WATSONVILLE — The Marinovich brothers, Marv and Gary, said have enjoyed their return to Santa Cruz County to help athletes of all ages improve in their training.
They hope more athletes and coaches take heed at what they are doing.
The brothers will host a four-hour training seminar Sunday at 10 a.m. at the Integrated Martial Sciences Academy in Santa Cruz.
“We hope that coaches and athletes, mostly the coaches, take a look at what we’re doing, and hopefully we can put them on a better path,” said Gary Marinovich, a former Cleveland Brown. “The light has not gone on.”
The brothers preach of a training system in which athletes do not solely use weights in hopes of getting bigger. Their idea is a complete training regimen that focuses on different workout techniques. Some of the work is even done in a swimming pool.
They do most of their training out of IMS, although some work is done at the Noble Moreno Gym in Watsonville.
Local and professional athletes have caught on, including Jacksonville Jaguars defensive back Dwight Lowery, Oakland Raiders defensive back Terrail Lambert, and mixed martial artist Greg Maynard.
Marv Marinovich brought up the concept that athletes might rest on their laurels after reaching the big stage.
Marinovich has been on the big stage throughout his life. He was a two-time state wrestling champion at Watsonville High and then went to the University of Southern California, where he was on the 1962 undefeated football team that won the national championship.
He also played played three seasons with the Raiders before becoming the first strength-and-conditioning coach under then-owner Al Davis.
“Even the greatest athletes have weak points and don’t know,” Marinovich said.
Gary Marinovich pointed out the need to work the nervous system as part of a complete workout. If an athlete can have muscular balance, he says it’ll help them excel beyond what they ever dreamed of doing.
“You also eliminate injuries,” he said. “That’s huge in contact sports. When you bring the body in balance, you eliminate pulls and strains and tears. Injury prevention is a big deal.”
Robert Terrance, who runs Terrance Athletic Training and works with the Marinovich brothers, said a difficult task for them is to teach an athlete their system and hope they stick with it.
“If they go back to their coaches or their teams and go back to what they used to do, they lose that edge,” Terrance said. “They can gain so much working with Gary and Marv, and hopefully we can tell more people about that in this seminar.”
Several student-athletes have taken to the Marinovich training system, and the brothers have liked their progress.
“We think we’ve had great success with local people,” Gary Marinovich said. “We want to reach a much larger group, especially the coaches in particular who are responsible for the development of the student-athletes.”
• WHAT: Marinovich Training Systems Seminar
• WHEN: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
• WHERE: Integrated Martial Sciences Academy, 1037 17th Ave., Santa Cruz
• TICKETS: $45 adults, $10 students
• DETAILS: terranceathletictraining.com
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