NEWS & EVENTS  

SUMMER 2017

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DATES: JULY 17-20, 2017
5 - 8:30pm

LOCATION: SpringSpirit Sports Complex
8526 Pitner Rd, 77080

TUITION: $295 ($325 after July 13th)

Click HERE to register

 

We are excited to have one of the greatest strength and conditioning
coaches in the country come out to speak into the lives of our kids!

INTRODUCING...

NORTHWESTERN'S 1996 ROSE BOWL TEAM
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING COACH

Coach Lilja

COACH LARRY LILJA!

Coach Lilja is the dean of Big Ten strength coaches and counts current Northwestern head coach Pat Fitzgerald among the many Wildcats players he tutored during his lengthy run of 32 years in Evanston. He was a three-year starter at Northwestern from 1973-75, serving as a captain in 1974, before returning in 1981 to run the school's strength and conditioning center.

        Lilja played a major role in helping Northwestern transform its football program by winning Big Ten championships in 1995 and 1996. He earned Big Ten Conference Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year honors in 1996. The Lilja family has deep roots in the Big Ten, as Larry and his brothers George (Michigan) and Dave (Indiana) are the only siblings in league history to serve as captains for three different teams.

        Coach Lilja played briefly with the Atlanta Falcons and the New York Giants of the National Football League (NFL). It is a great honor and privilege to have Coach Lilja come out to motivate, inspire, educate and speak into the lives of our youth.  Lilja and his wife, Kelly, have two sons, Scott and Ricky, and one daughter, Veronica.  The Lilja’s currently live in Lake Bluff, Illinois.

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CBS Sports Radio: Coach Ray Interview *REPLAY*

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Listen to the replay of the radio interview for CBS Sports
Radio station 98.1 FM "the Ticket". Hear Coach Ray tell his inspiring
story, including his college days at Northwestern University to how Games of Champion Fitness transpired!


CLICK PLAY BUTTON TO LISTEN

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2016 "BRIDGING the GAP..."

We would like to say THANK YOU to everyone who contributed from staff to participants to sponsors. As the quality of the camp improves each year, our expectations do as well. The messages that each speaker spoke into the lives of our future leaders, along with the talent, skill, and ability of the athletes made "BRIDGING the GAP..." one of our best camps ever! Find some memorable camp moments in the photos below.

Day 1 Guest Speaker
 Mr. Greg Mohrmann, Entrepreneur

Day 2 Guest Speaker
 Mr. Newt Barineau, Entrepreneur

We would like to say THANK YOU to our sponsors,
without you this camp would not be possible.

George and Alicia Andrush

Robert and Marcy Duncan

Tommy and Julie Gillaspie

Tod and Amy Greenwood

and our partners, SpringSpirit Baseball

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Day 3 Guest Speaker- 
Mr. Tommy Gillaspie, Top Houston Attorney

Day 4 Speaker
 Coach Ray, Founder, GCF Training

We would like to say thanks to all the parents who have
supported our vision of impacting the lives of our youth in a positive
way.  Because of you, we have been able to motivate, inspire,
encourage, change, redirect, impact and build the lives of 
countless kids from various backgrounds for over 12 years.
Please know we appreciate all you do, thank you!

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INTRODUCING...

Indianapolis Colt's Receiver and AFC Champion,
Taj Smith, as our newest member and Receiver Coach!

Coach Taj

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CURRENT PROGRAMS
All training held in the Spring Branch/ Memorial Area.



Speed and Agility Training

Focuses on: Running Form - Plyometrics - Overspeed Training - Resistance Training - Power Development and Acceleration Training

This program is designed to affect your ability to change direction, vertical jump/ leap, ability to cut on a dime, develop burst of speed and more.

Recommended for female and male athletes of all sports; individual, group and team training available year-round.

Summer Speed and Agility Training
(for males & females of all sports)
June 6 - July 28
 ( Tuesday  6:30pm - 8:30pm / Friday  6:30pm - 8:30pm)

Football Field Training & Coaching

Focuses on Mental Preparation - Technique - Fundamentals
- Keys and Specific Reads.

Summer Football Field Training and Coaching
June 5 - July 31
( Monday  6:30pm - 8:30pm / Thursday  6:30pm - 8:30pm)

 

Track & Field Program

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This program specializes in speed endurance and maximizing your overall top speed. We focus on the technical aspect of running such as:

-Proper foot placement

-Contacting the ground correctly

-Increasing your rotational turnover

Using correct arm movement

-Maximizing force and power

This program is for sprinters participating in:

-100m dash - 4x100
-200m dash - 4x200
-400m dash - 4x400

We also offer specialized training for baseball and football athletes preparing for:

- 60yd. dash (baseball)
- 40yd. dash (football)

 

