October 18, 2013
The T.E.A.M.S Training Center is a new gym in Albemare County, and what they hope will set them apart is their focus on helping athletes and non athletes to train alongside their families, form good overall health habits, and sports and health training for young women.
Robert Wood works at T.E.A.M.S. and says that kids are a big focus at their gym.
"Our goal is to help kids become better at sport and ultimately instill exercise for life."
T.E.A.M.S. stands for Together Everyone Achieves More Success, which is a lesson the trainers want their young athletes to take with them for the rest of their lives.
TJ Tillery, who trains at T.E.A.M.S., says going to the gym has taught him about leadership, saying being in the gym put him in contact with people he could look up to.
"I would look up to athletes and what they were doing. I want to be that one day."
Gyms are not an uncommon site in Charlottesville, but the owners noticed a couple of needs: a facility that could cater to baseball players as well as advice, nutrition and injury prevention for female athletes.
Wood says the two aspects are crucial parts of their success.
"Our focus is on sports performance as well as community involvement. Our intension is a gym without walls."
The gym is dived in half. One side is turf with indoor batting cages. The other side is weights.
Coaches can train for specific sports, speed and agility, and overall health.
Owner Allie Wilkins' also wanted a place for young female athletes to train and learn more about injury prevention, because she says the female athlete is virtually ignored.
"Whether it's stability, balance, strength, to prevent injuries from happening will prolong not only athletics but a healthy lifestyle."
T.E.A.M.S. also wants their gym to be welcoming to families who may not have a work out routine together.
Chris Berry, Sr. and his son, Chris Berry, Jr. use the gym together.
"There are other families that have sons and daughters that come over and use the batting cages and have lessons. The parents can either watch or come over and work out."
The owners also give a portion of their proceeds to a different non-profit every fiscal quarter. Most recently they made a donation of baseball equipment to the Carson Raymond Foundation, whose founder John Raymond says its nice to find a gym with a focus on the sort of young athletes that the Carson Raymond Foundation works with.
"To have a business partner who's involved in sports, who's aim is sport to step up behind and support us and say we want to further your mission is a huge relief and benefit to us."
For more information about training and lessons at T.E.A.M.S. Training Center, you can follow the link below this article.