue #61
June 15, 2009
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Please enjoy another issue packed with evidence-based information about sports performance training and news about current events at Finish First Sports Performance. If you find value in this e-newsletter, please forward this message to your teammates, coaches, or other parents of hard working athletes.

Pittsburgh--The Official City of Champions

Congratulations to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Stanley Cup Champions!

Athlete Specific Programs

By Coach J. Hoy, CSCS, USAW, Jump Stretch, Inc. Certified,
Elite Performance Scientist

The sports performance industry is saturated with companies promoting ‘sport specific training’ for athletes of all ages, sizes, and ability levels. A simple web search for the same three words will provide almost a million different results. Companies have entire marketing campaigns built around their ‘sport specific training’ and have used these buzzwords to influence millions of parents, athlete, and coaches. It’s no wonder why so many parents and athletes are searching and requesting ‘sport specific training.’

Yet, most of these same people don’t really understand what it means, but rather what the companies want them to think it means. In reality, is sport specific training the answer? What does it mean? What is athlete specific training? Which one is better?

I’d like to begin by defining what ‘athlete specific ‘means. At Finish First Sports Performance, athlete specific means using a training system, from evaluation to programming to implementation, that addresses all of the needs of the athlete as a unique individual.


This means that through a comprehensive evaluation, a performance coach can identify the specific needs of the athlete, such as movement impairments, functional limitations, general physical fitness levels, strength levels, power levels, sports goals, plus many more specific advanced items.

In an athlete specific training system, the performance coach also analyzes the specific demands of the sport (sport specific training: specific movements, specific energy system-conditioning needs, common injuries, gender concerns and any additional relevant programming considerations).

The results of these specific evaluations are used to design a program for the unique athlete. No two athletes are exactly alike, so each one needs to be evaluated to determine what specific needs he/she may have. The programs should reflect these needs and the implementation (coaching) should be specific to motivate each athlete. During implementation, the coach should note the athlete’s progress/response to the programs and adjust accordingly.

(In Finish First Insider, Issue #8, May 2008, I specifically addressed the definition of sport specific training. To prevent repetition on this issue, please take a few minutes and read the previous newsletter)

In other words, sport specific training is merely addressing the specific needs of the sport. A comprehensive performance training program needs to be specific to the athlete AND the sport. If the athlete is de-conditioned, then the program must first condition the athlete before even addressing any of the sports needs.

Any program not addressing the specific needs of the athlete is not fully addressing the developmental needs of the athlete, which may prevent the athlete from benefitting from more advanced training protocols as he/she progresses in training. This could prevent the athlete from achieving his/her goals and may increase the athlete’s risk of injury.

At Finish First Sports Performance, all programs are athlete specific. We begin with an athlete specific comprehensive performance evaluation, then devise an athlete specific program, and follow up with athlete specific implementation. If you are not getting this type of service in your programming, you are not getting true sports performance training.


Due to the volume of athletes currently using the Finish First Sports Performance world training headquarters, all athletes are required to schedule all sessions prior to arrival. In the future, if an athlete shows up without first scheduling for a session, there is no guarantee that s/he will be able to use the facility at that time. If the facility is at capacity, the athlete will need to come back for his/her session at a later time. At Finish First Sports Performance, we are taking all measures necessary to prevent overcrowding and help ensure the safety of the athletes and the quality of the programs. We appreciate your understanding and look forward to continuing to serve you.

How to Schedule Workouts Using the Online System

Due to the volume of athletes currently using the training facility, and the expected returning college athletes over the summer, you will need to begin scheduling your workout sessions in advance. It is recommended that you do so online. The Finish First Sports Performance coaches will have access to the sessions calendar to see when you are scheduled. When you arrive to the facility, it is also important to use your fingerprint to check in to the system. Below, you will find the correct way to schedule online. It is also now possible to make payments online, and check your training history. Please call if you have any questions.

1. Go to

2. Scroll down the left and under “Additional Services” you will see MEMBER LOGIN—click on that

3. A new window should pop up and on that window click on ATHLETE

4. Unless you have logged into the system before, your login ID is: last name-first name, and your password is: last name. So for John Smith, his login ID would be smith-john, and his password would be smith. You will be prompted to change your password so that only you may know it—write it down and don’t forget it—if you do forget it, please let Jeremy know so he can reset it.

5. Once logged in, on main screen you will see a box/button on the right titled “REGISTER FOR CLASSES”—click on this.

6. You can register or change your scheduled time up to 24 hours before the session. Any changes that need to be made within 24 hours of the session need to be made by calling Jeremy at 412-787-5070.

The online system works best with Internet Explorer (most recent version).

Motivational Quotes

"Coming together is a beginning, staying together is progress, and working together is success"
-- Henry Ford

"Individuals play the game, but teams beat the odds"
-- SEAL Team Saying

"He knows not his own strength that hath not met adversity"
-- Ben Johnson

"Circumstances do not make a man, they reveal him"
-- Dr. Wayne W. Dyer

Township Of Moon 4th of July 5k Run & Walk

Date: Saturday, July 4, 2009

Time: Race Day registration at 6:30 - 7:30 am 5k Run starts at 8:30 am 5k Walk starts at 8:40 am

Location: Cherrington Corporate Center/Commerce Park 1700 Beaver Grade Road Moon Township, PA 15109

Fees: 5k Run $15 through June 15, 2009 $20 after June 15, 2009 & race day $15 for 5k Walk

Register or find more info at

(1998) Team Pittsburgh Aviators Golf Outing Fundraiser

For more information, please see contact info below.

1998 Pittsburgh Aviator 2009/2010 Fund Raiser Golf Outing - Hickory Heights Golf Club Monday, July 20, 2009, 11:00a

Registration Form

Contact Name:


Daytime Phone:


Player Name:

Player Name:

Player Name:

Player Name:

Check one
 $125 per individual

 $500 per foursome

 $150 Tee Sponsor (sign wording)

Make checks payable to: “Pittsburgh Aviators” – Memo: 1998 Birth Year AA Fundraiser (Tax ID 43-2109948)

Return this form with full payment by June 30th, 2009

Chris Alger
1998 Aviator Fundraiser
119 Yorktown Road
McMurray, PA 15317

412-721-8954 (cell); 724-942-6944 (fax); (e-mail)

Thank You for Your Support

Thanks again for subscribing to this free e-newsletter. I hope you enjoy reading it as much as I enjoy writing it. I look forward to your feedback as I continue to research to bring you the most current scientific training information available.

Should you have any specific article requests or questions, email me at Please visit for detailed sports performance training information and programs offered exclusively by Finish First Sports Performance.

Yours In Training,

Coach Jeremy S. Hoy, CSCS, USAW, Jump Stretch, Inc. Certified,
Elite Performance Scientist

Finish First Sports Performance

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