TWENTY-TWO PARABOLIC PERFORMANCE & REHAB CLIENTS LAND NFL OPPORTUNITIES FOLLOWING 2016 NFL DRAFT
Parabolic Performance & Rehab, a leading sports performance training and physical therapy practice, has quickly established itself as the premiere NFL Pre Draft training provider in the northeast. Following the 2016 NFL Draft, a total of twenty two players trained and treated by Parabolic will be putting on the pads for NFL teams starting as soon as this weekend. Among the notable prospects, tight end Seth DeValve became the highest draft pick in Princeton University history when the Cleveland Browns took him in the fourth round, the 138th pick overall. Jordan Lucas, defensive back out of Penn State was selected by the Miami Dolphins in the sixth round, 204th overall. Immediately following the NFL Draft, there is a mad scramble by teams to sign the top remaining undrafted NFL prospects, these players are identified as “priority free agents” and they are highly coveted. For some perspective, 29% of NFL rosters in the 2015 season were comprised of undrafted free agents. Six of Parabolic’s clients landed in this category, wading though multiple offers before selecting their individual NFL destinations. These players included Steve Longa (Seattle Seahawks/Rutgers), Quentin Gause (Philadelphia Eagles/Rutgers), Keith Lumpkin (Buffalo Bills/Rutgers), Cedrick Lang (New York Giants/UTEP), Richard Leonard (Houston Texans/Florida International) and Joe Callahan (Green Bay Packers/Wesley College). Additional opportunities are presented to undrafted free agents as NFL clubs invite a handful of players to rookie mini camp for a try out before deciding whether or not to extend contract offers. Parabolic had 14 clients that were extended mini camp invites, one of which, Rutgers running back Paul James received invites from both the Cleveland Browns and Baltimore Ravens. The others receiving invites include Sam Bergen (Tennessee Titans/Rutgers), Savon Huggins (Green Bay Packers/Northern Iowa), Angelo Mangiro (New York Giants/Penn State), Gary Nova (Green Bay Packers/Rutgers), Kassan Messiah (New York Giants/Massachusetts), Alex Ross (Atlanta Falcons/Coastal Carolina), Mykhael Quave (New York Giants/Louisiana-Lafayette), Lee Hightower (Houston Texans/Boise St), Jake Schunke (Minnesota Vikings/Towson), Dave Bowen (Tampa Bay Buccaneers/Boston College), Jasen Oden (Atlanta Falcons/Colorado State), Randall Jette (Green Bay Packers/ Massachusetts), and Nick Arbuckle (Pittsburgh Steelers/Georgia State). “We are thrilled that so many of our players made NFL teams,” said Parabolic CEO, Steve Frohlich. “Parabolic has dedicated tremendous time and resources to make certain our athletes are prepared for their combine, pro-day, or workouts. It’s clear they performed when called upon and they deserve all their successes. As a nationally recognized leader in physical therapy, Parabolic has integrated these medical services into our accomplished draft prep program. This integrated system is what distinguishes Parabolic and has proven to deliver our players to the NFL with a clean bill of health.” If you’re interested in learning more about Parabolic’s NFL Pre Draft programming or would like to schedule an interview with one of our staff or NFL Draft prospects, please call Ami Dow at 973-744-2770 or via email at Ami@GoParabolic.com.
