Xavier Tillman stood a man among boys during a recent practice at Grand Rapids Christian, a physical presence at 6-foot-8 and 270 pounds with the ability to dominate in the post as well as step out and hit the mid-range jumper.
Tillman is The News’ No. 1 player in the state. He will play next year at Michigan State, picking the Spartans over Kentucky, Florida and several other major powers.
"I’ve gotten a lot stronger since last season, got in the weight room every chance I could, almost every day,” Tillman said. “I also eat a lot less fast food. I feel my athleticism is much better. I’ve had different type of workouts, like Vertimax and a lot more squats, a lot more lunge workouts, stretching a lot more, too, with my trainer."
Verti-GO in West Des Moines is designed to help athletes gain speed, strength, coordination and agility. Tony Douglas, oversees the facility, which incorporates VertiMax equipment designed to improve kids' athleticism. Lauren Nelson, a Waukee High School senior who is familiar with the Woodway treadmill and the Vertimax. "I've noticed I've become a lot quicker, and I think I have become better at hurdles and faster around the track."
Amy Schmidbauer, the new Goshen girls volleyball coach, has wasted little time in exposing her players to new experiences. The coach entered her squad in a tournament against teams with players from club teams and she has them training with VertiMax equipment to improve their strength.
In the off-season, Ms. Delle Donne trained with a VertiMax every week. She uses a VertiMax to work on explosiveness and improve her vertical jump. The equipment includes 30-foot-long resistance bands tied around the athlete’s waist and hands, so as they jump up they resist against the bands pulling them down to the ground. "This has really helped me get off the ground faster and rebound more quickly," she says.
Curry for years has used VertiMax equipment for resistance training. He can make basketball moves and jump on a platform strapped to elastic bands that fully retract, gaining explosiveness while on the court.
"It’s pretty amazing how much space you can create after you do a couple sets with resistance,” Curry said. “To train your body to fight through that, then you can build that strength."
Lovato is training with Jay Glazer, owner of Unbreakable Performance Center, and the machine she’s strapped to Raptor – seems to be creating one beast of a cardio workout. As she moves forward and throws punches, it pulls her back, but that doesn’t stop her. As the video goes on she shows no sign of slowing down.
CHS athletes were able to test out the new VertiMax machine, and were hard at work training Tuesday morning. The school has workouts open to all students every morning at 6:30 a.m. The VertiMax machine was provided by the Pirate boosters
Dotson, 16, moved to Charlotte from Chicago with his family in sixth grade. He started as a freshman at Providence High and spent the summer working hard on his game. In his garage, he has a machine called a Vertimax, which is used for vertical jump and speed training. He spends an hour on it four times a week.
It’s just the machine that I use. Basketball-specific explosive movements and resistance. And I do all my moves that I do in games and even some new ones I try to come up with, with all that resistance on me. And then I take it off right after to kind of contrast my normal body weight.
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There isn’t much down time these days for college football players, especially those at programs competing at the highest levels. Chubb’s workout routine includes using a VertiMax system (to improve power, speed and vertical jump) weightlifting and power cleaning.
All Jones did was set a world record in the broad jump a week ago — yes, a world record, at 12-feet, 3 inches – with a ridiculous leap literally almost off the television screen. Oh, and he also pulled off a fairly shocking 44.5-inch vertical jump, one of the best ever by a corner at the combine and a mere half inch off the world record