Attention Healthcare Professionals:
This page is for you.
I can help you enhance your patients’ healing, increase their vitality, and improve their satisfaction with life.
Imagine what can happen to your patients’ health when they not only follow your prescriptions, but also follow an intelligent, powerful, holistic exercise plan. When you and I work together on fitness planning and implementation, our people get healthier faster, and stay that way longer.
I am looking for healthcare professionals in the Boulder area who are committed to safe, effective, and sustainable integrated care. I love collaborating with progressive providers who care about their patients’ overall health and who trust my expertise the way I trust theirs.
Since 2000, I’ve had the pleasure to work closely with a wonderful variety of health, medical, and wellness providers. Everybody from naturopathic and medical doctors, to physical therapists, chiropractors, and massage therapists, to life coaches and psychotherapists and more. Creating relationships with providers allows me to offer my clients a broad pool of health support with a team of caring professionals who I’ve come to trust and respect.
If you are looking for an exercise referral who will help your patients and clients safely create substantial improvements in their health, fitness and well-being, all while complementing and facilitating the care you provide, then look no further.
I am passionate about working in cooperative teamwork with practitioners and providers who are committed to providing first-rate, integrative care. When we work together and combine our complimentary strengths, our clients and patients get better faster, and stay there sustainably for the long term.
When we work together, I commit to you that I will:
- First, do no harm.
- Be in active communication with you and your staff.
- Seek and respect your professional recommendations, and also offer you my own.
- Administer safe, effective, and evidence-based exercise programs.
- Value the holistic health of the client/patient, and monitor it via integrated assessment protocols.
As I’ve only recently relocated to Boulder, Colorado in Spring 2013, I am excited to build a new professional network of top-quality providers who value teamwork and results, and seek out complimentary professionals of the same mind.
If this sounds like you, then I encourage you to get in contact with me. Drop me an email or give me a jingle. You can also reserve a time for a phone conversation. Let’s meet up, talk a little shop, and find out how we might be able to help each other and help our patients and clients get better, faster, forever.
Thank you very much for your time and attention, and I look forward to speaking with you soon.
Stories from a few of your peers:
“I was coming off two different injuries and surgeries on my right knee: a bone necrosis in my femur, and a subsequent ACL rupture. I knew that just doing weights and squats and stuff wasn’t going to be a good rehab program. It was important to me to work with somebody who was going to collect comprehensive baseline assessment data and give me a detailed workup with biomechanics and proprioceptive function.
I quickly realized that the baseline assessment was much more detailed than I was expecting, and the workup from there was unique. It wasn’t just your slant on squats and pull-ups and kettlebells and whatnot. It was a make-sense progression of movements based on what my needs were at the time. This was a program built on fixing my weaknesses and achieving my goals.
It’s really benefitted my body awareness, and given me a deeper understanding of what’s going on in my own body. Not just about my injury, but about how the rest of my body has compensated. It’s given me awareness in all the other activities that I do, and that’s huge.
Now I know that when I feel imbalance or discomfort, like when I’m on my bike, isn’t just “Oh, that’s my knee, it’s the way it’s always going to be.” Now I know that it’s pointing out that I’ve got other things that are compensating or have been affected by my old injury, and they can be addressed.
Something as funny as rolling on the ground has changed my cycling and the way my glutes activate, things I’d been having issues with since my surgeries. That was unexpected.
I recommend your services to people who have been stuck, maybe limited by pain or mental blocks. I’m comfortable referring patients to you because I hold myself to standards of professionalism and walking the talk, and I know that you have those same standards. I appreciate our ease of communication, being able to talk back and forth without judgement and without ego. You’re good to talk to, motivating and inspiring, and you’re a teacher.
Patients who have seen both of us tell me that now they’re able to do things pain-free, that they feel better, that they can squat, run, and do more of the things they enjoy with confidence and better body awareness. For me, that’s when the world opens up.”
—Dr. Barry Gjerdrum DC, Lifestyle Chiropractic
“After my cancer and surgeries, I was very leery of exercise. I was so incredibly weak, I felt like I couldn’t do anything. I was always afraid that I would rip something or strain something, that I would hurt myself and not be able to work.
I remember that time when I had my hands on the pull-up bar and you asked me to lift up my feet. It was the first time in three or four years that I could do it without feeling like I was being torn apart, and I did it without even thinking about it. I broke out crying. In the past, I refused to do things like that. I’ve let go of a lot of muscle guarding in my arms and shoulders. I’m so much stronger and more mobile.
Now I’m getting used to being strong again. I’m doing exercises that used to make me fall flat on my face, and they keep getting better. You always challenge me, but never make me feel unsafe.
