COACH BOBBY FIORITTO
SPORTS TRAINING & NUTRITION EXPERT
Athletes seek out coach Bobby and Elite Sports Performance due to their unique style of training, competitive atmosphere, and most importantly because of the results...
The Elite Story...
Hey there, my name is coach Bobby Fioritto and I am the founder of Elite Sports Performance, an athlete training facility that is located in Cleveland, OH.
I first opened Elite Sports Performance in 2012 in a small run-down 1,200 square foot warehouse. My first facility only had 2 squat racks, a set of dumbells, and a handful of bands and chains. We didn't have much and if you ever stepped foot in our facility, you would have described it as a glorified "garage gym".
Even though we didn't have much, I was able to gain the trust from a few local high school athletes. We worked our asses off every night in that little facility and before you knew it, these athletes were starting to turn some heads on the athletic field.
Slowly, but surely, word started spreading about the results these athletes were getting at this "little gym". After my first year in business, we outgrew our facility and had to move to a slightly larger one. Our next facility allowed us enough room to lay down some turf and expand our weighted area.
We eventually outgrew that facility as we continued to work with more and more athletes. We are now on our 3rd facility which is close to 6x the size of our original "little gym" that we started with back in 2012.
Over the years Elite Sports Performance has grown to become the premier training and coaching facility for athletes in the Cleveland area. I have added additional coaches to the coaching staff and we now work with athletes of all levels - youth through collegiate/professional.
Athletic and Coaching Background...
I’ve been an athlete my entire life. At a young age, I played every sport that I could. I enjoyed the competitiveness and sense of team comradery that sports create. Once I entered high school, I began to focus most of my energy on football and basketball. I’ve played collegiate football (John Carroll University), as well as collegiate rugby (Kent State University). Although I am currently retired from sports, I still enjoy training year-round to maintain my health and performance level.
Over the course of the years, I have experience working with athletes of all ages ranging from youth through collegiate/professional level.
Schooling and Academic Background...
Before the launching of Elite Sports Performance, I attended Kent State University where I received my Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology. As a student, I gained valuable experience working in the Kent State University Exercise Physiology Lab as a research assistant.
I am a Certified Sports Nutritionist (CISSN) through the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) as well as being certified as a Youth Nutrition Specialist (YNS) through the International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA).
I believe in taking a very holistic approach when it comes to designing our athlete's training program and have come up with a training system that delivers results and bullet-proofs our athletes allowing them to perform at their highest level, while drastically reducing their risk for injury.
The Elite Athlete Training System
1. Movement Prep
GOAL: To properly prepare the athlete for the upcoming training session
Our athletes will start off their session by performing myofascial release techniques to improve muscle/tissue quality along with some mobility movements to improve overall athletic mobility. This is important for both improving performance and reducing risk for injury.
Athletes will then engage in a dynamic warm-up aimed to improve blood flow/circulation, increase body temperature, and further improve their mobility.
2a. Movement Technique
GOAL: Improve the athlete's movement technique and efficiency
In this portion of the session, we teach our athletes how to move with proper mechanics - both linearly as well as multi-direction (change of direction). This is important not only to improve their speed, acceleration, and change of direction but to also keep them safe and reduce their risk for non-contact related injuries. This is crucial and often an overlooked component of an athlete's training program.
2b. Speed & Acceleration Training
GOAL: Along with the Movement Technique (2a above), we look to improve our athlete's speed and acceleration by improving their rate of force development (ability to produce force).
We will utilize sleds to add external weight and coach our athletes to move with power. This will improve their rate of force development, which leads to a faster and more powerful athlete.
3. Strength & Power Training
GOAL: Develop maximal strength, explosive power, and bullet-proof our athletes while utilizing proper progress/regressions for optimal results
Proper progress/regression and overload - simply put we need to ensure our athletes are constantly progress and improving their performance. Therefore need to equip our athletes with the appropriate regressions and progressions built into their program. As an athlete advances, so should their training. This ensures maximum results
Develop maximal relative strength as the foundation - maximal relative strength, or max strength relative to one's body weight, is a staple of my training philosophy. Simply put, we need to get our athletes strong in order to develop other athletic qualities such as speed, acceleration, power, etc.
Develop athletic power through the dynamic effort method - as we lay the strength foundation down for the athlete, it is also important to be able to turn that strength into power. Our goal is to improve our athlete's ability to recruit their max strength as quickly as possible to generate as much power as possible.
Bullet-Proof our athletes - we utilizing functional accessory exercises aimed at improving the athlete's core and total body stability to better handle the stresses of their sport on the court, field, mat or wherever they compete.
4. Metabolic/Energy System Training (Conditioning)
GOAL: Develop the appropriate conditioning level for the athlete and their specific sport
This aspect of our training program will vary from athlete to athlete as we need to take into account the athlete's sport as well as the timing of the year they are in (in-season, early off-season, late off-season, pre-season, etc). The closer the athlete gets to their season, the more attention needs to be place in this area.
We utilize different conditioning circuits that will help build and improve the athlete's energy capacity allowing them to display their athletic qualities (speed, strength, power) over a longer duration and not "burn out" during a practice or game.
GOAL: Speed up recovery following an athlete's training session, practice, or game
Sleep, active recovery methods, and nutrition are all crucial for an athlete's recovery. It is important that they not overlook this portion of their training plan as it can not only inhibit their performance but can also lead to sickness and injury.
We give our athletes tips and resources to help with their recovery when they are at home which includes recovery circuits, nutrition, and sleep tips.
Nutrition can be a training program’s best friend or worst nightmare; as it can help to greatly expedite or stall an athlete's progress. Training and nutrition go hand in hand and when used properly, an athlete can see tremendous results.
While the nutrition field can become extremely complex, I try to keep my nutritional philosophy simple and easy to follow.
It consists of a couple of components:
Eat a natural diet - What this means is to cut out all the processed man-made junk that exists today. One great quote that I heard and often times tell individuals is to "eat like a caveman". If a caveman couldn't eat it in his time, then you shouldn't eat it either. Eat foods that are natural and that the human physiology can handle. An individual can see a tremendous improvement in health as well as body composition when they eliminate these toxic processed foods.
Eat the proper amount of food based on your individual needs - This is very individualized and will be determined by the individual's goals. With that said, it is not necessarily rocket science. If an individual is looking to lose body fat or improve body composition they will have to consume fewer calories than they expend. The opposite is true for the individual looking to put on weight (common in athletes). An individual's activity level will help to determine exactly how much they need to be consuming to achieve their goals.
Employ nutrient timing - What this means is to consume certain foods at certain times during the day. There are certain times during the day where your body will better partition/handle certain nutrients/foods. Because of this, it is important to consume those certain foods at the right time as they will help improve body composition, improve athletic performance, improve recovery from training, as well as improve overall health.