Building A Larger Engine Using The Strength Aerobic Method
The strength aerobic method was first written about by Yuri Verkhoshansky in his book Special Strength Training Manual for Coaches and recently popularized by Joel Jamieson via his book Ultimate MMA Conditioning. The strength aerobic method is used to induce type 1, or slow twitch muscle fibers hypertrophy. This takes places due to the creation of local hypoxia in the muscle fibers, which results in mitochondrial biogenesis. Mitochondrial biogenesis is essentially the formation of new mitochondria in the cell. This is important because mitochondria houses the production of energy during aerobic metabolism. Therefore, a muscle fiber with more mitochondria will have a more robust engine and will be able to perform greater amounts of work while also improving recovery better between bouts of higher intensityactivity. Since type 1 muscle fibers are primarily powered by oxygenated means, this means they are most effectively stimulated and trained during aerobic metabolism. As such, enter the strength aerobic method. The Benefits of the Strength Aerobic Method 1. IMPROVED AEROBIC CAPACITY By improving the aerobic capacity of local slow switch twitch muscle fibers, it spares the fast twitch muscles. If we only train using the fast twitch fibers, we will immediately tap into them early into a game or match. By training the slow twitch fibers, we prioritize our efforts better and use the slower twitch oxygenated fibers for longer, so we can save our fast twitch explosive efforts for when we really need them. For example, I used this method with my NFL Combine and Pro Day athletes when preparing for their 225lb bench press test. The goal is to do as many reps as possible under aerobic conditions, so that the higher intensity fibers are saved for when they are needed to produce more force under fatigue. The 225lb bench press test is essentially a local muscular anaerobic threshold test, and we use the strength aerobic method to “widen their aerobic window,” so that they can do more work at a lower relative intensity. In a normal field sport setting, this method can allow athletes to perform more work at lower relative intensities, which again allows them to save their explosive efforts for when they need them later in the game. Having power is great, but if you tap into your high intensity efforts too quickly and deplete those resources, you will not last. You need a proper mix of power and capacity, and this method is excellent for training the capacity of specific local muscle fibers to tolerate high volumes of work. 2. IMPROVED MOTOR LEARNING VIA THE RELEASE OF BRAIN DERIVED NEUROTROPIC FACTOR (BDNF) Brain derived neurotrophic factor is a powerful protein of the neurotrophin family that is responsible for neuroprotection, neurogenesis, and neuroplasticity. This protein is released any time our brain creates new neurons or is tasked with protecting already existing neurons. BDNF is released during low to moderate intensity aerobic exercise, and is the primary agent responsible for aerobic exercise’s powerful benefits on improving cognition and motor learning. For years scientists found a link between exercise and brain health, but were unsure as to why. Considerable new research suggests that BDNF is the agent responsible for many of exercises powerful effects on the brain. This research suggests that due to the release of BDNF, aerobic exercise can positively affect the motor learning process and create a suitable environment for learning new skills. BDNF levels can stay elevated for days post aerobic exercise, but they are acutely peaked several minutes post aerobic activity. This means that during and immediately after aerobic training is a perfect time to learn new skills due to the release of BDNF. 3. A LESS THREATENING ENVIRONMENT DUE TO AEROBIC METABOLISM Aerobic pathways are primarily correlated to parasympathetic tone, while higher intensity lactic anaerobic efforts are more sympathetically dominant and create a more threatening environment. In a lactic environment, there is a greater onset of fatigue and threat. Essentially when this happens, the brain becomes primarily concerned with finishing the task anyway possible, while finding alternative respiratory strategies to remain living. In other words, we lose control of our pelvis and ribcage under fatigue because we resort to any compensation strategies possible to get air in and remain breathing. As a result, we lose proper positioning of our hip extensors and abdominals and often end up with more extensor tone during highly fatiguing bouts of activity. Attempting to work on position and movement quality is great, but it is often too late during higher intensity efforts. We must build the patterns in a lower threshold environment, which is what the strength aerobic method provides to individuals. 4. A SLOW CONTROLLED TEMPO HELPS ATHLETES FIND AND FEEL CERTAIN POSITIONS Slow tempos are great for increasing proprioceptive feedback and improving position of an athlete’s joints to optimize the muscles being used. For example, try doing RDLs with a moderate load for 60 seconds with a 303 tempo and a focus on creating a flexion moment with the hamstrings and anterior core and tell me if you feel your hamstrings or not. The combination of the production of BDNF, a reduced threat from aerobic metabolism, and a slow and controlled tempo is an excellent combination to improve stability and motor learning of specific motor patterns while also improving local muscular endurance. How To Perform The Strength Aerobic Method There are several ways to incorporate the strength aerobic method into a strength and conditioning program. They are as follows: 1. AS AN ACCESSORY EXERCISE DURING A NORMAL RESISTANCE TRAINING SESSION You can reap the benefits of the strength aerobic method without having to add in any additional exercises into your athletes program. Simply replace an existing rep scheme with the strength aerobic method during one of their assistance exercises. For example, if an athlete is performing rows or bulgarian split squats near the tail end of their resistance training session, you can have them perform these exercises as strength aerobic exercise without having to change much. Just slow down the tempo and drop the intensity to about 30-40% of 1RM. 2. AS A FINISHER, WHICH REPLICATES THE MAIN MOVEMENT OF THE DAY If an athlete squats as their main exercise of the day, you can have them perform the strength aerobic method as their conditioning. For example, if they front squat as their main lift of the day, they will goblet squat or hip belt squat using a slower cadence and light weights after all of their other strength work has been completed. 