Sports-Specific Training

Steve and Paula Dibbins are co-owners of Fitness Together in Owasso.

By: Duane Blankenship | Category: Health & Fitness | Issue: October 2009

Eric Humphrey, co-owner Steve Dibbins and Jared Shelton of Fitness Together in Owasso offer sports-specific training to athletes.

Steve and Paula Dibbins are co-owners of Fitness Together in Owasso. Their mission at Fitness Together is to provide clients with high quality, one-on-one private personal fitness training. When you contact them, you will share your goals, mutually determine a course of action, and determine if you are willing to make the commitment both mentally and physically to accomplish your objectives.

Many clients are interested in making various changes in their lives – lose weight, build strength, increase energy levels, get off blood pressure or cholesterol meds, or simply gain self-confidence and feel better about their bodies. Others seek the advice of a personal trainer to take them to the next playing level in a specific sport. This is known as sports-specific training.

Two of the trainers at Fitness Together are Eric Humphrey and Jared Shelton. Eric played baseball at Owasso High School and at Northeastern State University. He is now classified as a certified strength and conditioning specialist (CSCS), a professional who applies scientific knowledge to train athletes for the primary goal of improving athletic performance. In addition to the standard client assessment, Eric will conduct sport-specific testing sessions with clients, design and implement safe and effective strength training and conditioning programs, and provide nutrition and injury prevention guidance.

Jared Shelton has attained NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) personal trainer certification. This certification requires comprehensive knowledge of functional anatomy, physiology and kinesiology, the science of human movement. Jared wrestled while growing up in Sand Springs and was an All American National Champion at Oklahoma State University.

Senior Josh Garner is a pitcher for Owasso High School. He trains at Fitness Together with Jared ­Shelton and Eric Humphrey.

    With two such highly qualified staff members at Fitness Together, it’s no surprise that many youth, high school and college athletes are seeking their training skills. These athletes are given additional assessment exercises that are specific to the sport or position they play. Most of them want to become faster, stronger, more powerful, more explosive and more agile. The trainers at Fitness Together can assist athletes with hitting, throwing, general agility and trunk rotation. They also provide young athletes advice on general nutrition.

Nutrition is a huge factor in the attainment of goals. The trainers at Fitness Together challenge athletes to eat the right foods in the right amounts. If a client is burning a lot of calories each day, he may be instructed to eat more, but also to eat right. Recommendations may also include a good protein supplement or multivitamin.

“Strength and conditioning are critical to all sports,” says Eric, “and the training and conditioning for specific sports varies.” The personal trainer must know the sport and what movements are needed to actually enhance an athlete’s performance and abilities. “We tailor an athlete’s workouts to target the areas needing training and improvement for his or her area of specificity.”

Jared says they also emphasize mental training and conditioning when working with young athletes. “Many have never learned how to push themselves mentally to overcome boundaries, and many have never even identified their boundaries. All of us are capable of doing things we never thought were possible. If you learn to mentally push yourself further, your body will follow.”

Fitness training is an advantage when participating in a sport. Fitness training includes mental attitude, diet and exercise. The simplified task of the fitness trainer is to motivate and hold clients accountable. Visit to find out more.

For more information, contact

Fitness Together

9045 N 121st E Ave, Ste. 1100
Owasso, OK 74055
(918) 272-6363 

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About Author Duane Blankenship

Blankenship graduated from the University of Oklahoma and has enjoyed a lifetime career in advertising. He started his own advertising business in 1993 and enjoys creating graphic art and writing. Hobbies include hunting, fishing and pencil drawings. Duane and his wife, Janice, have been married over 50 years and are active in their church and community. He has been a contributing writer for Value News/Values Magazine since 2005.

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