Individual or Group Fitness Training

Personal Training in gym

Interested in losing weight or bodyfat? Increasing muscle mass
and/or strength? Or simply want to maintain your current shape?
The GCF staff of personal trainers is made up of proven athletes that don't just talk the game, but know how to play it. Our personal training services include customized training programs for each individual. We achieve this by focusing on our six major fitness components:

- Body Composition (fat mass/ muscle mass)
- Muscular Strength
-Muscular Endurance
- Cardiovascular Health
- Flexibility
- Nutritional Guidance

For more information contact us at info@gcftraining.com
to set up a complimentary consulation which includes:

- Personal Goal Analysis
- Body Fat Percentage Calculation
- Body Measurements
- Body Weight and Muscle Mass Analysis
- A complete workout session

 

STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROGRAM
for student athletes only

Linemen

The program focuses on:

Strength, Power, Size and Endurance

Register for any of our programs by contacting info@gcftraining.com
 or visit our online store HERE.

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UT's Newest QB...our own Jimmy Greenwood

Read Jimmy's testimonial (below) of how he ended up on the University of Texas Football Team!

"I have been a Longhorn football fan since the day I was born, and like most kids, I dreamed of playing quarterback for the Texas Longhorns. As a kid, I went to Longhorn games almost every weekend during football season, and actually dressed up as a Longhorn football player for Halloween at least five years straight. I admired quarterbacks like Major Applewhite, Vince Young and Colt McCoy and aspired to be on the field and lead the Longhorns to victories like them. The first step to reaching my goal was to become the starting quarterback for my school team, the Kinkaid Falcons.

As a ten-year old kid, I started working with Coach Rodney Ray and GCF on speed and agility. From day one, Coach Ray had a consistent positive attitude, and was extremely determined to see me succeed. I saw something different in Coach Ray that I had never seen before in a coach. He cared so much about me as a person, not just a football player. He was so passionate about life and so passionate about me living to my full potential in everything I did. In workouts, he would push me extremely hard, but at the same time, we had some of the coolest talks I've ever had. We talked about faith, growing as a person, and defeating the odds by going against the grain. We trained throughout middle school and all through high school.

After high school, I gave up on my dream of playing quarterback for the Longhorns. I made the worst mistake a person can make- I listened to the opinion of other people. I listened to all the people around me telling me I was too small, I wasn't fast enough, and didnt have the arm strength. After hearing others opinions of why I could never accomplish my dream, I completely walked away from the thought of playing college football and attended the University of Texas as a regular student my freshman year.

After freshman year, I came home for the summer and joined GCF's weight training program. Coach asked me to help with the Games of Champion Fitness annual football camp as the assistant quarterback coach. While coaching the GCF Summer Football Camp, Coach Ray told me I was throwing the ball too well not to try out for UT's team. For two weeks, I told Coach Ray he was crazy and I wouldn't try out because I couldn't imagine making the team. As usual, Coach wouldn't stop telling me to go Against the Grain and trust that God can do anything that we can believe, and also wanted to prove that other peoples opinion of who I can become and accomplish had no value. Finally, to get him to stop, I agreed to let him find out what it would take.

Out of the blue, and during a weight training session, Coach Ray called UT and with lots of convincing, arranged a meeting with the coaches on the first day of school. With only three weeks to prepare, we started an intense training program of weight training, conditioning training, and specialized quarterback training. After three weeks of some of the most intense training of my life, Coach Ray and I went to Austin for our scheduled tryout and I performed the best that I've ever performed in my life! To make a long story short, because I was willing to go against the grain, believe that anything was possible and had a Coach who believed in me when I didn't believe in myself, I was able to make the team and achieved a lifelong dream that I had walked away from. Working with Coach Ray and GCF has been such a huge blessing. I know he always has my back, and I can always count on him. He is such a great friend to me and one of the best people I know."

- Jimmy Greenwood, #19

Congratulations Jimmy! We cannot think of a more deserving individual to have reached this accomplishment and we are very proud of you!

 

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receiver- taj smith

Congrats to our own Taj Smith for winning the 101st Grey Cup Championship with the Saskatchewan Roughriders (CFL)! He also led the league with over 1,000 receiving yards on 78 catches, and 7 touchdowns this season! Coach Ray worked with and helped prepare Taj earlier this year during the off-season. This is what Taj had to say about working with GCF:

"This off-season I had the opportunity to train with Coach Ray, and his program resulted in me getting back into the best shape of my life! I'm stronger, more agile and able to maintain my top speed longer. Being a professional athletes these attributes are vital to my success. In just one season, my stats increased and I'm recognized as one of the top receivers in the league. I recommend Coach Ray's experienced training to any level athlete for a long successful career.

I appreciate the opportunity and time Coach Ray put in with me. I will be back in the off-season. Thanks for getting me ready for one level... Championship!"




and he happened to WIN the CHAMPIONSHIP!!! HMMMN......

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Click here to read our article (located on page 22) published in Vype High School Sports magazine

Vype magazine article