3. AS A CIRCUIT DURING AN ACTIVE RECOVERY DAY This is originally one of the ways that Verkhoshansky wrote about using the strength aerobic method. Pick several different exercises for non-consecutive body parts and perform them in a circuit fashion with light weights and a slow cadence. In his book he recommends 8-10 exercises, but I usually prescribe 4-5. An example would be goblet squat, trx row, kettlebell or barbell RDL, push-up, and sometimes I throw in a core exercise or a carry in there. Make sure to stay below 150 BPM during this circuit. 4. IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING YOUR MAX EFFORT LIFT OF THE DAY This is the other way Verkhoshansky wrote about this method. This method is very similar to the complex or contrast methods, but instead of following the max effort method with a set of plyos or the dynamic method, you will follow it up with a lighter set using the strength aerobic method. The goal is to stimulate the maximum amount of muscle fibers possibly. It starts with a near maximum effort set at around 80-90% of 1RM for a few reps to stimulate the fast twitch fibers, and immediately goes into a much lighter set of 10-15 reps done at a slow and controlled tempo to stimulate the slow twitch fibers. Regardless of how you choose to implement this method, here are some guidelines: · Low to moderate intensities (30-40% 1RM) · Slow controlled tempo with no pauses at the top or bottom (202 or 303 tempo) · 10-15 reps · 3-5 sets; add series if needed The goal is to stimulate the slow twitch fibers to grow by creating a hypoxic environment, resulting in mitochondrial biogenesis. To do so, you need constant tension on the muscle, which is where the 202 and 303 tempos come in. There must be no pause at the top or the bottom during a rep. Here is a sample of how I would program this method using all of the variations listed above: 1. AS AN ACCESSORY EXERCISE DURING A NORMAL RESISTANCE TRAINING SESSION A1, Front Squat A2. KB Pullover B1. Barbell Single Leg RDL B2. Half Kneeling Landmine Press C1. TRX Row (Strength Aerobic Method) 2. AS A FINISHER, WHICH REPLICATES THE MAIN MOVEMENT OF THE DAY A1. Front Squat: 5 X 3 @ RPE 8 D1. Goblet Squat: 4 X 50 seconds (303 tempo) 3. AS A CIRCUIT DURING AN ACTIVE RECOVERY DAY A1, Goblet Squat A2. TRX Row A3. KB Deadlift A4. Push-Up A5. KB Pullover 3-5 rounds of 40-60 seconds on/60 seconds off at a 303 tempo 4. IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING YOUR MAX EFFORT LIFT OF THE DAY A1. Barbell Back Squat: 3 x 3 @ 85% A2. Goblet Squat: 3 X 10-15 (303 tempo) Final Thoughts When it comes down to building a large aerobic base, many individuals think of traditional cardio. Hopefully, this gives you some additional options to develop aerobic capacity and slow twitch hypertrophy in local muscular fibers. In addition and possibly more importantly, this is an excellent method to incorporate into your program to help drive proper motor patterns. Always training at a high intensity will generate a lot of fatigue and create high threshold sympathetic strategies, which can result in a lack of movement variability. Training these same patterns in a less fatigued state and less threatening environment can do wonders improving movement variability and therefore movement quality. Original article posted by Historic Performance.
Make Time for YOU this Spring
For many of us who set out to conquer New Year’s resolutions and start fresh, that journey many not be going exactly as planned. Excuses are easy to come by and have piled up. Life and work just seem to always get in the way. Your plan to drop those few extra pounds or starting that new exercise routine may have seemed like a great at idea the time, but you quickly realized that the goals you set are just too far fetched. Well here is a friendly reminder, spring time is right around the corner and there is no better time of year that can motivate you to make a fresh start. There is something to be said when the warm air starts blowing and the birds start chirping. Our spirits become instantly elevated with the ability to finally get outside and tackle new projects, so let’s start with getting rid of the excuses. The most common excuse for avoiding exercise is not having the time to exercise. Time is a critical commodity that far too many of us never seem to have enough of. If the work piles up during the day we find ourselves taking more and more of our responsibilities home with us. The kid’s agenda’s become priority leaving even less time for you. You have to cook dinner, mow the lawn, fix your car, grocery shop, take your dog to the veterinarian and before you even have a second to think about yourself—the day is of over. Was your goal back in January to neglect yourself everyday? That answer should be no, but the hard part is trying to figure out how to avoid self-neglect. Here is a scenario. You’re 8x’s more likely to experience some form of illness or disease with an inactive lifestyle. When symptoms begin presenting themselves you’ll be forced to make an appointment with your doctor, drive to the appointment, wait to be seen, schedule additional appointments if further tests are warranted, and wait at the pharmacy for a prescription to be filled. This all takes A LOT of time, but for some crazy reason we find a way to adjust our schedules and fit all these appointments in. And we should because during vulnerable times our health becomes a priority. So why not stay ahead of all this and make a commitment to accommodate the prevention of illness through exercise? This spring get outside and stop hiding behind your excuses. It will never be the perfect time to start a new exercise routine, the reality is you do have the time; you just have to decide to use it.
