Speed, power and agility are a must to becoming a better athlete ... that’s why those principles are atop the training list at Hyperformance Athletic Development.
“Yes, we can teach athletes to be quicker and more agile,” said Kevin Ahaus, who launched the training center five years ago. “We stress the basics and work hard to improve on the foundation. We want kids to understand their bodies and to be in control of their muscles. This greatly reduces injuries.”
And Ahaus doesn’t just focus on building athletes, as attested by Kate Vannoy, whose son, Will, has been under his tutelage for 19 months.
“Kevin has played a huge part in Will’s development – athletically and mentally,” Vannoy said. “Our experience has been outstanding, and the commitment that Kevin makes to the betterment of every athlete is evident to all. This is having such a positive impact on Will; I know it will be a lifelong benefit.”
Most of Ahaus’ students are between 10 and 18 years old. Upon enrolling in training sessions, the athletes are analyzed for their strengths and weakness. “We look at what they do right and what they do wrong. Then we go from there,” he said.
“We pay a lot of attention to their movements and balance. Movement is so important in sports, whether it’s defensive shuffling, running or side-to-side steps. That first step is so important, and athletes can’t overcommit. We don’t want our athletes to have to think about it (first step); we want it to come natural. That’s what coaches are looking for. If you have to think, you are lost.”
Not all of Ahaus’ students have played sports, but that’s not a problem for him. “We are here to help anyone who is looking to get better, and noticeable gains can be seen in six to nine weeks. Not everyone wants to go on to play college sports, but our goal is to get all of our kids to perform better. We break down each sport because each one is so different. We know where they have to be if they want to go to the next level.”
Ahaus, a graduate of Southport High School who majored in fitness and sports studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, has been training athletes for about 10 years. He takes pride in his Greenwood facility because students can learn with limited distractions. “All of the parents say their kids like coming here because they love the atmosphere.”
Classes, which are led by Ahaus, staff members and college interns, are offered in late afternoons and evenings and cost $30 for a one-hour session when bought as a package program (call 910-8638 for times and details).
“The overall program is based on a blend of proven scientific training methods. Each workout has been created based on an athlete’s wants, needs and goals,” said Ahaus, a former baseball coach at Southport.
“Weightlifting and cross training is important, and we teach kids the proper technique when they are old enough to lift. I emphasize a lot of repetitions with lighter weights until heavy lifting is required.”
Ahaus’ wife, Rebecca, conducts fitness classes at the center.
The couple have two children, Brady, 4, and Griff, 1, and they enjoy being at the facility. “I guess they will probably train at Hyperformance when they get older.
“Even if a kid doesn’t go on to play sports past the high school level, we are laying the foundation for a healthy lifestyle when he gets older.”