The Detroit native’s nine years in the NFL makes it easy to overlook his brilliant career at Penn State, where he was part of the undefeated team that won the 1995 Rose Bowl and became team captain, a first team All-American and All Big Ten—and finished as the #4 career interception leader in school history with 13.
An inspirational statement from his coach at Penn State, the legendary Joe Paterno, is prominently displayed on the wall of – and perfectly defines the philosophy behind Trinity Sports Performance; a 6,800 square foot, state of the art private training facility owned by Herring and his wife Marissa, in Winter Garden, Florida.
Paterno said: “The will to win is important but the will to prepare is vital.”
Trinity Sports Performance, whose performance coaches work with children ages 13 through college, and its subsidiary facility Garage Mama Fitness; which caters to adults, has grown literally from an informal start up in the corner of the Herrings’ three-car garage in Miami in 2008 to the Orlando area’s premier training and performance center. It is now Winter Garden’s #1 fitness facility, voted one of Southwest Orlando’s Best New Businesses of 2013.
Dedicated to changing the lives of young athletes and be positive role models, Trinity Sports Performance is focused on helping individuals and groups making healthy lifestyle changes by reaching and maintaining fitness goals. In line with Herring’s degree in nutritional science, he and his staff also teach their kids how to make proper nutritional choices.
The facility offers an array of classes ranging from small crew, power training, men’s elite class and youth sports training. Herring specializes in resistance speed and agility training for all sports, strength and conditioning and biometric skills development. The facility features an indoor turf field, plate loaded machines, free weights, selectorized machines, ballet bar, an outdoor training space among other state of the art fitness equipment.
The Herrings’ search for a facility for Garage Mama Fitness grew into a larger plan for a performance center in a region that surprisingly was lacking such facilities. One of Herring’s inspirations was Tom Shaw, former Patriots strength and conditioning coach whose Speed, Power, Agility, Reaction and Quickness Training Program is a leader in performance enhancement. That same training was not represented for the needs of the younger athlete, so he decided to start his own.
Trinity’s philosophy is simple: Provide athletes with the most effective, up to date education, training techniques, technology and coaching in a motivating, engaging training environment and creating unmatched results. Their elite staff of performance coaches serves as mentors and ambassadors for athletic performance. This philosophy expands into the array of services the facility provides its athletes: strength, speed, agility, quickness, flexibility, recovery, sports nutrition and vitamin supplementation. They prioritize athletic life skills such as leadership, accountability and goal setting to enhance overall character.
These are the foundational programs that help Herring’s facility achieve its goal of “taking your game to the next level.” Though athletic training is the core of Trinity’s work, the staff is also dealing on a mental level with the goals and dreams of these young athletes; from those who just want to make their team, to those who want to start for the team, earn all-conference or a college scholarship. As the facility advertises itself, “We have trained with all. From the 13 year old young athlete that hasn’t learned yet how to run properly, or doesn’t yet match adequate strength up to a professional athlete playing in the Super Bowl, our team has trained athletes to PERFORM AT THEIR BEST.”