MAC Sports Performance

Becoming a champion begins with a commitment: Striving to be the best version of yourself, each and every day. The wins, losses, and experiences on the court, field or ice are the byproduct of the hard work you put in behind the scenes. At MAC Performance, we aim to define, challenge, and measure the work it takes to elevate an athlete to the next level.
Whether you are looking to make the jump from JV to Varsity, high school to college, or maximize your elite level potential, our programming is meticulously designed to build great athletes, and better people. Using a holistic approach, our training system will push each athlete to move better, run faster, and train smarter, as well as offer practices to recover and build resilience to injury.
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Get the edge

The competitive edge lies in an athlete’s ability to take advantage of everything under their control in the face of the uncontrollable nature of sport. Our training system will serve as a catalyst to crafting athlete preparation, performance and recovery.

Want to learn more?

To inquire about the program and how to get involved, please send inquiries to our Director of Sports Performance Training, Sam Butts, at sbutts@macbythesea.com

Benefits of the program

Learn To Prepare:

Each day will begin with thorough warm-ups designed to prepare our body for the training session. The way an athlete warms up speaks volumes about the intensity they are prepared to undertake, as well as where they are mentally. At the highest levels of sport, the tone is set in warm-ups. Our system takes pride in preparation.

Speed and Power Development:

Athletes will progress through phases of maximal acceleration and sprinting efforts, plyometrics, med-ball throws and resistance training for power, all of which are logged and tracked. The fastest players (with the ability to put force into the ground, quickly!) are oftentimes the best players. Our athletes will refine technique, sprint for time, and learn to display power in various body positions.

Strength Training:

Strength is a crucial component of the speed & power equation. The ability to apply force into the ground, over and over again, in an efficient manner, is paramount to increasing athleticism. Athletes will be educated on fundamental movement quality while they progress through phases of compound (full-body) strength, power, and sport-enhancing movements. As movement mastery is demonstrated, advanced strength exercises will be added.

Conditioning:

In working with the reality of year-round sports, intelligently programmed energy system development is vital. The use of tempos, along with interval & repeat runs and bike efforts, help mimic the energy demands of sport in a controllable, safe setting. Having a higher metabolic threshold gives athletes more consistent access to hit top speeds in a game.

When Performance Meets Longevity:

Soreness, sweating and getting sick to your stomach are poor indicators of a good workout. Actually getting better, faster and stronger, while being excited to show up the next day, is the name of the game. More is not better. Better is better. The key is identifying each athlete’s greatest needs and executing a game plan over a consistent period of time to increase performance in those areas; balancing it all with recovery, nutrition and sleep.

MEET OUR COACHES

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Sam Butts

Director of Sports Performance Training

Sam graduated from Thornton Academy (Saco, ME) and St. Joseph’s College (SJC) of Maine (Standish, ME) with a Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science (2009-2013). A 4-year Varsity hockey player and Travis Roy award finalist, he moved on to be a 4-year starter and captain of the SJC baseball team. Sam has over a decade of measurable success in sport performance training, yoga, and extensive knowledge and practice in health, wellness, and nutrition. He completed an internship with the vaunted Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning program where he worked with athletes at all levels. The Boyle program is regarded as the best strength and conditioning program in the country.

Sam has developed a lifelong passion for movement, sports and performance training through his own experiences as an athlete. He aspires to build this same passion in every athlete he works with and, as a coach, he hopes to have the same positive impact on others that so many of his coaches had on him.

Sam believes in building the basics and takes pride in consistently doing the common things uncommonly well. He focuses on creating an athletic foundation to support injury prevention and increased performance in sport. Most importantly, he hopes to instill self-confidence and build high-character individuals who appreciate and love the process of striving to get better each day- physically, mentally, and in every other way- through taking ownership of their own journey.

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Nicole Kornet

Sports Performance Coach

Nicole graduated from UCLA in 2017 with a degree in Sociology. She was a member of the basketball team, and made it to the NCAA Tournament all five years she played. After two consecutive Sweet Sixteen appearances and a loss in the Elite Eight her transfer year, she had experienced firsthand the highs and lows of competitive sport.

She comes from an athletic family where all of her siblings received full-ride scholarships at the collegiate level. Her father played for the Milwaukee Bucks and her younger brother currently plays for the Boston Celtics. She credits her family for the competitive spirit she carries on a daily basis.

Knowing what it takes to achieve success at the highest level is something Nicole can show her athletes through her work ethic and consistency to the details. “Leave a place better than you found it” is something that has stuck with her through her time at The University of Oklahoma under Coach Sherri Coale. “You can learn a lot about an athlete by the person they are on the court, field, or ice. It’s my job to make sure that person is detail-oriented, passionate, and most importantly knows how to have fun.”

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Alex Chase

Sports Performance Coach

Alex grew up in Biddeford, Maine with no shortage of physical activity. There, she played field hockey, basketball and softball and started lifting in the gym at a young age to keep up with the demand. Alex graduated from Curry College in Massachusetts in 2021 and played DIII softball which was evidently cut short by Covid. She graduated college with a degree in public health and wellness/biology while simultaneously getting her CPT through NASM her senior year.

“I found a passion through training individuals to be their strongest, most confident self. My first training job was at Impact Fitness in Maine where I coached 1-on-1 lifestyle clients for about 2 years until new opportunities brought me back to Massachusetts and I was accepted into the Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning summer internship.

This experience sparked my interest and desire to train athletes of all levels to prepare them to be the best in their field. I am so excited to be a part of MAC and get to know the community and bring a strong presence to the floor.”