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Achieve Fitness Boosts younger athletes’ strength, ability

By Lee Wardlaw
Posted 2/16/23

FLEMING ISLAND – Achieve Fitness Center offers its Boost class for athletes looking to get an edge on the competition.

The sports performance class will teach the young athletes the …

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Achieve Fitness Boosts younger athletes’ strength, ability


FLEMING ISLAND – Achieve Fitness Center offers its Boost class for athletes looking to get an edge on the competition.

The sports performance class will teach the young athletes the fundamentals of speed and agility, plyometrics, coordination, strength and conditioning, and proper injury prevention techniques such as stretching. Athletes enrolled in the class compete in various sports, including football, baseball, basketball and soccer.

With a diverse array of students looking to further their playing skills on the field, the class is not a one-size-fits-all program, according to Trish Goldstein, Director of Personal Training at Achieve Fitness and lead for Boost.

“It’s a good speed, agility, strength and all-around-training program for all sports,” she said.

The program seeks to help build athletes’ strengths along with honing in and improving their weaknesses while also developing the physical and mental strength that is ever-so-crucial to succeeding in the sports arena.

“We are going to push them hard so that whatever challenges they may face in the next level, they will have the confidence to succeed,” lead instructor Evan Smith said. “Boost is perfect for any athlete looking to improve his or her game, whether they are looking to gain more strength over your offseason, improve their vertical jump, or shed a second on their (40-yard dash) time.”

The class is divided into two groups: younger children (ages 7-12) and junior high and high school (ages 13-18). Both groups meet on Monday, Thursday and Saturday.

Younger children attend sessions from 5-6 p.m. on Monday and Thursday and 9-10 a.m. on Saturday, while junior high and high school students meet from 6-7 p.m. on Monday and Thursday and 10-11 a.m. on Saturdays.

The cost of attendance is $99 monthly.

For those who don’t excel in a particular sport but still want to enroll in the program, Boost offers a three-class a-month deal for $99, including special personal attention via one-on-one training.

This allows those students to get up to speed with the rest of the class.

Goldstein said other virtues of the class include building teamwork with other participants, health benefits, and a strong boost of self-confidence that is provided through strength training and physical fitness. Classes will be held at the fitness center’s location at 2349 Village Square Parkway in the Boost Room, which is located to the left of the regular workout facility when facing away from the parking lot.

Another way to identify the room when walking in is the room’s green turf football field-like structure with hash marks and yard lines on the ground.

Smith, who starred as a baseball player at Fleming Island High, earned All-Conference and All-District honors with the Eagles before earning a baseball scholarship at St. Catherine College in Springfield, Kentucky.

Smith earned his spot on Goldstein’s roster after completing his Bachelor’s Degree in Health Science and Personal Training certificate from ISSA and has former experience training young athletes in Kentucky in speed, agility, strength and mobility.

Assistant trainer Jen Peltier is certified by the National Academy of Sports Medicine in Personal Training and is a Certified Athletic Trainer specializing in injury evaluation and First Aid administration. She is also well-versed in preventing sports related-injuries via hydrotherapy, heat and cold therapy, and percussion and compression.

Peltier earned her Master of Science in Sports Medicine and Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training.The long-running and successful program has been in existence since 2017.