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Muscle System Specialist

Kurt grew up in Danville, Indiana. He was active in sports including football, wrestling, track and baseball. His favorite sport growing up was football.  During high school he lettered three times for football and was named captain of the football team his senior year. 

Kurt then attended Indiana University in pursuit of an undergraduate degree.  During his sophomore year he started working as a Strength & Conditioning Consultant for the Indiana University Recreation and Sports Department.  While working as an S & C Consultant, he would help gym members with proper exercise form and design exercise programs for anyone interested.  One of the job requirements was to learn anatomy and structural kinesiology, which was where he developed a passion for learning about exercise and the human body. 

As time went on in college, Kurt wanted to learn more about the exercise industry.  To do so, he worked one year as a personal trainer and two years for the Indiana University football team.  He worked directly with the defensive line coach, Ted Dasher, during the season, and as a Student Assistant Strength Coach during the offseason.  He gained valuable experience and knowledge working as a personal trainer and strength coach.

Kurt was on his way to earning an Exercise Science degree until he read the book Friday Night Lights for his Sociology class.  After he read this book, he wanted to obtain an Education degree as well as the Exercise Science degree.  His parents were very understanding and patient with this decision and allowed him to complete an extra year of college to obtain a dual degree in Exercise Science and Physical Education. 

Kurt then completed his student teaching at Avon Middle School in Avon, Indiana.  Shortly after student teaching was finished, the Avon School Corporation offered him a job.  Kurt worked 10 years for the Avon School Corporation teaching physical education and health, as well as, coaching football, wrestling and track.  During his summer breaks, he coordinated and ran a strength & conditioning camp and also lead sports performance sessions for athletes.  He really enjoyed teaching and coaching, but after a couple of years he wanted to grow professionally, so he took night and weekend classes so he could apply to chiropractic school.  He finished all of the pre-requisite classes and was accepted into the National University of Health Sciences Chiropractic School in St. Petersburg, Florida.  There was a small delay in moving to Florida because his house would not sell, and it was during this time he was involved in a car crash that would send him to the hospital.  Suffering from a major whiplash injury, he sought help from a Muscle Activation Techniques Specialist™ (MAT) who helped him relieve pain and restore movement.  After being treated by a MAT specialist and researching it as a career, he decided to make the switch.  He then flew once a month for a year to Denver, Colorado to obtain a certification in Muscle Activation Techniques™, and started his own business in January of 2013. 

During the MAT educational process, he met Greg Mack of Physicians Fitness and Tom Purvis of the Resistance Training Specialist Program.  These two individuals totally changed Kurt’s perspective of exercise and have made a tremendous impact on his fitness career.  He then pursued certifications from the Muscle System Specialist™ program and the Resistance Training Specialist™ program.  In January of 2014 he received a Resistance Training Specialist™ certification and in February of 2019 he received a Muscles System Specialist™ certification.  His mission is to get as many people as possible to participate in customized exercise programs, and to provide muscle system care to individuals who don’t move and feel well so they can live a better quality of life.  Helping people move and feel better, so they can live better, is his goal! 

In his free time, Kurt loves spending time with his wife, Rachael, and kids, Callie and Colt.  He also enjoys traveling, exercising, watching sporting events, and playing ping pong and golf.

Muscle System Specialist

Frequently Asked Questions

What is a Certified Muscle System Specialist?

An MSS™ is a practitioner who uses a unique thought process and science-based technical skill set to address your issues with poor movement, muscle tightness, and muscle and joint pain.  MSS™ practitioners take the time to carefully identify aspects of your muscle system where its quality has been decreased, identify opportunities for improvement in areas with low quality motor control, and provide you with the education your body requires to complete and maintain these improvements to your system.  The following are the MSS™’s objectives for positively impacting our clients: 

Identify the areas of low-quality movement, muscle tightness, and joint discomfort

Address and restore low quality movements and positions with precision exercises to allow for higher-quality muscle function

Decrease sensations of discomfort in muscles and joints by improving muscle contraction and control

Teach you self-directed exercises and techniques that you can do on your own to give you control over your health, keep your independence, and assure your success

Physicians Fitness

What is a Certified Medical Exercise Specialist?

