Strength and conditioning guru Pat Downey has spent years trying to perfect the way he approaches training athletes.
In that time, the former NFL player from Beverly has learned two major things. First, you have to train the mind as well as the body. Second, there’s no place Downey would rather train athletes than on the North Shore.
Downey has partnered with Leap Fitness owner Herve Sedky and is bringing his new program, Vantedge Performance, to the area. Vantedge is Downey’s nationally recognized sports performance and nutrition program that will be launched inside their state-of-the-art sports performance center located inside Leap Fitness in Marblehead.
“I’m so jacked up being back on the North Shore. I’m a North Shore guy, born and raised in Beverly. My parents still live there and it’s the reason why my wife and I moved back here,” said Downey. “We’ve lived all over the country, but we came back because we love the North Shore. These are our people, so I wanted to be able to bring this to the student-athletes. It’s my passion not just to help them physically, but also as human beings and to develop them as people.”
His program offers injury prevention, speed training, agility, plyometrics, power/explosiveness, strength development and nutrition education.
Vantedge performance will run out of Leap Fitness, located at 46 Tioga Way in Marblehead. The sports performance center located inside Leap Fitness features indoor athletic field turf, Olympic platforms, power racks, battling ropes, plyometric equipment, Kettlebells and more.
Part of the big picture
Downey, who now makes his home in Marblehead, began Gridiron Training — a football-specific strength and conditioning program —back in 2010. It originally started in the weight room of his alma mater, Bishop Fenwick High School, bouncing around to a few other locations before ending up in Woburn.