Sometimes, a young aspiring athlete is labeled as “good” or “bad” well before his or her body has developed. Coaches (and unfortunately parents) at times can overlook this and it can affect the child’s confidence.
As the parents of two young girls living in Plano, Jay and Nikki McCareins opened MAC Speed & Strength in Plano on April 2. Their goal is to help young athletes become better, faster, and stronger through training sessions that are focused on improving an athlete’s close quarters agility, jumping, and full body strength via sport agnostic movements and drills. In other words, each sport has its own movements that an athlete must master. Instead of focusing on hurdles for long jumpers or squats for volleyball players who need strong legs, MAC incorporates a range of kinesthetic skills that apply to everyone (jumping, shuffling, lifting, pushing, pulling). The end goal is to develop a well-rounded athlete.
Mac Speed & Strength has training classes for athletes of any sport, ages 10 and higher. Their main offering is group classes with no more than seven athletes to one coach. They also specialize in providing one-on-one training. Parents are encouraged to stay and observe their children’s training and progress.
Mac Speed & Strength operates a 5,000-square-foot space that includes a 2,200-square-foot turf field and a 1,600-square-foot weight room. The large open turf area gives the coaches the opportunity to set up multiple work stations and facilitate faster-paced classes by spending less time on transitions. The weight room has a free-standing rig with six squat stations, 18 barbells, 2,000 pounds of bumper plates, and dumbbells ranging from 5–100 pounds.
For more information, visit macspeedandstrength.com.
About the trainers
Jay McCareins is a former Princeton University football player and free agent to the Arizona Cardinals and NFL Europe. He is also an ASFA-certified speed and agility instruction coach.
Nikki McCareins is an ISSA-certified personal trainer, specialist in strength and conditioning, and senior fitness specialist. She placed in the Top 200 in the 2013 and 2015 CrossFit Open.
Jerome Collins claimed two Super Bowl titles, one with the Indianapolis Colts (2007) and one with the Giants (2008), before playing football at the University of Notre Dame. He is also an ISSA-certified trainer in youth fitness.
Justin McCareins is a NFL combine participant who was a 4th-round pick to the Tennessee Titans. He is an eight-year NFL veteran and led the NY Jets in catches and yards in 2006.
Megan McCareins is a former volleyball player from Hamilton College, where she was team captain and MVP. She is also a certified pilates instructor.