Monadnock Ledger-Transcript – ConVal grads open coaching program for athletes of all ages

Lifelong Athlete, a coaching program operating out of Monadnock Gymnastics Heart positioned at 9 Vose Farm Highway in Peterborough, started operations a bit of over a month in the past and is trying to fill a necessity locally.

Co-founders Jonathan Blair and Chris Lundsted mentioned the objective of this system is to teach athletes of all ages within the areas of health, harm prevention and long-term athletic improvement, as they search to advertise wellness and wholesome way of life decisions within the Monadnock area.

“The middle of our philosophy is practical energy coaching,” Lundsted mentioned, utilizing sport-specific actions and full physique workout routines.

The 2 ConVal graduates started speaking about it 5 years in the past once they had been roommates at UNH, whereas each had been working towards their levels. Blair graduated from ConVal in 2005 and performed hockey, obtained his bachelor’s in kinesiology whereas happening to get his grasp’s in train science. Lundsted, who graduated in 2010 and performed golf, hockey and lacrosse in highschool, additionally graduated with a level in Kinesiology.

Blair has labored with athletes on the center college, highschool and school ranges, together with in energy and conditioning at UNH, whereas Lundsted’s present position as ConVal’s athletic coach has offered a novel perspective into what athletes want for fulfillment on the sector and the power to remain on it.

“We’ve each spent a major period of time within the area,” Blair mentioned.

However the two noticed there was an actual alternative to supply athletes an alternative choice outdoors of follow to extend their health ranges.

“We each favored to work out for our sports activities, however by no means had any steering in that regard,” Blair mentioned.

Lundsted mentioned in his work because the athletic coach at ConVal, he seen that the college’s athletes may benefit from a extra hands-on strategy.

“I bought a bit of extra within the energy and conditioning facet of issues and the position it could actually play,” Lundsted mentioned.

Lundsted has run a energy and conditioning camp at the highschool for the previous few summers (minus 2020 resulting from COVID-19) and mentioned he noticed a direct profit for the athletes who took half.

“And the extra I did it the extra the children had been focused on it,” Lundsted mentioned. Mother and father requested if there was a method to proceed it by the college yr.

In his position as athletic coach, Lundsted mentioned there isn’t all the time additional time to work towards elevated energy and conditioning, however Lifelong Athlete will present an avenue for these focused on investing extra time.

However what Lifelong Athlete gives is for extra than simply an athlete collaborating in a structured sport.

“We really feel just like the rules are the identical for athletes, in addition to coaching for total well being and wellness,” Blair mentioned.

And with the closure of the Bond Wellness Heart at Monadnock Neighborhood Hospital, the companions felt there was much more of a necessity for all age teams within the area and it gave them a push to get this system off the bottom.

“We all know folks in that demographic that wish to keep energetic,” Blair mentioned.

“The method is similar for everybody, we will simply tailor it to what they need to do,” Lundsted mentioned.

Lifelong Athlete gives four-week group lessons for these 18 years or older, in addition to semi-private and personal periods.

“It’s actually depending on what the particular person wants and is trying to obtain,” Blair mentioned. “And we need to construct a group of people that take pleasure in understanding collectively.”

The construction contains in-depth warm-ups, flexibility/mobility coaching, steadiness/stability, energy and energy improvement and cardio and cardio coaching.

There can be an open home at Lifelong Athlete on Nov. 6 from midday to 2 p.m.

For extra, go to, electronic mail or name (603) 757-6104.

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