John Vickers decided to open Xplosive Performance Academy after obtaining over 10 years of practical experience working in the Sports Performance industry. John graduated from Albion College in 2006 with a degree in Exercise Science, while also playing 4 years of football and winning the 2005 MIAA championship. Prior to starting his own business, John managed a sports performance facility in Dearborn Heights & Canton, MI, interned at the University of South Florida, Eastern Michigan University and at Total Performance in Wixom, MI. During his 10 years of experience, John has worked with individuals in the NFL, NHL, NBA, MLB, Olympic Gold Medalists & Silver Medalists and World Champions, numerous College, High School and youth athletes.
John is also NSCA: CSCS, USA Weightlifting - Sports Performance Coach certified & working towards his Precision Nutrition certification.
Mario Hines is the Director of Operations/Head Trainer of Xplosive Performance Academy - Massachusetts location. Mario is a former professional football player from Detroit, MI w/ NFL (Philadelphia Eagles/Indianapolis Colts - 2008), AFL (Kentucky Horsemen/Wheeling Wildcats - 2009, 2010), and GFL (Ravensburg Razorbacks/Bonn Gamecocks - 2013, 2014, 2105) experience after attending Robert Morris University (2004-2008) where he was a 2 time All Conference and All American selection and graduated with a degree in corporate communications. Mario was rated a top 40 WR by Pro Football Weekly’s 2008 Annual Draft Guide. Mario, also, have 7 years experience/knowledge in personal training between apprenticing behind Tom Myslinski, strength and conditioning coach of the Jacksonville Jaguar, and being one of the top trainers at a sports training facility in Dearborn Heights, MI. Mario is now bringing the expert athletic training of Xplosive Performance Academy to DC Baseball Academy. XPA was started by John Vickers who trained Mario in preparation of his professional football career. John is also NSCA: CSCS, USA Weightlifting - Sports Performance Coach certified & working towards his Precision Nutrition certification.
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