Parisi Nation Challenge

I have spoken to a few of our clients over the last few months and began to realize that many of our adults, who train in the morning, don’t really know anything about our kids sports performance program because they never see the kids training. I want to make sure everyone is aware of the special event we have going on this coming weekend and its purpose.

We will be having our Parisi Open Combine this Saturday, February, 24th. This is a FREE event, and you are welcome to bring non members. This is an opportunity for kids from the ages of 7-18 to be tested or retested in the following:
1. 10 and 20 yard sprint (measure of the ability to accelerate)
2. Vertical Jump (measure of vertical power)
3. 5 Hop Test (measure of horizontal power)
4. 5-10-5 (measure of the ability to change direction)
5. Pullup Test (measure of relative strength)

Kids from 7-12 years old will test from 9 a.m.-11 a.m.
Kids from 13 and up will test from 11 a.m-1p.m.
RSVP is not necessary, but if you would like to reserve a spot, please call 864-263-3812. This event will take the place of the 10:00 Parisi total conditioning class, but if you show up at 10:00, no problem, we will put your through the combine.

You may recognize the combine as it has many of the same tests that are used for the NFL combine which is coming up in March. Why does the NFL place such an emphasis on these tests and why do we have the kids perform this test? The answer is that these tests are measures of general athletic ability. So, why is this important? For most sports, it will be your athletic ability not your skill at the sport that becomes the limit of how far you can go. I think almost any great coach would agree that if they have a great athlete then you can teach them the sport (assuming the kid is willing to work). If you are slower, weaker, and less explosive than other athletes then you will be at a distinct disadvantage. Fortunately, these are all things that can be developed through proper training.

We have talked a lot about having systems in order to help you optimize your training and life. For the kids we train, that system is the Parisi speed school. In the process, of moving from our old location to our current location, I found an old article I had written nearly 10 years ago about resources for developing specific aspects of training. In that article, I wrote that the Parisi Speed School was the place to go if you want to learn to be faster. A key word there is learn. We teach that speed is a skill and that everyone can become faster if they follow the system. Parisi continues to stay on the cutting edge and has a couple of decades of proof that the system works. We now have two years of testing with our athletes to show the same.

Of course, our goal is not just to make the kids better athletes but to build their confidence, character, mental toughness and teach them skills they can use for the rest of their life.


Meet Parisi Intern Kelley Chapman


Kelley is originally from Taylors, South Carolina. She is about to begin her senior year at North Greenville University where she is majoring in Interdisciplinary Studies with an emphasis in Sport Management and Business. She played Varsity Basketball and Tennis while in High School and played 3 years of Tennis at North Greenville. She currently holds a work study position at North Greenville along side the athletic secretary and football coaches.  Kelly has done a great job for us this summer!

Meet Parisi Performance Coach Braelen Meredith


Braelen was born and raised in Woodruff, SC where he graduated from Woodruff High School in 2010. While in high school, Braelen was a member of the football, baseball and wrestling teams. After graduation, he attended North Greenville University on a football scholarship. He was a 3 year starter at outside linebacker. Braelen was a NCCAA (National Christian Collegiate Athletic Association) All American and second team preseason All American for NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) Division 2. He also participated in the 2013 National Bowl and 2014 South Carolina Collegiate All Star Game. Braelen graduated in 2014 with a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Sports Management. After graduation, he accepted a position as a Graduate Assistant Strength Coach and went on to receive his Master’s of Business Administration in 2015.

Bachelor’s of Science in Sports Management 2014
Master’s of Business Administration 2015
Parisi Performance Coach Certification 2016
Completed Parisi Program Director Mastery Series 2016

Building A Diamond of Performance

The diamond is one of the world’s more remarkable jewels. They hold a special value for many, being placed on engagement rings, royal crowns, and the world’s best saw blades. Now some of you may be confused by the saw blades, but I think that’s where the beauty of a diamond truly lies. Not only are diamonds extraordinarily beautiful, they are also extremely tough. Though they look great when worn as a piece of jewelry, they are also extremely useful when cutting concrete or steel, things we associate with being extremely tough. The other interesting thing, is that diamonds are merely carbon molecules that have been exposed to a combination of extreme heat and pressure, and are impenetrable by other common elements such as nitrogen. So what does this have to do with your performance?

Almost everybody has heard the phrase “Practice makes perfect.” My favorite response to this came from my high school wrestling coach. Whenever he’d hear someone say it, he’d just roll his eyes and say, “If you pile crap on top of crap, on top of crap, you’re not going to get a diamond, you’re just going to get a pile of crap.” You see, the phrase “Practice makes perfect,” is missing a word: perfect. Perfect practice makes perfect.

For those who have been doing the regular Parisi classes, come to the recent Parisi strength classes, or have come in with your high school team this summer, you’re probably sick of the same drills and working with a PVC pipe. The repetition of these drills, however, is key in assessing how well you move, and where the missing links are in those movements. These drills mimic how your body is supposed to move during a movement, which is necessary to success in sport. Performance is our diamond that we are trying to achieve, and that diamond needs its supply of ‘carbon.’

