THE MOVE RIGHT STORY
Our purpose is to help you gain a vision for what is possible and to give you the ability to do it. Moving right can open up a whole new world.
The fitness concept that became Move Right KC was founded by Tim Crough in 2015. Tim’s idea that fitness should be more focused on movement and that there is a right way to move was at the core of what started the fitness training studio. Tim wanted to create a place where training your body in an authentic way meant not comparing and not obsessing. Fitness doesn’t have to be about mirrors and spandex. And it shouldn’t ever connote thoughts of negative self-talk and insecurities.
Fitness should inspire. It should bring adventure to mind, creating lasting memories. Friends hiking and climbing mountains in the summer. Skiing and snowboarding down those same mountains in the winter. Fitness should be about paddleboarding at the lake, surfing in the ocean, or hopping on a bike and feeling the wind hit your face.
Fitness, at its core, is about being the fullest and best version of yourself. Because when you are feeling physically whole, you tend to steward more fulfilling and meaningful relationships.
And it all starts with the idea that there is a more natural, a healthier, a better and a right way to move.
Move Right KC Founder Tim Crough, earned a B.S. in Exercise Science from Kansas University where he coached Jayhawk athletes in the Strength and Conditioning Dept. He continued coaching with the Colorado Rockies organization before heading back home to KC to train and coach in the private sector.
During his personal training career, he began to find solutions to his own nagging pain through smarter training. Applying these same techniques with his clients, Tim began to merge “rehab type” exercises with appropriate intensive training to optimize the body. This was a healthier and more productive form of fitness and so moving right (through establishing neutral posture and improving major joint mobility) became the only way Tim was training his client base.
In 2014, Tim decided to bring the Move Right way of training to a larger audience. And with the help of Dustin Yantzi, CSCS, a new system of smarter more efficient fitness was born.
Being healthy and feeling strong so you can “experience fitness outside the gym” is what Tim, who lives in Lenexa with his wife Jenna and daughter Isabella, is all about. They love all outdoor activities like running, hiking and biking or playing whatever and, oh, and ask Tim about his one-wheel!
CSCS, FMS, MovNat L1, NASM golf, Westside Barbell Certified
Dustin Yantzi, Lead Coach at Move Right KC, has a keen eye for moving right. More than six years ago, Dustin reached out to Tim, who would later mentor Dustin, with training questions that were several years beyond his age. It’s almost unheard of to quit playing college football so he could dedicate his time to helping his teammates achieve their athletic goals, but that’s what Dustin did, and that’s who Dustin is.
Dustin is a graduate of Avila University with a Kinesiology degree and an unquenchable passion for learning. He is the primary creator of the Move Right KC Assessment protocol that has separated MRKC from the competition when it comes to exercise programming. He specializes in getting people to move better (right) and helping them reach every goal they’ve imagined and some they may have never thought attainable. He’s trained everyone from professional athletes to grandparents who chase their grandkids. Dustin loves coaching hard and has a disciplined work ethic, but it never supersedes his ethos of coaching smart.
If you want to see Dustin glow, just ask about his new baby girl Aubrey and his wife Savannah, they are the joy of his life and make him who he is — a person you need to know to truly appreciate how much he cares.
Exercise Technician, Programmer & Lead Coach
DUSTIN YANTZI, CSCS, CPPS
In 2009 I, (Tim) received a phone call from a young man pursuing a career in strength and fitness training. He was energetic and passionate and he peppered me with questions. Not your run-of-the-mill questions, but some of the most intelligent training questions I had ever been asked. I didn’t know it then but that phone call would change both of our lives.
I opened Tim Crough Fitness in March of 2015. The fitness studio was originally intended to be an affiliate of a Nashville fitness company that no longer exists. When that deal fell apart, I went into scramble mode and called that “young man” who I had been an off-and-on mentee of mine the previous five years, Dustin Yantzi would join me the summer of 2016 and Tim Crough Fitness evolved to become Move Right KC the following January, 2017.
Dustin helped me think straight, helping me to figure out the systems and processes that would become Move Right KC. Dustin has always been a stickler for best practices. He takes tremendous pride in programming the best possible workouts and holds you accountable to the perfect form.
Dustin and I form the leadership of Move Right KC and a share a passion for helping our members achieve their very best.
Our careers began in the strength training world, where we both formed a strong passion for helping athletes see their dreams come true. Those experiences shaped many of the principles that we use today. We feel that we have a distinct calling to work in the fitness industry alongside people who want more from their fitness experience. Our dream is to see you achieve yours.
