AGMC centers on elite athletes

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GREEN, Ohio -- You don't typically think of a hospital helping to build a better athlete, but that's the case with Akron General Medical Center.  Inside their Wellness Centers are Sports Performance facilities designed to make athletes faster, stronger and more powerful.

Jon Dawson is one of them lifting a dream at the weight lifting center in Green. 

"I want to be an Olympian so I train everyday, five days a week for about two hours," Jon says.

He trains in a facility dedicated to serious athletes where currently there are about fifty athletes working out at anyone of three Akron General Sports Performance centers they range in age from middle school to adult and every workout is supervised by a former division 1 strength training coach who  knows what it takes to be top level.

"You get the coaches feedback, so as a coach we actually give them tons of feedback on what their body is doing. If you don't know what your doing wrong you don't know how to improve," says Coach and director Amanda Kephart.

17-year-old Elise Delagrange is proof it works.  She's a basketball player who came to the center to improve her game.

"I'm a lot faster. I know how to run properly now. I didn't know there was a correct way to run until I came here,"  Elise says.

She also added four inches to her vertical jump.  Ransom McPhee is getting ready for the Gridiron.

"I have better footwork, better speed, all my mechanics are better for football," Ransom says.

The tools and training are here, but the rest is on the athlete's shoulders.

"You have to be dedicated, you have to be willing to go above and beyond. There's always someone in this world thats working harder than you," Jon says.

Fees range on how much time is needed but are comparable to joining a gym.  Click HERE to learn more.

























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