Johnathan Abbott was always athletic and loved to compete. These traits continue to serve him well in his personal training role as owner/operator of Mint Conditioning in Kitchener.
Johnathan started up Mint Conditioning in Kitchener a few years ago as a way to focus on his passion for training and working collaboratively with people. As an athlete himself, he found that he really connected with sports teams and sought out opportunities to bring his personal training brand to them. Dryland was a natural fit for his expertise and a young sports team (like the KW Cobras) needing to focus on building their core strength.
The dryland program was tough to build for the speed skaters as Jonathan noted, “I had to heavily research the sport and ask our elite athletes to relate it to what I knew of other ice sports. That helped me to focus on what was different about speed skating.”
Johnathan took it a step further by, in true athlete fashion, joining the Sertoma Speed Skating Club’s Learn to Speed Skate program this year to try the skates out for himself.
“The sport is so technical, being on the skates helped me to tweak my program in certain areas for the muscle groups most impacted by speed skating,” Jonathan said.
Johnathan trains with the club’s provincial and national level skaters (KW Cobras team) once a week for an hour, and both he and the kids love it. “I’ve always loved the team aspect in sports, and I love to see how this team progresses with their dryland technique and their accomplishments on ice. The best practices we have are when they come in high energy and balance that with fun,” he explained.
And the results show! Johnathan has been with the Cobras skaters for over a year, and they express that they feel stronger, and are better able to handle the fatigue and focus required for the longer, gruelling distances that short and long track skating are known for.
Provincial A speed skater Samantha Schmidtke concurred, “I really enjoy Coach Johnathan’s program, even the tough workouts. It’s making a difference for me, on and off the ice.”
Connect with Coach Johnathan
Interested in connecting with Coach Johnathan Abbott for personal or sports training? You can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow him on Twitter @Coach_Mint and Instagram @JohnathanAbbott.
Submitted by the Sertoma Speed Skating Club