LAYTON -- There are young athletes throughout Davis County that may be hindering their athletic futures without knowing it.
"If they're not doing everything correctly, they're slowing themselves down and putting themselves in a position where they will more than likely become injured," said Adrian Conway, part owner and head trainer at APEX Performance Center.
Conway, a former running back for the Weber State University football team, said that is where APEX takes over. The company, which held its grand opening early this month, provides speed, agility, strength and explosiveness training for junior high school, high school and collegiate athletes. APEX has moved into the former home of Wasatch Crossfit, at 283 E. Gentile St., and has combined with BASICS Sports Medicine.
"We are looking to offer a service that will enhance every athlete's capabilities on the field and the court," Conway said. "You're always looking at the potential of athletes and there are naturally blessed individuals who step on the football field who are fast.
"Some are slow and some are in the middle and if we can take someone from any of those three groups and make them better, then it's worth it."
Conway said that his philosophy is "Perfect practice makes perfect."
That's why the trainers at APEX want to teach the athletes a specific way to do something and have them repeat it 10,000 times until it becomes a habit.
A lot of the clients who benefit from such repetition, he said, are high school students. While they excel in the weight room, they may be working with coaches who do not specialize in weight room training.
APEX not only works on weight-lifting form, but the trainers also specialize in high-speed treadmill training. While an athlete is sprinting on a treadmill in front of mirror, the coach stands next to the athlete watching and correcting their running form.
APEX also specializes in a series of plyometrics, a form of jumping drills that help develop explosive strength.
By working on an athlete's linear speed, agility, explosive power, strength, flexibility and balance, APEX's goal is to take every individual to their untapped potential.
"We want to try and take your genetic potential and performance and blend them together," Conway said. "We want them to meet at their peak and make the athletes the best that they can be."
APEX will host a Nike SPARQ combine on April 14. Before the combine, there will be a coaches' clinic in which trainers will teach dynamic warm-ups and their purpose, some nutrition lecturing on athletic performance as well as the specifics of the power-clean weight-training exercise.