Fall and Winter 2022
TCBOOST SPEED PROGRAM TRACK ATHLETE ADD – ON
This six week 60-minute program is a track athlete only speed/skill focused group that may be added on to the M/W or T/Th Varsity and JV training groups or taken on its own. This add-on to the training groups will allow the track athletes in our program the opportunity to work on track specific needs, such as: block starts, hurdle and jump technique, and additional plyo/linear speed progressions, that won’t be performed during the week. The bulk of the speed, mechanics, and power development is designed to occur within the M/W or Tu/Th Varsity and JV training groups.
TCBOOST TRACK & FIELD DEVELOPMENT PROGRAM
TRACK PROGRAM MISSION: Our mission is to make significant, positive and life changing impacts in every single athlete that we are fortunate to have as part of our program.
YEAR-ROUND TRACK TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
Fall/Early Winter: TCBOOST offers 2-3x/week training throughout the fall at our cutting edge 10,000 square foot facility in Northbrook which includes a 60 yard Mondo sprint track and a 1080 SPRINT resisted and overspeed sprint machine. This a time to continue to develop mechanics and speed and jump abilities without the higher volume of training and competing that generally takes place during the HS track season. The sessions are 90 minutes in length and include both speed development, power training and strength work to help support the improvements and growth as a sprinter and/or jumper.
Spring: This is usually the time that HS athletes will be competing with their HS teams, but we are available to support our athletes with periodic mechanics tune ups as well as additional recovery sessions, which will involve some targeted mobility, low impact flushing strength work and use of our various recovery tools, including Theraguns, Normatech Compression Gear and Power Plate Vibration Platforms.
Summer: TCBOOST Summer Track Club provides high level training and the expectation that members will compete in USATF meets as part of our TCBOOST Track and Field Club team. The summer focus is not only preparing for and competing in the summer meets, but also on helping to develop each athlete and set them up for long term success in the sport with improvements in mechanics, speed, strength, event specific skills and mindset. To sign up for our 2022 Summer Track Club program click the link above. To visit the USATF website click here.
Our Track Club training takes place on the spectacular 200m outdoor track located at South Middle School 400 S Highland Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60005. We are thrilled to have complete access to this facility for our training.
The TCBOOST Track and Field team participates in several meets this summer. Here a just a few of the meets that TCBOOST athletes participated in during the the 2022 summer season:
- 6/18 Jane Dickens at Proviso East HS Hillside, Illinois
- 6/24 – 6/26 USATF State at U of I Champaign, Illinois
- 7/16 Bob Nihells Meet at Lake Park High School Roselle, Illinois
- 7/7 – 7/10 USATF Regionals Crawfordsville, Indiana
- 7/25 – 7/31 USATF Nationals in Sacremento, California
FOUNDATIONS OF THE PROGRAM:
- Supportive, caring and family atmosphere
- Excellence and Experience with the latest in speed development, athletic performance and Track & Field training/coaching.
- Focus on growth: Mechanics, speed, strength, power, skill, mindset, character and health
- Quality over quantity. We seek to make BIG impacts in a small and focused group of athletes rather than having BIG groups of athletes with minimal impact.
- Focus on process
- Make new friends and have fun in a relaxed and fun environment, where athletes can be serious about improvement and growth while minimizing extrinsic stress.
Dan Zapler, Head Coach of TCBOOST Summer Track Club
Coach Zapler comes to the TC Boost Track Program with over 20 years of coaching and classroom teaching experience. In his tenure, Coach Zapler has coached numerous state qualifiers, multiple state placers, a handful of state and regional champions, and a couple USATF All-Americans. He has had a number of his track athletes go on to compete in college, including D1 programs such as Iowa State, Oregon State and SMU. The foundation for coach Zapler’s success lies in his philosophical commitment to focus on process to address the diverse set of needs and maximize each athlete’s success.
Tommy Christian, Owner TCBOOST
Coach Christian is fortunate to have developed a reputation as one of the top speed development and athletic performance coaches in the country. Over 21 years of successful experience focused on the development of speed with athletes at the Olympic, Professional and D1 levels. His work over the years has resulted in the growth of TCBOOST into a 16 year hub for speed and athletic development for athletes not only at the elite level, but high school and youth as well. He served over a decade as the speed development coach for the Northwestern University football program and has leveraged his experience to build a training system that transforms athletic performance and speed. He has coached over 160 players preparing for the NFL Draft, focused on large measurable improvements in speed and power with literally millions of dollars on the line. He has also coached over 40 NFL athletes in the offseason, including 4 Pro-Bowl players and at least 2 future Hall of Famers.
Steve Breitenstein, TCBOOST Director of Coaching
Coach Breitenstein has been the Director of Coaching at TCBOOST since 2015 and has been on staff with TCBOOST since 2012. He is responsible for the development of the TCBOOST Coaching Staff as well as the ins and out of our programming day to day. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), an American Council on Exercise Certified Personal Trainer (ACE-CPT), and ASEP Coaching Certifed. Coach Breitenstein played basketball at McHenry County College before transferring to University of Illinois – Chicago and graduated with a BS in Kinesiology. Steve coached high school and AAU basketball for 6 years. He also was a personal trainer and group fitness instructor at the YMCA for 3 1/2 years.
Sydney Willits, Assistant Coach
We are fortunate to have Sydney on the TCBOOST track coaching team. Sydney is currently finishing her Freshman season at Iowa State and having a great year. Her dedication to improvement, hard work, and learning has facilitated a successful transition from a great high school track athlete to an important Division 1 track athlete.
Sydney has been a competitor on the TCBOOST track team for multiple years and even when she was an athlete, she was equally concerned about the other athletes’ successes as her own. She is a natural leader that is universally respected and liked. She has a welcoming demeanor that inspires those around her. Sydney will also bring her great communication ability to teach athletic technique and wisdom.
Sydney has a few notable accomplishments:
- All-State in multiple events
- All-American in Triple Jump
- One of the few people in IHSA history to long jump over 20’ and triple jump over 40’ in the same season.
- Division 1 Scholarship Athlete
Jenny Yu Zapler Assistant Coach
Jenny comes to TCBOOST with decades of experience in competitive athletics, coaching, education, and dedication and a deep passion for health and fitness.
Jenny is a certified teacher and has worked at Westbrook Elementary School in Mount Prospect for the last four years. Before she was a full time employee of Westbrook she subbed on and off for five years while staying at home to raise her two kids. Jenny’s work and lived experiences have given her over ten years of professional and practical experience with kids of all ages.
Jenny has been coaching for over ten years working with kids and adults. Her most recent coaching position is the strength and conditioning coordinator for the Alligator Aquatics of Arlington Heights. This work is where Jenny will add the most to the TCBOOST Track Club. Jenny is well versed and experienced with creating diverse and multifaceted strength and conditioning programs for kids as young as eleven all the way to adults.
Jenny’s athletic experience stretches from age six to today. Jenny was a Division 1 scholarship swimmer who at one time held 4 school records (including relays). In her adulthood, Jenny was a competitive triathlete and distance runner who regularly medaled in multiple events. After ending her competitive career, Jenny has dedicated herself to personal strength and fitness borrowing techniques and philosophies from many different schools of thought.