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Exos leads “new” functional performance focus

Exos recently made the news for its forward-thinking functional performance leadership within the fitness industry. Bloomberg published this article focusing on the benefits of “prehab,” movements that warm the body to prevent injury and support functional movement.

A Functional Movement “Aha” Moment

The Bloomberg article addressed the sudden influx of movement-related injuries and strain that the pandemic brought about. As more people worked from home and worked out at home, they found themselves battling pain and movement issues.

Now the idea of preventing those issues through a whole-person approach to performance is not only an Exos focus.

“It’s an idea whose time has come for the industry, but it’s not a new approach for Exos,” explained Jeff DiBiaso, Exos Vice President for Community Operations. “Our clients appreciate our focus on a holistic approach to movement. We move all day, every day, and our bodies need to be able to perform those movements efficiently.”

“That’s the essence of human performance, and it’s what we provide for everyone.”

Functional Performance for Everyone

In addition to providing training for elite professional athletes and teams, Exos manages sports performance training centers, community fitness centers, and physical therapy practices across the U.S. At every site, the focus on functional movement and injury prevention informs the movement plans Exos coaches and trainers provide for their clients.

Exos has developed a proven approach to improving human performance through four holistic pillars: mindset, nutrition, movement, and recovery. By starting every training or therapy relationship with an individual assessment that addresses the four pillars and several functional movement screenings, Exos coaches and therapists are able to identify disordered movement patterns that contribute to current and potential issues with pain and injury.

Welcome to What Works

Using this approach has helped Exos clients break cycles of chronic pain and reoccuring injury by solving the movement problem at its root cause. What’s even better is that Exos has been treating and preventing injuries this way for more than two decades.

Learn more about this iterative approach to holistic human performance and see why Exos best practices are becoming fitness industry best practices.

Making athletic performance an accessible goal for all

The Exos athletic performance focus is all about removing barriers to fitness self-actualization. For everyone.

Monument Health Sports Performance Institute in Rapid City, South Dakota, serves as a model for the future of human athletic performance training. Senior General Manager Sam Linart says the facility’s Launch Program is changing lives for the better – for good.

“Our Launch members may never have considered themselves athletes before,” Linart explained. “Or maybe they’re people who loved the gym at one time, but felt like they had to get in shape to get back to the gym.”

“Launch is for everyone, and the community response has been incredible.”

Launch makes fitness training accessible

Mike Latour, System Director of Musculoskeletal Services and Sports Medicine for Monument Health, said the initial goal with Launch was to provide a vehicle for integrating lifestyle medicine for Monument Health patients referred by their doctors and therapists.

“Launch members are coming back to the gym after a long time, or they may not have any fitness training experience,” Latour said. “They enter the program after being referred by physical therapists, physicians, or other members.”

“They stay because they can see and feel the results.”

With a huge and growing adult training population, Monument Health SPI has built a successful retention program focusing on providing a continuum of care that’s fully integrated with Monument Health medical care.

It’s more than personal training

“Launch is there for anyone,” Linart explained. “A typical workout incorporates body weight and light-weight movements for about 30 minutes in a small-group, coach-led session. It feels like personal training, but there’s an element of community camaraderie that’s essential to keeping members engaged.”

Launch participants are introduced to the full complement of Exos methodology, a little at a time. Coaches focus on teaching mindset, nutrition, movement, and recovery pillars in a way that’s immediately applicable to members.

“The classes focus on movement quality while building strength and cardiovascular health,” Linart continued. “While all four pillars play a role in the Launch program, the biggest take-away for most members is the mindset part. Their mindset shifts, they find their confidence, and believe in themselves, and they begin to see that they are capable of so much more than what they originally set out to accomplish walking through the doors.”

That’s why the Monument Health SPI program continues to grow.

Launching a Revolution at Monument Health

Monument members are able to take advantage of personal health coaching at any time during their Launch experience by signing up for Revolution.

The Revolution Program began as a 12-week virtual “conversation” about topics such as meal prep and building healthy habits. It’s now an in-person lifestyle discussion centered around building healthy habits.

Linart explained that a member might spend 3 months to a year in the Launch program, while Revolution is 3 months focused on behavior change. It can be combined with a training program to incorporate the movement pillar and, gradually, more challenging athletic performance training classes.

Both offerings are designed to remove barriers to entry for anyone interested in better overall health.

“Members move through Launch at their own pace,” Linart explained. “They work on building confidence and fitness, then move to Bridge or Return to Play, then adult performance training classes.”

Launch and Revolution membership continue to grow. With many people looking to re-engage in healthy habits they started – then lost – during the pandemic lock-downs, Linart says she doesn’t expect the hybrid introductory programs to be a passing phase. In fact, they’ve become a model for building community and engagement at similar Exos managed performance training sites.

“We currently serve 270 active adult performance members, and more than 45 youth and high school members,” she continued. “This is such a unique community, and the coaches really enjoy helping members achieve small victories and daily progress.”

“That’s what human performance is all about – getting better every day.”

About Monument Health Sports Performance

The Monument Health Sports Performance Institute teaches athletes, first responders, and community members behavioral health and lifestyle medicine. Exos Coaches and a Performance Dietitian offer individual and group training for members of all ages and physical abilities. Exos provides business consulting, staffing, membership, maintenance, community outreach, and ad hoc marketing support for the Monument Health System.

