Frequently Asked Questions

“What does it mean to convert from an “exerciser” to an “athlete”?

Exercising is a lot better than being sedentary, but it’s (hopefully!) not the final step in your evolution. Exercisers tend to have an adversarial relationship to physical activity— they’re at war with their bodies, trapped in an endless cycle of “calories in, calories out.” To an exerciser, working out is something to be endured, not enjoyed. Athletes, on the other hand, revel in their physicality. Athletes don’t exercise, nor do they “work out.” They train. We’ve turned the most unlikely people into athletes, and would love the opportunity to show you a better way.

“What makes Staley Performance Institute different from other personal trainers who work in commercial gyms?”

Well, first, please don’t call us personal trainers! We’re teachers and coaches. We’re here not only to show you what to do and how to do it, but also to help you discover the parallels between your successes in the gym, and personal growth outside of the gym.

“I don’t live in Arizona. How do I make logistical arrangements to train with Charles at the Staley Performance Institute?”

Our out of town clients stay at the AAA Four Diamond Arizona Grand Resort which is the leading Arizona family vacation getaway and Southwest meetings destination. The 740 suite hotel and conference center offers an 18-hole golf course, athletic club, spa, salon, a 7-acre water park, seven unique dining venues and 117,000 sq. ft. of indoor and outdoor meeting space.  Please contact the Staley Performance Institute at e-mail info@staleyperformance.com to inquire about rates, scheduling, and availability.

“What is the Staley Performance Institute (SPI) all about?”

The Staley Performance Institute is our state-of-art training and education center located at the Arizona Grand Resort in Phoenix, Arizona. Our out of town guests live comfortably on-site while they train with Charles & staff.

“What is your training philosophy?”

We believe that physical activity should be safe, personally rewarding, systematized, progressive, and goal-directed.

“What is EDT?”

EDT stands for “Escalating Density Training,” a unique system of resistance training developed by Charles Staley. A quick Google search will take you to Charles’ many articles on the subject.

“Do I need to be an elite athlete to train with you guys?”

Certainly not. While we do train professional and Olympic athletes, most of our clients are actually “regular people” over 40 years of age. We particularly enjoy introducing the benefits of barbell and strength training to those who might not otherwise discover them.

“Can high school or college athletes train at the Staley Performance Institute?”

Certainly. Please contact the Staley Performance Institute at  e-mail info@staleyperformance.com to inquire about rates, scheduling, and availability.

“How would I benefit from training at the Staley Performance Institute?”

• We’ll help you identify and resolve weaknesses that have been impeding your continued progress.

• You’ll learn efficient, safe, and effective technique on fundamental barbell skills such as squats, cleans, presses, deadlifts, jerks, snatches, and bench presses.

• You’ll improve your understanding of programming (designing an effective training schedule)

• We’ll teach you about and encourage you to explore competitive opportunities that exploit your natural talents and skills.

• If you’re not a local client, we’ll continue to supervise and monitor your training via telephone and web-based communication.

“What does a day of training look like at the Staley Performance Institute?”

Typically you’ll wake up in the comfort of your luxuriously appointed suite, where you might enjoy a cup of coffee on your private patio overlooking the golf course.  After having breakfast in bed or at (our favorite) The Lobby Grill, you’ll get ready for your training session. After training you’ll have lunch and (depending on your mood) hang out at the pool, enjoy a round of golf at the Arizona Grand Golf Course, take a hike through the majestic beauty of Arizona’s South Mountain Park, or get pampered with a relaxing massage, cleansing body treatment, hydrating facial or one of the many salon services at the Arizona Grand Spa.

If there’s an afternoon small-group session, you’re welcome to participate, and if not, you’re free to enjoy the Arizona Grand Resorts Oasis Water Park voted in the Top 10 by the Travel Channel, take a nap, or head out to one of Arizona Grand Resort’s amazing restaurants for dinner.

If you have special needs or interests, please let us know prior to your stay and we’ll do our best to accommodate you!

“What is the Tri-Cor training system?”

We believe that the most important training targets are speed-strength, maximum strength, and strength-endurance. Development across these three qualities optimizes lean-bodymass and overall athletic functioning. Conveniently, these three qualities can be effectively developed using events from the sports of weightlifting, powerlifting, and strongman. The daily “TOD” (Training Of the Day) found at www.Staleyperformance.com reflects this training philosophy.

“How old is too old to learn to lift free weights?”

The fact that you asked this question means you’re not too old. We have a number of clients in their 60’s and 70’s who are regularly hitting new PR’s (personal records) in and out of the gym. How does getting stronger help me in my day-to-day life? Any physical task you perform requires a certain percentage of your maximum strength. When you maximum strength increases, those same tasks require a smaller percentage of your maximum ability. Thus, as you get stronger, these tasks become easier, less painful, and less tiring. Properly-designed strength training programs also improve mobility, endurance, agility, and other athletic attributes.

“I’m interested in having Charles or a Staley Performance Institute team member present at my conference or speak to my group about Training. Who do I contact?”

Please contact the Staley Performance Institute at  e-mail her at info@staleyperformance.com