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Athletic Training

About Equip Athletic Training

Today’s student athlete endures long and often consecutive sports seasons. Many young athletes are overtrained and overstressed. Equip Training is designed to support individual training objectives and thoughtfully prepare athletes for a sport's physical and mental demands.

Equip offers whole team, small group and individual training. We support middle and high school athletes. Our athletes build strength, power, increase speed and explore what it means to compete with a respectful, competitive mindset. We teach safe movement patterns designed to reduce incidence of injuries that, unfortunately, can occur during both training and competition. 

The revenue gained from these programs allows Equip to support children and families in our community.  We are committed to providing education, access, equipment and training to all.

Organizations and athletes supported by Equip Athletic Training:

  • Gilead House
  • San Marin Youth Football
  • San Marin High School
  • Sinaloa Middle School
  • Sonoma Academy
  • Novato High School
  • Novato Nighthawks Lacrosse
  • Novato Little League
  • Novato Police Department
  • Novato Fire Department
  • Marin FC
  • Santa Rosa United
  • West Point Military Academy Cadet
  • Santa Rosa Junior Flyers Ice Hockey
  • Golden State Elite Ice Hockey

Julie Shepherd is Equip's Training Director. Julie always wanted to be a trainer and loves working with kids. As her daughters were getting older, her passion to train teen athletes grew. She really wanted to make a difference in injury reduction for teens after hearing about the increased knee injuries kids, girls in particular, were sustaining in sports. Julie is a Certified CrossFit Coach, CrossFit Kids Coach and a Functional Strength Coach. When Equip was formed, Julie began to focus on teen athletics strength and conditioning.  Her commitment to teen training led her to research and educational opportunities at Stanford University, shadowing their strength sessions on campus. She continues to bring her knowledge and passion to local athletes and schools including San Marin High School, Novato High, Sonoma Academy, Santa Rosa United and Marin FC. Let us help! Email julie@equipsports.org with scholarship requests or training needs.

Equip Training Options

Return To Sport 4-week Training Session

Rebuild and return to sport during this 4-week training session. Our focus is to rebuild capacity and movement technique. The intent is to safely reintroduce training in a controlled manner to reduce the risk of injury as our athletes return to their sports. We will focus on three main areas:

  • Power/Explosiveness - Jumping, medball throws
  • Strength/Stability - Squats, Trapbar/Kettlebell deadlift, Pressing, Pulling and Core
  • Building Work Capacity - Running, Sprinting, Change of direction drills

Training Sessions will take place twice a week on Tuesdays & Thursdays starting on June 16th and ending on July 9, 2020. Sessions are co-ed and limited to 6 athletes. We are able to accommodate more than 6 if siblings attend together, in which case, equipment can be shared. Equipment will be thoroughly disinfected between each use. Participants and staff will all be required to take their temperature upon arrival and wash/disinfect their hands before entering the training area. We are committed to providing a safe and healthy space for our athletes. If you would like to know more about the best practices we intend to follow, please visit www.marinrecovers.com

College Athletes - Choose between the morning session (8:00-9:30am) or afternoon session (5:30-7:00pm). Please note, you must be at least 18 years old to attend the afternoon college only session.

High School Athletes - Morning session only (8:00-9:30am).

Middle School Athletes - Morning session only (10:00am-11:30pm).

Scholarships are available. Please email julie@equipsports.org to apply.

Team & Group Training

Our group/team training is a strength program rooted in injury reduction for young athletes. We emphasize teaching proper landing mechanics, declaration and change of direction. Athletes learn to move confidently with their own bodyweight and then safely add external load and intensity. Our programming is written with a focus on strength, power and explosiveness. We round out the program with basic nutrition for athletes and teach mindset skills for optimal performance.

Group/Team training sessions are 75 minutes long and will cost $20/athlete. You must have at least 5 athletes to take part in team training. Please contact Julie if you have questions or would like to schedule training for your team: julie@equipsports.org

Private & Semi-Private Training

Private Training (1-hour sessions) - $75/hr - initial session includes an assessment

Semi-Private Training (1-hour sessions) - 2-4 athletes, $35/hr per athlete - initial assessment includes assessment

What to expect in the assessment:

  • Goals - both individual and team. Nutrition goals and mindset
  • Movement - assess 4 basic movement patterns, mobility, stability and address injuries or physical limitations
  • Work capacity - using the bike or running, trainer will assess work capacity using an energy system workout

Specialized Athletic Training

ACLr Rehabilitation

We do our best to reduce the risk of knee injuries with proper warm ups/cool downs and strength training, but unfortunately all injuries cannot be prevented.  If you have sustained a knee injury, our coaches are experienced with ACLr through all stages of recovery. We work closely with your physician and/or physical therapist to create a comprehensive plan/program to get you back on the pitch, field or court.

Physical Fitness Assessment Training - First Responders & Military

Armed Forces candidates, ROTC members, law enforcement officers and firefighters face rigorous physical programs and assessments. Equip provides customized strength and endurance training, giving you the confidence to perform to the best of your ability.

For more information and pricing, please contact Julie Shepherd: julie@equipsports.org

Collegiate Athletic Prep & Training

Summer Collegiate Athletics Prep

Congratulations!  You are a collegiate athlete. This is not an easy feat, but the hard work has just begun.  Most receive a packet of summer conditioning from the coaching staff outlining the fitness expectations during the offseason.  As we all know, getting a spot on a team is hard enough, but keeping it can be just as difficult. Our role is to prepare you to arrive for the first day of training at your peak level of fitness and make an immediate impact. 

Ongoing training will cost $99/month - athletes can attend up to 3 training sessions per week.

Your first session will include a thorough assessment by Coach Julie Shepherd.

  • Goal Assessment - discuss your goals, current training (both individual and team), nutrition and mindset
  • Movement Assessment - basic movement, mobility, stability and any physical limitations that may need to be addressed in the programming
  • Work Capacity Assessment - Chose one of the three energy system workouts, using the bike or running based on sports or goals

Collegiate Athlete Sessions

Equip offers classes for the college athlete over holiday breaks (Thanksgiving, Winter break, Spring break, etc).  These sessions are a perfect way to stay in shape while home for the Holidays.

For more information and pricing, please contact Julie Shepherd: julie@equipsports.org

The Benefits

ACL injury reduction

Gain strength, power and agility

Improve first step and acceleration

Plyometric training

Improved training

correctly change direction and pivot

Increase fitness

Body awareness and control

Nutrition education

MIndset practice

Equip Sports

Address: 1105 First Street
Novato, CA 94945

Name: Katie Stafford
Phone: (415) 328-6194
Email: katie@equipsports.org

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