When you walked into the old ADAPT training space, your eyes were drawn to the openness of the turf area, the large black weight racks, and the various cardio machines in the back corner of the room. Our vast training area and top-of-the-line equipment helped us provide high quality sessions, but how important is a space to the overall training experience?

As part of a course at Washington and Lee University, I was fortunate enough to spend six weeks learning from a Buddhist monk (I took “real” classes too, I promise). This monk is the resident teacher for a temple that sits in the Shenandoah Valley between the Blue Ridge and Allegheny Mountains. He made the point that while it is easy to get caught up in the magnificence of his temple and the beautiful vistas of its location, ultimately a space is just a space.

Longtime ADAPT trainees will recall that before the space’s doors opened in October 2015, the ADAPT program once lived on athletic fields and in various gymnasiums throughout the Charlottesville area. Armed with only a few cones and a couple hurdles, ADAPT coaches worked tirelessly to help groups of motivated athletes improve speed and strength while boosting resistance to injury. Those months without a true home not only help our staff really appreciate our old space, but that period also served as an important reminder about the most critical part of the ADAPT training experience: the people.

We are fortunate to have worked with hundreds of athletes and parents who are committed to making improvements in sport and life through performance training. Some of the athletes who still train with us today have been part of the ADAPT program since we offered our first pilot sessions in August of 2015. These longtime ADAPT athletes help our coaches share ADAPT’s encouraging yet challenging training environment to positively impact the lives of new athletes each week.

We understand that a space is ultimately just a space. ADAPT’s people, from the hard-working athletes to the committed parents and our caring coaches, are the true nucleus of the program.