When we first started with some of the kettlebells, I was like “This is impossible. I can’t do this, there’s no way I am going to be able to do this.” But now I do those exercises all the time, and I even do them with heavy weights. You’re patient and thoughtful and encouraging. You made me feel like I could do it.
You’re very nitpicky. You are always on my form, you have a good eye for that. Whenever I tell you that I don’t feel comfortable doing something or that an exercise is hurting me, you never fight me. You just switch to a different exercise that accomplishes the same thing. You always have variety at your fingertips.
I highly recommend your services, especially to clients who need very detailed work. I recommend clients that have core issues, shoulder and knee problems, are recovering from surgery, practically anything. I’ve watched dozens of your clients’ improve their health, their posture, and their injuries.”
—Rita Bojorquez LMP, 911 Massage
“I was feeling old and fragile at 35. I was afraid of hurting myself while I was rock climbing. I wanted to push myself like I used to when I was in my twenties, but I felt like I had to hold myself back. I definitely wasn’t satisfied with where I was at, or where I was heading.
Ross has exposed me to an entirely new world of strength and movement. I had no idea how much more there is to weight lifting than just pumping iron and grunting.
Ross taught me how to safely get stronger, and how to feel confident while climbing. Now, I can push myself to my limits, and I know my body can handle it. I very rarely get injured, and even if I do then it’s just little tweaks, and I know how to quickly get back on track.
I also had no idea this would be so valuable and helpful to all the different sports I do, and to just staying healthy and able-bodied as I get older. I learned that I can actually get stronger as I age. I can’t wait to see what I’m capable of at 50, 70, 90, and 100.
Training with Ross is like learning a martial art. You only earn more challenging moves after learning the foundations. It’s more like “practice” than “exercise.” Learning how to move with strength and confidence is a lot different than just exercising. I never felt compelled to practice this stuff before I worked with Ross.
I was immediately attracted to Ross’s passion for overall health. It’s obvious that he cares a great deal about posture, function, and longevity.
Ross is great at identifying where a person’s body is breaking down, and gently working with that person to create a corrective strategy that works. He’s good at keeping boundaries with his clients, and accepting them wherever they’re at.
He has a great breadth of knowledge. His deep toolbox made me feel confident that he had explored information from a variety of different sources. He’s already figured out what works and what doesn’t, so that his clients don’t have to.
Ross did a great job of partnering with me, instead of pushing me to do things his way. He isn’t pushy or aggressive or intense. He made me feel like my input was important and helpful.
I don’t think there is anyone that can’t benefit from learning better movement. It’s at the heart of every person’s neuromusculoskeletal health.
I recommend Ross to anybody who wants to stay involved in the activities they love, anybody who has nagging injuries, anyone who wants to stay out of a nursing home, and anyone who wants to move confidently through life.”
—Dr. Andrew Shannahan DC, Summit Family Chiropractic & Massage
“Your knowledge and skill set exceeds that of other exercise professionals by a huge margin. You possess an amazing ability to collect and integrate a vast amount of information from a variety of perspectives.
The quality of attention that you give to your clients is impeccable. You listen and observe with curiosity, and always maintain an appreciation of your client’s experience.
I have watched your clients discover self-awareness and personal empowerment, as well as more functional and conscious relationships with their bodies and gravity.
Your dedication to excellence is ever-present. I recommend your services without reservation.”
—Scott Irwin LMP, Scott Irwin Massage
“Learning the kettlebell with you was unlike ANYTHING I’d ever done before, and the precision with which you train was different from anything I’d experienced before in exercise. I love how you have a structured approach to learning each movement, piece by piece, with a clear understanding of how each piece influences EVERYTHING else.
You are dedicated, knowledgeable, passionate, and enthusiastic, and it’s infectious. You are totally into this stuff, but in a way that never feels pushy. It just makes me think “Whatever this guy is into, I have got to check that out.”
There was an intelligence to the method that I didn’t fully appreciate until years later. The way you integrate all the different branches of your education is truly an art, and your style really impresses me.
I realize now that my body has been hard-wired to perform well with complicated exercises. I find it fascinating that the results of your work are so sustainable. I show up at new places to “try them out” and everyone comments on how good my form is. The better certified the people, the more positively they comment. What I learned with you has stuck with me.
There is a method to your madness, and a purpose for everything we did. We were always building on what we had done before, but in a different way. Even if it wasn’t clear in the moment, I knew that whatever we were doing was going to help everything involved.
It honestly boggled my mind, discovering all the different forms of movement and exercise out there. I loved when you started to teach me about neural learning, and all the different kinds of neurological training you use. It’s redefined my relationship to working out.
Working with you was always an adventure. I’d never come in expecting what was going to happen next. There was always a challenge, and you can certainly be a harsh task master, but there was always play to it as well.
