By Matt Hill
A popular fitness program geared toward high school and middle school athletes is returning to Carter County this summer.
“The Winning Edge” is a highly successful program that deals not just with fitness, but small things that help athletes succeed.
The program takes place at Elizabethton High School, but is open to all Carter County athletes. It will run from June 4 through July 26 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
The program is also being offered at Johnson County High School on Tuesdays and Fridays from 7 to 8:30.
The cost is $10 per session or $149 per summer. You can contact Adam Cranford at 895-9105. The website is www.winningedgehomepage.com
According to Cranford, athletes will be able to find that extra little step to be successful.
“The Winning Edge is the opportunity for local athletes to achieve their goals in athletics and in life,” Cranford said. “In short, the Winning Edge is a youth sports fitness camp, but it is much more to the young people of our community. Through this training program, athletes become stronger, faster, agile, explosive, and improve endurance. But it is also the long lasting knowledge of nutrition, weight management, and injury prevention that will stay with these athletes throughout their life time.”
Cranford says The Winning Edge could even make the difference in how much action a kid sees on the playing field, especially in football.
“Kids that come out repeatedly get better,” Cranford said. “It might be the difference between somebody being second string and being first string or that first string guy being a playmaker. It will make you a better athlete and a better person.”
Cranford has talked repeatedly over the years about schools in Northeast Tennessee going to Knoxville for the playoffs and getting walloped. Now, the Winning Edge gives kids a chance to train in a way that will hopefully get them over that hump very soon.
“The foundation started at the Boys and Girls Club several years ago,” Cranford said. “We wanted to bring this to the kids of Carter County, to bring this program to their back door. Everybody wants to succeed, but only the ones who work hard will succeed. We want them to see that hard work pays off.”
Cranford is former ETSU football player and a professional speed and strength trainer. Cranford has dedicated his adult life to making kids achieve greatness in sports and in life.
“Everybody wants to be successful, but it is those that work for it that achieve success and become champions in life,” Cranford said. “The Winning Edge is a gate way to open the eyes of our youth, to see the benefits of preparation, hard work, and dedication.”