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Camp for Serious Athletes 13-22 Years Old Combines Strength Training, Martial Arts and Yoga


Fairfield, CT - July 28, 2011 – Last week a number of athletes from various sports ages 13 and up participated in the first ever Optimal Athletic Development Summer Camp. The camp ran for 1 week, 3 hours per day at Fairfield University and taught athletes how to train their bodies to perform better and decrease the chance of injury through a blend of Strength & Conditioning, Martial Arts, and Yoga.

“Our main goal is to make athletes more kinesthetically aware. We teach them how the body works and we teach them how to become more in tune with their own body,” says Chris Schrade, one of the camps directors. “An athlete who has an intuitive understanding of his/her body, knows how to train it, knows how to care for it and will perform better and spend less time injured.”

Schrade is a former collegiate athlete and has since mastered numerous martial arts. He is joined by Mark Spellman, current Strength and Conditioning Coach at Fairfield University, and Jeannie Stevens, also a former athlete and yoga instructor for over a decade. Their knowledge of their particular disciplines, their knowledge of sports, and their knowledge of the body combine into a powerful cross-pollinating team that enlightens young athletes.

Optimal Athletic Development combines Strength & Conditioning, Martial Arts, and Yoga for athletes via seasonal camps such as mentioned above, weekend clinics, pre-season team training, and private individual training in the Fairfield County area. The company is also developing an online portal that will allow athletes to train from home.

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