I wish I could clone you and have you here in Columbus, Ohio. I would recommend you to all my patients. Why? Because…
You deliver excellent results and a sense of play. You help break bad habits in people who keep injuring themselves, and help them cultivate new one. You dynamically link flexibility with strength and stability. You help people recovering from injury, illness, and disease get back into their bodies, demolish old stories about what their bodies can’t do, and redefine what is truly possible for them.
If you are considering working with Ross, you should know this:
This will be like nothing you’ve ever experienced before, and will transform every aspect of your muscles, nervous system, and frame. — Even the muscle between your ears will get a workout.
You will be stepping into some of the most knowledgeable, wise, and fun hands out there. Ross is equal parts physical trainer, mad monk, science geek, and spiritual seeker. He brings loads of practical experience and cutting edge information, and integrates it with wisdom and a deep listening to his clients’ needs and their bodies’ needs.
Above all else, he has a relaxed sense of fun that turns each session into part education and part daring adventure.”
—Dr. Matthew Howe DC, Living Out Loud, Association for Reorganizational Healing
“I’ve been exercising since I was a kid, lifting weights and playing sports and doing martial arts throughout the years. I’ve worked hard for a long time, and I can lift a lot. But in my first session with you I realized that I’d never been utilizing tension well in my lifting. You taught me about full body tension, setting up well, being intentional. It was really a light bulb, and it’s changed how I do a lot of things.
It changed my squat and deadlift for sure. Just by dialing in my tension I was able to deadlift fifty pounds more the very first time I did it. Same with my squat. It just makes the expression of energy through the whole system more efficient.
It’s changed the questions I ask myself too, how I evaluate myself. I used to always ask myself “Am I good with how much I can lift?” But now I think more about the whole practice. “Am I good with my technique, my setup, how many reps I can do, my time investment?”
You have a really good method for coaching people. You gave cues where they were pertinent, but didn’t get involved in a whole dialogue. You stayed out of the way, which was good.
You were adaptable, so when we were doing something that wasn’t getting the result that you were looking for, you changed to something else. You put the outcome first, and you were encouraging, and I appreciate that.”
—Josh Leeger, Retired Strength Coach, Olympic Physical Culture
“I was attracted to getting stronger and becoming athletic in a way that I had never done, but I didn’t know how to do it. Now I realize that inside I was resistant towards moving into something overtly athletic. For a long time, I’ve seen the world of no-pain-no-gain fitness as out of alignment with a healthful approach.
I was impressed by your paradigm of wholeism. We share a professional interest in studying how bodies move, and I was attracted to your love of the subject. You had extensive training in things that were important to me, like the brain-body connection, developmental movement, and the role past injuries and traumas have on postural patterns.
For over twenty years my main practice has been yoga, and for a long time I had a solid yoga practice that was working. But when my hormones started changing, my motivation to practice yoga just fell off. I was going through a shift, and I knew something was different, but I didn’t know what it was.
I did some sessions with a trainer in the past, but it didn’t really work for me. When I couldn’t do some of the things he wanted me to do, he didn’t know how to help me. I was frustrated with myself that I couldn’t do it.
I always had trouble accessing my deep core. That was why I felt like I could never perform more rigorously or strenuously, in an athletic way.
The physical training I did with you was more comprehensive than anything else that I’ve done. The developmental work in particular was really important for me. Getting on the ground, rolling and crawling, and training the developmental patterns helped me access the core patterns that had been blind spots before.
That was really surprising, and I actually felt humiliated that I hadn’t done it before. I’m a chiropractor, I’m a yoga teacher, I should have known these things. But in the end it helped me feel self-compassion. Rather than it being a humiliating thing, it was actually a liberating and exhilarating thing.
I was working with the concept that movement is pleasurable, that a disciplined pursuit of new movement is pleasurable, and that in fact it’s safe and nurtures me. Working with you really took that idea and made it into an actual physical reality, a body knowing that more movement is more pleasurable and is not going to hurt me.
It’s hugely benefitted my confidence. I broke through all these old stories I had about myself that I could never be athletic, and I started to believe that it was something that I could actually achieve. It expanded what I understood to be possible for myself in my life. That was a big realization for me.
Your instruction helped me believe that my body can do anything I want it to. I can be an athlete if I want. It’s just a matter of what I choose, and what I put my attention on building.
My favorite thing about you is the way you listened to my concerns. You would let me talk things all the way through, and if I had questions you would answer them. But you wouldn’t indulge me when I tried to use it as a stall tactic.
You were always glad to see me, you were positive and happy. Even when you were down or something was wrong in your life, you still had a light heartedness and an ability to not take yourself too seriously. I realize how important that is, your ability to keep it light.
