Doing It The Buckeye Way

A former Ohio State strength coach uses what he learned during his days in Columbus to help athletes prepare for the battles in high school and beyond


Spending five years at “The Ohio State University” left a lasting impression on Jay Hooten that he carries with him today in the business world.  Having worked under Director of Football Performance heads Al Johnson and Eric Lichter has helped Hooten, who just opened Fast Twitch Performance Enhancement in Huber Heights, Ohio take athletes at the high school level and train them just as if they were part of the Buckeyes strength and conditioning program.


“I’ve been very lucky to have spent five years at Ohio State,” Said Hooten as he overlooked several future college athletes working out at his over 7,000 square foot facility.  “During my stay I worked with many top athletes and wanted to bring what I learned back home to the Dayton, Ohio area. Not only do we help them prepare for what they do on the field during their season, we also help them prepare for combines and summer camps they’ll attend as they work towards earning an athletic scholarship.”


One of those who have reaped the rewards of Hooten’s background is Class of 2008 Buckeye recruit Zach Domicone of Beavercreek, Ohio.  For Domicone the chance to do the same work he’ll be asked to do once he arrives at Ohio State allows him to be prepared and ready to achieve the goals he’s set for his freshman year.”


But Domicone is not alone and Ohio State is not the only program to reap the rewards of the work Hooten is doing.


Jerel Worthy of Wayne High School knows first hand what Coach Hooten can do to help an athlete achieve success at the next level.  For Worthy, the work done prior to last spring and during the summer with Hooten played a key role in his ability to take his game to another level.


Worthy worked hard and changed his body into one that allowed several college programs to offer football scholarships.  He’ll attend Michigan State and is using Fast Twitch during and after his rehab from a knee injury during his senior season.


With the success seen by those who’ve done the work the word has spread quickly and others have found the indoor sand pit to their liking.  Hooten and his staff have embraced working with local high schools by traveling to Miami Valley locations to do group training and after these events have finished many of the top athletes make the choice to continue to work with the former Buckeye strength coach.


“We’ve had people contact us from all over Southwest and Central Ohio.  We’re working with several high schools with the goal of taking their strength program out of the dark ages and into today’s world.  From the comments we’ve received from coaches, players and parents, we feel we’ve hit a spot that was lacking in the area”


Another athlete looking to take his game to the next level is Ohio State Class of 2009 verbal commitment Adam Homan.  The Coldwater native heard from his brother that Hooten’s Fast Twitch was the place to be and has started to make the drive from Coldwater to Huber Heights each week to prepare him for a great senior season. 


Hooten started his Fast Twitch program in the weight room of Wayne High School after the schools athletes finished for the day.  The goal was to move into a separate facility in a short period of time and with the help of a couple of uncles and other family members they achieved their goal early.


In just the first couple of weeks since opening his doors Hooten has seen a constant increase in the number of athletes to walk through his door.  Not only have football players look to take advantage of his knowledge but those in other sports are in search of becoming more explosive as they prepare to earn a scholarship.


When you enter Fast Twitch the first thing you will notice is the lack of weights.  While hitting some iron can play a great role in building up an athlete, it’s the little things that Hooten has brought to his facility that play the key role in his athlete’s success. 


Here are a few photos of some of the members of Fast Twitch at work during a recent workout.

Working in the sand pit "No Day At The Beach"

Zach Domincone in the sand

Adam Homan joins in the fun

Springfield High's Austin Moore working to join the future Buckeyes

Homan works on keeping his balance

Domicone has it down

Jay Hooten gives One-on-One to Homan

Homan does floor work

Buckeye Ties At Fast Twitch Homan, Domicone, Hooten, LaVoie

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