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ATHLETIC REPUBLIC ISN'T JUST A GYM WITH WEIGHTS AND TREADMILLS.
IT'S A WHOLE NEW WAY TO TRAIN FORGED OVER 20 YEARS OF PRACTICE AND APPLICATION.
Athletic Republic is the culmination of two decades of improving athletic performance. That's longer than most athletes' careers. John Frappier designed the original Acceleration Training programs through careful research and input from a team of sports medicine professionals, athletic trainers, and elite coaches.
His first innovative programs were for gymnasts. In 1986, he traveled with the U.S. National Team to the Soviet Union as part of the Goodwill Games delegation. There he realized that America's athletic training lagged behind the Soviets. Soon after, he started devising new ways to train and new machines to push athletes safely beyond their physiological limits. The first was the Super Running Treadmill, that was quickly followed by the patented Hockey Treadmill, the innovative Plyopress, contrast training cords designed to provide resistance to key muscle groups at game speed velocities, and plyometric platforms designed to improve fundamental movement skills, explosive power and agility.
Following in his footsteps, Athletic Republic's Chief Science and Technology Officer, Steve Swanson, performed several key research studies on incline running, sprinting/skating mechanics, Athletic Republic's patented SprintCordsTM, and developed a number of innovative testing devices like the 3PQ, AccuPower, Force Treadmill and the ability to synchronize test data with Dartfish video. Steve also developed AIMS, one of the world's first online performance sports training testing database systems that stores key performance data that allows the continued evolution of the training programs through an evidence based approach. In 2010, AIMS morphed into the interactive athlete database and video profiler called the Athletic Republic Locker Room. It helps athletes understand how they stack up against their competition, what they need to do to get better and a ways for them to share their athletic accomplishments online to "get noticed".
Want to know more about Athletic Republic's history? Click on any years below to see how Acceleration Training has evolved since the early years.
ATHLETIC REPUBLIC™ TIMELINE
Products, Protocols, Patents & Research
^ = journal publication * = published conference proceedings ** = book chapter
President & Founder, John Frappier, studied in the Former Soviet Union
Generation I Super Treadmill
Generation I SprintCords™
Four-Square Plyometric formation
Munoz Plyometric formation
Krumrie Plyometric formation
Leclair Plyometric formation
Version I Running, levels 1-5
Version I Plyometrics, levels1-4
Opened First Facility in Bismarck, ND
Generation II Super Treadmill
Version III Protocol Manual
Version I Gymnastics
Levels I and II Pro Lineman
Levels I and II Pro Speed
The Effects of Anaerobic Conditioning on Serum Lactate in Young Athletes, St. Alexius Medical Center (Bismarck, ND)
Biochemical Analysis of Beginner and Advanced Level Athletes Undergoing an Intense Anaerobic Conditioning Program, Frappier Acceleration Training Center (Fargo, ND) and Concordia College (Moorhead, MN)
Version I PlyoPress Based
Hitting Harness (prototype)
Hitting Level 1
Version I Skating, levels 1-3
Version I Home Proprioceptive Plyometrics
Version II KickingCord™
ThrowingCord™, levels 1-2
Level I Collegiate Football Lineman
Levels I and II Collegiate Football Backs
Levels I and II Collegiate Football Plyometrics
Level III Pro Football Speed
Version IV Protocol Manual
Version I Skating
Version I Figure Skating, Levels 1-4
Version I Figure Skating, Plyometrics, Levels 1-4
Version I Figure Skating Jump Plyometrics
Version II Youth Running, Level I
Version V Protocol Manual
Version II Skating
AIMS® Athlete Information Management System
Version I Distance Running
Ground Based Training
Recreational Athlete Running
Recreational Athlete Plyometrics
Version II Hitting with PowerCords
PowerCord® Puck Handling & Shooting (no longer available)
Custom Fit Shoe
FAST reaches 100 training center milestone
Version I ACL Bridge Instructional VHS
Version III Training Manual
3PQ Assessment Tool and Software Integration with AIMS
Version II Distance
AccuPower Portable Force Plate
Golf Resistance Training
