Laurier Golden Hawks, OUA
The program at Pure Strength is one that will really push you. The workouts are tough, but properly organized so I never feel like I am doing something that is going to injure me. The training has the ability to get a lot out of the athletes with leaving enough in the tank to come back the next day and do it all over again.
A unique trait of the program is the attention to detail, especially in regards to mobility and movement. We have sessions strictly focused on mobility and weekly yoga sessions that helped stretch and relax our bodies. I also really enjoy how we train in different environments, like the beach, hills, track and field.
In my opinion the culture at Pure Strength is what really separates this program from any other gym out there. Every athlete supports each other and wants to see one another hit new personal bests. Whether its your first year in the program, or your one of the older guys, you are treated properly and develop a bond with the people around you. That really puts you in a position to succeed.
Cortina, AlpsHL Serie A
Josh and his staff at PSA were a huge part of preparing me for my current hockey season. My speed, agility, and conditioning vastly improved over the course of the summer because of his unique training methods. Josh always had a positive attitude and I really felt I got the most out of each phase of the program because of his one-on-one attention. He was hands on and always challenged me to push myself to achieve more. The max lifts I achieved by the end of the summer were some of my personal bests. I did not only become stronger, but my overall lifting techniques became better as Josh identified and encouraged me to work on areas where I needed improvement.
I thoroughly enjoyed the track sessions that were part of the PSA program. I had the opportunity to work with a world renowned running coach and my conditioning greatly benefitted from his expertise. My movement became more explosive and fast and my recovery efficiency increased greatly. I found the yoga sessions that were integrated into the program to be excellent for recovery and to increase my range of motion.
For me, nutrition has always been a large part of my journey to stay in shape. Dallas was very knowledgeable in her field and gave me great tools and recommendations that were targeted to my personal health needs. I was able to reach my goal weight, have much better digestion and greatly increase my energy overall because of her program. I am fortunate to be able to have her as a reference for any nutritional questions I have in the future.
The on ice sessions that were part of the program were essential for me in my preparation for my current hockey season. I had the opportunity to skate with a variety of coaches which I found to be very beneficial because of the different drills and techniques demonstrated during those sessions.
I will definitely continue to train with Josh in the future and would recommend his program to any level of athlete looking to take their training and performance to the next level.
Former Captain, North Bay Battalion, OHL
Cleveland Monsters, AHL
I have been working with Pure Strength for the past 5 years. What makes the program special to me is how personalized it is. Everything we do is tapered specifically to what I need and isn't just from a cookie cutter formula.
Josh, Dallas and the rest of the team are focused on helping me achieve my goals and fine tuning my performance so I go into camp exactly where I want to be. This offseason specifically, I improved in every category for North Bays fitness testing and drastically improved my on-ice speed and agility.
I really enjoy the track aspect of the training. It allows you to use the strength you build in the gym and transfer it into speed and quickness. Working with Tony Sharpe is a huge advantage as his expertise and insight on running mechanics allows you to maximize your potential.
One thing that stands out is how much Josh and everyone really cares about my development. I know if I have any specific questions they are there to help me out. Having the right people to guide you through the offseason in regards to performance, recovery and injury prevention really goes a long way.
Kingston Frontenacs, OHL
Pure Strength Academy has the culture of a close knit family. We work in small groups which allow the trainers to give each athlete the time and attention they need to excel. Our job is it work hard and improve, but we also motivate the people around us so the energy in the gym is always high and positive.
For several years, this program has helped me excel and dominate all forms of testing, both on and off ice. At the OHL Combine I tested 1st overall in off-ice testing and 2nd overall on the ice. The Kingston Frontenacs awarded me the most fit athlete during my first season in the OHL. This program has helped me achieve these accolades and ensures I improve each year.
Pure Strength differs from any other programs due to the time and effort the training staff put into each athlete. Whether it be specific meal plans, specialized exercises for athletes with injuries, or just overall support, we are all given the tools we need to excel. The facility is like a second home to me and helps me learn and apply skills on and off the ice.
Montreal Alouettes, CFL
The culture and atmosphere at Pure Strength Academy cultivates hard work. The gym is full of like minded people that are trying to make it to the next level in their development and careers.
Training in this program has helped me take the next step in my career. Specifically, I was able to shed 20lbs of unnecessary weight and on top of that refine muscle groups to allow me to be more explosive, balanced and increase my overall endurance. Because of the work I put in this off-season I have started and produced in every game this season (19') for the Alouettes.
Pure Strength is who I trust with my development and I highly recommend this program to any athlete looking to advance their career.
Former Sarnia Sting, OHL
Wheeling Nailers, ECHL
When I started with Pure Strength Academy at 12 years old my dream was to play professional hockey. Over the years this program helped me put on mass, increase my strength, skate faster, shoot harder and become a better athlete. Not getting drafted my minor midget year made me work harder and want to become the best I possibly could. I trained early mornings before school, on weekends and Josh always made sure to accommodate my schedule.
I currently play for the Sarnia Sting and got invited to an NHL prospect camp. I feel like I am now closer to my dream than ever and all the work I have done with Pure Strength Academy has helped me excel in my hockey career.
Niagara Ice Dogs, OHL
Pure Strength Academy is different from any other gym out there. The group is super tight, we all push each other to be the best and were together everyday, so we grow a lot off each other.
This program has taught me a lot about myself and has helped me grow tremendously from when I started. The summer going into my first OHL season was such a big time for me and I was going into a situation where I had to be at peak performance and I feel like I could not have been more prepared. The training, nutrition, speed, on-ice skills and everything else is really top notch.
Pure Strength athletes train the hardest. There is no one out there that does it like us, we give our training everything we got and the energy and atmosphere is on a whole other level. We all go through pressure during the season so its really cool to come to a place where you can improve your craft everyday with people you enjoy being around.
Pure strength has everything you need to get to the top of your game and I really recommend this program.