The world’s premier junior golf academy has taken its junior golf program to new heights, partnering with the National Training Center (NTC) for fitness and performance training for students of the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy (GGGA).
The NTC, which is located less than 10 minutes from the GGGA offices and Montverde Academy, where GGGA students attend school and the GGGA student living facilities, is a state-of-the-art sports and fitness facility located in Clermont, Fla.. It is a training ground for many Olympic and professional athletes.
“Partnering with the National Training Center in Clermont is a huge addition to our program,” said Gary Gilchrist. “We want our students to train like champions. Now, with the help of the tremendous staff and facilities at NTC, our students will reach new heights in their performance with elite training unparalleled at any other junior golf academy in the world.”
The NTC team will work in unison with the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy golf fitness program, training and preparing GGGA’s student-athletes for peak performance.
GGGA’s fitness training aims to reinforce movement patterns and enhance body function, supporting the technical training of the golf swing. This kind of additional support on the range and during designated fitness training contributes to the player’s overall development through unified support from the GGGA team.
“We are excited about the opportunity to improve the skills and athleticism of these student athletes,” said Roseanne Breckels, LiveWell Fitness Center Membership & Clinical Fitness Manager. “Our sports performance team working with GGGA coaches will deliver a comprehensive program helping the athletes reach their true potential.”
The National Training Center, on the South Lake Hospital LiveWell Campus, features a human performance lab for sports science testing, athletic fields, aquatic center with a 70 meter x 25 yard heated pool, 400-meter outdoor track and field complex/cross country course and the LiveWell Fitness Center.
In addition to its facilities, the NTC has built an experienced staff of degreed exercise specialists and coaches that provide advanced training using the latest techniques in fitness and performance. In addition to serving thousands of community members, it has also hosted thousands of athletes from over 25 countries, hundreds of colleges and dozens of Olympic and professional athletes in various sports for training and events including track and field, triathlon, swimming, running, soccer, cycling, rugby, lacrosse, synchronized swimming, cyclo-cross and more.
Fitness training is one of the five areas of training as part of Gary Gilchrist’s signature holistic approach to golf training in addition to technical training, mental training, strategy and personal development.
All GGGA students golf training is conducted at Mission Inn Resort and Club, in Howey in the Hills, approximately 20 minutes from the NTC, GGGA offices and housing. In addition to the residential Full Time Junior Golf Program, GGGA also features summer golf camps, winter golf camps and programs, training and golf lessons for amateurs, professionals and adults.
The academy boasts students from more than 20 countries and has pushed graduates on to all levels of collegiate and professional golf, accruing more than 150 junior and professional wins since 2008, including 6 major championships.
The Academy is committed to excellence in every facet of golf, fitness, personal development and academics, evident through relationships with Montverde Academy, an acclaimed private college preparatory school, and the American Junior Golf Association.
Gary Gilchrist, founder of the Gary Gilchrist Golf Academy, has been recognized as a Golf Magazine Top 100 Teacher 2013-2014 and as a Golf Digest Top 50 Teacher in America 2012-2013 and 2014-2015. Gilchrist teaches many of the game’s top juniors and pros at his academy, including PGA Tour pro Morgan Hoffmann, LPGA star Shanshan Feng, European Tour winner Fabrizio Zanotti and many more.