Work one on one with Ian.
How does it work?
Everything we do is built off of an assessment. As we like to say assess do not guess. There is a detailed why behind every decision we make. Think about this as an extremely specific plan made exactly for you with the goal of improving your health and fitness. The assessment will tell us exactly what you need to work on. Together we will formulate the best approach to reaching all of your goals while improving your breathing, mobility, body composition, and athleticism.
Once you purchase your program we will send you a video tutorial of how to complete the assessment on your own. Once you have completed the assessment, a twenty minute video call will be scheduled with Ian to discuss your program.
We will use the free Train Heroic app to host your program. It is extremely user friendly and allows you to ask questions, input numbers, and provide feedback. At the end of week six we will schedule another video call to lock in the next six weeks.
Upon completing week twelve of your program we will have our third video call. Here we will review your program, discuss progress and answer any questions you have.
1. Determine Physical Capacities
This is how we find out what you can and can not do utilizing a thorough assessment. This ensures that your program never puts you at risk while simultaneously choosing the correct progression to improve as soon as possible.
2. Program within those Capacities
If you can not get overhead without throwing your lower back into the job of your shoulder, then overhead pressing is going on the shelf for a little. We will maintain strength doing exercises such as landmine presses and yoga push ups. You are still getting strong and even more importantly you are not getting hurt. Individual programming is about setting you up for success right from the start by getting rid of any guess work.
3. Program additional work to expand capacities
Here is where we add specific mobility work to expand the movement options you have. Let’s keep the same example and continue with we do not have the capacity to get overhead. We need to make sure we have adequate internal rotation and shoulder flexion. With a consistent approach we can improve the capacity of your shoulder getting overhead with load. Programming at the highest level will improve mobility and strength without compromising aesthetic goals either.
4. Reassess and Repeat
This is a process and serves as a great reminder of why we choose twelve week programs instead of monthly. This structure will ensure your greatness and full potential is reached as soon as possible with realistic expectations.
Context is king. Anyone who has truly studied the human body can appreciate the fact that it is a system of dynamic sub systems that integrate in extreme complexity. While Ian can not influence everything in your life he has become a specialist at improving several major systems that contribute to your health and fitness. This is not only about joint health. This is about improving your sleep so you can train harder. This is about mastering your breathing so you can dominate the stress of life. This is about earning that feeling of confidence that has been gone for so long. Whatever your goals are… together we will create and adapt the best plan for you to do anything.
Before I first started training with Ian, I had a history of elbow and hip pain from years of neglecting mobility work. Not only are all those aches now gone, but we also improved specific movement deficiencies I had - we have had great success working on my asymmetries and improving my core strength. I have been able to PR most of my lifts while improving overall body awareness and even losing 3-4 lbs with no diet changes. I can control my body like never before and am excited for my upcoming powerlifting competition.
When he sent the program across, I was blown away by the level of detail put into it. As previously mentioned, learning more of the theory side of things wasn't my primary goal when seeking Ian's guidance but found that reading through the program and watching the linked videos, I learnt a lot more than I already had done, which was not only great for my own training but for me to then pass this onto training my own clients as well. Attention to the small details, that make such a big difference with mobility, is one of the main things I took away from working with Ian and his team and now have a structure in place that I can carry on using for the rest of my life.
Ian gave me the tools to get out of severe chronic hip pain and develop a huge understanding of what a real mobility practice looks like. This work inspired me to take the FRC and FR course for myself which I felt much more prepared for after Ian's comprehensive programming and top notch coaching cues.
My velocity PR jumped 5mph this fall and the program I got from Ian certainly played a huge role, but more importantly, I have confidence that I’ll stay healthy moving forward in my career. At 6’7’, I’ve battled with a constant slew of injuries since middle school that prevented my ability to consistently develop as an athlete. Ian identified huge mobility restrictions, strength deficiencies, and poor movement quality that were the root of my problems.
Can I sign up for one month?
We make our individual programming twelve weeks mandatory for a ton of reasons. The main reasons are to establish realistic expectations and ensure progress. True biological change at the joint level takes longer than four weeks. This is our highest commitment of service allowing us to do everything in our power to help you succeed. We do offer other training options such as our level 1 and 2 Kinstretch Anywhere programs which are less money and commitment. Feel free to reach out via email and find out what option is best for you.
Are there videos to follow?
Every exercise in your program will come with a detailed coaching video. Students are also encourage to video exercises they have questions about for form checks.
Can I ask questions?
You will be able to ask unlimited questions during the 12 weeks including video review of anything. For example, we strongly suggest videoing your controlled articular rotations every few weeks and sending them in. In addition, Ian is available via email anytime for check ins or questions.
Is the program only mobility?
No! The program is based off of your goals so it will always be the perfect mixture of what you want and need. For example, you might be working on your front split which is exactly what your program will reflect. If your main goal is weight loss then your program will be completely different with only the mobility work necessary for your overall success.
Is this training option for athletes?
Absolutely. We have had great success with our online whether you want to throw 90 miles per hour or PR your marathon time. We will base your plan of your assessment and goals leading to the right amount of aerobic capacity, mobility, and strength training. If you have specific concerns or questions about your athletic potential please email Ianmarkow@gmail.com
Can I sign up if I have injuries?
In general yes. The best route for anyone with serious injuries is to email Ianmarkow@gmail.com with all of the information you have included physical therapy notes, MRI’s, and a detailed summary of your history. In the case that we feel you need more help we will absolutely tell you and advise against signing up for online training.
Is this a good option for coaches?
This is a very common question we get from FRCms looking to learn how to implement mobility training. While the answer is yes… we created our course Mobility Coach Plus specifically for this situation. You can definitely to both but think of one on one training as going through the process as the trainee instead of learning through the lens of a coach
How many hours do I need to commit each week for the program?
Your availability and level of commitment are defining factors in your program design. This means we will not give you more than you can handle and always enough to make progress. In general, 20 minutes a day for maintenance work and 4 days a week of 60-90 minutes is a winning formula. Your training background is huge factor here also meaning an athlete trying to capture that last 5% of potential will need to train more than someone who is getting back into shape. It is important to note that this training option allows for feedback and changes to be made throughout the program so nothing is set and stone.
Do I need equipment or a gym membership?
Similar to the question about hours per week this is all about you. Having a world class gym opens up a lot of doors but we have had so many people make a ton of progress right in their own living room. Feel free to reach out to Ian before buying anything for your home so we can make sure it is the best use of your money.
Book a Video Call with Ian
If you end up purchasing an Individual Program you can use the cost of the call to go towards your course. It will count as one of your three video calls.