Mettle is an evidence based Strength Training program for athletes going into 5-12th grade. All athletes are treated as unique individuals who bring their own unique strengths and weaknesses to the gym. We screen each athlete for injury potential and asymmetries using the Functional Movement Screen. Based on the results of this screen, we create individualized programs for each athlete that follow our PRINCIPLES OF MOVEMENT: first MOVE OFTEN, then MOVE WELL, while they MOVE FAST, and sometimes MOVE HEAVY STUFF.
Ultimately, our goal with METTLE is to create a simple yet effective way for athletes to increase Strength, Mobility, Stamina, and Power, while also teaching them how to Control the Controllables — focus levels, eating habits, sleep, and inner dialogue.
As an athlete explores a variety of movement, the goal is to own the movements. Owning the movement means they can stay in good posture, breathe normal, and integrate the different parts of the body efficiently during the movement.
As the athlete learns to own their movement, they will be challenged to move at game speed or faster, letting the body self-organize to find the most optimal solution the problems presented by the task.
Athletes will be asked to move heavy stuff like kettlebells, sand bags, and medicine balls to further explore their ability to move, and to challenge the body to adapt to the extra load.