The Athlete Activation System (AAS) is suitable to be used with athletes ranging from dedicated young amateurs up to those at the national and professional level.
The main objectives of this system are to increase each athlete’s strength, power, strength-endurance, durability, conditioning, and flexibility.
These athletic performance variables are achieved through individualized and periodized programming based on proven methods that have been refined over many years.
The AAS is based on physiological principles that have stood the test of time in the annals of high performance literature. Critical concepts that are taken into consideration include the body’s ability to successfully adapt to stressors, priming an optimal hormonal environment to naturally drive performance, developing a more potent motor unit pool of fast-twitch muscle fibres, and principally activating these high-threshold motor units. The development of the high-threshold motor units is a crucial element that many conventional training systems effectively ignore.
To build the best athletes you must build an intense environment, stimulate a “fight-or-flight” response, and not stray too far from maximum intensity. Maximal training efforts will produce a significant concentration of the hormones that elicit the desired “fight-or-flight” response. Applying progressive increases in stress at the appropriate time is how we build physically and psychologically strong athletes.
I've been to over 50+ certifications and courses around the world over my lifetime of a strength coach for 30+ years, and this is by far top 3 of the best courses I've ever taken. It was a fire hose of gold.
- Tyson Staples, Certified AAS Coach, Strength and Conditioning Coach
The AAS is designed to train athletes to have the strength and ability to handle the stress of a long season performing at the top level of their chosen sport. The system builds the foundation of athleticism, creating the raw materials for success in both team sports (hockey, football, soccer, etc.) and individual sports (tennis, track & field, golf, etc.).
A key training concept many people do not fully appreciate is the principle of ADAPTATION.
People often overlook the extent of the human body’s capacity for change as a result of sustained systematic training. However, the body will fight change, as it is designed to maintain homeostasis, or “equilibrium” within its systems.
The AAS activates adaptation and causes each athlete’s equilibrium point to be reset at a higher level of function and performance. This training required to optimize this adaptation process is certainly not easy and it is not painless, but as a result of systematic, periodized training the athlete becomes progressively stronger, faster, better conditioned, and able to withstand the stress of the most intense training and competitive situations.
If your athletes are willing to work hard and endure the inevitable fatigue and soreness, they will reach new heights of performance using the AAS. Many athletes are tempted to give up when the training gets tough, or when the fatigue and soreness involved in the adaptation process sets in, resulting in a failure to realize their true potential.
The all-encompassing question is: will your athletes fight, or will they flee?