Erica McDonnell is an exceptional youth athlete who trains at Infinity Fitness AZ** Meet Erica McDonnell! **

Erica is 15 years old and is in our November 2019 Member Spotlight

Q: What do you enjoy most about Infinity?
A: Going to workout at the gym has always been a task for me, until I found Infinity. The minute you walk in, you instantly feel at home and welcome while still getting a super hard but rewarding workout in! I’ve been able to see results and my body transforming in just a short amount of time from working with the trainers at Infinity. It’s been super motivating to keep me coming back and continue to work hard.

Q: Would you recommend Infinity to a friend and why?
A: Yes absolutely and I have! No matter what sport you play or if you just want a focused workout, the Infinity trainers are great at helping to find the right balance, perfect for you and your discipline. Everyone at the gym is supportive and encouraging, and it makes you want to keep coming back!

Q: What skills have you learned and improved on during your time here?
A: I’ve learned strength, cardio, and speed skills from my time at Infinity. I never really knew where to start with heavy lifting and could have injured myself but with the help of the trainers I am doing lifts I didn’t even know I could do. I’m. As a dancer, I sometimes train for 16+ hours a day, and while I have been studio trained for 13 years, my body wasn’t properly conditioned to recover. Through the proper conditioning at Infinity, my body can now sustain longer training sessions and rigorous dancing while recuperating at a much faster speed.

 



Riley Flynn, Infinity Fitness Youth SpotlightMeet Riley Flynn!  Riley took part in our Summer Youth Program this year.

As a freshman Riley became the starting pitcher for the Varsity Gator’s Softball team.  She led the team to a 17-5 record and 5th place finish in the 6A State Tournament.  She recorded 17 wins, with an ERA of 2.148 and recorded 144 strikeouts – she also batted with a 0.437 batting average.

Her biggest game this spring was against top ranked Hamilton High School, in this 1-0 victory for the XCP Gators, Riley pitched a no hitter and hit the solo home run that won the game.  She received the 6A Premier Region “Player of the Year” award, 6A All Conference first team, and Xavier College Prep MVP.

She finished her 14U club softball experience with the AZ Firecrackers this summer competing at the PGF Nationals in Huntington Beach, CA.  This fall Riley has joined the 18U AZ Hotshots Gold and will be playing in tournaments across the country.

Academically, Riley has a 4.3 GPA and received academic first honors. In her spare time, Riley plays the piano and is an active member of the National Charity League.


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We’re so excited to open up our youth summer program classes to the Public on July 10th!  Join us for any of our classes at no charge and see what the Infinity Fitness Youth Program is all about!

Give us a call at 480-418-1079 to register.  There’s NO catch, we just want to encourage the kids in our community to Get Healthy & Stay Healthy!



Schedule:

10 AM – 12 PM
Speed & Sports Performance/Ages 13-20

12:15 PM – 1 PM
Stretch (offered Wednesdays for Speed & Sports Performance, Pre-Registration Required)

11 AM – 1 PM
Speed & General Physical Preparedness /Ages 7-12

1:15 PM – 2 PM
Stretch (offered Wednesdays for GPP, Pre-Registration Required)

2 PM – 4 PM
Speed & Sports Performance /Ages 13-20

3 PM – 5PM
Speed & General Physical Preparedness/Ages 7-12

4 PM
Sports Performance/ Ages 13-20

5 PM
General Physical Preparedness/ Ages 7-12



Our 9 week Summer Youth Program will transform your athlete giving them the edge over their competition! Our program is broken down by age group to ensure appropriate level of training. One hour of their session is dedicated to teaching the proper fundamentals of running technique to increase speed and the second hour is dedicated towards age appropriate strength training that will aslo include core, flexibility and mobility! We offer a variety of class times for all fitness levels to fit your schedule!

Schedule:

10 AM – 12 PM

Speed & Sports Performance/Ages 13-20

11 AM – 1 PM

Speed & General Physical Preparedness /Ages 7-12

2 PM – 4 PM

Speed & Sports Performance /Ages 13-20

3 PM – 5PM

Speed & General Physical Preparedness/Ages 7-12

4 PM

Sports Performance/ Ages 13-20

5 PM

General Physical Preparedness/ Ages 7-12



Speed training has become one of the most important aspects of any athlete’s training program. Young athletes now have more opportunity then they once had and many are taking advantage of it. If you watch sports you know that speed on any playing surface can be the difference in wins and losses. Take Oregon football for example: They have, for the last decade, been quite possibly the fastest team in the country and have been a force in college football.

