Ben Gaal provides design and instruction for all APE training programs. Ben has an
undergraduate degree in Psychology
from Le Moyne College and a Masters degree in Exercise and Sports Science from Ithaca College.
Ben has been involved in
competitive athletics his entire life. From little League, where he played on State
Championship teams, to Babe Ruth
Baseball where he played in the Babe Ruth World Series, right through to college where Ben
played for then Division I Le
Moyne, winning multiple All-Conference Selections, Conference and Tournament championships, and
reaching the NCAA
Tournament twice (facing the likes of perennial powers Arkansas, Texas A&M, Wichita State and
Professionally, Ben has served as an assistant coach at the College level (Onondaga Community
College and Ithaca
College) and for the past several years as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for Le Moyne
College Baseball and the Los
Angeles Angels of Anaheim organization. In addition to physical training, Ben has a background
in sports nutrition,
sports psychology, and understands that these factors all must work together in order for the
athlete to succeed. Having
played at the Division I level and coached at the professional level, Ben understands what it
takes to succeed in
competitive athletics. Contact Ben: (315) 447-9759 firstname.lastname@example.org
A.P.E. Pre-Season Strength and Conditioning:
This Pre-Season class is designed specifically for baseball/softball players looking to improve strength, power, and speed as they begin to prepare for the upcoming spring season. The program will also focus on arm care and core strength/control to prepare the athletes for the increased workloads they will be undertaking. Please note this class can be modified to meet the needs of athletes who are currently in-season, are preparing for other spring sports or those who are in an off-season.
Athletes will attend class 3x/wk for 4 weeks from Monday, January 4th thru Saturday, January 30th. We will continue to run it as we did this past fall, with a variable schedule. Athletes will register for 3 time slots per week, with each session being 1-hour long. Class options are 5:30-6:30pm or 6:30-7:30pm Mondays thru Thursdays and Saturdays from 10-11am or 11am-12pm. There is a possibility to add more times based on demand.
Due to COVID-19 we are further limiting class size and all necessary precautions are being taken. Class size is limited to 6 athletes per section and the price of the class is $300. Missed classes may not be able to be made up due to the class size, but all efforts will be made to work with the athletes. Payment plans are available. If we are mandated to shut down due to COVID-19, credit will be given to a future class for any canceled sessions. If you have any questions about scheduling, the class itself or would like to register please contact Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist Ben Gaal directly at 315-447-9759 or email@example.com. Please note that requests will be taken in the order they are received and the last two programs sold out.
A.P.E. Pre-Season Plyometrics Class (CLOSED):
for athletes looking to improve their athletic performance through better jumping and landing mechanics, greater force production and absorption, and overall explosiveness. We will focus on proper mechanics for jumping and landing, improving the rate at which you produce force and reducing your risk of injury.
Class will meet on Fridays from 6-7p for 5 weeks beginning on February 14th extending thru March 13th. Price of the class is $131 credit or $125 cash/check and is limited to 10 athletes.
A.P.E. Pre-Season Speed & Agility Class - (CLOSED):
for spring sport athletes looking to improve foot speed, top end velocity and change of direction.
This program can also be utilized by athletes who do not participate in spring sports, but wish to
continue to develop their speed and agility. We will focus on proper running mechanics,
sprinting and change of direction drills, and lower body strength training. You can choose to participate 1, 2, or 3 days per week. Sessions will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 7-8p, and Saturdays from 9-10a. This class will be 5 weeks long, starting Tuesday, February 11th thru Saturday, March 15th. Classes are limited to 10 athletes per session. Price of 1 session/wk is $131 credit or $125 cash/check, 2 sessions/wk is $231 credit or $220 cash/check, 3 sessions/wk is $326 credit or $310 cash/check.
Please note, payment plans are available. Due to the coach’s schedule, missed classes may not be able to be made up,
although all efforts will be made to work with each athlete. If you have any questions about the
class, please contact Strength and Conditioning Specialist Ben Gaal directly at (315) firstname.lastname@example.org
Common Training Myths
Myth #1: Nutrition
- The myth that athletes and non-athletes can share the same nutritional habits. Scroll down to
section and read up on why nutrition is so important to athletes.