Gary Nova Will Be Back at Rutgers’ Pro Day to Continue NFL Pursuit
FARMINGDALE — Gary Nova went from the big man on campus to just another student on campus last fall. And that was fine with the former Rutgers quarterback. Nova, who finished his career as Rutgers’ four-year starter in 2014, was back on campus last fall to take classes. “It was different,” Nova said. “A lot of people were looking at me and stuff, but I really didn’t pay any mind to it. It was kind of like a relief. I didn’t have to worry about practice or anything like that. You just go to class and be like a regular student.” Nova is on pace to graduate in May with a degree in labor and employment relations. “I’m taking classes right now and then I’m done,” Nova said. “Thank God.” Although Nova enjoyed his respite from football last fall, he’s not done with the game. He returned to Parabolic Performance & Rehab in December to begin training for another shot at the NFL. “I’m just giving it another go,” Nova said. “I’ve got a new agent now. The (Parabolic) facility is awesome, so workout here and be around these guys and just give it another shot.” Nova is training at Parabolic with former Rutgers teammates Steve Longa, Keith Lumpkin, Paul James, Quentin Gause, Savon Huggins, Sam Bergen and, as of this week, Leonte Carroo. If Carroo, who is dealing with an ankle injury, decides to run routes at Rutgers’ pro day next Wednesday, the longtime quarterback-receiver connection will be back in action. “It’s cool,” Nova said. “We’ve got a lot of Rutgers guys here so it’s kind of like being part of a little team again. It’s just real fun and I’m just enjoying it.” All of the former Scarlet Knights are training for pro day, when NFL scouts will arrive on campus for evaluations. Nova went through the process last year and was invited to a tryout with the Giants after going undrafted. Nova wasn’t signed by the Giants after the team’s rookie minicamp in May. He remained on the team’s radar, but with Eli Manning remaining healthy all season, there was no need to bring Nova back. Nova, who again is being trained by former NFL quarterback Jay Fiedler, has also generated some interest from the Canadian Football League. Unlike the Rutgers players who finished their careers in the fall, Nova can sign with an NFL team at any point. Pro day will be crucial for Nova, who believes it’s not too late to reach his NFL dream. “I’m still young. I’m 22 years old,” Nova said. “I’ll finish my degree. I’ll have that in my back pocket. I feel like I’ll just chase this until it’s time to give up. But right now, I feel good about it. I feel confident. I know I can play. So I’m just going to keep going.”
