THE MOVE RIGHT STORY
Your body should never get in the way of you doing what you want to do in life
Founded in 2015 as Tim Crough Fitness, Move Right was become the brain-child of Tim Crough. Who along with his partner, Dustin Yantzi has been bringing a unique movement-first approach as what they call the Move Right Training Method.
This healthier and more productive approach to fitness is the foundation that the Overland Park, KS-based training studio stands atop.
Tim’s idea that fitness should be more focused on healthy movement and that there is actually better or “right” way that people should be moving is the core principle that started it all. Tim acquired this ethos from his work in professional baseball coupled with his own personal journey to train hard without causing injury or pain. He also wanted to create a place where training your body in an authentic way meant not comparing and not obsessing. To him 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. Training should equip for living. It should bring adventure to mind, creating lasting memories with friends and family hiking and climbing mountains in the summer. Skiing and snowboarding down those same mountains in the winter. Fitness should be holistic, meaning well-rounded and whole. Living to train in the gym so you can just exist is not the most inspiring goal. Move Right aims for something life-giving and exhilarating. Moving and training in a healthy and more holistic way is a step along the path to living a better life. Train to live, don’t live to train.
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.
“Without your body, everything else is out the door. You don’t want to be the richest person in the graveyard. That’s not going to do it. If there is energy, vitality and strength, it’s gonna show up in your relationship, it going to show up in your business, it’s going to show up in your life. That (fitness) is an area you’ve got to master, You can’t just dabble. It’s too important.” -Tony Robbins
We believe in the idea that there is a more natural, healthier and better way to move and train the body. A right way.
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!
Tim Crough, CSCS, 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
BACK TO WHERE IT ALL STARTED…
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 THE MOVE RIGHT PHILOSOPHY AND METHOD
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. However, 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. I thought I was.
LESSONS FROM STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING
I learned from my experience working for Major League Baseball’s Colorado Rockies that doing no-harm and creating resilient athletes was paramount to seeing who could lift the most. I had come from a college football setting where lifting this most had real merit. In baseball, you have a 162 game season with multi-year guaranteed million dollar contracts. They need to stay healthy and on the field. The training for a professional baseball player needs to reflect that. When it comes to college football, you have eighteen-year-old kids who need to get strong if they want to compete well in their sport — two different worlds. I chose early on in my personal training career to train my clients like the former.
RENAISSANCE OF LEARNING
The last five years 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, nagging low-back pain or discomfort after squatting or deadlifting is commonplace for the lifting community. Things like achieving a lifting goal like a 400-pound bench press (that was one of mine) and not experiencing some amount of shoulder pain along the journey can be 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 more intense exercises falls on us. We always have to be measuring the risks along the way.
In writing the best programs and implementing the best coaching we must take into account 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 would give me as to why I tore my Achilles’ tendon at 35. It was while I was sitting next to Kentaro Ishii, former Head Athletic Trainer for Sporting KC, in a PRI Myokinematic Restoration course I gained a new perspective on human movement and training.
I began to ask myself, was there a better way to train? 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/exercises took time and some serious contemplation.
FINDING THE ANSWERS
As a leadership team at Move Right, we managed to come out on the other side with some decisive answers. After several years of study and execution we have arrived at a better place. We firmly believe we are providing the best practices in training in the region.
Some of those answers have shaped how we coach the big lifts, such as squats and deadlifts and especially how we teach our warm-ups. We have to give a lot of credit to our friend and Doctor of Physical Therapy, Zac Cupples. We hosted Zac at Move Right for his groundbreaking seminar The Human Matrix. Zac has been a wealth of education for us. He has the physical therapist and strength and conditioning coach for the NBA’s Memphis Grizzlies but that is not what gave him the real street cred with us. Zac has attended every high-level seminar there is in the industry. Every one we wish we could attend but couldn’t. Zac has distilled bucket loads of information down to the Human Matrix seminar. Zac has also been mentored by the likes of Bill Hartman, one of the true giants in the industry.
THE RESULTS OF CHANGE
There is a small but growing group of influencers that 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 succeed. Witnessing them avoid and/or reduce joint, tendon and muscle pain where other methods have failed has been a true gift.
DISCLAIMER: We are not clinicians or practitioners.
We merely teach exercises to give you a higher degree of movement variability. Our training methods will help create greater capacity for movement. The more movement options your body has at its disposal, the better. More movement variability will, in turn, help you to move with less restriction. This will give you a movement strategy that equals less likelihood of pain. If your body has better movement variability it doesn’t matter if you’re training hard in the gym or just existing in your everyday life. Your body will be healthier and ready to move right.
Do we have it all figured out? No. And probably no one ever will. What we will do, however, is continue to evolve and innovate our methods to fit the current best practices. Exciting training innovations will continue to come down the pike and we aim to be taking new ground as soon as they do. Setting you up to have the best possible training on the planet at your disposal.
HOW WE ACTUALLY IMPLEMENT OUR MOVE RIGHT TRAINING METHODS
Some have called what we do at Move Right, holistic fitness. We just like to call it better fitness. We believe in a Movement-First approach, meaning:
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 (see above).
TACTICS — what does good form really mean?
We coach form differently. A lot differently. We use training techniques that will likely be unfamiliar to you. We don’t use them because they’re foreign, new or because we want to be different. We use them because they flat out work.
If you have a narrow one, we teaching you to breathe with a slack jaw and hot air.If you have a wide one, we teach you to breathe with pursed lips and forceful cold air.We do this with our members and clients at the beginning of each SG6 or personal training session.
Ribs and pelvis positioning is very important when it comes to moving right. Remember that the better position your body is in before the exercise even starts the better chance you have of executing proper form throughout the movement or lift. Reaching helps set this position. The position we call ribs over pelvis. We also teach the reach at the top of a push-up or high-plank position to create a better shoulder and scapular relationship, among other things. Reaching is beneficial for creating better breathing proficiency and capacity as well.
Want to know more about why reaching is so important? Check out Zac Cupples podcast here
Tucking the pelvis is the most oft used cue you’ll hear at Move Right. We teach tucking to create a better and safer positioning for the low back. Preventing anterior pelvic tilting is one of the best ways to reacquire better low-back health. And better structural joint and muscle health overall.
We teach the ability to traverse the hips back without dumping the hips forward into an anterior pelvic tilt. Combined with proper breathing and reaching principles to create a good ribs over pelvis position. The tucking technique we teach will be a complete game-changer for improving your movement competency.
Want to know more about the why tucking right is crucial for better movement? Check out what Zac Cupples has to say on the matter.
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 in the fitness industry. Both in how we coach proper exercise form how we deliver that form — The SG6 FORMula. Our Move Right Training Methods are making a real difference in our member’s lives while we get to live out our life’s purpose.
There is a community of trainers and therapists who have become the tip of the spear when it comes to movement. Lucy Hendricks, The Holistic Fitness Connector, being one, follow her and others to learn more about moving and training better.