Currently in my sophomore year at Plymouth thanks to XIP I’m sitting 85 topped at 87 in the fall and time on the mound has increased and now I can experience conference games on a regular basis. Wish I knew about XIP in high school because they have my business any day of the week, thank you XIP staff.
I started training with XIP when I was about 11 or 12 years old. I was just a little girl with a desire to get stronger and faster and be a better athlete. Little did I know the impact it would have on the trajectory of my life.
As the years went on, I trained with XIP every summer, which turned into every fall and summer, and eventually Adrian was helping me through every season in some capacity. When I reached 8th grade, I faced my first real setback - an ACL tear. Being so young at the time, this was a huge obstacle. I thought I was doing everything right - but all it took was one wrong step. Thankfully, XIP was there to help me through every single step in my recovery process. From physically training to imagery to just emotional support at such a vulnerable time - I was always taken care of. More than anything, Adrian made me believe in myself again. He made me look at my setback as an advantage over my opponents - never an excuse.
Unfortunately, that was not the only setback in my career. A foot surgery and another ACL tear all within the next two years - I truly thought - am I just not cut out for this? What am I doing wrong? Why can’t anything go my way?
It was easy to feel bad for myself. It was easy to complain. It was easy to want to give up. As Adrian always says at least once a day, “Struggle is not an option. It’s a biological requirement. Without it we can never grow, adapt, or respond to the stressors we have faced and will surely face again.” And he’s right - because I truly would not be the athlete I am today if I didn’t have to struggle so much. Not only that, but having XIP as a resource through the struggles - that’s what truly made all the difference. I didn’t have a choice but to work harder than everyone else. And XIP allowed me to do that in such an effective way.
After every setback, I eventually found myself to be even stronger than the last time - and not just physically - but especially mentally. Over the years, I learned just how resilient the human body and mind is. I was so close to letting go of the thought of playing ball in college - but Adrian never let me give up that dream. He just kept telling me that I had every tool to be successful at the next level. Even though I didn’t always believe it at the time - I trusted his words and I just went for it. I made the team as a walk-on my freshman year. I quickly fell in love with the game all over again. I fully embraced the idea that I still could keep getting better. And I did. Fast forward to my junior year - I was named a captain. It wasn’t a smooth path by any means, and I’ve surely added to the list of injuries and setbacks, but I never doubted that I would come out on the other side. I have had the joy of leading my team, through the ups and downs, using everything I have learned along the way and I wouldn’t trade the experience for anything.
Along with being the main reason I continued my athletic career, XIP also inspired me to want to help others the same way it has helped me. Fast forward 10 years from the beginning of my story - I am now finishing up my degree in Applied Exercise Science with a minor in coaching - hoping to guide other athletes to success, through adversity and all, and make them stronger athletes and better people along the way. Because sometimes all you really need is someone who believes in you and doesn’t let you give up on your dreams. Thanks XIP.
I spent my next off-season training at XIP, and when I decided to transfer to St. Johnsbury Academy my senior year, I was able to start and compete in Division 1 D1 against Vermont’s best football players. From there I made the Vermont North South senior bowl, and then the Vermont Shrine football team. I am now currently a freshman at Norwich University playing NCAA football. Adrian and the staff at XIP helped turn me from an average player, into someone who could compete alongside Vermont’s top athletes and helped me get to the next level after high school."
I can honestly say that because of the training I have received over the past 7 or 8 years at XIP I was able to reach my full potential as an athlete, and achieve my dream of playing college football. XIP is trying to improve the athletic potential of every athlete in my hometown and beyond, and show them that through hard work and effective programming they can compete in athletics at the next level after high school. This was so valuable to me as a young adult growing up in Lyndonville VT. Not only did I learn how to make myself a better athlete at XIP; I also learned to be humble, dedicated, and hardworking.
When I came in to XIP that summer the first thing I noticed right away was the energy that I experienced just walking through the door. There was something different about training at XIP. I felt one hundred percent confident that what I was doing was going to make me better; and it did. In a little over a year, I brought my 40 yard dash time down by half a second. XIP helped me attain all the goals I set for myself, and I'm not sure that I would be in the spot I am without them.
