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WHERE TO BEGIN
If you are dealing with pain and/or injury that’s interfering with your life or that has sidelined you from sport, physical therapy is the best route.
If you are primarily free of pain and looking to gain a competitive edge, performance coaching is for you.
If you have any other questions, please email me at email@example.com. If you are looking to schedule an in-person appointment, simply click the button below.
PHYSICAL THERAPY | TIRED OF PAIN OR INJURY?
I’m the founder of Zeren PT & Performance, which is housed in Metier, and located in the Seattle neighborhood of Capitol Hill. I work tirelessly to help runners and multi-sport athletes overcome pain and injury to reach their best. If you are currently sidelined from training and desperate to return to activity and sport, schedule a consultation with me HERE. I will help you re-conceptualize your situation and develop a customized plan to help you return to consistent training in a timely and cost-effective manner.
PERFORMANCE COACHING | SET A PERSONAL RECORD
Every year, I take on a select group of runners and triathlete in cooperation with my trusted colleagues, Joel Sattgast and Nathan Carlson. If you live in Seattle, I can work with you in person. If you live elsewhere in the country or abroad, we can easily handle your training remotely through Training Peaks coupled with a wealth of online resources. Our coaching is grounded in communication, accountability, and building the ideal ecosystem for every athlete to reach their best. To learn more about the various coaching options and to position yourself to reach a new personal record (PR), click HERE.
I travel throughout the United States and abroad to speak on a wide array of topics related to working with endurance athletes across the injury to performance spectrum. My presentations blend the best and most current research with my diverse background as an athlete and coach to give an educational experience. I also provide group training for facilities looking to improve their outcomes in managing endurance athletes. If you you are unable to connect with me in person, I also offer remote mentoring in addition to an online membership program called The Runner’s Zone.If you are interested in having me speak or would like to set up remote one-to-one mentoring, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Runner’s Zone is an online membership platform that provides a unique blend of lesson plans, exercise video tutorials, case studies, journal clubs, and a private Facebook group where members can interact and operate as a support network. We also frequently “go live” discussing various topics related to running and endurance. The group is headed up by myself along with my colleagus, Joel Sattgast and Nathan Carlson. The group consists of an international, interdsiplinary bunch of professionals and we are currently well over 100 strong.
TREADMILL RUNNING ANALYSIS | DEMYSTIFY YOUR RUNNING
As runners, we all have different needs and goals. Some folks are looking to set a personal best while others want to enjoy consistent and healthy training. There is a great deal of variability in running form, yet there is also a specific set of performance demands that we must prepare ourselves for as runners. Irrespective of where you fall on the running spectrum, I’m in a great position to help you improve your running through a simple framework. I can work with you in person or can easily work with you remotely. To schedule a running analysis, simply contact me at email@example.com
PRODUCTS | LEARN TO MANAGE ENDURANCE ATHLETES
Over the past several years, I have partnered up with different colleagues to develop a few resources for clinicians and endurance athletes. These include a Treadmill Running Analysis Guide, an IOS app called RunCadence, and an e-book, Drills for Runners to Master. These products are based on the scientific literature related to managing endurance athletes across the injury to performance spectrum. We hope you find them to be cost-effective and helpful in keeping you HAPPY, HEALTHY, and STRONG in your endurance pursuits.
THE RUNCADENCE APP | DOWNLOAD NOW
Running is about rhythm and timing. My friend and fellow physical therapist, Ben Wobker, and I developed the RunCadence App to help health professionals and runners apply cadence to their training. The app is currently designed for IOS devices and the Apple Watch with plans to release it on Android. The idea is that a runner can reduce the magnitude of lower extremity loading by increasing their cadence while keeping running velocity constant. As little as a 5% increase in step rate can lead to a 20% reduction in energy absorption at the level of the knee. To learn more about the role of cadence in addressing common RRIs, please visit runcadence.net
WHAT OTHERS ARE SAYING…
I met Chris when contemplating competing in my 4th full Ironman. I was sharing with him my desire to qualify for Kona after 31 years of competing in triathlons of various lengths. Chris listened to my dreams and shared his encouragement while casually running a sub 5-mile pace on the tread mill. My sparing partner in Triathlons had taken on Chris as his coach and was recommending I check his credentials out. After a couple of casual meetings with Chris and my sparing partner qualifying for KONA in Florida, I decided I better jump into training and enter a race to attempt to qualify for Kona 2017.
