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Professional and Olympic Athletes: Football, Coaches, and Trainers

Dwayne Provost

Played eight years in the CFL and NFL as a defensive back.  In 2002 he used Paragon’s MSR sprint training, targeted nutrition and coaching to recover from a severed Achilles tendon and run a 4.2 40 yards. 

Mohamed Elsaghir

Trained with Paragon over a number of years while in university.  A wide receiver with the University  of Calgary Dinos football team, Mo had natural speed, competed for Canada in bobsled, and then went on to play  wide receiver in the CFL with the Edmonton Eskimos.

Pee Wee Smith, Allen Pitts, and David Sapunjis

Of the Calgary Stampeders in the CFL used Paragon sprint training apparel for practices and games when the weather got cooler in the Fall.

Blackman Ihem

Coaches numerous world class track athletes from his base in Southern California.  Originally from Nigeria, he and Sam Bock first met at the 2001 IAAF Track and Field World Championships, where his athlete, Chris Williams of Jamaica, won Silver in the 200m.  Coach “Black” Ihem was intrigued with Paragon’s weighted shoe inserts, however at that point only Canadian athletes were allowed to use them.

5 years later in 2006, Coach Black and Bock planned training protocols for Chris Williams and Tyree Washington.

In 2006 Coach Black and Chris Williams, 35, used Paragon’s weighted shoe inserts, training program and targeted nutrition to run 10.06, just off his PB of 10.05 run 7 years earlier.  He also finished 2nd in the 200m World Athletics Final that year (see MSR testing results).  Two years later at age 37 he competed for Jamaica’s powerhouse Olympic track team for his third time. 

In 2007, at 30 years old Tyree Washington of the USA was considered by most to be past his prime, having run his personal bests of 20.09 in 1999 and 44.28 in 2001.  However, under Coach Black, Tyree used Paragon’s weighted shoe inserts, training program and targeted nutrition to make an amazing Indoor 400m comeback .  After just 14 weeks of training and only 3 races, he qualified for the Moscow Indoor World Championships in the 4 x 400.  He led off to win Gold, running the fastest split time of the competition.  His time would have been good enough for Silver in the 400M Open had he been entered  (see MSR testing results).  

Kevin Tyler

Was a nationally ranked 400m sprinter who became Canada’s best bobsleigh breakman at the 1988 Calgary Olympics, pushing the 3rd fasted time (5.26) of the 2-man Olympic competition with David Leuty. Kevin then became Canada’s top 400m sprint coach, and the only Canadian coach to develop a 400m World Championship medalist.  Kevin is currently the Strategic Head of Coaching and Development UK Athletics.

Kevin, Sam Bock and Steve Hall all met while training for bobsleigh.  Kevin was first to introduce Bock and Hall to the basics of sprint mechanics, which he had learned from Charlie Francis.  This began years of intensive research to develop the fastest sprinters on an all-natural drug-free programs and produced Paragon’s revolutionary training programs, MSR training & equipment, metabolic testing & targeted nutrition.  Paragon’s Jack Pyc and Pascal Carron would use all this new technology to ran the fastest known electronic 20m times, a full 10th of second faster than Donovan Bailey (50m world record holder) and 2/10ths faster than Ato Bolden when they were tested by Bock for the adidas sprint shoe project.

Tyler subsequently used Paragon’s metabolic analysis and nutrition programs with his top 400m sprinters Shane Niemi and Tyler Christopher.  Christopher used Paragon’s metabolic testing & analysis and targeted nutrition to help recover from a strained hamstring and win Canada’s first ever World Championships medal in the Men 400 meters at the 2005 World Championships in Helsinki, winning a bronze medal, and setting a new national record of 44.44 seconds.

Andy O’Brien

A renowned strength and conditioning coach who spent 5 years with the NHL’s Florida Panthers.  He was introduced to Paragon by Gary Roberts.  Andy has used Paragon’s research services and metabolic testing & analysis to enhance the performance of many athletes he has trained, from hockey players to swimmers.   Andy is best known for his role in the development of Sidney Crosby, having worked with Crosby from the age of 13 well into his NHL career. O’Brien has worked with over 100 NHL players, as well as a variety of Olympians in various sports, including world champions and world record holders.  Andy is now the Director of High Performance at Edge School and Director of the Duckett Performance Centre, the athletic training centre on the Edge School and Jim Davidson Sports Complex campus.

Mike Kadar

Is the strength and conditioning coach for the Pittsburgh Penguins, and helped guide them to a Stanley Cup and 2 back to back finals.  Mike was introduced to Sam Bock by Gary Roberts and has used Paragon’s metabolic testing and analysis.  “What you put into your body is absolutely what you get out of it, in terms of how you look and how you feel and how you perform…. If you look at the different diets out there, I don’t think there’s one program that fits all.  I think you need to find out how you metabolize your macronutrients — your fats, proteins and carbs….  I think you have to be aware of what you eat, and be aware of how you feel after you eat a certain carb or a certain protein — do you feel energetic or lethargic after you eat certain foods? If it’s lethargic, you may want to take a closer look at what you are eating.”

Lorne Goldenberg

Has been a strength and conditioning coach for the Montreal Canadiens, Florida Panthers, the Ottawa 67s, Gary Roberts and many players.  Lorne was introduced to Sam Bock by Gary Roberts and has used Paragon’s metabolic testing and analysis.  

Craig Slaunwhite

Is the Florida Panther’s strength and conditioning coach and has used Paragon’s metabolic testing.  He replaces Andy O’Brien who left the Panthers to purse a new opportunity as the director of high performance at the Edge School in Calgary.

He has worked extensively with both National Hockey League and American Hockey League players.  Slaunwhite completed a Doctor of Chiropractic from the Canadian Memorial Chiropractic College in June 2009 and also earned a Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology from Dalhousie University in 2003.

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