When your talking about speed or agility, those are words that some of the city's young movers just don't talk about they actually do it. In fact, it's the reason why they are hitting the field at seven in the morning to separate themselves from the rest of the pack.
Using the concept that every kid can be an athlete is all part of Alaska Peak Performance's plan. For instructor DeWayne Ingram, who is a former Bartlett High school and University of Oregon track star, its all about sharing the skills he's learned.
"Great athletes are not born but the great athletes are built," Ingram said. "I want kids to have self confidence that will carry over on the sports field, court, or even in life and in the classroom."
A passion to be better that Anchorage's star athletes are quickly picking up. Doing everything from track, to soccer, to football, Dimond High School junior Malia Lyken says the training is helping.
"Other kids will be like, 'I'm already fast, I don't need extra training,' but I want to get faster, I want to get better at the things I'm not very good at," Lyken said.
Anchorage Christian Schools junior Tanner Ealum agrees She says her lessons have translated into success on the court as a state basketball champion as well as a 2014 state track champion.
"I won the 100, the 200, and the 400," Ealum said. "My form is really bad, so learning the form and then going into the blocks helps you a lot with your time and it shaves a lot down."
The drills are not easy, but that's the whole point, which is why these young athletes are putting in the work now to reap the rewards in the future.
"A lot of it is memory with your muscles, you just have to keep working at it," Ealum said. " I know I've never been great at those little drills."
With room for improvement every detail helps which is why this group will keep going in order to reach their full potential.
If you feel the need for speed, Alaska Peak Performance is offering a free clinic next Friday, August 29th at the Dome at 7PM. They will also be collecting shoes to be donated for the "Kicks for Kids" charity.
Corey Allen-Young KTUU Channel 2 Reporter firstname.lastname@example.org 744-2642 cell