UNION ATHLETICS

ONLINE TRAINING SYSTEMS FOR MOUNTAIN-BASED ATHLETES

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THE PHILOSOPHY

A collaborative community of coaches united with the single vision of providing the highest quality training resources to mountain-based athletes

WHY

Mountain-based sports required a unique approach to physical preparation. We believe there is a gap between general and sport-specific strength and conditioning. This difference may decrease performance, lead to injury, and thus reduce the overall enjoyment of these activities.

At Union Athletics, our goal is to align knowledgeable and successful coaches, with a broad range of expertise, in order to improve performance and increases durability.

HOW

By providing resources/training systems that are:

  • Evidence based – modern programming and exceptionally effective programs supported by science
  • Comprehensive – all aspects of athletic development, including mobility, strength, and conditioning are addressed in a complementary manner
  • Performance-driven – perform better, play more

OUR CLIENTS

THE REVIEWS ARE IN AND UNION ATHLETICS WORKS GREAT!

I’ve been training with Joel for a number of years now and I love his approach to training in the way that he aims to make you not just a better rider but an all around human/athlete as well. He covers all bases and keeps it fun in the process. If you’re just starting racing or chasing down podiums, I’d highly recommend Union Athletics.

Lucas Cruz – Professional Mountain Bike Athlete

OUR PROGRAMS

all THE programs

FUNDAMENTALS

The Fundamentals program is best utilized as an 8 week preparation phase for one of the performance programs or as a standalone program for general athletic development.

This program captures the needs of any athlete, at any phase of their training schedule. The intention is to develop the strongest possible foundation, which can be then built upon. The Fundamentals program addresses common areas of weakness, imbalances, and movements that reduce athletic performance. In turn, this sets athletes in the right direction from the outset and allows them to achieve their full athletic potential if they choose to pursue sport specific training.

This comprehensive plan takes a detailed look at the deepest layers of human movement and function by providing tutorials and exercises on essential topics such as breathing mechanics, core function and training, proper movement patterns and basic energy system training. The tutorials will provide simple, applicable changes that can be incorporated into daily life or existing training and will optimize any athletic routines or behaviors.

CYCLING

High performance cyclists require a unique blend of athletic abilities. Cyclists, particularly mountain bikers, require outstanding isometric and eccentric strength to maintain proper body position while riding. Our long-time experience working with elite athletes has allowed us to develop the most robust solution for any rider.

CLIMBING

Climbers are one of the rare forms of athletes where more mobility is always better as long as that is coupled with strength and control. Climbing requires strength through full ranges of motion and often at awkward angles.

The performance climbing program focuses on building strength and mobility through the upper back and ribcage, scapular control and strength at the very outer edges of joint ranges of motion

RUNNING

Running may seem simple, but running well and running for life requires a thoughtful approach. Running is a repetitive motion, therefore small changes to improve gait mechanics made through deliberate strength and mobility training can pay dividends, by both improving running performance and also by minimizing the injuries commonly associated with running.

SKIING

Alpine skiers and mountaineers are a unique type of athlete that requires a combination of strength and power endurance but also ability to react quickly  and absorb higher levels of force.

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THE TRAINERS

JAY

CHIASSON

Jay spent the better part of a decade studying and working in the field of Structural Engineering before deciding to follow his true passion and become a Strength and Conditioning Coach.

Jay takes a scientific and evidence-based approach to strength and conditioning, always endeavoring to train smarter not harder. His specialties are in performance enhancement, injury mitigation and optimizing human movement potential.

 

Credentials & Courses Taken:

  • Bachelor Of Engineering (B.Eng)
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS)
  • Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist (FRCms)
  • Functional Range Assessment (FRA)
  • Bioforce Certified Conditioning Coach (CCC)
  • Strongfirst (SFG) & (RKC) Kettlebell Instructor
  • Postural Restoration - Myokinematic Restoration (PRI)
  • Functional Movement Systems (FMS-2)
  • Art of Breath
  • Kinstretch

JOEL

HARWOOD

Joel’s ongoing endeavors as a student, athlete, coach, and educator have led him to create a universal, athlete-centered approach to long-term development and human performance.

His background in exercise physiology and ongoing passion for his own coaching evolution allows him to exceed the ever-changing needs of professional athletes, data-driven clients, and World Champions.

  • Blueprint Athlete Development - founder and head coach
    • Cycling Canada Coach of the Year
    • Coach to numerous professional athletes, including 2017 World Champion Miranda Miller
  • Cycling BC - Head Coach
    • Lead coach for all disciplines, working with provincial road, track, BMX and mountain bike programs

Credentials:

  • Masters of Education - Grit versus fragility
  • Honours Bachelor of Kinesiology
  • Bachelor of Education
  • Chartered Professional Coach

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