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  ATR Methodology

There is no good or bad with exercise. There is only good or bad in how we function!

Exercise has a huge impact on human health. Many people assume that any and all exercise is healthy and maintain a "just do it" mentality. However, every exercise has potential benefits and costs. If you overtrain or don't choose or progress appropriately, those exercises can potentially decrease the longevity, performance and the functioning of your joints and body. No one seems to consider their joint health until after they are broken.  Deterioration of the joints is not necessarily a normal result of aging. There are declines with age, but we can prevent a huge part of that by improving and maintaining the function of our "internal components" via the muscular system.  

Many fitness professionals tend to measure progress or results strictly through external measurements (a predetermined amount of time, the number of reps, weight amount, etc.). Unfortunately, focusing on external performance only tends to sacrifice the body at any cost. Others may judge a workout based on muscle soreness. Soreness means that your body couldn't handle the workout and is a result of over stress to the body. The integrity of our internal components is what will allow us to truly increase performance, output, and overall functional capacity.  Just as one cannot increase the horsepower of a car by just driving it, exercising more will not improve your output if you don't have all your necessary components functioning optimally. You have to work on strengthening weak links and ensure that each component is fully contributing in order to increase performance, strength and function.  You have to adapt your body over time to be able to handle doing things.  Control and progression are the most overlooked components in fitness!




Calling an exercise program different names is simply marketing strategy, and the use of different equipment or tools doesn't change it. Some people thrive with yoga, while others may get injured. Malpractice is trying to give everyone the same exercise or workout of the day. Exercise is about forces, and how we apply them to the body. Exercise is a process and continual investigation looking at strategic variation, available range of motion, control, mechanical forces, plane of motion and more.  If done and progressed appropriately, you can get stronger. Applying too much force too soon or exceeding tolerance levels in the body will result in breaking the body down. The forces from exercise are invasive and greatly impact your internal structures. Just as you would hopefully value the skills required by a doctor in using a scalpel for surgery, you should equally value the skills when applying forces to the body via exercise. The potential damage can be the same. Truly individualizing a workout encompasses a deep understanding of body mechanics, joint tolerances, and all the details involved in force application.The goal of ATR Internal Performance is to provide a professional exercise experience for people seeking to stop, reverse, or slow down degenerative joint, musculoskeletal, and neuromuscular processes while creating life long health. 


Don't live a restricted life due to discomfort and pain.

External Performance Only Training; "Old School" Training


  • The goal is to reach a desired number,  a "finish line," or a set time.

  • A "Just Do It" mentality at expense of sacrificing the body. 

  • Pain and injury is seen as a "badge of honor" or  natural consequence of exercise.

  • Exercise "rules" and protocols are followed. Everyone does the same workout.

  • Trainer focuses on watching the  weight or skin move in an exercise and counts reps.

  • "Corrective exercises"  are given in an attempt  to "fix" things. 

  • The goal is to move the weight through a desired range of motion

  • Generalized exercise answers and programs based on guesswork

Thought and Science-Based Internal Performance Training

  • The #1 concern of the exercise is for the health and building or the (re)building of muscular system.

  • The following questions are asked: What is the goal? what do they have? can they control? tolerate? 

  • Training with intention. Quality always over quantity, with contraction-focused reps.

  • The exercise stops when control or contraction can no longer be maintained

  • The trainer envisions the underlying structures of the body & impacts of applying forces.

  • An assessment is made of the costs and benefits of each and every exercise toward the goal.

  • The weight moves as a result of contracting the muscles in a range where the contraction can be sustained.

  • A process. Using relevant science to improve function and performance