A Morris Plains resident with more than 10 years of experience in strength and conditioning training of athletes recently opened a new Morris County gym.
Mark Williams, 41, opened Williams Sport Training in Whippany last month. Williams trains athletes of all levels, and has had clients from several professional teams such as the New York Red Bulls and the New York Dragons of the Arena Football League.
At his new facility located at 9 Whippany Road, Williams works with high school, college and professional athletes with strength, speed, power and injury-prevention drills.
Williams, who was an all-conference goalkeeper for Montclair State University and played semi-professional rugby, trains athletes in all sports, including soccer, baseball, basketball, ice hockey, rugby and lacrosse. He develops sport-specific strength and speed programs for the athletes.
Williams developed his philosophy, which is "to get athletes to achieve peak performance while reducing the risk of overuse injuries," from his experiences and the results he's gotten from his athletes.
"Results are our priority," Williams said, "I pride myself on that and all of my staff. We're in it for the right reasons. We're helping athletes with injury prevention and their performance."
Williams said he develops the programs for the different athletes based on the sport-specific movements.
"We usually just focus on the actual movement happening in the sport," he said. "I try to dissect that."
Prior to his Whippany location, Williams had another facility in Cedar Knolls. He's had athletes from all over New Jersey and Pennsylvania. While he works with many athletes in the area with students from Morristown-Beard and the Morris Rugby program, Williams said he is trying to get out more in the local market.
Williams Sport Training also just had a summer session with a number of college athletes from many schools such as Rutgers, Syracuse and Villanova.
One session of lifting and drills with Williams lasts one hour, but he said within a week, he will help the athlete work out their entire body through different exercises. One day he will focus on the lower body, and another will focus on the upper body.
The training sessions are similar for every sport, especially with the strength drills, he said, but there are little tweaks for certain sports.
To learn more about Williams Sport Training visit its website.