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  • The Value of the Sparta Science Force Plate Scan

    The Value of the Sparta Science Force Plate Scan

    The Sparta Science Force Plates are Back at POW! GYM the Home of the Parisi Speed School of Chicago! The Sparta Science force plates are available all of December (2022) for athletes and fitness clients. In order to receive a scan, you must prebook and register. The scans allows us to optimize health and performance for athletes and fitness clients. These scan process is fast between 5-10 minutes in length. Sparta Scans use force plate hardware and AI, as well as machine learning software to provide the most insightful look at an athlete's injury resilience. It will also provide data-driven exercise prescriptions that increase resilience, minimize injury risk and speed ....

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  • Return to Play Exercises for ACL/MCL & Ankle Injuries

    Return to Play Exercises for ACL/MCL & Ankle Injuries

    Have you injured your knee or ankle? Here are 3 exercises that help create injury resilience. Most athletes will experience some type of injury in their career. Parisi Speed School athletes are exposed to a wide range of injury resilience exercises. While a knee and ankle injury are different, these three exercises are great for strengthening both and improving overall stability. We all know that once injured in one area, surrounding joints, muscle and connective tissue will compensate. I like these 3 exercises because they address the need for reactive strength in the ankle and knee. These are excellent as return to play exercises for athletes that have been released from physical ....

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  • POW! GYM Self Defense Experts

    POW! GYM Self Defense Experts

    Since 2001, POW! GYM Chicago has been offering self defense and combat training classes. As a woman-owned business, Owner-operator Katalin Rodriguez Ogren has always been able to make woman and men feel comfortable learning how to fight back. "When you are attacked, you are in a real fight," says Rodriguez Ogren. POW! GYM was the first to bring Krav Maga to the city of Chicago when she first opened. Krav Maga is a reality based self defense.It focuses on applying combatives, like elbows, knees, kicks, strikes to application based self defense. Today, there are several places throughout Chicago-land that teach krav maga, but Rodriguez Ogren warns new students, " make sure the place you ....

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  • COMMON INJURIES IN MARTIAL ARTS: HANDS & ROTATOR CUFF, PART 1 OF 3

    COMMON INJURIES IN MARTIAL ARTS: HANDS & ROTATOR CUFF, PART 1 OF 3

    You do not have to be a professional martial artist to be concerned with injuries interfering with kicking and punching skills. As with many other athletes, incurring sport injuries is detrimental to improving martial arts techniques and overall forms and fighting skills. Many professional martial artists will tell you that their injuries are sport specific – related to the repetitive movements specific to the sport of martial arts. Learning to identify the symptoms of many common injuries can help prevent minor injuries from escalating to a severe or chronic state. I will share with you a breakdown of some of these common injuries. I’m first going to cover upper extremity ....

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  • Sled Drags are as Important as the Push

    Sled Drags are as Important as the Push

    The coaches at the Chicago Parisi Speed School understand the biomechanics of speed. Hip extension is a critical part of speed development and reinforces the mechanics needed to maximize speed development. Our coaches insert a wide variety of exercises into our classes. Every movement we include has a strategic purpose. Sprint speed comes from primarily three joint actions: ankle extension, hip flexion, and hip extension. Sled pushes are very popular in the fitness and performance training world. Their value is in achieving hip extension. While this is not easy, athletes need to focus on fully extending each stride. Sled pushes are also amazing for building work capacity. ....

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  • Adult Combat Class Descriptions

    Adult Combat Class Descriptions

    Boxing Level 1 classes are FUN FOR EVERYONE - from "First-Timer's" coming for fitness and confidence, to Combat Sport Athletes breaking a sweat while refining techniques. This class is highly encouraged for all levels because it will focus on technical boxing skill sets. This is valuable for new boxers or novices, but also allows more experience practitioners to hone in on deficits within their foundation. Class will utilize mitts, but bag drills may be incorporated. New students will be given the opportunity to learn how to hold and hit mitts. Our goal is to build everyone into a competent mitt holder and our student body and staff will always have the patience to build ....

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  • Class Descriptions for the Youth Boxing & Muay Thai Classes

    Class Descriptions for the Youth Boxing & Muay Thai Classes

    Spring Youth Combat Classes- Descriptions Youth Boxing Level 1 classes are FUN FOR EVERYONE - from "First-Timer's” to more experienced youth boxers. This class is required for all ages, regardless of their experience level. This class will focus on technical boxing skill sets. Class will utilize mitts only for more experienced students and focus on technical drills and bag work.You can expect a wide range of performance, conditioning and fitness training drills. Gear Needed:Boxing Gloves and Hand Wraps Contact Level: This is a No Contact class. Code of Conduct: If students are disruptive or unable to follow the class format they will be ....

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  • POW! & Parisi Speed School 2022 Summer Camp Schedule

    POW! & Parisi Speed School 2022 Summer Camp Schedule

    Summer Camp -2022 Overview Only taking email or phone reservations.312.829.7699 POW! camps are active, structured and fun! Many of them are theme-based and age / grade specific. Weather permitting, camps will also include plenty of outdoor time. By offering a variety of programming that reflects POW!'s signature values, we're proud to create lasting memories for our campers and offer children all across the West Loop, Wicker Park, Pilsen, West Town and beyond a place to stay active during the summer! POW! camps are active and include several training classes regardless of the theme. Camp days will include board games, dance parties, art, scavenger hunts and more. Parents need ....

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  • Remote Learning Support Academy

    Let POW! Gym Chicago Help Make This School Year Less Stressful As a parent that also had 3 kids home during the spring term in 2020, I understand the challenges families face with remote learning. Balancing work and your child's remote academic obligations can put strain on the home. I found that my home had many distractions and it was challenging to keep my children focused and get my work done. The POW! Private Learning Academy offers an alternative location for your child’s schooling. Our academic advisor will serve as a guide and support system for your child through their synchronized and asynchronized learning time. Colleen has worked in CPS for 6 years assisting many ....

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  • Outdoor Classes are Back!

    Outdoor Classes are Back!

    POW! is continuing to adapt to guidelines. It feels like each week we are making another change to become complaint with the City's guidelines while still giving our members the best programming and training experience. Any class marked on the schedule as 'outdoor,' will take place in The POW!' YARD. These classes will run the same as before. Clients will be able to walk into POW! use the restroom, wash their hands and grab the equipment needed for their workout. Additionally, those who prefer to be inside working out can do so. Our coaches will adapt to everyone giving you several options to make sure you are comfortable. If the weather does not support an outdoor workout, classes will ....

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