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XPE Indepth
15 Jul 2006

In last month’s issue we introduced Tony Villani, creator of XPE (X-Treme Performance Enhancement System) and gave our readers a glimpse of what goes on inside an XPE training center. This month we’re going to continue exploring the world of XPE by looking at some key aspects of this unique and extremely effective training system.


XPE’s training program and philosophy involves three main components:

1) Academic Research. The founder of XPE, Tony Villani, graduated from George Washington University with a Masters Degree in Exercise Science. He finished in the top of his class and had his thesis on sports training published in The European Journal of Applied Physiology. Continuing research is an important part of the XPE system.

2) Training Experience. Experience and knowledge has been gathered from working with thousands of professional, college and high school athletes in a wide range of sports and athletic endeavors, including football, basketball, baseball, hockey, soccer, track and field, and martial arts.

3) Physical Ability. A vital part of the XPE system is that XPE trainers must possess the knowledge and physical ability to perform the drills that XPE athletes go through. Many training programs have trainers that have either education, experience or physical ability. At XPE facilities, trainers have all three attributes.

XPE also provides specific program design. One of the new buzzwords in athletics is “sport specific” training. All too often a training program involves some flexibility exercises, a high knee speed drill, an agility drill, and some abdominal work and at the end of the session the client “trained like an athlete”. This is where XPE is different.



XPE programs are designed not only to be “sport specific” but “athlete specific”. Speed, agility, power, explosion, balance, flexibility, core strength, etc. are needed for every sport, but obviously different sports require more of one than the other. In more depth, different positions within the same sport require different training approaches. The goal with XPE training is to:

*Identify what demands are put on each athlete within their sport and position.

*Identify what the athlete needs or desires to work on.
*Implement the correct training programs

The above sounds simple but is rarely followed. The second step is often overlooked.
For example, it would be wrong to say that XPE has a training program designed for offensive lineman. Rather, XPE has numerous speed and/or explosion and/or agility and/or balance and/or strength and/or conditioning workouts designed. What workouts each offensive lineman participates in totally depends on what each offensive lineman needs to work on. One offensive lineman may need to work on speed getting ready for a 40-yard dash test while another may need to establish a starting point for intense training and begin with strength and conditioning workouts. The same scenario is true for every sport and every position.

XPE has also developed a fitness approach. The same basic principles that work so well for athletes of all levels also works for those, both male and female, who simply want to improve their fitness levels, to look and feel better and perform better in every day life.

One final note: the XPE system does not begin and end in the gym or training facility.
XPE has developed a “Sponsorship Program: whereby a portion of training fees are given back to the community to train younger athletes from low socio-economic backgrounds. XPE also fosters relationships with corporations and professional athletes to support the development of the underprivileged scholar athlete. Our athletes respect our commitment and many of our pro athletes show up at camps to further this approach.

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Arley Vest 

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