STACK Joins Forces with World-Renowned Sports Performance Training Expert Chip Smith

STACK has joined forces with Chip Smith, one of the world's foremost sports performance experts.

Chip Smith's proprietary MORR Sports Performance Training System, used by more professional, Olympic and elite athletes than any other training system in the world, to be fully integrated into STACK's sports performance service platform, including STACK Velocity Sports Performance Training Centers, STACK High Schools and STACK digital products.

NEW YORK – STACK, the leading sports performance services company and the nation's largest youth athlete training organization through its subsidiary, STACK Velocity Sports Performance, today announced that it has joined forces with Chip Smith, a founding father of the sports performance industry and one of the foremost sports performance experts in the world. The combination brings together STACK, the largest sports performance platform in the nation reaching more than 10 million athletes and 75% of all high schools; its STACK Velocity Sports Performance national training centers in 40 key markets; and Chip Smith's innovative training system and exclusive training family of elite athletes. Chip Smith's MORR (an acronym for Movement, Overspeed, Resistance and Reaction) Sports Performance Training System will be implemented across all STACK assets, bringing the training of elite professional athletes to the mass youth athlete market. Designed to maximize individual results for each athlete, the MORR System isolates sport-specific and position-specific movements with the goal of increasing an athlete's speed, flexibility, efficiency and explosive power in that movement.

Chip Smith and his MORR Sports Performance Training System have trained more than 200 current NFL players, 60 Pro Bowlers, 40 first-round NFL draft picks and four Heisman Trophy winners. Athletes that have trained with Chip include:

  • San Francisco 49er Pro-Bowl quarterback Colin Kaepernick
  • Chicago Bears Future Hall of Fame linebacker and NFL Defensive Player of the Year Brian Urlacher
  • The Olympic Gold Medal and World Champion Women's Gymnastics and Women's Volleyball Teams
  • Four-time NBA All-Star and Olympic Dream Team member Mark Price
  • U.S. Women's National Soccer Team member Kylie Bivens
  • New Orleans Saints 12-time NFL Pro Bowl and two-time NFL Defensive Back of the Year Champ Bailey
  • Chicago Bears five-time Pro Bowl, NFL sack leader and NFC Defensive Player of the Year Jared Allen
  • U.S. World Champion Swimmer and Olympic Medalist Amanda Weir and many more elite athletes.

Nick Palazzo, STACK Co-Founder and CEO, said, "It is a tremendous honor to join forces with Chip Smith, one of the true pioneers and innovators in the sports performance industry. We are very excited to take our relationship to new heights with the goal of building on Chip's remarkable work with elite athletes and sharing his MORR Training System with the millions of young athletes who engage with STACK via our content, digital products and training centers. This is directly aligned with our mission of providing the training of the pros to the masses and giving every athlete an opportunity to reach his or her performance goals. The same training that created NFL hall of famers is now available to young athletes via our products and experiences. We are thrilled to be impacting our nation's youth and building upon Chip's legacy."

Chip Smith said, "I am so thrilled to partner with STACK. We have a very special training family, which includes world-class athletes around the world who know what it means to GET MORR. I have been affiliated with and contributed to STACK from the very beginning. Together, we now have a chance to bring the MORR Sports Performance Training System to athletes and coaches all over the world. Our System and MORR Certifications will now be available to the masses—and that just tops off my career in this business. I have been doing this for a long time, and have been blessed to have thousands of elite athletes in our training family. Now our family will grow to include any athlete or coach who wants MORR Results. That is what it is all about for us, and that is what our relationship with STACK is all about. I am just humbled and excited that our training family can be a part of it."

Former NFL superstar Brian Urlacher said, "Chip Smith has been family to me my entire career. He has been my guy since I came into the league, and his system is the best. I am proud for Chip, and even MORR happy that young athletes all over the world will now get the chance to have access to the same system I used to be the best player I could be."

Current NFL superstar Jared Allen said, "Chip Smith is my trainer and is family for me. His MORR System is what I use to get ready for the season because it simply gets me the results I want. This deal will allow athletes everywhere to know what I have known for a long time, and that is where to get MORR into my game. Chip is the man."

Current NFL superstar Champ Bailey said, "Chip has been my guy since I came into the league. He is like family to me, and his MORR System is the best there is if you want results. MORR Speed, MORR Explosiveness, MORR Longevity. Take it from me; I have had MORR my whole career. Now with this deal in place with STACK, everybody can get MORR."

About STACK

STACK is the nation's leading sports performance services company targeting youth athletes. STACK exists to educate and inspire the next generation of athletes. STACK platforms include: STACK.com, the digital home of all STACK content and web-based tools, STACK Magazine, targeted to high school athletes, with a circulation rate base of 875,000 and readership of more than 5 million, distributed in 13,500 high schools across the country, representing 75% of all high schools with varsity sports programs; and STACK Velocity Sports Performance, the largest athletic performance training organization in North America. STACK Velocity has helped over a million athletes maximize their athletic potential. We currently have more than 40 STACK Velocity training facilities across the United States.  STACK also enjoys key strategic partnerships with Yahoo Sports, the largest digital sports property on the Internet; Eastbay/FootLocker.com, a leading world supplier of athletic shoes, clothing and sports equipment; and the Amateur Athletic Union, one of the largest non-profit volunteer sports organizations in the United States. Learn more at www.stack.com.

About Chip Smith

Founder of Chip Smith Performance Systems, Chip Smith is recognized as one of the foremost sports performance experts in the United States and a founding father of the sports performance industry. Chip has trained over 200 NFL players currently on rosters and over 1,300 players who have signed pro contracts. Chip does Combine preparation for scores of players selected each year in the NFL Draft and has trained over 40 first-round draft picks. Chip's clients include four Heisman Trophy winners. Chip has also trained over sixty Pro Bowl players, one NFL Comeback Player of the Year, two Defensive Rookies of the Year, and most recently, the 2005 NFL Defensive Player of the Year Brian Urlacher, 2009 Defensive Player of the Year James Harrison, and 2011 Defensive Player of the Year Jared Allen. Chip has also worked with 14 Chinese Olympic Teams. He recently returned from Beijing where he trained 41 Olympic Medalists, including 21 Gold Medalists from the 2008 Summer Olympic Games and 20 Gold Medalists from the 2012 London Olympics.

Chip holds a B.S. in Physical Education from Liberty University. He did post-graduate work in speed and strength at the world-renowned Soviet Sports Institute in Moscow. He holds a Master of Sports Science certification from ISSA, an exercise specialist certification from Cooper's Aerobic Institute, and a Master's of Sports Performance certification from MORR.

 


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