Great athletes are not born; they're made out of hard work, determination, and glued-together Wheaties packets. Craft a new champion with today’s Groupon: for $59, you get an athletic-performance evaluation and five training sessions at either of Parisi Speed School's two Greensboro locations (up to a $184 value).
Wanting to create a place where athletes of all ages could receive state-of-the-art training techniques, former All-American track star Bill Parisi started the Parisi Speed School in 1993. Now with many locations, the schools aim to improve performance in every sport from basketball to speed skating to professional pillow fighting. Each new rookie begins with an evaluation, where a series of speed and strength tests allow examiners to assess the athlete’s superpowers and competitive kryptonite ($59). Speed seekers will then receive five semiprivate sessions in the best class for their age and ability ($25 each). For young guns finding their feet, the Jump Start program (ages 7–11) offers a fun and friendly environment to build confidence and a strong foundation for future physical feats of mythic proportions. For teens, the Total Performance program (ages 12–18) improves strength, speed, agility, and endurance. And for those who hold sporting aspirations beyond the high-school gym, the P.E.A.K. program (ages 17+) helps the sports stars of tomorrow run faster, jump higher, lift heavier, and sign autographs more rapidly than ever before.
Parisi Speed School was named one of the top 10 gyms in the country by Men’s Health magazine. Since the school opened in 1993, over 127 Parisi-trained athletes have been drafted into the NFL. Future fullbacks can choose from two locations, both offering 4,000-square-foot facilities with sprint tracks, turf fields, and strength-training areas perfect for forging the next generation of supercharged sportspeople.
Though Parisi Speed School sometimes offers one free session online to new members, this Groupon still offers the best deal available.