Meet Rob- Movement Educator
Biomechanics Specialist, Bodywork Practitioner, Health Pioneer
“The way people feel is important to me.” I have been active my entire life. As a kid, I couldn’t sit still and for twenty years I dabbled in many sports where I discovered exercise and movement was a tool in which I could achieve self-growth and confidence. As a result, moving and fitness was not just a hobby; it was what made me feel healthy. I soon realized I could take my messages and share them with others, which launched me into a lifelong career of helping people attain a healthier feeling mind and body. I have worked as a trainer and bodyworker for 13 years.
After college I felt I had a talent for teaching others how to move themselves in ways that left them feeling more supported and confident in their bodies, so I opened a gym in Boston, MA. We held various class types, private training and prioritized building people’s bodies in ways that were conducive to their lifestyle. Over time this translated to our members feeling more capable out in the world.
Although I have many certifications the ones that have shaped my perspective the most are listed below.
North American Sports Medicine Personal Trainer
Flow Motion Model Biomechanist Certified- Gait Training
Board Certified Structural Integrator- 750 hours
Biomechanics Specialist- Joint Physiology
Functional Patterns Human Foundations Practitioner
Postural Restoration Certified- Posture and Diaphragm Restoration
Functional Anatomy Specialist: Range Conditioning, Tissues Release, Range Assessment- Joint Conditioning
WESTERN SCIENCE MEETS EASTERN MEDICINE
In addition to independent study, I mentored closely under a bodywork specialist and acupuncturist for 4 years where I was taught Eastern medicine and holistic approaches to healing and building the body . I also took the rare opportunity to work alongside physical therapists and chiropractors in order to get an inside perspective on western rehabilitative alternatives. I have also completed cadaver dissections on untreated bodies, which helped me see and understand the body at a more intimate level. Additionally I seek out regular conversations with osteopaths in my area in order to learn what I don’t know. Continuing education and being ahead of the curve in the health industry is important to me so that I can offer my clients the most efficient, up to date, and effective solutions for their goals.
Training the body is an art form and to reorganize the body for more efficient and fluid movement is more complicated than the fitness industry leads the public to believe. What separates my approach from other ‘fitness solutions’? When teaching how to optimize movement and joint function I use holistic practices blended with scientific reasoning. I try to take a mechanistic approach while listening to the whole person’s experience, not just the symptom. Having studied western and eastern medicine, I have developed a way of thinking that uses a global approach to help clients get exactly what they want and need out of their body. Having worked with hundreds of individuals of all ages, shapes, and abilities, one thing I’ve learned is that everyone’s health needs are unique, but most people’s end goals aren’t that different. People want to feel healthier, and that’s where your body comes into play. I train individuals with specific needs ranging from rehabilitation from injury to sports mastery. I closed my gym in 2015 to focus on more on my craft and less on running a business with employees and over 200 members. I look back at those 5 years of teaching people to feel their bodies as the foundation of my training for where I am now. Today, I am wondering how to optimize people’s daily performance and tap into their potential through kinesthetic teaching and learning.
TRAINING FOR LIFE AND PROMOTING HEALTH
I apply my expertise in biomechanics in Cambridge and Lexington, Massachusetts. I train and work on individuals who wish to achieve a more centered, aligned place within their body and their mind, while also building their physical awareness. In addition to that, I coach athletes who use endurance racing, sport specific training, and functional movement as their exercise outlet, helping them to improve their overall biomechanics and positions in space.
While my passion for fitness and exercise remains, my focus in the field of health and kinesiology is constantly evolving. In my quest for health I have integrated structural myofascial therapy into my practice to better assist individuals in achieving sustainable peak performance. I am both a bodyworker and trainer for most of my clients. It is my intention to bridge the gap between health-care and self-care while providing athletes critical information about how their body is moving, recovering, and performing day to day.
My approach to individual health-care makes me a hybrid trainer, or a ‘body coach’, and by using Structural Integration methods I am able to help people improve tissue and joint health, movement effectiveness, and training outcome (results!). And when your body isn’t performing optimally, I can work with you and provide insight as to where the misalignment or blockage is in your system.
Heading into 2019, my dedication to train and educate my clients continues to grow. It is through Train Rugged that people can inhabit their bodies differently as they get older and reverse the effects of degeneration! I want my clients to understand and feel the benefits of training patterns into their bodies that are useful day to day. With an emphasis on quality of movement and longevity of health, whole body training is still my guiding principle, including sustainability of movement and how that sustainability transfers into life. The methods I use work for individuals who are training for the long haul and for those who want their training to reflect improved functioning in their day to day living.
My intention is to help my clients achieve long lasting progress by gaining balance and stability of themselves without the pain. The goal is healthness, to feel more upright than yesterday, and to build new relationships and connections with our bodies. Though sometimes the process is difficult, the product is well worth the work. Are you ready to shift into a new way of moving in order to live a happier and healthier life?