Posts Tagged ‘Scholarship’

Training Tips by Tony Villani form XPE Sports!

September 27, 2012

Tony talking to future College Athletes!

Tony is a world-renowned trainer known for his unmatched ability to make any… and every athlete he trains faster, more explosive than they’ve ever imagined.

A lot of high school athletes play sports to try to attain a college scholarship.  Most of these athletes know one thing that has become common knowledge – SPEED KILLS!  Speed is the #1 factor that is used when judging athletic success and ability.  The problem is, a lot of athletes think that more training is better training for improving speed.  I don’t know how many times I go and watch high school kids training for “speed” and literally run themselves into the ground.  Although they are working hard, they are NOT improving SPEED, they are improving ENDURANCE.  An over-trained athlete will never be at their genetic potential for speed. To improve speed, one should follow the simple XPE ( formula and to be very careful to not over-train.

Phase 1Learn sprint mechanics and get the body in aerobic shape.  Work on such drills as high knees, butt kicks, and longer runs.  An XPE Speed Specific Warmup which activates the correct muscles in a strategic order is a great way to focus on active flexibility, sprint mechanics, and muscle memory.

Phase 2 – Develop stride length.  Once form and aerobic conditioning has been developed in phase 1, an athlete should work on the easiest thing to improve…the biggest “bang for you buck”…STRIDE LENGTH.  A simple way to do this is with hill runs.

Phase 3 – Learn how to accelerate into top speed (stride length) and how to turnover your stride.  Sleds, push up starts, ladder drills focusing on arm drive, and moving from hill runs to flat runs are various ways to accomplish phase 3.

Phase 4 – De-load and peak.  Here is where the athlete performs all out sprints WITH A LOT OF REST PERIODS between sprints.  Your training and overload took place in phases 1-3, phase 4 is not the time to continue to increase your workload.  Phase 4 is the time to peak the gains you made from phases 1-3.

Follow these tips by XPE’s Tony and sign up with for your best chance to reach the Next Level!

Tony Villani and XPE Sports support Sportrait!

January 16, 2012

Tony at work!

The Sportrait Team would like to introduce Tony Villani from XPE Sports. Tony has worked with many professional athletes to prepare for the next level. We at Sportrait couldn’t be more excited at the opportunity to work alongside Tony and XPE Sports to help you “Get to the next level!”

Tony started his education at Clemson University in South Carolina and attended graduate school at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. It was there that he received a Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology and graduated in the top of his class. His thesis was published by The European Journal of Applied Physiology and dealt with the benefits of exhaustive interval training. During this time, he interned with NHL’s Washington Capitals and was set to help the Washington Wizards prior the NBA lockout. From Washington, D.C. Tony moved to Orlando, Florida and quickly obtained a job helping the Head Strength Coach of the Orlando Magic for a basketball season. From there, his experience led him to Boca Raton, Florida where he became the Director of Human Performance at Cris Carter’s FAST Program. While at FAST he focused on sport specific speed, agility, and strength training. He helped prepare numerous NFL Combine athletes and professional athletes from all sports for their particular needs. During the spring of 2002, Tony utilized his experiences and created XPE, Inc. while relocating to Atlanta, GA. In the fall of 2009, Tony relocated XPE Sports to South Florida.

Tony’s professional references before creating XPE included such athletes as: NFL Super Bowl Champion/ All-Pro/ Pro Bowl WR Jermaine Lewis, 2XWorld Series Champion/ Playoff MVP Craig Counsell, World Series MVP/ 2XAll¬Star/ MLB manager Bucky Dent, and tennis superstar Ivan Lendl. Now, Tony has made XPE’s references and endorsements both numerous and unmatched. To date, he has trained more than 70 World Champions or 1st Round picks. Some of these athletes have included (all below trained for at least 6 off seasons!!!):

RB Jamal Lewis – 10 Year NFL Veteran-Over 120 NFL Starts/ NFL All Decade Running Back (1 of 3) / Super Bowl Champion/ NFL Offensive MVP/ NFL Comeback Player of the Year/ 2000 Yard Rusher/ All-Pro/ Pro Bowl/ 1 Round Pick/ Over 10,000 Career Rushing Yards

WR Hines Ward – Entering 13th NFL Season -Over 160 NFL Starts/ NFL’s All Decade Wide Receiver (1 of 3)/ Super Bowl MVP/ 2XSuper Bowl Champion/ 3XAll-Pro/ 4X Pro Bowl/ Over 10,000 Career Receiving Yards and Steeler All-Time Reception and Yardage Leader

LB Takeo Spikes – Entering 13th Season-Over 160 NFL Starts/ 2XAll-Pro/ 2X Pro Bowl/ 1st Round Pick

DE Osi Umenyoria – Super Bowl Champion/ All-Pro/ 2XPro Bowl/ 6 Sacks in One NFL game

OL Wayne Gandy – 16 Year NFL Veteran-Over 200 NFL Starts/ All-Pro/ Pro Bowl/ 1st Round Pick

Each of the past few years, he has trained multiple athletes that have been drafted in the 1st Rounds of the NFL, MLB, and NBA drafts. In 2008, he trained 3 top 15 picks (Jerod Mayo-10th) that were all projected to get drafted in the 2nd to 3rd rounds before their NFL Combine performances. In 2010, he trained FIVE 1st round picks including the highest paid and drafted Safety (Eric Berry-5th) and Inside Linebacker (Rolando McClain-8th) of the decade. He has continuously put out the best performances in speed and explosion including the FASTEST PLAYER EVER (Jacoby Ford) and most EXPLOSIVE ATHLETE EVER (Gerald Sensabaugh). This led to do a SEVEN page article on his training program along with mentioning that “Villani has generated quite a buzz in recent years for his work with some of the fastest-rising talent at the Combine.”

He has trained well over 200 professional athletes in sports including but not limited to: football, baseball, basketball, soccer, lacrosse, volleyball and fitness. He has been featured on ABC, ESPN, NFL Films, SKY Network (European Fox), Raycom Sports, Comcast Sports South, CBS-Atlanta, and WPDE-Myrtle Beach and in USA Today, NFL Insider, USA Today Sports, The Sporting News,, CBS, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, The Palm Beach Post, The Boca News, The Sun News, SCORE Atlanta, Atlanta Sports and Fitness, and the Princeton Review. His ability to train athletes to reach their fullest potential is unparalleled.

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The Social Network for Athletes and Artists is Sportrait! Here is a Development Update.

December 13, 2011

As the year is coming to and end, we wanted to bring you and update on a new beginning. the social network that will change the way young talented individuals showcase their skills to everyone including the people who can take them to the next level.

The Internet has reshaped the recruiting landscape over the past decade. Without the constraints of tight budgets and crammed scheduling, colleges, agencies and sponsors are able to search for and seek out a greater number of potential prospects. Students across the nation, once overlooked because of their school’s location or size, can now display their abilities for the world’s finest coaches and scouts to see. Members provide their own written achievements, just like a resume, while highlight reels, pictures and video (highlights and bloopers) add a dynamic visual element to each member’s profile.

Just a little bit of what Sportrait will do for the youth of America. We are currently moving along with our development of this new amazing community. Stay tuned!

Comments and suggestions are always welcome. So drop us a line.