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Athlete Factory Monthly Newsletter - January 2017
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 ATHLETE PROFILE 
  
Name: Kane Boklaschuk
Age:    17           
Sport:  Football       
Level:  Varsity         
Running back Kane Boklaschuk began training at the Athlete Factory under less-than ideal circumstances. 
 
"I came to the Athlete Factory after a knee injury" he says, adding that the training he does at the Athlete Factory is unlike anything he has experienced before.
 
"The biggest difference is the emphasis put on the way the body moves in order to prevent injury" Kane says. "That focus also helps make you bigger, stronger and faster, which has truly helped me progress a substantial amount in football these past two years."
 
Kane, who began playing football at age 9, has enjoyed success in his young football career.
 
"The most memorable moment in my career so far is being a three-time Provincial Champion with Cochrane High School, which has only happened once before in the school's history" he says. "I will always feel proud to be a part of that."
 
Now 17, Kane is relying on hard work, not past success, to help him excel at the next level. 
 
"The next step for me is to continue my education and football career with the University of Calgary Dinos" Kane says, and he knows where he needs to improve to compete in the highly competitive Canadian Interuniversity Sport (CIS) conference.
 
"My upcoming goals are to improve my speed and agility" he says. "The CIS plays at a much quicker tempo than high school."
 
"My size is on par" Kane adds, "but my speed can always be improved to give me an edge on my competition."
 
That means Kane will not be taking it easy with his training any time soon.
 
"The biggest piece of advice I give to any athlete trying to compete at a high level is that work ethic is everything" he says. "Sports are full of very motivated individuals, and the ones that work the hardest will come out on top."
 

COACH HIGHLIGHT 
Robin Bauer - Head of Strength & Conditioning
If experience is the best teacher, Athlete Factory Head of Strength & Conditioning Robin Bauer fits the bill in nearly every sense. For the last 7 years he has been applying his experience where it is most needed.
 
"What matters most as a strength and conditioning coach is the impact that you can have on an athlete" Robin says. "That is the central focus of our work."
 
At the Athlete Factory, the work that Robin is talking about does not start or end on the gym floor for his team of strength and conditioning coaches.
 
"Our main goal is to make an impact on the domain from both a science and a practical perspective" Robin says. "We want to be at the cutting edge of the science, in fact we want to be leading the way."
 
Robin is doing just that. He is currently pursuing a Professional Doctorate degree in Elite Performance through the University of Central Lancashire.
 
The program, Institute of Coaching and Performance (ICaP), is run by the world renowned Professor Dave Collins. “It is focused on high level sport including training and preparation, coaching expertise, and the development and refinement of skills and talent” says Robin. All this in addition to his experiences as an athlete, adds up to a significant and always growing wealth of knowledge.
 
"The most important part" adds Robin, "is being able to apply that knowledge."
 
Robin is no stranger to the practical application of training for high level sport. Growing up on a small ski hill in Grande Prairie, Alberta, night skiing after school and from sun-up until sun-down on weekends became the norm for Robin. Despite an affinity and talent for hockey, at the young age of 12 Robin committed himself to pursuing ski racing at a high level.
 
At age 15 Robin began attending the Banff Mountain Ski Academy where he pursued both his education and his dreams of word class ski racing. After several years of hard work, Robin started to see success, and at age 17 competed on behalf of Canada at the World Junior Championship, raced for the National Development team, and was ranked as the top junior ski racer in Canada. He was also ranked among the top 15 junior ski racers in North America.
 
"I competed against the best in the world" Robin says. Though he fell short of his dream to compete in the Olympics, Robin can acknowledge his many accomplishments. "For a small kid from northern Alberta who grew up on a little riverbank hill, I think I fared quite well."
 
Robin admits that his training regimen at the time was lacking organization and sophistication, and he struggled throughout his career with gaining the necessary strength and power to one-up his competition. A connection made near the end of his ski-racing career changed his trajectory, in ski racing and his future career.
 
"It wasn't until I met Paul Balsom, founder of the Athlete Factory, that I learned what real training was all about" Robin says. "Working with Paul I achieved gains in a very small amount of time which dwarfed anything I had accomplished before training with him. It was unreal." 
 
These tangible results motivated Robin to continue working with Paul after the end of his ski racing career, this time as a strength and conditioning coach. "I want to give athletes the edge that no one else can, just as Paul did for me" Robin says. "My ten years of experience training to be a world-class competitor gave me a great foundation to build on."
 
In addition to bettering athletes by proving world-class strength and condition training, Robin is bettering his own team of coaches by enabling them to pursue higher education in the field. 
 
"We have several coaches currently pursuing Master's and Doctorate degrees" Robin says. "When all of that knowledge is applied to achieve the best results possible, imagine the impact that can have in terms of advancement of athletes."
 
That is, after all, what it’s all about.
IMPORTANT DATES

Performance Assessments
Sat Jan 14: 2pm
Mon Jan 23: 8pm

Our Athletes in ACTION

Athlete News

IOC approves Jan Hudec to ski for Czech Republic in 2018 Olympics. 

Volleyball player Dani Forester signed with the UofS Huskies. 

Cade Arrell was Defensive MVP for the Junior Bowness Bulldogs football team. 

Freestyle skier Luke Ulsifer finished with a 2nd and 4th place runs at Canada Cup, and was 20th overall in his first World Cup event of the season.

SPORTS THERAPY NEWS:
Chiropractic Patient Appreciation Month

Happy New Year from the Athlete Factory Sports Therapy staff! We want to send thankful thoughts, happy hearts, and well-wishes in 2017. To show appreciation for your devotion to our clinic, January is Chiropractic Patient Appreciation Month!

Throughout the month of January, we will be offering complimentary Chiropractic reassessments to our clients to help kick start the new year on a healthy note. In addition, all Chiropractic patients in January will be entered into a draw for various prizes donated by businesses and individuals from around Calgary.

If you have any questions or would like to book in with one of our practitioners, please contact us at 403-255-7703.

Thank you for choosing The Athlete Factory Sports Therapy Clinic as your preferred clinic, and we look forward to seeing you in 2017!

Looking to get back on track with your fitness journey for the New Year? Our coaches are now taking consults for new clients. Book you complimentary consultation here!

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