A Local Teen Achieves Dramatic Change At the YMCA Sports Performance Center
We recently sat down with thirteen year old, James Gatzen and his Mom, Cara. The Gatzen family has been part of Southington Community YMCA since James was a camper at YMCA Camp Sloper.
In 2017, the Gatzens began training in the YMCA. Cara, attending personal training and classes. In June James began training with Coach Tommy Sienkowski in the YMCA Sports Performance Center.
"Having trained with Tommy in the past, I knew his attention to mechanics and sense of humor would work for James. I was excited when I found out he was working with teens."
Before coming to the YMCA Sports Performance Center James would experience fatigue while completing simple tasks such as climbing stairs. James enjoys neighborhood sports such as wiffleball and football but felt discouraged by fatigue and shortness of breath while playing.
Since training in the Sports Performance Center, James’ pain and fatigue is dramatically reduced and his self-esteem is at an all-time high. Training in the Sports Performance Center (SPC) has enabled James to work on his strength and athleticism.
“Since coming to the Sports Performance Center I’ve realized that I really enjoy training and one day want to one day work for Major League Baseball” said James.
Today, James trains with Coach Tommy two times a week. He always looks forward to his sessions in the Sports Performance Center and always leaves in a good mood. Working with Coach Tommy has taught James better nutritional habits such as starting every meal with a vegetable rich salad.
“James’s dedication to the program enabled him to catch up to athletes who have been playing sports their whole lives.” said Coach Tommy Sienkowski C.S.C.S Pn L1,L2, Sports Performance Director at the YMCA. “James regularly demonstrates the ability to pick up new skills quickly and self-assess previous performance then adapt far better other kids his age. “
“It’s easier to wake up and go to school” James explained, “Gym class feels easier and much more fun. I look forward to increasing my lifting abilities and doing longer sessions”.