It's Your Business: New firm to deliver training to athletes

It's Your Business: New firm to deliver training to athletes

A longtime strength trainer from Champaign-Urbana has partnered with the owner of a sports-specific physical therapy clinic in Nebraska to launch a new business that offers training-related services in East Central Illinois, Omaha, Neb., or anywhere around the world.

Roger Earle, a division director for Human Kinetics in Champaign, and physical therapist David Potach of Nebraska, who also is a sports nutritionist and sport psychologist, are behind Threshold Sports Training, which offers training for beginning to advanced athletes via e-coaching or traditional, "in-person" training in Champaign or Omaha.

They offer coaching, performance analysis, nutrition counseling, injury rehabilitation and mental conditioning. Options include in-person performance programs, Internet-based training plans and electronic coaching.

It is fairly common to find e-training programs online these days, said Earle, who has a master's degree in exercise science and has been offering personal training as a side business for years. Typically that could involve, on the basic level, someone buying a program or downloading one for free. People could also interact with trainers online as well.

"The challenge is, it's a little dangerous to have one (training) program to fit all," Earle said. Programs can be modified based on the person's fitness level, such as if they're experienced but untrained, or inexperienced and untrained, he said.

If someone has a current or previous injury, that should be considered when developing the training program. Other factors to consider include the participant's age to ensure there is enough rest and recovery between workouts.

Threshold Sports Training sets itself apart from other programs because it offers coaching and nutrition with sport psychology, performance training and physical therapy services, Earle said.

Information on Threshold Sports Training can be found at or by e-mailing or calling 909-276-4373.

Closing notes

Champaign-Urbana has lost two more restaurants.

Sarku Japan in Campustown, at 619 S. Wright St., C, closed over the winter break. The restaurant chain, which served teriyaki and sushi dishes, opened in the Campus Centre building next to Follett's in September 2009.

Also shuttering recently in Campustown was the chain Sandella's Flatbread Cafe. Sandella's, in the Gregory Place East development, at 700 S. Gregory St., U, opened in January 2009.

More cheese and crackers

Cheese and Crackers, which opened last spring in the Old Farm Shops in Champaign, has expanded its selection of products for sale and its sandwich offerings.

Owner Bart Basi said the store has doubled the cheese selection and tripled the chocolate selection. It now has a "huge variety of cheese and a massive amount of chocolates," he said.

In addition to the Boar's Head deli meats, the shop has added mousses and pates, such as black truffle mousse, duck mousse, country pate, venison pate, stuffed grape leaves, stuffed olives and more. It has expanded its line of Italian products as well as French, German and Spanish items. Sandwiches include pastrami on rye and corned beef.

As for tastings, the business is now offering a Friday cheese, meat and chocolate tasting all day long. Throughout the day on Saturdays, the store offers chocolate, oil and vinegar tastings.

Basi also said the staff can open up any product on the shelves or in the cases for customers to try any time or day of the week.

The Sunday hours have expanded to 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. The store, which can be reached at 615-8531, also is open 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Saturday.

Grooming available

Debbie Skaggs, owner of Angel Paws pet-sitting service of Champaign, said she will start offering grooming services now that she has hired a professional groomer who will start the second Tuesday in January.

Skaggs visits homes for customers who are out of town for a couple of days, and she feeds, walks and plays with their pets.

"I go to their homes, exercise their animal, brush and play with them and make sure they're happy," she said.

Senior citizens can receive a 15 percent discount on the first Tuesday of every month, she said.

Skaggs said she can take care of cats, dogs, hamsters, rabbits and other pets. She can be reached at 359-1159.

Christine des Garennes can be reached by phone at 351-5388 or 800-252-3346; by e-mail at; or by regular mail at The News-Gazette, c/o It's Your Business column, P.O. Box 677, Champaign, IL 61824-0677.