ATHLETIC DEVELOPMENT AND PERFORMANCE TRAINING
Building Better Athletes for Sport and Life
Injury risk reduction
The interaction of these six components is crucial in the process of building a better athlete.
Energy Systems Development
The ADAPT Difference
by Mike Curtis
For the past fifteen years, my life and passion has been dedicated to preparing athletes for sport. My professional journey has afforded me the opportunity to train athletes from all skill levels, backgrounds, and sports. I’ve trained NBA all-stars, collegiate soccer All-Americans, little league standouts, and the weekend warrior who has simply wanted to be the best guy on his city league team. In training all of those athletes, there has been a common theme in terms of their readiness to perform at a high level. All of them lacked a solid foundation of fundamental movement abilities to anchor their physical capacities. In other words, they all lacked a solid training history where they had been exposed to quality training methodology and logical progression.
All of these athletes were ticking time bombs and/or under performers! They all lacked something in regards to their physical readiness that either led to under performance in their sport or competitive activities—and in most cases was leading them down a path to acute or overuse injury and a never-ending pain cycle due to poor efficiency of movement. For some years now I have wanted to try to find a way to create a system that would allow for all athletes, especially those at an early age, to engage in a training process that would allow them to move more efficiently and decrease injuries. The ADAPT training system is that system.
The ADAPT mission is to physically prepare its athlete-clients for high performance on game day. That means providing a training program and environment that develops the physical qualities necessary to execute sport-related skills with greater speed, power, and precision than your opponent. The ADAPT paradigm is centered on building an overall better athlete, not training specifically for a single sport. Our primary objective is for those athletes who complete the ADAPT program to exhibit dramatic improvement in their abilities to sprint, jump, change direction, prolong resistance to fatigue, exhibit durability, and focus in the clutch. These are all outcomes that allow athletes to choose their own sport and dominate it because they are better prepared than their counterparts.
I am excited to share with you a training system that I hope will make you change your approach to fitness and preparing for sport. At ADAPT, we will assess and profile your potential weaknesses, create a PLAN to address your rate limiters, then PREPARE you in our systematic training to ensure that you PERFORM optimally on game day. ADAPT athletes “train”—they don’t “work out”—because training transcends one day of sweat. It is a process that drives behaviors and commitment to getting better each and every day.
- Private and semi-private training individualized to meet each athletes specific needs.
- Membership group training based on age specific progressions.
- Team training for schools and local sport organizations.
- Consultations for athletes and coaches.
- Athletic assessments to identify athlete’s limitations.
- Remote/online coaching programs.
- Speed and power testing using laser timing system and electronic vertical jump mat for team and individual measures
- Speed and power clinics and performance testing combines.
Creator of the ADAPT sports performance training system, Mike is a Division I head strength and conditioning coach at the University of Virginia. Previously, he was the head strength and conditioning coach for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies for six years.
Mike grew up in Richmond, Virginia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in sports medicine from the University of Virginia is 1998 and a master’s degree in exercise physiology from UVA in 2000. He was formerly a basketball player at the University of Virginia. He lettered four times as a member of the Cavaliers’ men’s basketball team and was a team co-captain for the 1997-98 season.
Growing up in a military family, Kenny lived in several states growing up, but spent most of his time living in Virginia. Kenny graduated from Bridgewater College in 2015 with a Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science while being named a Team Captain and earning All-Conference honors as a Bridgewater College football player. For graduate school, Kenny attended the University of Akron and obtained a double master’s degree in exercise physiology and sports administration. During his time at the collegiate level, Kenny gained experience working with 24 different collegiate sports. Following graduate school, he served as a student assistant for the UVA Strength and Conditioning Program before joining ADAPT.
Throughout his professional experience, Kenny has personally worked with athletes ranging from the youth to professional level domestically and internationally, including athletes in the NBA, NFL, and MLB. He is certified as a strength and conditioning specialist through the NSCA, personal trainer through ACSM, and is certified through USA Weightlifting and Functional Movement Systems.
Tyler, a native of Quinque, Virginia, joins ADAPT after serving as a Strength & Conditioning Graduate Assistant for Southeast Missouri State University from 2016-2017. While there, he served as the strength and conditioning coach for the Southeast Missouri track & field, cross-country, and women’s gymnastics teams. In addition, he was the first assistant for both the football and baseball programs. Tyler acquired his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science with an emphasis in Coaching from Bridgewater College. During this time, he was a member of the Bridgewater football team, and earned the role of Student Strength Assistant.
Previously, Tyler served as a strength & conditioning intern at Clemson University and the University of Tennessee, where he contributed to 15 athletic programs, primarily track & field, rowing, baseball, soccer and football.
Tyler is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), a USA Weightlifting Level 1 Coach, and is registered as a Virginia High School League Athletic Coach. Along with his role at ADAPT, he will also shadow the University of Virginia basketball programs.
Kelsie graduated from Riverheads High School in Staunton, Virginia, where she played volleyball, basketball and ran track. She earned captain and all-state honors in multiple sports, 1st place in the region and 3rd place in the state for 300m Hurdles, Player of the Year in basketball her senior year, and received an academic scholarship for Bridgewater College where she went on to play basketball. There, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Health and Exercise Science.
After college, Kelsie has worked as a personal trainer, lifestyle & nutrition coach, and held management positions at ACAC and Orangetheory. Currently, Kelsie runs the Adult Performance Training Program at ADAPT, where she focuses heavily on personalized training through corrective and functional exercise for everyday life. She also coaches high school varsity girls basketball at St. Anne’s Belfield School. Kelsie is certified through Precision Nutrition as a Nutrition Coach, and through NASM as a Certified Personal Trainer and Corrective Exercise Specialist. She is also certified as a Water Coach (Rowing) and TRX Coach.
Kris, who was raised in Charlottesville, Virginia, joins ADAPT after serving 12 years in the United States Army
Kris currently works with adults and young athletes at ADAPT. He is certified as a Performance Enhancement Specialist and is currently studying for the CSCS exam. Kris specializes in quality movement, reducing pain, and making training fun!
A Charlottesville native, Emily attended The Covenant School where she was a three-time team captain of the basketball and volleyball teams, she earned All-LIS in both sports. Emily played one year of softball and won the LIS championship. Emily was a three-time All-State VISAA D2 honoree for basketball, earning first team honors as a junior and senior. Emily averaged 30 points and 20 rebounds as a senior, scored a career high 46 points, and finished her high school career as Covenant’s all-time leading scorer (girls and boys) with 2,256 points, while also tallying 1,778 rebounds.
Emily played D1 basketball at Elon University, Liberty University, and The University of Virginia. At Elon, Emily won a CAA championship as a freshman and reached the NCAA tournament. As a sophomore, she scored her collegiate career high of 26 points and led her team in scoring (12 ppg) and rebounding (6 rpg), earning her a spot on the All-CAA team. Emily earned her Bachelor’s degree in Business and Behavioral Sciences at Liberty, and then grad-transferred to UVA where she became a starter, but had her season cut short due to COVID-19. Emily earned 2021 ACC Academic Honor Roll and graduated with a Master’s degree in Educational Psychology.
Emily just finished her first season as an assistant varsity girls basketball coach at Covenant. The team went 19-6 and earned state runner-up in VISAA D2. Emily is in the process of obtaining her personal trainer certification through NASM and is excited to bring her passion for athletics and her knowledge and experience gained as a top-level collegiate athlete to help the next generation of athletes achieve their own athletic goals.