FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 26, 2016
Former NFL Player and U of A Wildcat All-Pac Ten Player, Reggie McGill
Making an Impact on Youth Athletes Today
Phoenix, Arizona – February 26, 2016 – McGill was a household name on the football field at St. Mary’s High School in Phoenix. He was the Arizona football player of the year in 1986, Parade All-American, Gatorade Player of the year and received a full athletic scholarship to the University of Arizona where he received All-Pac Ten honors as a four-year starter as a Wildcat. After his NFL career with the San Diego Chargers and Detroit Lions came to an end due to injuries, McGill went right back to where it all began - high school.
Reggie McGill has been working with young athletes for over 18 years. While he was recognized as one of the greatest football players of all time at St. Mary’s high school by the Arizona Republic, he is now being recognized for training young athletes in all sports all over the valley. McGill founded ‘Extreme Speed’ in 1998 and is currently working with student athletes from Centennial High School, Boulder Creek in Anthem, Millennium, North Canyon, Brophy and St. Mary’s, to name a few. In the off season, he also trains athletes from the University of Arizona in Tucson, Arizona State University in Tempe, University of Texas El Paso, UCLA and others in a variety of different collegiate sports.
Extreme Speed athlete, Mike Bell and former U of A football player went on to sign with the Denver Broncos and won a Super Bowl with the New Orleans Saints. Additionally proud parent, Michael Hawthorne expressed an enormous amount of gratitude to the trainers at Extreme Speed for helping his son, Tanner Hawthorne. Tanner will be reporting in June this summer at Purdue University, where he will be playing as a Boilermaker in the Big 10 Conference. “Thank you to Extreme Speed, best speed training coaches around,” said Michael Hawthorne. Former Boulder Creek high school/ASU football player, Isaiah Huston has been working with Extreme for several years and continues to train during the off season. It is not just about training football players either. Xavier athlete, Angsley Ramsey has been training with McGill since the 7th grade and is currently training for her upcoming senior year season on the girls sand volleyball team.
Extreme Speed is about working with individuals of all athletic backgrounds; both boys and girls. McGill and other trainers, RJ McGill, son of the legendary player, Michael Richmond and Karlas Mauzy work with students to develop and refine their skills. The trainers focus on the basics of proper footwork, running techniques, balance, explosion, timing of movements, agility, flexibility and most of all, strength and speed. “We work on anything from warm-ups, resistance training, weights to full speed sprints,” McGill said. “It’s all relative to every sport.”
You will find McGill and the other coaches all over the valley accommodating student athlete schedules before and after school on location or at their training facility in North Phoenix. RJ McGill specializes on training athletes individually. He spends time helping them focus on certain areas and building their confidence during the training. “There is no age limit in our training here. You can see we have kids here that are 9 years old. That guy is a football player at Glendale Community College,” McGill said of the two athletes he pointed at while speed and agility training on the track at Phoenix College on an early Sunday morning. “These athletes have to start somewhere.” McGill reiterates that it takes hard work to be a successful athlete. “Some of my older kids started training 7 years ago and now they are off to college on athletic scholarships.”
Recently McGill was invited as a celebrity guest speaker at the Rise Athletic basketball tournament at the Talking Stick Resort Arena; home to the Phoenix Suns. Founder of Rise Athletics, Kristin Hodge developed this athletic program in San Tan Valley many years ago. They offer basketball, flag football, cheer and soccer. Hodge expressed how excited she is to incorporate some of the Extreme Speed training within her sports program. Hodge said, “I’ve had the honor of watching families be impacted by their high school students receiving scholarships. They learned how to be an athlete and perform in all areas to their best of their ability.”
If there are student athletes out there that want to become the best, they now have the opportunity to train with the best. This is not your typical high-end facility with high-tech equipment as you would see in a Rocky Balboa sequel. This training is all done with your own body weight and repetitive speed drills. It is muscle-confusion at its best. At training you will hear McGill and other trainers using words like “Go” and “Use your arms,” but you will also hear how they encourage their athletes and push them to do better.
“For me, more than the unmatched physical fitness and training guidance, they give them (student/athletes) hope, dreams, confidence, accountability, and faith in themselves,” said Flynann Skeen-Janisse. As President for a national organization, I Am Rainbow (Rainbow Housing), Janisse salutes the work of Extreme Speed for more than just offering the physical training, it’s the experiences they offer to these student athletes that may never get that chance.
Extreme Speed will take athletes to the next level and beyond. Boys and girls and even adults are using their training to improve their strength, agility and speed. There is a custom training session for everyone and a custom program for all schools. Building better athletes is what they do!
For more information, go to or contact speed trainer and owner, Reggie McGill at (480) 225-3641 or email him directly for more information at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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