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Football is a game of strength, fast feet, speed, quick reactions and enormous power. Whether it’s staying centered on the balls of your feet to block a defensive lineman from sacking your quarterback or sprinting downfield at full speed to catch a pass, every football player can benefit from being in the best possible shape. Athletic Republic performance sports training centers have been the go-to choice for serious football players. More than 500 NFL players including current greats like LaMarr Woodley, Darren McFadden, Shaun Alexander, Logan Mankins, Corey Graham and Paris Lenon have used our science-based, position-specific sports training protocols and proprietary equipment to improve their speed, power, agility and playmaking skills. Locally we have worked with hundreds of youth, high school, and collegiate football stand-outs looking to gain that edge. We have also worked with current NFL players Brian Schaefering (Cleveland Browns) and Paris Lenon (Arizona Cardinals).

Football is a demanding sport requiring athletes to function in various capacities. Athletic-Republic training gives players the power to quickly drive off the line, separate from a defender, and close the gap to an opponent. Specialized training allows you to perform quick and stable changes of direction and raises your lactic threshold for greater endurance.

Ever since founder and exercise physiologist John Frappier first worked with All Pro NFL Football Players Tim Krumrie and Anthony Munoz of the Cincinnati Bengals nearly 20 years ago, our performance sports training centers have been the go-to place for serious football players. We take football training far beyond the standard weight room, to a place where ground-breaking assessment tools, integrated video and performance management software provide a rock-solid framework for developing and evaluating the capabilities of football players from youth to pro.

Athletic Republic training makes athletes faster on the football field. Our football speed-training program focuses on improving speed and fundamental movement skills, developing explosive power to deliver a blow or gain a first step, and conditioning to ensure the athlete performs as well in the fourth quarter as the first.

Athletic Republic gives athletes a competitive advantage. Our proprietary equipment, certified trainers and proven training protocols create an environment that maximizes athletic potential. Our Super Running Treadmill is a proven training tool that safely takes the athlete beyond what he/she can do on the ground. The feedback provided verbally by Athletic Republic certified trainers and visually through mirrors and video, contributes to an improved stride and greater running efficiency in just a few weeks.

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Athletic Republic Training Centers provide year-round football training for both teams and individual players. Every program is designed so athletes can focus on the specific keys to their game. From in-season practice and games; to post-season speed, power and agility development; to spring practice, combines and/or competition in other sports; to pre-season prep for two-a-days, Athletic Republic represents the best in performance sports training and athlete improvement.


The structure of an individual’s football-training program starts with the athlete’s physical development. Football training for pre-pubescent athletes focuses on developing coordination, agility and speed since muscle mass develops later in a young athlete’s life. The chart above shows how the amount of training time spent on movement skills is much greater for younger athletes, and as the athletes mature and the level of competition increases, training focuses more on the development of power/strength and running efficiency. Professional players spend the largest portion of time on power/strength development, but still spend time working on movement skills and running efficiency.

With the Acceleration program, the average athlete will see a 2-4 inch increase in vertical jump, a decrease of 0.2 seconds in a 40-yard sprint, 33% improvement in foot speed and a 50% reduction in recovery rates.

What Athletes are saying

For the last two years (2007-2009) my son has attended Athletic Republic. The speed training program includes the development of running mechanics, change of direction, quick feet skills, and core weight training. Acceleration training has improved his 40 yard dash, pro agility, foot quickness, and game speed. His explosion through the line of scrimmage this year is unbelievable, and we give the credit to him leading the state in rushing for the second consecutive year to the staff at Acceleration (Athletic Republic). I strongly recommend that anyone interested in developing faster and stronger athletes take a look into Athletic Republic in Frontenac, you will not be disappointed in the results.

Montee Ball, Sr Father of Montee Ball, Jr., Running Back @ Wisconsin

Thanks for all your help with Ronnie Jr. over the past 8 weeks (in 2009). He gained the weight needed to play football in the SEC and improved his speed! In his first meet of the spring season he ran a 10.59 second 100 meters. His fastest time ever at his heaviest weight ever (215 lbs.)! He ended the season winning state in the 100 meters with a 10.59 and won the 200 meters with a 21.04. Thanks for everything.

Ronnie Wingo, Sr. Father of Ronnie Wingo Jr., Running Back @ Arkansas

Acceleration Training (Athletic Republic) allows me to get to running backs, quarterbacks, and receivers quicker, to be more effective. I’ve gone to other training facilities just to lift weights, but those facilities aren’t really places for athletes; the atmosphere isn’t an athlete atmosphere. But with Athletic Republic Training – every component – that’s for athletes.