Harness and Resistance Cords added to Plyometrics
Version II ThrowingCord™
Version II Hitting
Version II Junior Skating, Levels 1-4
Version II Collegiate Skating
Version III Skating
Version VI Running
Business completes requirements and transitions to awarding Franchises
Version IV Training Manual
Version I Online Training & Certification
Version I Training Video
Certification Manual updates
Online ACL Bridge Exam
Version I Wrestling
Pre/Post Treadmill PlyoPress Jump
Collegiate Hockey, levels 1-3
Pro Hockey, levels 1-2
Version VII Running
AIMS® 2.0 - Athlete Information Management System
Dartfish Video Analysis Software integrated into facility training environment
AccuPower software interface integration with AIMS online database
Certification Manual updates
Force Treadmill and associated force and video analysis data collection
PowerCords® Modifications (added thigh attachments to waistband)
Version IV Skating, Levels 1-4
Pre and post test Plyometrics, Levels 1-4 (recorded electronically on AccuPower)
"Unlevel the Playing Field®"
"We have the Athlete down to a Science®"
Initiated development to synchronize Dartfish video and electronic timing systems to upload results automatically to AIMS.
Hitting harness and cords
Golf swing device - "Slice Buster"
LEVEL 3 Education incorporates sales, marketing and operations into education curriculum
AIMS® 2.5 - Athlete Information Management System
BAP – Business Acceleration Program for new franchises: comprehensive support for opening a new facility
SoloSpike SmartBall Volleyball Trainer and integration with Dartfish video capture
Integration of Fusion sports timing and reaction system with Dartfish video capture and AIMS database.
Republic Box hockey trainer.
Integration of Fusion sports timing and reaction system with RFID (Radio Frequency Identification), Dartfish video capture and AIMS database.
"Get Better - Get Noticed™"
Athletic Republic Playbook
AIMS 2.7 – Athlete Information Management System incorporates real-time athlete reports and allows athletes to share results.
ARVID – Athletic Republic Video IDentification – automatically captures, identifies and labels video with athlete and event information using RFID technology.
On-line Event Management System - Synchronizes testing event video, assessment technology and performance results. Web-based software allows embedded video clips to be uploaded immediately after the testing event, so data and results may be analyzed and compared.
Plyometeric Cords - new adjustment device and Slastic® cord covers
Sprint Cords - Incorporated Slastic® cord covers
Plyometric Cords - new quick-tension adjustment, Slastic® cord covers, and four load ranges to optimize loading of the hips during plyometrics
SprintCords - Incorporated Slastic® cord covers, modular attachment design, and four load ranges for a variety of applications
Start Cords - Specially-designed SprintCords for optimizing sprint starts and balance applications
DartPower 2.0 software development initiated to create a new software platform for collecting data and synchronized video from all available sensing devices with full RFID integration.
Hockey - Hat Trick protocols for individual and team training
Train like An All-American™
Where Athletes Who Give 110%, Get the Extra 10%™
Where Unstoppable Starts™
Balance Training protocols for acceleration and Sport-Specific programs
Football Blitz protocols for position-specific training of youth to professional football players
Distance Running protocols for 5k to marathon
Athletic Republic Pro Warm-up Cord™ and Varsity Warm-up Cord™ - Year-round training solution in two resistance levels that reduces an athlete's warm-up time, reinforces correct mechanics and strengthens critical throwing or striking muscles.
Athletic Republic Locker Room™ - A private online athletic profiling tool that allows you to organize, store and ultimately present to the world your best game day highlights, combine scores and training test results. Edit the film you want the scouts to see and send it out to your online community. Present your accomplishments to all-star selection committees or submit directly to a coach or university.
Athletic Republic Wall Cord Station and Hip Cord - Used in conjunction with newly developed cord exercise protocols to better develop core strength, functional power and balance.