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Offseason doesn’t stop workouts

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Trainer Ben Chavez puts Kevin Karimian through a workout at Alton’s Power Block Gym. (Submitted Photo)

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As the school year is winding down, it is not too early to begin thinking about next season. There is less than a month left before the state meets and playoffs will be upon area schools. Summer will be here and then it will be time for football, soccer, volleyball and cross country.

For some athletes, the workouts don’t end. Take Roswell linebacker Cade Manzanares for example. Manzanares was an All-State linebacker last season, with goals and aspirations to get bigger, stronger and faster, and to attend a top tier football school. He also runs track as well.

Manzanares runs a 4.9 40-yard dash, and wants to improve it as much as he can going into his senior year. He has enrolled in a 12-week Speed and Agility program at Alton’s Power Block Gym. The program is designed to include weight training, plyometrics, conditioning, proper technique and sprint training. It’s for the serious athlete that wants to take their performance up to the next level.

“I like defense,” Manzanares said. “I like the fact that I get to go out there and hit people. I feel like it’s one of the best positions to play in football. My dad, Joe, asked me if ‘I wanted to do this speed and agility program’ (and) I told him yes.”

Manzanares feels like this is the program to help get him to the next level in football.

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This program is run under the watchful eye of trainer Ben Chavez. Chavez is a certified trainer with a degree in kinesiology. He played junior college baseball for two years and Division I NAIA baseball for two years.

“One of the things we will be focusing on specifically for the athletes will be their speed and conditioning, “ Chavez said. “Scientifically, when an athlete spends specific time and attention on the growth/development of fast twitch muscle groups, there is clear evidence of the advancement of that particular athlete’s speed/explosive capabilities. Over the next twelve weeks, we will be focusing specifically on the development of these muscle groups. This will be done with a combination of sprint training and explosive weightlifting workouts.”

This program will take Manzanares to the beginning of football season. For athletes like Manzanares, it seems like there is no offseason.

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