Finish First Resources
Exercise and How-to Videos Created by Our Coaches;
Internship and Mentorship Information; and
Free Newsletters and Specific Sports Needs Analysis Reports
At Finish First Sports Performance, we not only provide proven services that will help you with your goals, but also have a variety of additional resources to continue to keep you moving forward.
Exercise Encyclopedia (FREE Exercise Videos)
Our exercise encyclopedia contains over 400 exercises that we use with our athletes and can be found in our programs. There are some exercises and variations that we do not post--for these exerises, it is best to learn the specific technique from a coach while practicing the movement, not watching a video. You will also find a variety of warm-up and stretching sequences. Click the link above for access to the videos. If there are specific exercises or sequences you would like to see that we do not have, please Contact Us.
Strength and Conditioning Internships
If you are an undergraduate or graduate student looking for an educational experience to fulfill obligations for graduation, or looking to make in-roads into the world of strength and conditioning/fitness, then take a serious look at our structured internship program. Learn a variety of programming methods, in-depth sport analysis, movement assessment and corrective exercise, mental preparation, marketing, sales, and other business concepts over the course of 12-16 weeks. You will get to work Hands-on with all levels of athletes and learn about specific athletic development. (If you are not a student and are still looking for an internship, please apply).
Free Finish First Insider Newsletter
Get free cutting edge content and videos delivered directly to your inbox. The Finish First Insider Newsletter offers general performance tips and information. If you want specific information, such as how-to's for a specific sport then sign up in the box at the bottom of the page and get plugged in to our educational presentations and videos, upcoming events and product launch information.
How to Use a Weight Sled
As one of the original manufacturers of weight sleds, we have been using sleds to improve performance and fitness for over 15 years. Check out how it's done.
How to Use a Foam Roller
If you are not using a foam roller, then you need to start. Learn how to use a foam roller for self-myofascial release to help facilitate better movement. Use before, during, or after a workout...or use it anytime of the day for that matter. Just use it.
How to Use a Medicine Ball
Looking for different ways to incorporate a medicine ball into your workout...then check out this page. Medicine balls are a relatively inexpensive tool that can be used in many, many ways to get you a lot of use for your $$.
How to Make a Durable Weighted Sandbag for Training (for Cheap!)
Just like most products in the fitness/performance industry, there was always a cheaper, more effective way of making it before it became commercialized and marketed, and attached to a certification program (if you need a certification how to use a device that provides external resistance, you need to take a closer look at your scientific educational background). Sandbags and variations of sandbags have been around for years. An easy one to make that can be used for 100s of exercises only cost us about $25 to make, and ours have lasted us over 15 years of continued usage and abuse.
Sport Specific Needs Analysis (Physiological) Reports
Take a closer look at an in-depth analysis of the physiological training needs of your specific sport. If you don't see your sport on this page, keep checking back as we are in the process of updating and continually adding new sports.
"As you progress in hockey and aspire to get to higher levels, your off season training becomes increasingly important. Once I started training at Finish First I noticed a difference in my strength, speed, and power on and off the ice. There is no better place for a hockey player to train than Finish First. Where I am now in my career I can credit to Finish First, and I know continuing my training there will get me where I want to be."
--Matt Bartkowski, NHL Vancouver Canucks
"Coach Jeremy Hoy and Finish First is one of if not the main reason I am where I am today. If it were not for his sport-specific training programs, I could only have dreamt of making it this far. Any athlete who has any aspirations of making it to the next level is foolish to not train with Finish First. Regardless of your current skill, going anywhere else to train is a waste of time, money and talent."
--Christian Hanson, NHL Forward (Retired)
"I've been forutnate enough to train with Jeremy and Finish First for almost 20 years. His training system specifically addressed my needs as a developing youth hockey player and changed to specifically address my needs as I matured as a player throughout juniors, college, and the pros. Using the Finish First Sports Performance training programs, I was able to play at my strongest, fastest, and in the best shape possible, while staying healthy for a long productive career. I can't recommend this training enough. If you do it, and commit to getting better, you will get better--guaranteed!"
--Sean Berkstresser (Voss), 9 Year Professional Hockey Player, RMU NCAA D1 Hockey Alum
"Training for the Miss America pageant included 6 weeks of intense training at Finish First Sports performance. Coach Jeremy Hoy put my physical endurance to the test and pushed me to my limit. In those intense weeks of physical preparation, I truly learned what It meant to be an athlete. Training at FFSP can help ANY pageant girl become an athlete - She will look and feel her very best. ..."
--Miss Pennsylvania America 2011, Juliann Sheldon
"Working out at Finish First Sports Performance with Jeremy Hoy was by far the best workout experience I've ever had. I spent six weeks going to FFSP two and three times a day and each time I had a unique workout that helped me achieve the results I desired. Jeremy was always so encouraging and pushed me both physically and mentally to reach my full potential. I went to Miss America in the best shape of my life and felt so confident and prepared..."
--Miss Pennsylvania America 2010, Courtney Thomas
"Finish First has helped me to perform at my best and to be in the best shape possible in order to compete at the highest level. Jeremy's motivational attitude and custom workouts allow me to get the most out of my training - which is geared towards making me a better hockey player AND stronger athlete..."
--Brianne McLaughlin, Goaltender, USA Women's Olympic Ice Hockey Team
"I spent six weeks at Finish First Sports Performance working intensely with Coach Hoy to prepare for the Miss America pageant. I worked out three times a day, every day! Coach Hoy pushed me harder than I ever could have imagined possible. When I felt defeated, he always had an inspirational story or quote to re-inspire me, and then he would push me harder. Jeremy saw an inner-strength and confidence in me even when I struggled to see it in myself. ..."
