Welcome to Spero Performance Training!
Spero Mantzavrakos is an expert in the field of Strength and Conditioning, Functional Training, Sports Specific Speed and Endurance. Spero started his practice in 1997, training athletes that range from youth/adolescent, junior high school students to All Stars in almost every major professional sport. This summer Spero Mantzavrakos will be offering his elite training services at The Hill Academy.
Spero has served as Strength and Conditioning Coach with the New York Islanders, won a Memorial cup in 2005 with the London Knights, served as the strength and conditioning coach with the KHL Amur Tigers, conducted programs for the Men’s and Women’s Canada Games soccer teams and the 2013 Canada Games Men’s Hockey team.
Over the years he has also consulted for many professional organizations such as Vladivostok Admiral KHL, Yaroslavl Locomotive KHL, Philadelphia Flyers, New York Bobcats, and Apple Core Hockey Organization in Syosset New York. Spero has also been a personal Strength and Speed coach for many NHL stars such as;
- Nazem Kadri (Toronto Maple Leafs)
- Joe Thornton (San Jose Sharks)
- Brian Campbell (Florida Panthers)
- Jeff Carter ( Los Angeles Kings)
- Corey Perry (Anaheim Ducks)
- Dan Girardi (New York Rangers)
- Jaden Schwartz (St. Louis Blues)
- Logan Coture (San Jose Sharks)
- Evgenii Dadonov (SKA Saint Petersburg of the KHL)
- Chris Kelly (Boston Bruins), and many others.
- High Performance Jr. Program (12-13 years of age)
- Elite Program (14+)
- Collegiate/Major Junior Program – OHL, NCAA, Jr. A level players
- Pro Level – NHL, KHL
I always try to be very specific. It’s not just about getting players fit, it’s about trying to figure out what makes a player perform.
Over the past 20 years having trained high-performance athletes, I have learned that traditional exercises in the gym don’t always boost performance in their particular sport.
It’s not about getting an athlete to max out on his/her squats or having them turn in the fastest 20-metre sprint time on a track. I think many coaches get caught up believing that the athlete needs to improve their power, agility and speed by using older training methods, but these methods don’t transfer onto the ice and it’s been proven with the elite players.
For many years I would train athletes and make them faster runners, but it wouldn’t necessarily make them better skaters. I would increase the amount of weight they lifted, but it wouldn’t necessarily improve their strength on the puck or make them a better athlete.
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