As a parent of an athlete that tore his ACL & Meniscus in his junior year of high school playing the game he loved most, basketball, it was a devastating setback for a child that lives for sports and being active. The recovery time frame was set at roughly a year by Aiden’s doctor which going into his senior year was not something he handled well. At first all we could stress was do your PT and everything your Dr said to do. Once Aiden was out of his knee immobilizer brace and able to bear weight on knee (6 weeks) his doctor recommended if he wanted to try to get back sooner to contact Adrian Guyer, owner/trainer of XIP Training Systems. We reached out to Adrian who provided us with all the amazing things they do - strength training, injury reconditioning and his thoughts on Aiden and his recovery. We spent a good hour on the phone. As a parent we will do everything to help our children get better and stronger. Though this had to be a decision Aiden had to make because it was over an hour one way to XIP, commitment and hard work as well. He did not hesitate and said yes, sign me up please. He wanted to play basketball his senior year. Aiden began traveling 3 days a week for his training sessions for 5 months, also having at home routines and his App program that were specifically tailored to his injury and adapted his program as he got stronger. Adrian held Aiden accountable and pushed him when needing to be pushed, they had a goal. He also would keep us parents updated and reach out with concerns. They create a family atmosphere at XIP, they are introduced to the other athletes so they know they are not alone on their journey. Aiden’s hopes of being ready for the beginning of his senior year of basketball was going to be a challenge. With Adrian and his team by Aiden’s side for 5 months that challenge was accepted and conquered. We never thought he would be back on the floor in 8 months. Aiden had a few
hiccups throughout his recovery but Adrian knew exactly what to do and what to recommend. We can NOT say enough good things about XIP and we highly recommend them. They truly care about their clients. Adrian continues to check in with Aiden often and that means the world to us knowing he cares so much even after he is done with the program. They stress strength training and keeping that strength to prevent injuries. Now that basketball is done Aiden will be back at the gym using all he learned at XIP to keep his core strength up and prepare for
Thank you so much Adrian & Team at XIP!!
"I loved my XIP online training sessions this fall while at school! Having the app on my phone made it very easy to access, and I really enjoyed being able to scroll back and see my progress from the past weeks. Being able to provide Adrian with feedback and update the program was also another great plus. Having the videos of exercises at my fingertips helped me understand how to do each exercise even without Adrian there. Overall, it was a great way to keep up with XIP's programming and coaching even when I'm not at XIP! I look forward to continuing my virtual training through the app throughout my competitive season! "
"I have loved the XIP At Home program specifically for ice hockey performance! With gyms previously being closed, spending the summer in Maine, and not having skated in months, I was extremely nervous about remaining in shape for myself and my sport. However, Adrian and the XIP team made it simple and enjoyable to train at home! The access to the Train Heroic App on my phone is super easy to use wherever I was able to get my workout in and the example videos helped me understand each movement! I have worked out at XIP for many years and I can say that I would not be at the level of performance I am at without the help and guidance from the XIP team. Even though this program was At Home, Adrian remained just as accessible over the phone like he would be in person to answer any questions I have and adjust the program if needed for my own individual needs. This program kept me motivated and strong throughout the long months of quarantine. My favorite part about these programs is the attention to detail and how I can always feel the progress after each week. I am able to go into another season even stronger than before and am ready to go for the season!"
I got introduced to XIP in 2017 by Lincoln Lemieux. I started training with him and Adrian 2 days a week and right off, I knew this place would prepare me for the upcoming snocross season. We were pushed to our limits and Adrian served as a good motivator. Working
out with Lincoln helped because we pushed each other. It was especially helpful for me because someday I want to be at his level. There wasn’t a day we walked out of XIP not feeling like we gave it our all. Adrian recently put together a virtual training program which allowed me to work out at my gym at home. Lincoln and I were also able to workout during race season through this virtual program which made it easier for us because of the constant traveling. Through this experience I have grown not just physically but mentally. The program pushed me beyond my comfort zone which allowed me to grow as an athlete. I can’t thank the whole XIP family enough for making me feel right at home the second I walked in.
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Throughout my snocross career my training program had basically consisted of all out max HR cardio and CrossFit workouts 5 days a week for 3 months leading up to the season with little time allotted for recovery. The basic idea was to push myself as hard as I possibly could so I’d be tough enough to handle anything the season threw at me. The problem was I never seemed to be able to make it through any of my races without being dead tired at the end when it was most important to be physically and mentally strong. After losing faith in my training program and talking to one of my buddies who works with Adrian I decided to give XIP a shot. I was amazed at how different this new training regimen was from my old one. Don’t get me wrong, we did some super challenging workouts that pushed me to my max and further, but there is a huge focus on mobility and recovery which I never really had in the past. I learned that quantity doesn’t always translate to better performance, but focusing on what’s going to help me in my specific sport is what makes the difference. Adrian created a program that focused on exactly what I need for snocross and it was even flexible to include things like dirt biking and training for running races I compete in during the off season. When the season began we changed things up to include practice days and to focus on maintaining and staying healthy. It’s crazy the difference I had after my first off season of training with XIP. Not only was I strong at the end of the races but I was able to charge and make passes when other riders were fatigued. My training and new found confidence I had in my fitness lead me to the best season I’ve had in my snocross career! Training with Adrian and XIP has been such a great experience and helped propel me over the plateau I feel like I’ve been at for a number of years!