The younger an athlete starts the higher the ceiling becomes.  The main reason I recommend starting athletes out young is all about form and technique. If you can teach them young how to position arms, strike the ground, start, etc. they will already be ahead of others that choose not to, or don’t have the resources.

Speed training is NOT throwing out a speed ladder, hurdles, bands etc.  There is much more to speed training than that. If you have ever signed yourself, or your child, up for a speed program and they first thing you see is a speed ladder laid out, ask for your money back. This is the lazy or uneducated way to speed “train”. Now, don’t get me wrong, there is definite need for those resources but it doesn’t start there. It starts at the toes to the top of the head with good posture in between.

At Infinity we run a six week program starting Oct. 13th that consists of movement mechanics, explosive movement, agility, reaction, acceleration and core development. Our program has been very successful. It has been creating a visible difference in our athletes and it is being used on every type of field and court. If you are the parent of an athlete or an athlete yourself, I recommend finding a speed program that is near you. It will change the way you play the game.

Mike Sheahan, CPT, PES, CES, NASE



 

Should your child train during their season? Very simply, yes they should. In-season training for athletics seems to be lost at lower levels (high school and below). Coaches are doing their best to game plan for the next game, set practice schedules and probably have a separate full time job. Many coaches are also the strength and conditioning coaches at the high school level in the off-season, but they don’t have the time to train the kids properly in-season. Then there are some coaches that don’t realize that in-season training is as important as off-season and preseason training.

Key reasons to train in-season

  • Injury prevention
  • Maintenance of strength, power, agility and flexibility

I would urge you to talk with your child’s coach or admin to encourage in-season training. If a current program does not include training, then the work your child put in during the off-season will waste away rapidly because there isn’t proper maintenance being done. The difference between winning a state championship and losing early in the playoffs can be made in a gym.

My recommendations are to have a well rounded in-season program, 2-3 times per week, that includes hypertrophy, muscular endurance and also strength and power exercises. I would also recommend a flexibility program or coach to keep your athletes at full functionality. At Infinity Fitness we run a Sports Performance program, which is offered year round, and has athletes making strides, not just maintaining but also excelling during their seasons. Please contact us if you, your child or your child’s team would be interested in training with us: info@infinityfitnessaz.com

Mike Sheahan



 

The answer is simple. There are too many electronics and too much junk/processed/fast food.  I could share study after study about how electronics make children sedentary,  as well as the pitiful nutrition habits of America’s kids, but I will save you the boring read.  Get your kids off the couch, off of the smart phones, out of the pantry, and into a gym.  Even if it isn’t here at Infinity Fitness, do your son or daughter or grandchild a favor and get in one somewhere near you.  Your child already has a couple practices a week for basketball, you say? That’s not enough.  It’s important to add steady cardio, injury prevention, resistance training (and no, it won’t to stunt their growth), and core exercises to each of our young people’s weekly routine. 

Here are two more REALLY good reasons to your child involved in a youth fitness program today:

  •  Performance enhancement   Every parent wants their child to have an edge over other children.  For most, it is related to a sport they play. Fitness programs 2-3 times a week for 30-40 minutes can change a young athlete’s abilities dramatically.  Injury prevention goes hand in hand with performance enhancement – the more a child can build his or her musculature around their joints, the less susceptible to injuries they become. I know, as a father myself, that keeping a child safer trumps just about anything else.
  • Beta Endorphins  This is a chemical that is released within the body that is a “feel good”, also referred to as a “runners high”.  Beta Endorphins create a sense of euphoria in the body after working out.  It’s the same feeling you get after you’ve worked out – happy, energized and ready to tackle life. Studies have also shown good fitness practices have a positive effect on academic performance, improving their mental capabilities if the child is exercising at least 2-3 times a week for 30 minutes or more. 

To my understanding, schools are are doing away with more and more of the time young kids have to be active in favor of more time in the classrooms, and ultimately, sitting down. My belief, share with others I’m sure, is that it’s just adding to this country’s problem with childhood obesity. Youth Fitness programs are great for the young athletes, but it is also great for any kid.  I love to help all shapes and sizes build confidence and build better self images of themselves.

I am well aware of the amount of time that has gone into discussing the topic of childhood obesity, but helping kids get fit and enjoy it is my passion. I know this isn’t news, or a fresh concept, but maybe it’s a little bit of a call to action. Our kids don’t realize that these kinds of bad habits can slowly kill them.  It is our job – as parents, a community, coaches and trainers –  to give them the tools to make good choices and be healthy adults.  Start right now…if you are reading this, get up and go for a walk with your kid. 

Mike Sheahan, CPT, PES, NASE