Greg created OSTEOPATHIC FITNESS® out of frustration. It all goes back to his high school days of playing football, when he dislocated his patella tendon and had surgery, and then was not able to return to the sport that he loved and therefore took up running. Then one day at the end of a Cross Country race Greg collapsed and was not able to finish. He went back to his Orthopedic surgeon Dr. Nickerson that told him that he had what they call marchers syndrome, where the muscle can get too big for the sheath around it and the muscle could explode and die.
Greg was not satisfied with this diagnosis and wanted a second opinion. There were some regional runners that had been using a podiatrist named Dr. Gianone, so Greg went to see him. Dr. Gianone prescribed a pair of custom orthotics and Greg was able to run pain free and was later selected to run in the Golden West (Nationals), an invitational meet for the top 7 athletes in each event in the country, and later earned a scholarship for running to Auburn University.
Later in college, running for Auburn University, Greg’s knees would fail him again. This time it would be Dr. Houston from the Houston Clinic in Columbus, GA that would tell Greg’s coach at Auburn that Greg was done. He did not like this diagnosis either and would transfer to the University of Maryland, College Park, where he did not know if he would be able to run again, yet he believed. He brought himself back from the abyss and would later run what was thought to be impossible for him, and anyone else up until 1954, a Sub Four Minute Mile.
After college, Greg continued to run, but felt like he could do more with his training and wanted to work with a physical therapist to try to be the best he could be. His physical therapist friend said “that in order to see me, he had to see Dr. Alcheck at the HSS”, so Greg went dutifully to see Dr. Alcheck. When Dr. Alcheck entered the room Greg kiddingly said to him; “Get ready for a world record”. Alcheck sighed, as he looked at the x-rays and told Greg that he had no cartilage in either knee and “if I didn’t see you sitting over there I would say that these are x-rays of someone that can’t walk”. Alcheck said that he could clean out the left knee, that was bent, and try and straighten it, but he wouldn’t do a double knee replacement because Greg was currently walking.
Greg did not like this diagnosis either, so he became a student of structural functional fitness and how to balance the body through biomechanics, strength and flexibility techniques, thus OSTEOPATHIC FITNESS® was born. It’s an all-in-one exercise program. His Fifteen minute program is about time, efficiency and affordability. Everyexercise is performed in a controlled and focused fashion that uses smooth and controlled lifting and lowering movements with a target weight to fatigue. Research indicates that this method produces greater benefits than traditional exercise methods.
The OSTEOPATHIC FITNESS® training method not only improves your muscular strength, but your flexibility, endurance, aerobic power and your metabolic rate. All in just 15- 30 minutes sessions 2-3x a week.
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