--Miss Pennsylvania America 2009, Shannon Doyle
"Prior to training with Jeremy Hoy and the team at Finish First, one of the biggest knocks I received from coaches was my endurance. I would slowly wear down as the season went on, which would make me lose a step in a game where every inch is so important. Since I began my off-season training with Jeremy's programs in the summer of 09' this has no longer been an issue. ...Jeremy has made me a much more explosive and confident power forward. ..."
--Chris Kushneriuk, Professional Hockey Player (Retired)
"Jeremy Hoy and Finish First Sports Performance has by far been the best sport-specific training I've ever experienced. I've played for many teams and have had countless different trainers and training programs, and they weren't even close. The program is designed for me as a hockey player, to improve my performance on the ice. Hoy's program allowed me to stand out in hockey and move on to the next level. ..."
--Brock Meadows, Professional Hockey Player, Texas Brahmas (Retired)
"Having competed at the local, state and national levels before coming to Jeremy, I always knew how I wanted to look but never got precisely the results I was striving for. With FFSP, I was able to SURPASS my expectations and become the strongest competitor I could be. Combined with expertise in training, nutrition and overall health, I thank Jeremy and his staff for making me both mentally and physically STRONG! ..."
--Elyse Healy, Top 10 Miss PA 2010
"I trained under Jeremy Hoy at Finish First Sports Performance in preparations for the 2009 and 2010 Miss Pennsylvania pageants. I am proud to say that I was a preliminary swimsuit award winner both years! Jeremy gives his full attention to his clients and creates their routines and diet plans specifically for them. Jeremy trained me in ways I have never experienced before. New exercises, new muscles, and new pains! ..."
--Shauna Rice, 2009 & 2010 Preliminary Swimsuit Winner and Top 5 Finish
"Each and every year you need to make sure that you are in your top shape when heading into the season. With the customized training that Jeremy Hoy and Finish First gives you, you get into your top shape so you have that edge over the other people. I can credit Finish First and Jeremy Hoy for where I am now in my career and where I want to be. If you are serious about making it to the next level and want to gain that edge over the others then I recommend training with Jeremy Hoy and Finish First."
--Denny Urban, Professional Hockey Player
"Jeremy and the coaches at Finish First Sports Performance have helped me prepare for each hockey season through intense hockey specific training. With the rigorous schedule of major junior hockey, my training experience at Finish First has helped me to stay strong and not wear down through the long season, and helped me to finish the year as strong and explosive as I started it."
--Michael Houser, Professional Hockey Goaltender
OHL Player of the year 2011-12
CHL Goaltender of the year 2011-12
"Training is a great way for an athlete to separate themselves from their competition. Finish First Sports Performance offers a unique training program that is tailored to your personal goals. As a hockey player, I quickly recognized the importance of lower body strength. My goal, when coming into Finish First, was to increase my leg strength. Coach Jeremy Hoy and his workouts have pushed me to reach my goal..."
--Andrew Lister, RMU Men's ACHA D1 Ice Hockey
"I have been training with Coach Hoy for over five years and without his help and expertise I know that it would never have been possible for me to be where I am today. In training with Coach Hoy and the hockey specific training regimen he has designed, I have seen significant improvements each summer in my explosion, quickness, agility, strength, and endurance..."
--Matt White, Professional Ice Hockey Player
"I have been working with Jeremy Hoy and Finish First since I was 12 years old, and he was the first person who taught me the importance of off-ice training. The unique, athlete specific training tailored to your particular sport is what makes Finish First so special. When you walk into Finish First, you know that you are stepping into an environment that will challenge and bring out the best in you..."
--Parker Milner, Professional Ice Hockey Goalie (2xNCAA D1 Champ)
"When it comes to finding the perfect athletic performance training in Pittsburgh, the search starts and ends at Coach Hoy’s Finish First Sports Performance. As my hockey career has progressed, my off-season workouts have only gotten more and more essential. The sport-specific workouts put together by Coach Hoy and his staff has helped me add strength, speed, and endurance to my game that I did not possess before..."
--Nick Jones, Professional Ice Hockey Player
"Finish First Sports Performance and Jeremy Hoy are a true testament of passion and drive in personal health and fitness. With Coach Hoy and Finish First, I've found the same drive and discipline that is needed in finding and maintaining personal success and growth. Jeremy's principles and work ethic have pushed me to finding more inside and outside of the gym. Finish First breeds success and guarantees results..."
--Noah Zamagias, Collegiate Golfer
"I would highly recommend Finish First Sports to anyone who is looking to improve their sport specific performance and overall physical conditioning. I was looking to make my golf swing more efficient and was extremely satisfied with the workout programs and results. My core strength, flexibility and kinesthetic movements all improved which has positively affected my ball striking, balance and endurance..."
--Drew Bohn, PGA Professional
Athletes from the following organizations have used Finish First Sports Performance services:
LICENSED TRAINING LOCATIONSFinish First Harmarville
Inside Alpha Ice
66 Alpha Drive West
Pittsburgh, PA 15238
Finish First Neville Island
6400 Grand Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15225
Finish First Warrendale
103 Marshall Drive
Warrendale, PA 15086
UPCOMING EVENTS/PROGRAMSTeam Hockey Training - Give your team the best chance of succeeding this season with our team building and performance enhancement training plans, that have been proven to produce championship teams and keep players healthy and on the ice longer!
Titleist Performance Institute (TPI) Golf Fitness Programs
Utilizing our TPI Golf Fitness Certified Coaches, these programs include advance movement screens and analysis specific to golf and your golf swing. Get stronger, more flexible, more powerful, and play consistently without pain or risk of injury. Ask us how we can help you.
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