Acceleration Iowa is todays featured business of the day. Acceleration Iowa is located in Urbandale, at 3000 Justin Drive Suite H; it is about 3 miles north of Valley West Mall.
First of all could you tell us a
little bit about you and your business?
I am a former football player for
the Cyclones, playing wide receiver from 1999-2003. After finishing school, I
was eager to get into the business world. I wanted to start my own business, so
I decided to stay in an area I know, sports. My business, Acceleration Iowa
Sports Training was started with a friend of mine in 2004.
Iowa is a franchise of the Frappier
Acceleration Sports Training (FAST) program. I participated in this type of
sports training while in high school. I drove over an hour and 15 minutes each
way to Cedar
Rapids to work on my speed, quickness,
agility and explosiveness. I always thought that
Moines should have a Frappier franchise,
so I started it myself. I want to give the athletes of
Moines the same opportunity I had while
in high school. Without the training I received, I would not have played at
How long has it been in
Iowa started in May 2004, so we have
been in business for a year and a half.
Who is the owner and what is your
role in the business?
I am the co-owner along with Geoff
Where is the business
Iowa is located in
Drive Suite H. This is about 3 miles
north of Valley West Mall.
How many employees do you
We have about 3-5 employees,
depending on the time of year.
What services do you
Our specialty is sports training.
Sport training is for athletes in every sport, usually from about 10 years old
on up. We work on improving speed, quickness, coordination, strength and jumping
ability. These programs are scientifically researched and have trained over
200,000 athletes in over 150 facilities.
We also offer personal training,
which is the more traditional weight lifting and total body fitness. Along with
personal training we have massage therapy.
What are some of the things your
business is most proud of?
First and foremost, we are proud
to offer this program to the athletes in Des
Moines. Every major market in
Iowa had the FAST programs for 4-5
years before we brought it to Des
Moines. I am the perfect testimonial
that this program works and can help take your ability to the next level, so we
are proud to bring this to the athletes of Central
We are also proud that we have had
at least six athletes earn college scholarships (including future Cyclone
football player Patrick Neal), over 25 athletes named All-State, and as well as
several other athletes winning major awards.
How long have you been associated
with Iowa State
Both my business partner and I
have been lifelong Cyclone fans. We have been attending Cyclone football games
since we were very little. I was a member of the football team for five years
(Geoff played college football at Truman State). Both of us continue to follow
and support Cyclone athletics.
How many of your
employees/children are Iowa State
We have had four employees who
were Iowa State students while they worked for us
at Acceleration Iowa. We work closely with the university to offer internships
to students in the Exercise and Sport Science field.
Do you and your employees get
together and tailgate before the games?
We have made several road trips as
well as the tailgating at Jack Trice. My favorite game since I finished my
career was definitely the Kansas State game last year. We made a trip
down to Manhattan for the game and had a tailgate
party. To be there to see the guys comeback like they did and beat K-State for
the first time in Coach Mac's tenure that was a special
What are some of your favorite
I have so many memories as both a
fan and a player, but many of my best memories came as a child. I can remember
the old football games like they were yesterday. My dad and I would make the
hour trip to Ames for every home football game and
many home basketball games. While we did not see very many football victories,
those trips are still special to me.
I witnessed many great basketball
games, especially with Fred Hoiberg against Kansas,
Oklahoma State, etc. There were some great games
in Hilton back in the early 90's.
I think my all time favorite
period was when Coach Mac first got to Iowa State. There were so many changes going
on with the football program, new facilities being built, and the new Cyclone
logo. To me, those were exciting times. Like every Cyclone fan in the mid 90's,
Troy Davis was my favorite player. Iowa State did not always win on Saturday,
but Troy Davis would put on a show.
I will never forget the day Troy Davis ran for 378 yards against
Missouri. Those memories will stay with me
Is there anything else you would
like to mention?
I am excited to be in
proud to offer the FAST program to the athletes in the area. We have worked with
hundreds of athletes in the last year, including many Cyclone fans. We look
forward to working with athletes in every sport and of all ages. Feel free to
stop by for a tour, give me a call at 515-334-FAST, or check out our website at
www.accelerationiowa.com. Go Cyclones!