Paris Lenon Arizona Cardinals Linebacker

I need to get on your treadmill (the Athletic Republic Super Treadmill) to help me get my feet turning over to run my fastest in the 40 yard dash.

Toby Gerhart Minnesota Vikings Running Back

Sport-Specific Training

Many aspects of the Athletic Republic Acceleration Training programs are universal to all sports, designed to develop overall athleticism and resilience, but we also recognize that each sport and discipline has specific demands. We address those needs not only with our individualized “One Size Fits One” approach to training, but with extensive sport-specific protocols developed over nearly three decades of training athletes.


We take football training far beyond the standard weight room. Our football training for prepubescent athletes focuses on developing coordination, agility and speed since muscle mass develops later in a young athlete’s life. As athletes mature and the level of competition increases, training focuses more on the development of power/strength and running efficiency. Professional players spend the largest portion of time on power/strength development, but still spend time working on movement skills and running efficiency.

Baseball / Softball

Baseball and fastpitch softball are games of inches that require split-second reactions, instinctual skills and lightning fast agility. By focusing on speed, power, and agility we can give every baseball player the tools to be more successful on the field, regardless of their position. Our training improves rotational strength and stability to develop hitting with explosive power. Pitching velocity is increased by strengthening the acceleration and deceleration muscles used for every throw, while at the same time we focus on arm health for longevity. Our dynamic stability training develops the body control that is essential for making a defensive play.


Every basketball game is made up of hundreds of short bursts of speed; our basketball training works on improving sprinting efficiency and speed using our high-speed running treadmill. Explosive power translates into the ability to drive to the basket, chase down a loose ball, or leap for a rebound or jump ball; we focus extensively on hip strength to generate the power that informs all aspects of a player’s game. Finally, our basketball training emphasizes dynamic stability so players can maintain body control in all directions and stability under all situations, even at full speed.

ice Hockey

Skating is the foundation of playing hockey. It takes proper skating mechanics, explosive speed, quickness and balance to consistently outmaneuver your opponents and become a top player. This is why hundreds of past and present professional hockey players have trained at Athletic Republic. Using a combination of cutting-edge technology like our Hockey Treadmill, or utilizing hockey powercords to facilitate optimal nerve and muscular stimulus, our hockey athletes come away with significant improvements in skating efficiency, coupled with improved puck-handling and shooting movements.

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field Hockey

The game of field hockey requires players to have sport specific skills, as well as athletic attributes. Working on becoming an athlete can be a very significant aspect of the game. Field hockey requires speed, quickness, explosive power, as well as strong aerobic endurance. A solid aerobic endurance base will help a field hockey player with the repetitive series of high intensity movements and exercise required to play at a high level.


As the preferred training partner to the US National Lacrosse teams, we understand what it takes to become the best athlete and lacrosse player: the right mix of lacrosse specific skills, enhanced speed, agility, quickness and power. It is essential that a lacrosse-specific training program balances the rigours of lacrosse’s heavy endurance load, while establishing an elite speed-program rooted in acceleration training. Our program focuses on advanced level conditioning, strength training, as well as speed and agility work that translates to both sides of the field in lacrosse.


We’ve developed a unique program to specifically train soccer players to improve their acceleration, agility and power so they can become not just better athletes, but better soccer athletes. Through our evidence-based training protocols and patented equipment, we can improve an athlete’s mechanics so they have a faster first step, can change direction quicker, and have the stamina to play as well in the opening minutes as the closing minutes. In addition, they develop the dynamic stability that is crucial to becoming more resistant to lower-extremity injuries.

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The quick change of direction required in a top level tennis athlete is almost unparalleled in other sports. Athletic Republic speed and agility work performed on our patented Super Treadmill and Plyofloor elevates muscle coordination, footspeed, and movement precision to facilitate that next-level change of direction. On average, a 20% gain in peak force and power provides another level to a tennis athlete’s game. And the unique Plyo Press Machine allows tennis athletes to take explosive power training to a higher level.


Our training protocols for volleyball players to improve their acceleration, power and on-court agility for success on the court. We can improve an athlete’s mechanics so they rise higher with more hang time giving them more explosive power behind every hit. We also provide exact neurological learning and coordination that improves functional volleyball strength and the ability to set, pass, serve, spike and block, as well as improve take-off and landing mechanics.