About Desolation Athletic Fitness

From fitness enthusiasts to high-school athletes to beginners on their fitness journey, Desolation Athletic Fitness is the perfect place for you to get strong with the help of a seasoned coach. Through classic training cycles that build over time, we develop an experience for you that provides results. Whether you want to train in a small group, team-like environment or prefer to train in a 1:1 setting, Desolation Athletic Fitness will exceed your training needs. Inquire about our membership options through our membership tab or stop by the gym today and speak with Coach E. 

Elliott Amsden South Lake Tahoe, Coach E
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About Desolation Athletic Fitness

1. Soft Tissue Prep

Improve tissue quality with self-myofascial release. We will use foam rolling, trigger point release via a tennis or lacrosse ball and vibration to allow tissue to move properly and send afferent information to the brain and restricted or painful areas to create more muscle awareness.

2. Corrective exercises

Correction exercises to change parameters and allow movements to eventually correct themselves organically. This allows for higher performance in the weight room. Learning movements in an unstressed situation, as well as trying to rearrange movements to create a more thoughtful response, is the best anyone can do to become better engines.

3. Movement Preparation

The term warm up is bland, boring and lacks purpose. Instead we aim to prepare ourselves for our specific tasks! A culmination of a dynamic stretch, stability activation, and integration of movement skills needed for that specific training day.

4. Central Nervous System and Power

Through post activation Potentiation (PAP), thirty seconds to a few minutes after a high-intensity muscle contraction, activated motor units may be more excitable and therefore easier to recruit for increased force production. We use high velocity movements at the beginning of our workouts to take advantage of PAP, to allow our CNS to exhibit higher outputs.

5. Neuromuscular drive and strength

We want to increase the nervous system's ability to move efficiently and with the potential for performance enhancement, be it speed, power or force output. In other words, we want you to enjoy a more efficient and effective nervous system.

6. Capacity and Hypertrophy

We aim to increase Myofibrillar hypertrophy, which refers to when the number of myofibrils increases. This causes muscles to increase in strength and density. Sarcoplasmic hypertrophy refers to the increase in volume of this fluid. It can make muscles appear larger, but it does not increase strength. ​

7. Energy System Development

This is the scientific way of explaining cardio and conditioning, just like the rest of our training, we train specific to our goals, so depending on your goals, we will emphasize different systems around different training periods. ➔ Anaerobic Alactic (ATP-CP) Energy System (High Intensity – Short Duration/Bursts)... Long Rest. ➔Anaerobic Lactic (Glycolytic) Energy System (High to Medium Intensity – Uptempo)...moderate rest. ➔ Aerobic Energy System (Low Intensity – Long Duration – Endurance)...short rest.


Plyometrics, also known as jump training or plyos, are exercises in which muscles exert maximum force in short intervals of time, with the goal of increasing power.

Linear Speed

Accel, Absolute Speed

Multidirectional Speed

Linear Forward & Backward, Lateral, Rotational

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