Chris is dedicated to his work and to keeping his athletes out there doing what they love for the long haul of the race but also for life. He has no desire to allow his athletes to train or race in a fashion that will prevent them from competing their whole life. His approach to programming his athletes minimizes the wear and tear caused by over training. Chris’ approach to training provides an excellent balance of endurance and strengthening that never left me depleted. When I experienced physical issues during my training Chris was very proactive to determine the cause of the issue, adjust my training and strengthening regimen and eliminate the issue without pain medicines or other medical treatment.
Ironman CDA was the race I choose to use for qualifying for Kona. Chris programmed my training to enhance my biking strengths and helped me work thru swim issues that had plagued me for the previous 3 Ironman’s. His continual encouragement and positive attitude prepared me well to perform my best at Ironman CDA. Making a long story short, in 4.5 months Chris was able to take the base training I had and forge my triathlon skills into a first-place age group finish for Ironman CDA. Executing the workouts as Chris programmed allowed me the luxury of winning my age group by close to 18 minutes.
Kona Bound 2017
Challenge Number Two!!
Rest, Recover and Reperform. Ironman Kona was a mere 7 weeks from Ironman CDA. Chris’ own Triathlons experience and intimate knowledge of the sport gave me great confidence that his plan would get me recovered and as race ready as possible for Kona. Chris shared with me the industry standard for recovery of just a marathon is 90 days to get back to peak performance. He let me know I should not expect to be fully recovered but that I had the base training and will power to perform well in Kona.
The epic adventure of being in the World Championships was satisfaction enough for me. Being able to race all three legs of Kona strong without blowing up was above and beyond my expectations. I was ecstatic after sprinting across the finish line, hearing “You are an Ironman” and realizing that I just finished Kona 2 minutes slower than I raced 7 weeks prior in CDA. A top 10% Age Group finish leaves me contemplating a shot at the World Championship Podium.
Thank you for getting me there!
Recently I was able to get first-hand experience of his practical skills when he helped me assess and correct some issues I was having with my running gait.
Chris’ examination was extremely thorough and soon focused in on the source of the problem, which was my left foot. The exercises he prescribed were unique, effective, and most importantly, well integrated into the functional activities I wanted to improve, in this case running. As an athlete, Chris knows how to build a bridge between simple rehab exercises and rigorous athletic training.
Which brings up another point. Chris walks the walk. Not only is he an outstanding athlete, but he was able to perform each of the rehab exercises he demonstrated with a level of skill that made it clear he had practiced them himself for many hours.
All of this strongly confirmed my belief that Chris is the go to guy in Seattle for pain related to movement, especially sporting movements like running cycling and swimming.
I came to Chris with bilateral knee pain that prevented training and racing for over a year. After working with Chris through his compassionate, organized and evidence based approach I was able to return stronger and faster than ever before. My first race back was Ironman Texas this past Spring and included a 30 min PR and my first time qualifying for the Ironman World Championships in Kona. If you are an injured (endurance) athlete and are unwilling to settle for nothing but the best, Chris is the obvious choice to put you on the path to recovery while positioning to you to reach you personal best.
Prior to moving into my current role as a clinician I spent a number of years working in the field of strength and conditioning. As such it was enjoyable to discuss a process of rehabilitation that was built on sound principles of exercise prescription by someone who understands the process. The emphasis placed on motor control is rather unique and ties the approach together with real world application. I work in a clinic where I see a number of runners and the integration of what I learned from Chris into my practice has been very beneficial.
As professionals it behooves us to seek out opportunities to improve ourselves. I can say that my experience with Chris has definitely made me a better clinician.