Football is unique. Unlike other sports, you can't play football for the rest of your life. In fact, less than one in ten players ever play a down of football after high school.
When it comes to football, there is no tomorrow. You only get one shot.
The window to play football is narrow. You can't wait to get stronger, add slabs of lean muscle mass, or become more explosive. If you want to be the best football player you can be -- the biggest, strongest, fastest version of yourself -- you need to put the work in during the offseason. If you want to be a starter, team leader, or captain, you need to outwork everyone else.
Don't just be another kid in a jersey.
Be the one walking into camp in top shape, ready to lead your team.
Our program is for athletes who want to be the best football players they can be.
There is no expectation that individuals cease playing all other sports -- we very much encourage athletes to play a variety of sports -- but this is a program for those who have chosen to make football their main focus.
We combine football-specific strength, conditioning, and agility drills to build big, strong, explosive football players.
With the Football Academy, you'll enter your season two steps ahead of everyone else and be in the best possible position to succeed on the field.
Football is a game of inches. If you can get off the ball an eighth of a second faster than your opponent, you'll make more plays.
Win the jump ball battles, dominate in the trenches, and explode off the ball.
Football is violent. Not only does adding slabs of muscle mass provide confidence, but it also acts as a suit of armour on game day.
Step on the field with the confidence of a gladiator ready for battle.
Bigger, stronger football players don't get hurt as often. They stay on the field and keep their starting job.
Make yourself bulletproof by becoming a bigger, stronger, more mobile athlete.
Coach Riley Nadoroznick has been involved in football for nearly thirty years.
As a full-time strength and conditioning coach, Riley combines his love and knowledge of football with his experience and expertise in strength and conditioning to build big, strong, explosive athletes who make big plays and become team leaders.
Riley played eight years of tackle football before his career was cut short by concussions. Captain and MVP of his high school football team, Riley started at middle linebacker at 5'6" and 135 pounds, where he led the league in interceptions, earned player of the week honours, and was top five in defensive points each season.
After playing in the Saskatchewan Senior Bowl, Riley's numerous head injuries forced him to hang up his cleats. Though he accepted a full athletic scholarship as a wrestler, his love and passion for football never vanished.
Riley started coaching football in his early twenties and continues to be very involved in the game today. As the head coach for 21 different teams and numerous camps over the years, Riley has helped countless children become strong, confident, successful football players.
We build big, strong, explosive football players by combining football-specific strength, conditioning, and agility drills into one seamless program.
Coach Riley has studied under some of the most experienced and sought-after U.S. college and high school strength and conditioning coaches and has worked with countless athletes who have gone on to earn scholarships and play past high school in a variety of sports across North America.
Our program does not beat players down with intense, vomit-inducing workouts, but builds them up while keeping them fresh for their other off-season sports and activities. Athletes should expect to see gains with little pain, soreness, or stiffness post-workout. Going from the Football Academy to a basketball or hockey game is fine.
Strength Camp: Football Academy runs out of the Conviction Fitness gym, located at 8014 Knox Place in Westhill.
We have been building big, strong, explosive athletes out of this gym since 2015.
Football Academy is currently operating on a drop-in basis. Parents can sign then kids up for the workouts that best fit their schedule using the calendar below.
Each workout is $15. Invoices are sent out on the weekend for each workout attended during the prvious week.
If your son or daughter will be attending their first workout with us, please ensure the bring a
What ages is the Football Academy for?
Our academy is open to male and female football players ages 11 - 17.
What equipment is required?
No equipment is required for the Football Academy. We build strength, size, speed, agility, and skill and do not do any on-field contact drills or scrimmaging.
Is there any hitting or contact drills?
No. Everything in the Football Academy is non-contact.
Is the Football Academy only for tackle football players?
The Football Academy is open to youth involved in tackle, flag, and/or touch football.
What positions is this for?
The Football Academy is for all football players, regardless of position. But that's not to say everyone will follow the same program. We alter our programming to help each individual player get the most from the academy.
Is it safe for kids to lift weights?
Absolutely. I would argue it is incredibly more dangerous for a child to step on the football field having never lifted weights. Lifting weights -- when coached and supervised by a professional -- is one of the safest forms of exercise available to children. In his book Starting Strength, author Mark Rippetoe shows that injury rates are exponentially higher in sports like soccer, basketball, football, and even badminton than they are in weightlifting.
What if my child has a basketball (or hockey, or volleyball, or...) game the same day as their Football Academy workout?
Generally speaking, athletes in the academy will not be overly sore or beat up. There will be a bit of a break-in period (especially if the player has not lifted weights in a while) where some soreness will be expected. However, after a couple of weeks of the program, the soreness should disappear. Participating in a Football Academy session should not negatively affect other sports, even if they occur on the same day. We've had athletes come in for a workout before playoff games and tournaments on many occasions.
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