Media Invitation: Apex Athletic Performance Grand Opening recreates NFL combine for media participants

Posted on 5/5/2017

Editor’s Note: This is an invitation for someone from your media team to experience what it like is to participate in an NFL combine. It is not open to the general public.

EVENT:                  Each February, hundreds of the best college football players are invited to the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis, Indiana, where executives, coaches, scouts and doctors from all 32 NFL teams conduct an intense, four-day job interview in advance of the NFL Draft.

To celebrate the opening of its new facility, Apex Athletic Performance is offering media representatives an opportunity to experience the NFL combine feeling and see how your statistics stack up to others.

What is Apex Athletic Performance? Led by Palmetto Health-USC Orthopedic Center physicians, personal trainers, physical therapists, certified strength and conditioning coaches, nutritionists and researchers, Apex Athletic Performance training programs help prepare athletes physically and mentally for intense competition.

WHEN:                   Friday, May 19

TIME:                    11 a.m-1 p.m.

WHERE:                Apex Athletic Performance, 903 Huger St., Columbia, SC

WHY:                     Millions of people have seen the NFL combine. Come experience the NFL combine feeling for yourself and see the new facility.

Components of Apex Athletic Performance combine will include:

40-yard dash
The 40-yard dash is the marquee event at the combine. It's kind of like the 100-meters at the Olympics: It's all about speed, explosion and watching skilled athletes run great times. These athletes are timed at 10, 20 and 40-yard intervals. What the scouts are looking for is an explosion from a static start.

65% BDWT Bench Press Rep Test
The bench press is a test of strength – 225 pounds, as many reps as the athlete can get. What the NFL scouts at the combine look for is endurance. Anybody can do a max one time, but what the bench press tells the pro scouts is how often the athlete frequented his college weight room for the last 3-5 years.

Vertical Jump
The vertical jump is all about lower-body explosion and power. The athlete stands flat-footed and they measure his reach. It is important to accurately measure the reach, because the differential between the reach and the flag the athlete touches is his vertical jump measurement.

Broad Jump
The broad jump is like being in gym class back in junior high school. Basically, it is testing an athlete's lower-body explosion and lower-body strength. The athlete starts out with a stance balanced and then he explodes out as far as he can. It tests explosion and balance, because he has to land without moving.

Shuttle Run
The short shuttle is the first of the cone drills. It is known as the 5-10-5. It tests the athlete's lateral quickness and explosion in short areas. The athlete starts in the three-point stance, explodes out 5 yards to his right, touches the line, goes back 10 yards to his left, left hand touches the line, pivot, and he turns 5 more yards and finishes.


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