Our Athlete of the Month for July is Jamie McCarthy. Jamie has been attending goperformance since January 2015. He’s been so consistent and the hard work is certainly paying off. Jamie is a freshman at Starr’s Mill. He plays third baseman for the Peachtree City Gamecocks.
The Numbers (May 2017 - August 2017):
Went from 5.54 seconds to 5.37 seconds
4.79 seconds to 4.57 seconds
15.5 inches to 17.5 inches
7 feet 1 inch to 7 feet 4 inches
From Jamie’s Parents:
Why did you choose goperformance for Jamie?
We chose goperformance because of a recommendation from his baseball coach. We continue training here because of the positive experience, the training and coaches. We love the interest that each trainer shows every athlete and adult.
What’s the biggest improvement you’ve seen since he’s been attending goperformance?
He is significantly stronger. His agility and speed have also improved.
What are you most proud of when it comes to training at goperformance?
I am getting so much stronger. I am really proud of the fact that I can deadlift more than 200 pounds.
You’re one of the most consistent athletes we’ve ever had. What keeps you coming back?
I come back because I know I want to continue to get better.
What are your goals for training over the next few months?
I want to continue to work on my squats. I love when we have squats in a workout. I want to be able to do more weight on squats.
How has training at goperformance helped you in baseball?
The speed and agility has helped so much. I can jump for high-liner balls. I am able to take off on a steal much more quickly. I can get to the bases faster. And my strength improvements have helped with throwing and batting.
From Coach Lane:
What’s it like training Jamey?
He’s a great kid. I love having him our sessions - he listens and tries hard. One thing that really stood out to me was during June we didn’t have a Middle School Class that worked with his schedule. He decided to jump into one of our Adult Training Sessions. That says a lot about his character and commitment. He’s that consistent and bought into our programs.
How has he improved?
Simply the fact that he’s consistent and just shows up, he’s changed a lot. Over the last six months he’s gone from running a 5.75 40-yard dash to a 5.37. His strength has significantly improved. He is now able to power clean more than 115 pounds. His upper body strength is much better as well as his lower body power. Jamie’s running mechanics are getting better. His 5-10-5 was 4.8 seconds in the Spring and now it’s 4.57 seconds. His technique for change of direction has really improved.
He’s so easy to coach because he is so consistent. He already knows a lot of the movements and he’s there every week so he’s such an easy athlete to coach. He does the movements so well. It’s become like second nature to him. Other kids in the class look to him for proper movements and watch him in the classes. He’s a leader for the middle school group.
What do you hope for him to accomplish in the next 6 months?
I want to see his speed improve. He is so close to breaking the five-second mark in his 40.
Describe Jamie’s mindset?
He knows at a very young age that consistency pays off. He will break more barriers and plateaus because he’s committed to being consistent. He’s committed to the process. Kids come 1-2 months at a time and they never really are able to see what’s possible. You get someone like Jamie who’s come for two years - he sees the results and how hard work pays off. He is reaping what he sows. He’s not looking for the short-term fix. He knows it a process. I wish more athletes had his mindset.