Head Strength and Conditioning Coach
Conctact Ryan: (913) 271-4671 (direct)
My name is Ryan Akers. Coming from a family of athletes I began participating in organized sports at four years old. Throughout my life I have been a firm believer in the idea that hard work leads to success. As an athlete I was determined to outwork my opponent and this same mindset is applied in my training.
I received my B.S. in Exercise Science from the University of Kansas and my M.S. in Kinesiology from the University of North Texas. I am also certified as a USA Weightlifting Performance Coach and an NSCA Strength and Conditioning Speacialist . Over the past 4 years I have worked with athletes of all ages and abilities. My career as a Strength coach began at Johnson County Communtiy College under Istvan Javorek. Coach Javorek has trained a number of Olympic medalists and professional athletes. I then went on to the University of North Texas. At UNT I had the oppertunity to train athletes in all sports, both male and female. I have now created E.S.C. in further persuit of my passion to help athletes suceed and achieve their goals.
Personal approach to training:
Creating a well rounded athlete is essential for injury prevention and performance. Working in a relm of training outside of an athletes sport is often as important as sport specificity. Training all muscles to coordinate as one single unit allows an athlete to maximize their physical potential. A first time athlete at E.S.C. must first build a strength base and follow proper training progression. This includes higher volume with lighter weight focusing on technique. Once proper technique is developed the focus will shift to building strength and power. Olympic lifting is the staple behind these training programs. When it comes to producing power in the weight room no lift rivals the clean, snatch and jerk. Programs are designed in 3 phases, preseason, in season and off season, each with a different focus. Performance depends on hard work.