Featured Program

Summer Sports Cross-Training

Movement in sport is a fundamental strength to the success of any athlete. How an athlete moves is strengthened by understanding how an athlete’s body works in all sport activity. Enhanced coordination, strength, and physical intelligence equal optimal performance in sport.

West End AC proudly offers a High-Performance Summer Training Program for Athletes. Program details include:


  • July and August
  • Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9.30am – 11.30am
  • 2 x 45 minute sessions each day
  • Nutrition Education
  • Yoga & Stretching
  • Strength & Conditioning
  • Fundamentals of Boxing

Current Director of Player Health and Performance at the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club and World Renowned Holistic Health Expert, Matt Nichol, couldn’t agree more. Nichol believes in cross-training to support neuroplasticity and motor learning, proprioception and kinesthetic awareness, motor pattern variation and injury prevention.

Healthy and unhealthy food clashing together as a reminder that nutrition is a component of sports cross-training.


Proper nutrition has short-term and long-term effects on mental and physical health and well-being, especially with our youth. Eating right and knowing the importance of vitamins, minerals, and macro-and micro-nutrients will keep you feeling stable and energized all day. Another component of nutrition and wellness is yoga and stretching. Incorporating these mobilities into cross-training for sports improves flexibility, strength, balance, recovery, injury prevention, and mental focus.

An athlete weight training at West End AC, part of the sports cross-training program to increase strength and conditioning.


Strength training can provide balance to an athlete who has committed to doing one sport. It’s a great way to expose different types of movements to keep them balanced and help the growth of their body. Strength training also benefits those athletes who do cross-train or are involved in a variety of sports. Again, the goal of strength training is to develop better movers, to increase their body’s ability to adapt and be resilient.

Two hockey players punching a heavy boxing bag, learning the fundamentals of boxing for sports cross-training.


Athletes will learn the fundamentals of boxing, including various techniques and principles. They will be trained on proper boxing stances and shown how they provide balance, mobility, and defence. Boxers use movements such as stepping, pivoting, and shuffling to control distance and avoid punches. Boxing requires high cardiovascular endurance, strength, speed, and agility, all of which will translate to athletic performance.

NHL Player Matt Luff on Training at West End AC

It was another way to train. If you look at any high-level athlete they aren’t just training in their one sport. They’re looking for any way to improve their game and performance. The technique and footwork required for boxing directly translate to hockey. From the warm-up to the insane cardio, it makes me a better athlete.” 


Cross-training is a valuable strategy for athletes seeking to improve their fitness, performance, and resilience while reducing the risk of injuries and maintaining motivation and enjoyment in training. At West End Athletic Club, we believe that by incorporating diverse activities into an athlete’s training routine, they can optimize their physical and mental preparation for success in their primary sport. From team training to small group and personal training and training for professional athletes, West End AC is committed to customizing a cross-training program that will transform athletic performance.


Don’t aspire to be the best on the team; Aspire to be the best for your team. Cross-training with your sports team offers a holistic approach to athletic development, promoting fitness, injury prevention, teamwork, versatility, and a positive team culture. West End Athletic Club will develop a training program that supports the goals and objectives of your team while maximizing the flexibility, strength, and agility of each individual player.


Engaging in a private cross-training program, either individually or with a small group, offers several benefits tailored to the specific needs, goals, and preferences of the individual(s). West End AC small group & private training programs offer personalized attention, accountability, motivation, and a supportive environment for achieving your athletic goals effectively and efficiently.


It’s what you do when no one else is watching that separates the good from the great. Cross-training accelerates the performance of professional athletes through injury prevention, improved fitness, enhanced recovery, reduced burnout, muscle balance and symmetry, mental stimulation, longevity in sport, and preparation for transitioning to post-athletic endeavours. West End Athletic Club offers a unique experience for professional athletes to challenge their bodies and enhance their overall athletic performance.

A hockey team standing in the boxing ring at West End AC in Toronto after finishing a sports cross-training session.
An athlete doing free-weight strength training as part of their sports cross-training program at West End AC in Toronto.
NHL hockey player Matt Luff on the ice for the Detroit Red Wings. Matt takes part in cross-training at West End AC in the off-season to improve his fitness and performance.

Why Is Cross-Training Important For Athletes?

It’s important for all athletes to train in the off-season, to maintain a certain level of strength and fitness. That way when they go back into preseason it will be a comfortable transition for them. Boxing is unique in that it can address anaerobic and aerobic fitness. It includes cardiovascular endurance, muscular endurance, and strength, it’s a total body workout. There is also a mental component that most other athletes don’t realize.

Stevie Bailey
West End AC Head Coach

If a kid is really good at a sport, there’s a trend of parents hyperfocusing on that one sport; this is good for skill development perhaps but research supports cross-training and multi-sport athletes for overall physical development.

Miguel Valdez
Strength & Conditioning Coach at West End AC

Gym Hours

Monday                       6:00 am to 9:00 pm
Tuesday                      6:00 am to 9:00 pm
Wednesday                6:00 am to 9:00 pm
Thursday                    6:00 am to 9:00 pm
Friday                          6:00 am to 8:30 pm
Saturday                     8:00 am to 3:00 pm
Sunday                      10:00 am to 2:00 pm