What a whirlwind 8 months it’s been for JB Performance Training. There have been so many ups and downs I feel like a kid on a rollercoaster at Disneyland (despite never being there and having a slight fear of heights). The highs have included opening up a new 4000sq ft. facility to train our athletes, expanding our business, and as always the continued support we receive from our clients on a daily basis. We have the best clients/support team in the world. Yeah we’re a little biased but get over it!

We’ve also encountered some lows along the way. Getting kicked out of a public facility for running “too successful of a business” is definitely the highlight for us. That coupled with the fact that we used 3 contractors to get our new facility up and running has made things interesting for Josh and myself. We went through a 4 month time frame of having a temporary set-up while construction was going on inside the facility. It definitely makes you appreciate the simple things that we as a society take for granted on a daily basis like running water and a place to go to the bathroom. Good thing we don’t have high maintenance clients!!

But onto the topic of this blog (my first one ever so try not to judge), Who the Hell is JB Performance?!? It’s simple, J stands for Josh, and B stands for Brad. If you ever want to have an awkward conversation with your dad name a company JB Performance and have him ask why you didn’t name it BJ Performance. Make sure you’re on speaker phone with your mom too. That was almost as embarassing as accidentally watching porn with my parents as a 16 year old (but that’s for another blog post).

JB Performance Training is a highly sought after Strength and Conditioning Company located in Saskatoon, Sk. We cater programs to athletes from a variety of different sports including hockey, lacrosse, volleyball, and swimming. Hockey is our biggest clientele base as we currently train 6 professionals in the NHL and AHL. We also have numerous clients playing NCAA, major junior, and all the way down to local hockey players here in Saskatoon. We work with a handful of lacrosse players who are down in the states on scholarships, the U17 Team Sask volleyball crew, and a local swim club. Along with this we have a few general population clients who are a real pleasure to work with. We’ve learned so much about business, life, and really anything else you can think of (unfortunately I’ve learned about accent nails, breastfeeding, and “female issues” along the way. Apparently this will help me with marriage later on in life if that should ever occur?!?). Without them we wouldn’t be where we are today so a big shout-out to all of you!!

Sounds awesome? Well it is. We love our job and are very passionate about it. I can’t imagine doing something for a living that I don’t enoy. It’s this love and passion for the job that has allowed us to distinguish ourselves from our competitors (my opinion anyways). With us, everything and every program is individualized. I hate the idea of 5, 10, 20 people training in a group doing the exact same thing. Sure you’re going to get some results but you won’t maximize those results. Case in point the volleyball team we work with. One athlete has Scoliosis, one had surgery on her right finger and now has a screw in there, one is 6’1 and lacks stability (strength), and one has zero weight training experience. Do you think they should all do the EXACT same program? I didn’t think so (If you answered yes to this question please don’t ever train anyone. Ever. Like at all).

 Is it more work for us? Absolutely it is. Each client is given a thorough assessment once they enter our doors. We look for possible systemic dysfunction, imbalances, mobility restrictions, stability requirements, and movement deficiencies. This allows us to identify what each athlete’s specific needs are. We can also pinpoint what their weaknesses are within their sport and address those issues. Why give someone something they don’t need? Why have them do a task that has nothing to do with their sport (If you’re a hockey player you probably shouldn’t be running 10k)? Or worse, why have them do something that they don’t have the skill set (adequate mobility/stability) to do? These questions need to be addressed before doing any sort of programming for your athletes. In the words of Ice Cube, “You better check yo self before you wreck yo self.”

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