Welcome to Authentic Performance Center!


In an age of fads & commercialized trends in fitness and sports performance training, Authentic Performance Center believes there is no substitute for excellent programs, expert coaching, and hard work when coupled with a learning rich environment. Using nearly 35 years of experience working with Olympians, professional athletes, high school, youth and even first responders or injured athletes, our team of elite coaches combine a holistic approach to training while understanding specific individual needs regardless of age, ability, or goal. Want a peek into what Authentic Performance is about? Come and see for yourself!

Authentic Performance Center’s (APC) inception was in the fall of 2014. APC is located inside the Big Bear Ice Arena located at 8580 Lowry Boulevard and is a 7500-square foot state of the art training center that offers personal training, group and team training, sports performance and tactical based training with the ability to cater to any training need. APC’s founder Peter Schaffer is a local sports agent that brought the concept of APC to Big Bear owner Vassiliy Larchenko with a vision to create a unique plan to make APC a leading edge, diverse training facility that would be the premier location for fitness and sport performance training for the Lowry and Denver Metro area.

Schaffer brought in Joel Raether as the director of performance and their team has since grown to seven highly qualified coaches and staff who have unique skill sets in speed, agility, strength and power development training, injury prevention as well as weight loss and general fitness. Coach Raether has over 18 years of training high level athletes that included 10 years at the collegiate level including the University of Denver from 2002 -2009. He has trained NCAA National Champions, Olympians and professional athletes from the NFL, NHL, MLB, NLL, MLL and MLS. He also currently is the head of sports performance for the Colorado Mammoth Lacrosse team which trains at APC as well.

“Our mission at Authentic Performance Center is to create a place where people from our community can access the best training possible from a state of the art facility. We believe a positive, challenging and inviting atmosphere invokes a platform for achievement and is delivered by outstanding coaches and trainers. This is where APC’s mantra of 'Train Harder, Train Smarter, Train Authentic' stems from”.

Joel Raether

Who Who’s at APC?

On any given day at APC you will find Big Bear’s Evolution Hockey players training, Professional Lacrosse players from the Colorado Mammoth, youth and high school athletes from all sports and college athletes as well. Authentic Performance proudly partners with former MLB Pitcher and current owner of FAST Arm Care Jason Hirsh which is a premier baseball training facility also located just minutes from APC.

APC conducts training throughout the entire front range including relationships with Ponderosa Football, Thunder Ridge and Rock Canyon Lacrosse and Colorado Academy. APC also is the training provider for the Winter Park Competition Center and currently is one of three sites nationally to host the National Strength and Conditioning Association’s Tactical Strength and Conditioning Practitioner courses which assists in educating first responders from all branches of the military, law enforcement and fire community.

Want to Join us?

We welcome all potential clients, athletes, team or groups to join our APC family! We offer free consults to learn more about you and your training goals. Visit our webpage at www.authenticperformancecenter.com or find us at any of our social media outlets below.


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