The NFL Scouting Combine is taking place at Indianapolis this week, which means many top prospects will be identified as training with Pete Bommarito Performance Systems (BPS) in Miami.
If a prospect wants a leg up on the competition, he’s putting his legs to work with Bommarito, who is well-known in the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and other pro leagues for his training expertise. Hundreds of current and former pros have trained with him.
Two local trainers at Jet Sports Training — owner Bobby Rodriguez and coach Sam Medina — traveled to Miami in December to take part in an arduous two-day certification process. They brought home certifications that indicate, “Bommarito Univeristy M.A.S.S. Certified – Movement, Agility, Speed and Specificity.”
“(Bommarito) has so many top-round picks in the NFL under his belt, and his team, Sam and I felt it was important for us to continue with our education when it comes to the science behind what we do,” Rodriguez said. “Actually, Sam brought it to my attention and we did a course down there, a two-day course that was 10 hours a day.
“We had to do a practical exam, a written exam. The practical exam consisted of us performing drills that we were taught.”
Some of details of the M.A.S.S. certification program:
- Advanced assessment techniques to personalize programs
- Movement/Speed/Agility Development – linear, lateral, multidirectional coaching, programming, and implementation strategies
- The BPS Strength Endurance / Power Endurance Continuum
- Weight Room and Resistance Training programs
- Exercise database of all categories
- Methodology and implementation systems
- Athletic and General Fitness
- Periodization and planning
- Youth, Collegiate, and Professional athlete training systems – team training and individualized strategies in a small group setting
- General Fitness training and boot-camps – advanced scientific principles to optimize specific goals in a personal training or group training setting
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- Coordination with various medical disciplines to provide variations to exercise
- Live breakout sessions
- Train along side of all BPS athletes and clients at all levels during live sessions
- Assist BPS staff in coaching all live sessions
- Classroom Sessions
- Preview science and periodization before all live sessions
- Review coaching strategies and individualization after all live sessions
- Complete BPS experience
- Performing and observing all live BPS sessions
- Evaluations and programs from BPS medical and nutritional centers
- Lunch and nutrient timing plan provided
Medina called it a “holistic” experience with a lot of hands-on training that was a physical and mental grind for the two days but it was well worth it.
“It was really intense,” Medina said. “It was like taking a full college course in two days. (Bommarito) literally talked for eight to 10 hours straight.
“Everything he said was valuable. Everything he said made sense. His system is tried and proven over I don’t know how many years he’s been training but he’s definitely a vet and a well-respected name in the industry. We took a lot of valuable information from him. We were definitely brain-fried at the end of it. It was a trip to Miami but it definitely didn’t feel like a vacation to Miami.”
Example of day at Jet Sports Training with owner @bobbythejet (former Sunnyside & UA football player): Packers WR Jeff Cotton (@MtnLionFootball & @PimaAthletics) training near members of Gallego Intermediate’s wrestling team and Tucson Hurricanes baseball players. pic.twitter.com/4mG7sFGv3l
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Rodriguez, Medina and the coaching staff at Jet Sports Training train all types of fitness-minded people at their facility near Park Avenue and Ajo Way — from aspiring athletic-minded children and high school-aged youth to adults wanting to stay in shape to professional athletes.
That was on display Wednesday at the facility.
In one area, members of the Tucson Hurricanes youth baseball team and Gallego Intermediate wrestling team trained, while three adult females were going through a training regimen in another area. All the while, Green Bay Packers receiver Jeff Cotton, a former Mountain View and Pima standout, worked individually with Rodriguez.
Rodriguez said he and the Jet Sports Training staff started to apply what was learned at the Bommarito training seminar “as soon as we touched down in Tucson” upon their return.
“We applied it to the athletes we’re currently training,” Rodriguez said. “Sam has a lot of high school and college guys and I have some NFL guys. With our sports performance classes that we run here, we committed some of the systems that we learned down in Miami here now at Jet.
“A lot of the stuff we were already using but we bettered it with the stuff that we learned.”
Jet Sports Training prides itself on not just being a gym but also a community.
Medina views going through the BPS training workshop strengthens their mission of creating an appreciation of representing Southern Arizona among its athletes and clientele.
“It’s definitely worth it,” Medina said of the BPS experience. “It helps us become better coaches for the culture down here in Tucson. We want to build that same type of culture here.”
Rodriguez added that having the public know of their certification is important to all involved.
“It’s very important because we’re dealing with kids that are invested in themselves and parents who are investing in their kids because they want to become the best versions of themselves,” he said. “We want to have athletes get to the next level, from JV to varsity from varsity to college and college to NFL or pro.
“There has to be science behind the training. It can’t be winging it. There has to be intent behind everything. That’s why Sam and I made the investment. We’re implementing it now and we’re seeing great results.”
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ALLSPORTSTUCSON.com publisher, writer and editor Javier Morales is a former Arizona Press Club award winner. He is a former Arizona Daily Star beat reporter for the Arizona basketball team, including when the Wildcats won the 1996-97 NCAA title. He has also written articles for CollegeAD.com, Bleacher Report, Lindy’s Sports, TucsonCitizen.com, The Arizona Republic, Sporting News and Baseball America, among many other publications. He has also authored the book “The Highest Form of Living”, which is available at Amazon. He became an educator five years ago and is presently a special education teacher at Gallego Fine Arts Intermediate in the Sunnyside Unified School District.