ConVal grads open training program for athletes of all ages

  • Trainer Chris Lundsted works out ConVal sophomore Ronan McNamara Saturday at Lifelong Athlete, the new training gym opened on Vose Farm Road in Peterborough by Lundsted and Jonathan Blair. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Trainer Chris Lundsted works out ConVal sophomore Ronan McNamara Saturday at Lifelong Athlete, the new training program opened at Monadnock Gymnastics Center on Vose Farm Road in Peterborough by Lundsted and Jonathan Blair. Staff photo by Ben Conant

  • Trainer Chris Lundsted works out ConVal sophomore Ronan McNamara Saturday at Lifelong Athlete, the new training gym opened on Vose Farm Road in Peterborough by Lundsted and Jonathan Blair. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Trainer Chris Lundsted works out ConVal sophomore Ronan McNamara Saturday at Lifelong Athlete, the new training gym opened on Vose Farm Road in Peterborough by Lundsted and Jonathan Blair. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

  • Trainer Chris Lundsted works out ConVal sophomore Ronan McNamara Saturday at Lifelong Athlete, the new training gym opened on Vose Farm Road in Peterborough by Lundsted and Jonathan Blair. Staff photo by Ben Conant—

Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Published: 10/11/2021 3:28:10 PM

Lifelong Athlete, a training program running out of Monadnock Gymnastics Center located at 9 Vose Farm Road in Peterborough, began operations a little over a month ago and is looking to fill a need in the community.

Co-founders Jonathan Blair and Chris Lundsted said the goal of the program is to educate athletes of all ages in the areas of fitness, injury prevention and long-term athletic development, as they seek to promote wellness and healthy lifestyle choices in the Monadnock region.

“The center of our philosophy is functional strength training,” Lundsted said, using sport-specific movements and full body exercises.

The two ConVal graduates began talking about it five years ago when they were roommates at UNH, while both were working toward their degrees. Blair graduated from ConVal in 2005 and played hockey, received his bachelor’s in kinesiology while going on to get his master’s in exercise science. Lundsted, who graduated in 2010 and played golf, hockey and lacrosse in high school, also graduated with a degree in Kinesiology.

Blair has worked with athletes at the middle school, high school and college levels, including in strength and conditioning at UNH, while Lundsted’s current role as ConVal’s athletic trainer has provided a unique perspective into what athletes need for success on the field and the ability to stay on it.

“We’ve both spent a significant amount of time in the field,” Blair said.

But the two saw there was a real opportunity to offer athletes another option outside of practice to increase their fitness levels.

“We both liked to work out for our sports, but never had any guidance in that regard,” Blair said.

Lundsted said in his work as the athletic trainer at ConVal, he noticed that the school’s athletes could benefit from a more hands-on approach.

“I got a little more interested in the strength and conditioning side of things and the role it can play,” Lundsted said.

Lundsted has run a strength and conditioning camp at the high school for the last few summers (minus 2020 due to COVID-19) and said he saw an immediate benefit for the athletes who took part.

“And the more I did it the more the kids were interested in it,” Lundsted said. Parents asked if there was a way to continue it through the school year.

In his role as athletic trainer, Lundsted said there isn’t always extra time to work toward increased strength and conditioning, but Lifelong Athlete will provide an avenue for those interested in investing more time.

But what Lifelong Athlete offers is for more than just an athlete participating in a structured sport.

“We feel like the principles are the same for athletes, as well as training for overall health and wellness,” Blair said.

And with the closure of the Bond Wellness Center at Monadnock Community Hospital, the partners felt there was even more of a need for all age groups in the region and it gave them a push to get the program off the ground.

“We know people in that demographic that are looking to stay active,” Blair said.

“The process is the same for everyone, we can just tailor it to what they want to do,” Lundsted said.

Lifelong Athlete offers four-week group classes for those 18 years or older, as well as semi-private and private sessions.

“It’s really dependent on what the person needs and is looking to achieve,” Blair said. “And we want to build a community of people who enjoy working out together.”

The structure includes in-depth warm-ups, flexibility/mobility training, balance/stability, power and strength development and cardio and aerobic training.

There will be an open house at Lifelong Athlete on Nov. 6 from noon to 2 p.m.

For more, visit https://www.lifelongathletegym.com/, email lifelongathlete3@gmail.com or call (603) 757-6104.




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