Myth #2: Female & Male Athletes
- The myth that male and female athletes are built the same and should train in exactly the
same manner. Scroll down to our "Girls Training" and "Boys Training" sections to read up on
some crucial differences between the genders.
Myth #3: Sports Have Seasons But Training Does Not
- The myth that athletes should train in the same format (sets, reps, intensities, schemes) at
all times of the
calendar year. Scroll down to our "Training Seasons" section and read up on how athletes should
training depending on the time of their sport's year.
Nutrition is a very important, and often overlooked aspect of an athlete's training. Athletes
need to realize that their nutritional requirements vary from those of non-athletes. Whether
you are trying to add size and strength, or are looking to cut body fat in order to improve
performance, nutrition is critical. It is crucial that athletes understand not only what to put
in their body, but also when is the right time for it to be ingested. At APE we continually
stress proper nutrition and hydration and are always giving out constant tips and reminders on
how athletes can use nutrition to improve their performance. APE takes every aspect of training
into consideration when working with its athletes. We will be sure to educate and motivate your
athlete to look at nutrition as a challenge they must undertake in order to reach their goals.
Nutrition must be altered to match the training that each athlete is undertaking. "Eat to
APE offers access to the weight room and its equipment for any parents or brothers/sisters
looking to exercise on their
own. The cost is $5 per visit and is based on availability of equipment. This is a great option
for anyone looking to
get healthier or simply pass the time! A waiver must be signed before access is granted.
Personal Training provides individual and specific training programs with the added benefit of
hands-on instruction. Every aspect of the training program will be geared toward the individual
and their goals, and will be based on their age, skill level, and time of the season. The
one-on-one setting allows for complete monitoring of body mechanics, to ensure that athletes
remain safe and that any imbalances are corrected immediately before the chance of injury.
Personal Training is great for athletes who are just beginning to train as well as those more
advanced athletes making the push toward Varsity and Collegiate level athletics.
Classes will be offered continuously throughout the calendar year at APE. The classes will be
aimed toward specific athletes at specific times of the year. Every aspect of the class will be
geared toward a specific sport in order to ensure maximum results for its athletes. All sports
can be addressed, and classes can be created to meet demand. Nutrition, injury prevention,
strength, speed and agility are all aspects that will be covered in each class. Duration of the
classes may vary based upon the sport's season and what goals we are trying to achieve. Classes
are great for individuals or teammates looking to receive training that is directly aimed at
their sport in order to maximize their potential.
Oswego State Baseball Endorses A.P.E. Strength Training:
Scott Landers, Oswego State Head Baseball Coach
Ben is a young, energetic Strength and Conditioning Coach who takes pride in his work.
In my two years at Oswego State, we have used the A.P.E. Strength Training Program that has
benefited our athletes immensely. Ben's sport specific program has shown to make our players
much stronger physically and noticeably faster while maintaining the flexibility to perform at the
highest level. The A.P.E. program is outstanding for any level athlete who is committed to being
the best. I would recommend any baseball player who wants to play at the next level to use Ben
and his abilities.
Coach Scott Cassidy and Le Moyne College Baseball endorsement of APE Strength Training:
The guys have been working out very hard in the weight room and it
shows as they are in great physical shape at this point. We would like to give a special thanks to Ben Gaal, a
former player here at Le Moyne, who is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist at A.P.E Strength
Training located in the CNY Baseball Warehouse. Ben has worked with
our team the past few years and we have seen great improvements in this area of our program.
Winter Hours of Operation (October-March)
Summer/Fall Hours of Operation (April-September)
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April through September:
Please contact Ben Gaal at (315) email@example.com to confirm APE hours if you wish to drop in.
We are always available by appointment and are open for any APE class that is currently in session. Class
information may be found under the "APE NEWS" and "CLASSES OFFERED" tabs. Summer/Fall hours vary day-to-day so
that we may be available for coaching our travel teams at practices, games, and tournaments. Thank you!
*Saturday availability may vary due to prior engagements with Baseball U New York*
*Appointments can be made for times outside the hours of operation by contacting Ben Gaal*
Discounted rates apply for cash or check payments.
$5 Drop-in fee for parents or brothers/sisters who would like to use the weight room during lessons or classes. Access is based on availability and a waiver must be signed prior to use.