Building the body to perform at an elite level.

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Starts Up Front is dedicated to bringing out the very best in every athlete we train.

We provide full-service, professional training that focuses on speed, fitness, balance, agility, confidence and more. Together, we can take your performance to the next level, so you can lead your team to victory.

TRAINING AT STARTS UP FRONT (SUF)

We offer youth training (8th grade and younger), as well as high school and collegiate-level training camps. This isn’t just about building muscle on the court or field. It’s about giving you the skills needed to achieve victory in the game of life. Are you in it to win it?

Speed and agility Training

Speed and agility Training

Boost your speed, balance, acceleration and power to maximize your mobility, flexibility and performance.

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Football Training

Football Training

Master footwork speed, agility and hand drills. Learn pass fundamentals, protection, blocking, rushing and more.

  • Hand-eye coordination
  • Run blocking
  • Pass blocking
Basketball Training

Basketball Training

Lace up for the skills you need on the court and beyond.

  • Ball-handling drills
  • Big men development drills
  • Speed and agility
  • Hand-eye coordination drills

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NFL COMBINE TRAINING

Tackle everything you need to prepare for the NFL draft.

  • Vertical jump
  • Broad jump
  • Shuttle yards
  • 40-yard dash
  • Speed training

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ATHLETIC TESTIMONIALS

I want to give a great shout out to my man Enoch Smith for perfecting my feet and my hands to give me the ability to have an elite pass rush.

Isaiah Lee
Defensive Tackle, Iowa State University

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PRICING

Group Training Sessions:

Registered athlete: $40.00

Walk-up athlete: $45.00
(day of the training)

10-Session Package:

10 group sessions: $370.00

Must be completed within one month of purchase.

One-on-one Training:

$100.00/session

Contact us to schedule private training sessions that are tailored to helping you meet and exceed your specific needs.

LOCATIONS

Whether you live in Chicago or the suburbs, Starts Up Front has two state-of-the-art training facilities ready to help you reach your full potential. When you walk through our doors, you’ll do more than hit the gym. You’ll see results.

CHICAGO

HiFi Fitness
820 N. Orleans St.
Chicago, IL

Training by appointment only for one-on-one and small group sessions. Appointments must be set by Friday.

Monday–Thursday

  • 7:30–8:30 pm
    Speed and agility or positional training.

Saturday

  • 1:00–2:00 pm
    Speed and agility or positional training.

Sunday

  • 1:00–3:00 pm
    Speed and agility or positional training.

PLAINFIELD

Go Pro Sports
24317 W. 143rd St.
Plainfield, IL

Friday

  • 7:00–8:00 pm
    OL/DL — all ages

Saturday

  • 3:00–4:00 pm
    OL/DL — all ages

Sunday

  • 4:00–5:00 pm
    OL/DL — all ages

PRO COACHES IN YOUR CORNER

Our coaches are committed to bring out the very best in the athletes with whom we partner. Count on us to provide the passion, training and support needed to help you develop physically, mentally and emotionally — so you can win both on and off the field.

Coach Smith Sr. earned a master's degree in K–12 educational administration from DeVry University's Keller Graduate School of Management and a master's degree in education in curriculum and instruction with a minor in leadership from Concordia University in Portland, OR. Smith is a proud recipient of the NJCAA Defensive Line Award and has been recognized with Highland CC Defensive Lineman of the Year and Peoria Pirates Iron Man of the Year. In addition, he was awarded First-Team All-Conference Defensive End status from Missouri State University in 2001. Smith has played in the Arena Football League for four different teams. He is currently pursuing his doctorate in Christian and ministry leadership from Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA.

Coach Stevenson completed his doctorate in sport and performance psychology and earned his master’s degree in clinical mental health counseling from Lamar University. Stevenson played for two hall of fame head coaches, Tim Kelly (basketball) and Dick Zatkovich (football), at Lincoln High School in Washington. Stevenson has worked with varsity basketball, wrestling, track and field, and football athletes. He has a background not only in coaching but also in the recruiting process for potential college players.

Coach Johnson started his football career at Saint Rita High School. As an All-American and preseason defensive player of the year, Johnson finished his college career as No. 4 in all-time sacks. As a free agent, Johnson was signed with the New York Jets. He was drafted for the XFL and has played for the AFL. Johnson has coached for two years at Illinois Wesleyan and two years for the Varsity D Line at Plainfield South High School. He is passionate about coaching and passing on what he has learned to everyone he mentors.

Coach Smith began his career at Michigan State before going to Oklahoma State for the 2017 season. Members of the media voted Smith the 2018 Defensive MVP of the Liberty Bowl. Smith helped the Cowboys rank in the top 20 nationally in sacks, tackles for loss and red zone defense. He ranked among the nation’s top defensive tackles by Rivals, Scout, 247Sports and ESPN and was listed as a four-star prospect by Rivals.

Coach Gibson played college football for the University of Notre Dame before being drafted for the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1995. After three successful years with the Steelers, Gibson joined the Cincinnati Bengals, where he played until 2003. Gibson began his illustrious career with his nomination as High School All-American by USA Today in 1989. During his time as a football defensive tackle in the NFL with the Steelers and Bengals, Gibson performed 243 tackles, 17.5 sacks and one interception.

RECRUITMENT

Looking to ease the pain of college recruitment? We offer professional consulting services that include:

  • High school film evaluations
  • Consultations
  • Player psychological aptitude tests
  • Education about the NCAA Eligibility Center (formerly NCAA Clearinghouse) requirements
  • Collegiate bus tours
  • Resume and customized webpage services

Collegiate recruitment packages and pricing will vary depending on the stage of the recruiting process you are currently in. Contact us for more information on how we can help you navigate through the recruitment process.

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