Learn more about Exos facility management and consulting services to see what a welcoming, accessible sports performance training program can do for your fitness facility and community.

Exos: Where human performance is for everyone

How Exos is taking this long-held belief, new insights, and an invigorated message to the world

By Jeff DiBiaso

Over the past 20 years, Exos has worked alongside some of the best athletes and teams in the world. This is our legacy.

What you might not know is that Exos has been bringing this same training behind the scenes to physical therapy patients, members at community centers, and employees at Fortune 100 companies. And now we want to move that front-of-scene.

So in late 2021 we unveiled the new Exos brand. Our goal: Bring Exos’ experience and insight to everyone, including you. After all, human performance is for everyone.

Here’s how we’re bringing this message and experience to the world.

1. Redefining how we talk about human performance

We’re still Exos. That will never change. But with our new brand, we’re redefining how we talk about human performance. As Exos has grown into the go-to training resource for the pros, performance training has naturally been elevated to elite-athlete status.

And elite athletes should expect elite training. But so should everyone else.

Our coaches recognize that there’s an athlete in everyone, and it’s one of the many reasons we believe in the four pillars of human performance: mindset, nutrition, movement, and recovery.

2. Sharing our four-pillar approach to human performance

Our four-pillar approach was designed using Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, which categorized human needs in order of importance. First up, physiological needs and safety. After that, love and belonging and esteem. Lastly, self-actualization.

Our cyclical approach helps fulfill these needs, leading to a better, stronger human.

  • Mindset
    Mindset impacts every aspect of life. At Exos we recognize that human performance limits are typically self-imposed, and through education and motivation our coaches can help break down barriers to physical improvement. With the right mindset, each person can reach higher than ever before.

  • Nutrition
    Nutrition is one of the most basic human needs. And the brain and body requires the right fuel to perform its best. Exos coaches share how nutrition impacts performance and help implement small changes that can ladder up to any goal. This goes hand-in-hand with nutrition, as positive lifestyle change leads to improved performance.

  • Movement
    Mindset and nutrition build a foundation for movement. And Exos coaches understand the importance of functional movement and injury risk reduction for better overall performance. This shows up in how they explain the principles of movement and improve movement through purposeful, progressive training.

  • Recovery
    Optimal human performance requires recovery. With quality sleep and muscle recovery, new levels of performance can be achieved. Our coaches recognize that recovery is equally as important as mindset, nutrition, and movement.

Our holistic approach hasn’t changed, it’s just evolved with research, insights, experience, and a more intentional focus.  


3. Emphasizing self-actualization

Together the four pillars of human performance are the secret to self-actualization. Exos sees the hero that exists in every human, and we strive to help others achieve their full potential.

So now more than ever, whether you’re running a business, working on feeling better day to day, or looking to improve the health and performance of your local community, Exos is here for you. And our coaches are ready to champion anyone who’s looking for more. 

Our message to the world: We’re here. When you’re ready, so are we. #ExosReady

To learn more about Exos services, visit teamexos.com or contact us to start a conversation.

Minnesota Timberwolves Exos Team Services Agreement

Managed by Mayo Clinic Sports Performance powered by Exos, Minneapolis, MN

Mayo Clinic Sports Performance is an Exos-managed entity with two locations at Mayo Clinics in Minneapolis and Rochester, Minnesota. Sports Performance Coach and site manager Luke Corey manages Team Services Agreements, to include services for 15 rostered players and 40 operations staff within the Minnesota Timberwolves NBA Franchise.

Exos TSA Services

As the Timberwolves Exos TSA Coach, Corey attends every practice and game during the NBA season. A registered dietitian and certified performance specialist, he performs regular nutrition evaluations, hydration testing, pre- and post-game supplementation, and general nutrition and performance counseling, both in person and virtually depending on team member needs.

TSA Services also include specialized menu planning and meal preparation and delivery for players. Corey works closely with team trainers, coaches, and players to ensure that nutritional support aligns with overall and individual performance goals.

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Children’s Sports Performance powered by Exos, Plano, TX

Site Offerings

Located inside Children’s Health Andrews Institute of Plano, Children’s Sports Performance powered by Exos provides customized training and nutrition coaching for local youth, high school, and adult athletes. A medically connected performance site, Children’s Sports Performance specializes in Return to Sports training and works with Children’s medical professionals to manage post-physical therapy patients’ advanced sports rehabilitation needs. The site also manages Team Services Agreements with local sports teams and offers sports-specific camps focused on high-performing athletes of all ages. Coaching includes nutrition counseling, functional movement and performance screening and coaching, and individualized, goal-based training in a small-group setting.

With fewer than 100 members, Children’s Sports Performance powered by Exos is an elite-level training facility focused on exceptional service and performance-driven results.

Exos Management

Children’s Sports Performance comprises a team of highly dedicated Exos Fitness Specialists whose focus is community education and growing the client’s revenue streams. The Exos Community Management scope includes staffing, operations, member management, and consulting with Exos Community Marketing on an ad-hoc basis when requested by the Children’s Hospital marketing team. 

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