I’ve referred a lot of patients to you. The work you do is consistent and harmonious with the work I do with them. Your active work with them complements the passive work I do with them on the table, without threatening to compromise it. I know they’ll always be safe. You never push them beyond their capability and you listen to their their bodies. If they’re ever in trouble or something is causing problems, you problem solve it, back it up, and figure out what the glitch is.
They have to bring motivation and trust, but if somebody wants a transformation, you can deliver it to them.”
—Dr. Cathy Englehart DC, Chiropractor, Craniosacral Practitioner, Yoga Teacher
“When I first came to Ross, I was in a lot of pain every day, chronic pain that had been getting progressively worse over the past 10 years. I am a chiropractor, and had tried everything from chiropractic and physical therapy, to massage and myofascial release to help me. All gave short term and incomplete help. But Ross’s work has made all the difference in the world.
The techniques Ross has taught me give me immediate improvement: the tight muscles in my side relax and the pain melts away. I am getting stronger and more coordinated, and I’m in less pain, without uncomfortable muscle fatigue.
I used to go to a trainer that pushed me too hard, and afterwards my muscles would spasm and my pain would actually get worse!
But Ross is very patient and really trains you to do movements correctly. He doesn’t move you faster than your learning curve allows. Ross really goes above and beyond to customize his training sessions to what is good for the client. I’ve been referring patients to him because I love what he does for people.”
—Dr. John Scott DC, Retired Chiropractor
“Before I started medical school, I was running daily, in great shape, and felt great. But the demands of med school changed all this. I stopped running, gained weight, and began to feel knee pain. Exercise became dreadful.
One of my passions in life is competitive indoor volleyball, and I could not play well due to the knee pain and increase in my weight. Then the worst came when my father passed away suddenly. I became depressed, overate, and gained an additional forty pounds.
I was introduced to Ross by a physician colleague of mine. I wanted to lose weight and compete in volleyball again. I thought all trainers were the same, and had very low expectations since the work I’d done with different trainers in the past had all failed to produce tangible results. But I was wrong.
Even though I found his methods unorthodox and couldn’t understand Ross’s techniques when I started training with him, I’ve now lost 55 pounds and my knees are pain free. I’m back to competing in volleyball, and my movement on the court is fluid and joyful.
Ross is methodical and has goals for every training session. He listens to me and pays attention to my goals. He is demanding of personal responsibility, and does not whitewash things, yet he treats me with integrity and respect.”
—Dr. James Lee DPM, Podiatrist, The Everett Clinic
“I worked with Ross for two years. The personal results I achieved far exceeded my expectations of what was possible.
His approach has helped my body remember healthy, strong muscle patterns that it had forgotten. I find myself spontaneously moving more efficiently without having to think about it. The work Ross does is so unique, I could never imagine working out any other way.
I am regaining the shape I had when I was younger, which I never thought I would see again.
Ross has a great sense of humor, impeccable integrity, and great skill with introducing change at just the right pace for non-stop integration. I highly recommend Ross’s services to anyone who wants to master the big picture of their health and fitness.”
—Anastacia Metcalf, SRI Wellness Educator, Rhythms of Life Wellness Studio, Wise World Seminars
“When I first started training with you, my upper body was a lot weaker than my lower body, and I was accumulating a lot of fat despite all my working out. I had tweaked my shoulder doing more traditional weight training in the past, and I didn’t want to do anything that was really linear. I was a little nervous because I’d already had that experience.
For a while I’d just been exercising on my own, and I felt like I didn’t need anyone to train me. That was really different with the kettlebells though, and I found it very humbling. I realized that there’s a lot of need to have someone move me through the work because it’s easy to get thrown out of whack. I found it helpful that you were concise in your description of the movements, and you had a good understanding of anatomy.
Adding the weight of the kettlebells was really a game changer for me. Now, I finally feel connected to my upper body. I feel like my low back has gained a sense of stability, which is a new thing, especially since it’s felt so vulnerable in the past. The kettlebells have really enhanced my strength, discipline, and presence in the moment.
I was a little surprised when I visited Colorado (from Seattle) and did a 12 mile hike just three days after arriving. I had tons of energy, and I was shocked at the extent that the kettlebells helped me aerobically.
I would recommend you and your services to people who would like to check-in to their bodies. You are a pragmatist and you’re adaptable. You stay on track of your clients’ goals. You understand other modalities and how they integrate with weight training.
I’ve always found it very easy to work with you because I trust you. There was never any sense of condescension. You’ve always met me as an individual and been supportive. And your humor has always been important to me, too.”
—Vicki Robinson, Feldenkrais Teacher & Somatic Experiencing Practitioner
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