Working with high-level athletes is wonderful and teaches a lot but it has not shaped us nearly as much as working with adults with developmental disabilities. Personally, I have been working with clients in that community for more than sixteen years. It has changed how I train and the lens that I view fitness through. I’ve set watch as it has changed Dustin and others on our team, too.
The success stories that came from training this special population were of a much greater importance than weight-loss. We focused our training on equipping them. Equipping them to better handle everyday chores. Helping them to live more independently and with a new sense of sense of confidence gave us a true sense of joy.
Watching their self-confidence soar through the roof and attitudes toward fitness totally change created a ripple effect of the smiles that would often spread throughout our training studio.
It comes down to a well-defined purpose. Whether it’s pro-athletes or folks with developmental disabilities.
Two diverse communities, one purpose, to move better.
The outcome we delivered looked vastly different but in the end, it wasn’t purely about the specific outcomes. It was about helping people move better so they can live better lives; that seems to be pretty universal. Sometimes you aim for one thing and what you hit is something vastly better.
How we formed our philosophy
The philosophy we now adhere to at Move Right KC was formed through my own experiences in training myself to and through injury. I normally achieved good performance results and so did my personal training clients.
Little injury bugs creeping into training was an accepted product of lifting hard and heavy. Any good trainer or coach knows if you’re going to be lifting max weights and sprinting, you must give a lot of attention to injury preventive methods, too.
The last five years of my career are what I call my renaissance of learning. And what I have come to realize is that injury prevention methods are so much more than simply better dynamic warm-ups and stretching.
That fact is, experiencing nagging low-back discomfort after squatting or deadlifting is commonplace for the lifting community. To achieve a lifting goal like a 400-pound bench press (that was one of mine) and not experience some amount of shoulder pain along the journey is nearly impossible.
As trainers and coaches, we are tasked with training our clients and athletes to achieve all kinds of goals, including lifting ones. The burden of determining the balance of preventative exercise and hard-charging exercises falls on us. We always have to be measuring the risks along the way.
Writing the best programs and implementing the best coaching must take into account so many factors. Injury does not happen in a vacuum and a client or athlete cannot achieve anything if they are injured.
For me, my nagging low-back and shoulder pain proved to be a blessing because they lead to nagging questions. Not to mention I would never be satisfied with the answers the doctors gave me as to why I tore my Achilles’ tendon at age 35.
I started to ask myself, was there a better way to coach? Some of the lifts that I had been coaching all my life seemed to be imbedded in my DNA. After all, I have learned from some of the best. To reconsider how I taught certain lifts took time and some serious contemplation.
As a leadership team at Move Right, we managed to come out the other side. After months and years of study and execution we have arrived at some pretty decisive answers.
Some of those answers have shaped how we coach the big lifts, such as squat and deadlifts and especially how we teach our warm-ups.
This is where I have to give credit to our friend, Zac Cuppples, for traveling to Move Right KC to teach his groundbreaking seminar The Human Matrix.
We have also been influenced by the likes of Bill Hartman, Mike Robertson, Lucy Hendricks, Pat Davidson, and Michelle Boland, among many other thought leaders in the training and fitness industry.
The results of change
The aforementioned growing group of influencers has helped us resolve many questions surrounding how to re-think the training dogma of the past. These insights, coupled with proper implementation have proven successful in helping our clients and SG6 members avoid and reduce joint pain where other methods have failed us.
Disclaimer: We are not clinicians or practitioners.
Our adopted training methods will help you create greater capacity and consistency for movement. This will, in turn, help you to move better.
When you move better, compensation can be reduced — pain can be dissipated — and injury will become less likely to occur. Whether it’s in training or in your everyday life.
Do we have it all figured out? Absolutely not. And probably not ever. We will, however, continue to evolve and innovate. So our clients and members can be put in a better position to live the life they were meant to live.
How we actually implement Move Right training methods
Some have called what we do at Move Right, holistic fitness. We just like to call it good fitness. It’s the way we believe fitness should be done. The way that it needs to be done to help you move and feel better. We believe in a movement first approach.
Movement first means:
A. We never put you in a vulnerable position that has the potential to cause injury.
B. We give you the tools to help your joints move with more freedom and potentially less pain.
We use training techniques that will likely be unfamiliar to you. We don’t use them because they’re foreign, we use them because they work.
We emphasize things like breathing mechanics, ribs and pelvis positioning and tucking your tailbone – all to create a better training position so you can move right. The better position your body is in before the exercise even starts, the better chance you have of executing good form throughout the movement or lift.
We do all this to stay true to our mission and build resilience into your body — so you can move and live to your full potential.
Together with our members, we are writing a new chapter on how fitness and strength training is implemented with the SG6. Couple this with the training methods we have come to believe in so deeply, we are seeing a real difference in those whose lives we are touching.