4 Steps to Fitness Success in 2016
4 Steps to Fitness Success in 2016 By: Dr. Matthew Cifelli – Parabolic Performance and Rehab It’s the start of another exciting year where everyone wants to wake up and press the reset button. Goals from the previous year may not have been achieved or were unattainable due to life just getting in the way. Some figures suggest that 40% of the American population set New Year’s fitness goals, but only 8% actually achieve success. Most people actually abandon any progress they’ve made well before Easter. So the question becomes, how do you increase your chances for long-term success? Below are 4 simple ways to ensure greatness in 2016. Mental and Physical Preparation The idea of change can be a very daunting thought for the new fitness goer. Where do you begin? Do you start a running routine? Do you join a gym and hire a personal trainer? Should you join the local hot yoga studio with your neighbors? While all of these questions are valid, you will first need to mentally wrap your mind around the idea that change is okay. Embrace that this decision is for all the right reasons and success will follow. Physical preparedness needs to be established by your doctor. Take the time to schedule a physical examination and make sure that all systems of your body are in working order. You need to be given the okay to engage in higher-level activity if you’re new to fitness. Failure to take this critical step can jeopardize your success and more importantly, your health and safety. Plan It Out Figuring out how to execute your commitment is one of the most crucial steps, so you can begin by answering three basic questions: When will you exercise? What type of exercise should you choose? How much time will you spend exercising? If you are new to exercise, I suggest that you pick a time of day that allows you to routinely engage in that activity two to three times per week. The times you pick should be convenient and shouldn’t be longer than 30 minutes. As you begin to adapt to the new activity, your time spent exercising can increase exponentially. Don’t be so worried about what your friends are doing because it may not be right for you. Be sure to pick an activity that you enjoy doing to ensure consistency. Some suggestions for beginners are walking, swimming, or checking out some group fitness classes at your local community center. As confidence increases, you may find activities like weightlifting or trail running to be an exciting challenge. Strength in Numbers Believe it or not, you don’t have to do this alone. My guess is that you probably know someone that has set out to achieve greatness in 2016 just like you. Why not begin your fitness journey together? Finding an exercise partner will help increase your chances for success and you’ll have more fun. This person will act as your support system and you can help hold each other accountable. Having a companion can be just the motivation you need to get your sweat on during the cold winter mornings, when staying in your warm bed can be a bit more tempting. Be a Realist; Not a Dreamer More often than not, people make the mistake of settings goals that are too lofty or unrealistic. It’s commendable to want to shed some holiday weight or run a marathon, but you must first consider the steps needed to achieve your goals as well as the barriers that may get in your way. Start by drafting feasible monthly milestones, which allow you to safely develop exercise literacy. From there, you can build upon that foundation as your fitness levels improve. This will ensure you mitigate your chances for failure and almost make certain your exercise program creates a better you. After all, 2016 shouldn’t be about short-term success and reliving old habits, but rather, long term success and a platform to achieve greatness for years to come.
PARABOLIC PERFORMANCE & REHAB CLIENT, RUTGERS LINEBACKER STEVEN LONGA WILL MAKE AN APPEARANCE AT THE 2016 SENIOR BOWL
Media Contact: Ami Dow Ami@GoParabolic.com Rutgers University Linebacker Steven Longa will be attending the Senior Bowl in Mobile, Alabama, January 25th – 27th, 2016. Longa, a junior, who chose to forgo his final year of eligibility to enter the 2016 NFL Draft is not eligible to participate in practices or the actual Senior Bowl itself, however he’ll work out at a local high school and will be able to meet and interview with interested NFL personnel and scouts. Longa will be joined in Mobile by his mentor, former NFL linebacker, Bart Scott as well as Parabolic Performance & Rehab NFL Draft Prep Program Director Brian Martin. Longa had a stand out career at Rutgers from start to finish, making an immediate impact as a Freshman All-America in 2013. This season he was a Third-Team All-Big Ten selection and named Rutgers Defensive MVP. Longa finished this year second in the Big Ten with 117 tackles, his third straight season in triple digits, bringing his career total to 324 stops. According to Martin, the extra exposure can only help Longa as he tries to enhance his draft stock. “Once scouts get a chance to meet with Steven in person, they’ll immediately be impressed. He accomplished so much on the field in three years of college football but the intangibles really come to the surface when you have a chance to speak with him one on one,” Martin added. “His focus, intensity and football IQ remind me of a young Ray Lewis and having Bart Scott as a mentor is all any future NFL linebacker could ask for.” Parabolic Performance & Rehab, a leading sports performance training and physical therapy practice located in New Jersey, has established itself as the premiere NFL Draft Prep training provider in the northeast. Parabolic is currently preparing 24 players for the upcoming NFL Draft including 8 players from Rutgers, the State Univerity of New Jersey. “Our cutting-edge approach to athlete training, therapy and nutrition has already helped a number of NFL players make the pros and we’re looking forward to even more success stories in 2016,” said Martin who has over twenty years in the NFL Pre Draft training business, working with over 200 NFL players. When asked why he chose Parabolic to prepare him for the Draft Longa said, “It’s not a one-size fits all program, everything here is individualized from meal plans and workout structure, to Pro Day & NFL Combines schedule. Parabolic has me prepared to mentally and physically peak when it’s time to perform.” Longa will have a chance to perform for Scouts at the NFL Combine in Indianapolis this February and then again at the Rutgers Pro Day on March 9th, 2016.
