Catasauqua Press

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

Training academy owner to move facility back to borough

Wednesday, May 2, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

Barry Lovelace, voted five times as the Lehigh Valley’s best personal trainer, is on the move. He opened his first facility in Catasauqua and then moved to Coplay.

He plans to move back to Catasauqua.

Lovelace got his start training girls’ high school volleyball teams.

“I still do team training, but that is done at their facilities. I go to them; they don’t come to my place,” he said.

Lovelace’s techniques are unique.

“Our specialty is creating explosive power in all athletes. Along with a strong and powerful athlete, coaches and our athletes see a drastic improvement in confidence,” he said.

“My training is very different from many of the sports performance facilities in the area. Our focus is on the individual athlete and their personal sports performance needs,” he said. “I use personalized workouts, and each exercise is designed based on the athlete’s needs. You will not find any cookie-cutter programs here. Parents and coaches can be assured that their athlete is in good hands and looked after from both a performance side and injury prevention side with safe and effective training.”

As Lovelace explained, his training emphasizes first-step explosiveness.

“An athlete making an effective first move is a step to success,” he said.

Lovelace has coached local athletes who have won awards. Top area athletes that subscribe to Lovelace’s training regimen include Darian Brickhouse, EPC first-team all-star from Parkland; Jason Rezac, Liberty High School wrestler; Kelsey Simpkins, 2015 all-star catcher with Notre Dame High School; and gymnast Montana Muller.

“My focus is on developing 12-year-old athletes,” he said. “But my techniques work with anyone and any age group.”

Why the move back to Catasauqua?

“I just don’t need to have a big space,” Lovelace said. “My training is mostly one on one.

“Our style of training is different. We don’t have weights or elaborate machines. We build athletic performance using natural techniques,” he said.

The move to Catasauqua is expected to be in the middle of May. The name will still stay — Barry Lovelace Athlete Training Academy. There will be an open house once the new facility is in place.