Maximum potential: Brett Payne’s camp helps athletes form healthy habits
Brett Payne wants to train young athletes physically and mentally.
Payne is the head coach of Ultra Quest Strength and Conditioning Camp, an eight-week summer program for boys and girls in grades 8-12.
The camp, which meets for one hour a day, five days a week, begins May 31.
“Our overall mission statement is to maximize potential in all areas of life by breeding discipline, good technique and fundamentals,” Payne said.
Ultra Quest is a non-sport specific summer camp that focuses on improving young athletes’ natural abilities. Payne said the younger participants benefit from curbing bad habits before they develop.
“A lot of coaches don’t have time, and it’s not their job to make sure every freshman is good to go on the basic fundamentals of athletics,” Payne said. “They need to be focusing on more specific sport training, so we concentrate on getting them to tap into their power.”
The early part of the camp is geared toward getting a good base for the future.
“In the beginning we’ll be building up fundamentals and making sure they can jump rope and making sure they are good on all basic movements,” Payne said.
“As the summer progresses we do more concentrated work, showing them why their muscles should move in a sprint or shuffle, so they understand how their body moves and how they can maximize effort.”
The athletes will concentrate on strength training twice a week, focusing on proper technique and good athletic posture.
“We do things that are really fundamental like Olympic lifting, things where, when you have good form, you can manipulate your surroundings,” Payne said. “They learn to develop power and really use the body efficiently.”
Payne wants to make sure the athletes he trains get more than physical results out of Ultra Quest. He said he wants them to develop strong mental habits as well. Payne begins every week of the training with a story that relates to what they are working on that week.
“We tell them a story that relates to life and how they can apply it to athletics,” Payne said. “We want to change the mind set of ‘we were just lucky’ and make it more the reason why it worked was because I focused on this and put my effort into this.”
The deadline to register for Ultra Quest is May 15. For more information about Ultra Quest, go to http://www.ultraquest2010.com.