Path to the NFL Draft: Rutgers linebacker Steve Longa provides inside look at process
For Immediate Release: Media Contact: Ami Dow Ami@GoParabolic.com Rutgers junior linebacker Steve Longa declared for the NFL Draft on Dec. 22 in an exclusive interview with NJ Advance Media. The Saddle Brook native will keep readers informed of his journey through a first-person diary (as told to Dan Duggan) that will run periodically on NJ.com until the draft in late April. For his first entry, Longa describes the reaction to his decision to leave Rutgers early and he provides an update on his draft training at Parabolic Performance & Rehab in Farmingdale. The reaction was a little bit of everything. You get, ‘Man, I’m happy for you, you made a good decision.’ And then you get, ‘What are you doing? Why are you declaring so early?’ It’s never everything you think it would be. People are going to have their opinion, but at the end of the day, you have to live with your decision. It’s your life. It’s not anybody else’s life. They’re going to tell you what to do, but at the end of the day, you have to live your life so I’m trying to live my life and I’m trying to care of my side of business. Once I make it, all those people that said, ‘What are you doing?’ are going to be the same people that are going to come and say, ‘Congratulations! I knew you were going to make it.’ But it’s not anything I look at. I just have to do what I have to do. It’s my life. Nobody is going to live my life for me, so I’m going to do whatever I think is right for me and I’m going to do it and not look back. Training is going pretty well. I’m getting my body right. All the aches and pains I had throughout the season, I’m taking care of them right now. I’m trying to lay the foundation. They’ve got a good medical staff right here. (Dr. Matt Cifelli) has been working on my body — all the tightness I have in my ankles, hips, hamstrings. He’s taking care of it every day and I feel better each and every day. I’ve used a cryogenic chamber. It brings your body temperature down to -270. You only stay in for two minutes. It’s like a cold tub, but they say it’s more efficient. I do some dry needling, acupuncture and all that little stuff. I see the results and that’s all that matters. The training is different. It’s not like training for a game. It’s a different type of training. You’re training to test. You’re training to run a good 40, training to test well in the shuttle, 3-cone and all of that. It’s definitely different. It takes a little bit to get adjusted to it because your body is programmed a certain type of way and when you come in here and start doing this you have to re-program your body, so it’s not easy. But I know I’m going to get used to it. We’re working with (former Buccaneers and Cowboys linebacker) Al Singleton on our hips — shuffling, trying to get on a straight line when we’re running down in a Cover-2, flip your hips like a DB does, but still playing low and aggressive like a linebacker. We work with baseballs, softballs and footballs during the drills. It’s for your vision and being alert. It comes out fast. It’s not like a football. They throw one or two at a time, but you have to react to it. You can’t really think about it, you just have to react. You have all these balls coming, it’s like reading one key and then you have to feel everything else. So you read something, but you have to feel everything else — the guard pulling and that stuff. So you have a few of those balls coming at you and you have to react and catch them. I’m focused on everything in training. I’m not there yet. I’m not the perfect, ideal football player. I know that. I have to work every day and keep learning. I’m just trying to take coaching as much as I can. I’m like a sponge right now just trying to soak it in. I chose Parabolic was because of the medical staff they have here. I worked with them a couple of times before the season ended and they really took care of my body. From there, I realized this is what I need because I knew I wasn’t going to be able to come out of the season 100 percent. So I needed a staff that could take care of my body and have me in tip-top shape to go and perform the best I can. Second of all, they have a great staff right here that helps you get the numbers that you need. You’ve got (NFL program director) Brian (Martin), you’ve got (NFL combine coordinator) Justin (Moore), you’ve got a big nutrition staff with ‘Big Swole’ (Angelo Todaro) — so they’ve got a great staff. And it’s in New Jersey, it’s close to Rutgers and I’m trying to take two classes so there were a lot of little things that I had to consider. Quentin Gause, Keith Lumpkin, Paul James, Sam Bergen and Savon Huggins are also training at Parabolic. We have a bond and we like to compete so it’s nice to have them around. But we also have other guys from other schools that are just as competitive as us so we push each other every day. We go at it 100 percent every day and we coach each other because we’re trying to get the best to come out of every single one of us. We have a great group of guys and it’s awesome working with them.