By doing drills and learning how to move properly we supply our diamond with carbon. Add in some work ethic, dedication, proper nutrition, and recovery, we now have more sources of carbon. Once we take out the proverbial “crap”, or weak links in our movement, we’re ready for competition, or even life in general. And when the heat of competition shows up, and the pressure starts to add up, our performance doesn’t end up a pile of crap, it becomes a diamond.




Nathanael Littauer is a Strength and Conditioning Student at Appalachian State University, as well as a certified USA Weightlifting Sports Performance Coach. He is currently interning at Alliance Champions Training Center’s Parisi Speed School.

Spotlight on Parisi Intern Nathanael Littauer

Meet Nathanael Littauer “Coach Nate”! Nate is from Hendersonville, NC and will begin his senior year at Appalachian State University this fall. He is majoring in Exercise Science with an emphasis on strength and conditioning. Coach Nate has an extensive athletic background. Sports he’s participated in include soccer, swimming, baseball, football, cross country, wrestling and Olympic Style weightlifting.

His favorite quote: “Strong people are harder to kill than weak people, and more useful in general .” – Mark Rippetoe


Embrace the Grind


In the first part of this series discussing the Alliance Warrior Code, we introduced Honesty.  We emphasized the importance of honesty, not only with others, but just as importantly and often times more important, honesty with yourself.

Now, I would like to introduce the second value of the Alliance Warrior Code which is Work Ethic.

I still remember back in high school ( yes, I can remember that far back) when the theme for our off season training for football was, “Hard Work Pays Off!”.  When we made “X” number of  training sessions beyond the required minimum of required summer workouts, we received a t shirt with the saying on it.

Likewise, another saying, “Hard work beats talent when talent fails to work hard!” really resonates with me because, I never considered myself possessing any special talent in regards to sports.

As a kid, when it came to picking teams, I was usually one of the last ones picked.  I even remember being laughed at by some of the other kids when I was asked to be a part of the track team.  But, what helped and propelled me was  I learned at an early age that if I worked really hard, harder than everyone else, I got better.  I remember even then of having a goal of working harder and longer than anyone else in the gym.

Which brings me to the term, “Grinder” that is used frequently, especially lately in the “workout” world.  It refers to that person who may not be especially talented, but just keeps working hard, pushing through, and refusing to quit.  When it comes to the people I derive the most joy from coaching, I have to say it is probably the “grinders”.  Don’t get me wrong, I enjoy working with the gifted athletes also, but I probably can relate to the “grinders” a little better.

Another thing I have learned the hard way about work ethic is that it is not just about working hard but also, about working smart and doing the right work.

Let’s take the basic exercises of the squat, Deadlift, and bench as examples.  I can work really hard and allow my back to round in order to get one last rep on a Squat or Deadlift or I can let my shoulders move into a bad position to get five more pounds on the bench.  I’ve done this on so many occasions I can’t count them, but I promise you it is not smart and eventually you will pay either with stagnation in training or worse, an injury.

Working smart goes for martial arts training also.  Throwing a punch or kick with sloppy technique can cause damage to your joints.  In Jiujitsu, this concept can apply to consistently not tapping (saying “Uncle” to get your opponent now to break your arm) to joint locks when you know you are caught, but your ego gets the better of you. It can also, apply to the unwillingness to open up your game in training in order to learn more.

Again, these are all things I am working on myself.  It is my goal to continue to learn and pass on my knowledge and experience so that your hard work is both smart and right for helping you reach your intended goals.

Lastly, hard work and in particular hard physical training can become a vehicle by which you can tap into what Mark Divine of SealFit articulates so well as the Five Mountains.  The Five Mountains are:
1. Physical
2. Mental
3. Emotional
4. Intuition/ Awareness
5. Kokoro (warrior Spirit)
Our goal at Alliance is to help everyone who chooses to train with us and follow the Warrior Path to tap into and maximize these Five Mountains.

One of the ways (although certainly not the only way)  to push yourself further is to participate in challenges or competitions.

My first Jiujitsu instructor and founder of Alliance, Jacare, has always encouraged his students to compete.  His reasoning was that you grow and learn so much faster by competing. I would say that his approach has been successful in that Alliance, the team he founded and the one we are a part of, has won 11 world championships including the last 9 in a row including 2016, last weekend.

Much of what is learned from competing or participating in a challenge occurs not just during the competition but during preparation and training for the competition.  The point being that if you just enter a competition just for the experience of the competition but you do not do the proper training preparing for the competition, then, you are missing a big part of the learning and growing experience.

In summary:
1.  If you are short on physical attributes (and everyone is at some point if they continue to test themselves at higher and higher levels), being a “Grinder” and working harder than the competition can take you a long way.
2.  If you are a “Gifted” Athlete and I am proud that we do have a number of gifted athletes at Alliance, well, working harder will take you further and into realms that others can only dream about. Please do not take your God given talent and attributes lightly and do not waste them on not working hard.
3.  And finally for both Grinders and the Gifted Athletes, the hard work that is put into challenges and competitions can certainly provide a lift up the Five Mountains to Self-Actualization and Realization!

Embrace The Grind,