“A Medical Exercise Specialist is a medical fitness professional who not only works with the typical client looking to improve their health and fitness level; but he or she also has the knowledge and skills to work with clients with a wide range of medical conditions.  These atypical clients are “medical exercise or post rehab” in that they are referred to a fitness professional after completion of a rehabilitation program and now need a fitness program tailored to their particular medical condition.  The MES is trained to develop safe and effective conditioning programs for clients with musculoskeletal, cardiovascular, neurological or metabolic disorders.”

Who can benefit from Muscle System Care?

Anyone with a muscular system who wants to move and feel better can benefit from muscle system care.  From an elderly person who wants to walk without a walker and improve balance, to a high school athlete who wants shoulder pain to go away, moving and feeling better is the goal.  If you have impaired movement and/or discomforts you want to go away, muscle system care is for you.  There are unlimited examples of people who don’t move and feel as well as they want to.  What discomforts do you have?  Where in your body do you not move well?  Muscle system care can help improve these unwanted sensations and movement impairments so you can live a better quality of life!

Who can benefit from a Medical Exercise Program?

Medical Exercise Programs are for individuals who are suffering from medical conditions that are affecting their quality of life. Medical Exercise Programs are designed for people based on their specific medical conditions and fundamental objectives. An extensive process of evaluations and measurements, as well as communication with your physician, will take place to develop and implement a customized exercise program for you!

Customized exercise programs for people living with the following medical conditions:

  • Coronary Heart Disease
  • Blood Lipid Disorders
  • Hypertension
  • Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
  • Overweight and Obesity
  • Metabolic Syndrome
  • Diabetes Mellitus
  • Arthritis
  • Osteoporosis and Osteopenia
  • Musculoskeletal Injuries
  • Low-Back Pain
  • Prenatal and Postpartum
Does insurance cover Zionsville Medical Fitness services?

No – ZMF is not a medical provider and therefore services are not approved by insurance companies. On a case by case basis, some company Health Savings Accounts (HSA’s) and wellness plans may cover our services. It is recommended that you check with your HSA/wellness plan to see if our services our covered before paying for such services. 

How is working with a Muscle System Specialist™ different than Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, Massage and other wellness modalities?

All wellness/medical modalities have a unique trait that makes them different than everyone else. A Muscle System Specialist™ considers a holistic approach to improving the way someone moves and feels. While most health professionals focus their treatment directly on the body part that feels pain, an MSS looks to assess and improve your muscular system where it is low quality.  This might be directly where you feel pain but a lot of the times it is not.  Where are you having trouble with your muscular control is what an MSS is always looking to improve because this could be causing pain, tightness and/or discomfort in other areas of your body? An MSS improves areas of your muscular system that are not optimal and progressively strengthens your body so you can move and feel better.    

How long does it take to get results from Muscle System Care?

There are a lot of factors to consider when answering this question. A ninety-year old client and an eighteen-year old client who have the same goal of decreasing shoulder pain will most likely respond to muscle system care differently. Careful consideration should be taken when thinking about how fast you will get results. Factors like how old you are, how long have you had the injury or discomfort, how many injuries and surgeries have you had in your lifetime and many others. At Zionsville Medical Fitness we consider many factors that could affect how fast you get results and discuss those factors with you. We will perform an extensive evaluation with you and give you a report of findings that will discuss a progressive problem-solving model for meeting your goals. We will always check in with you during muscle system care sessions to see if you are on the right track for getting the results you want.



“I have enjoyed a professional relationship with Kurt for five years, and I truly believe that without his care and treatment skill, I would be unable to perform basic activities that allow me to live the life I want.  Most of our work has been on a foot/ankle that lost range of motion and became painfully stiff over the last few years of my nursing career.  I honestly dreaded getting up in the morning and putting weight on my foot.  Kurt’s treatments have enabled me to prevent surgery and to ditch a brace/orthotic that I was wearing.  I now comfortably keep active as I desire and trust Kurt’s knowledge and skill to keep me moving comfortably well into my senior years!”

Kris M.

After years of being in pain, medications that weren’t helping, ten surgeries, and countless attempts at different modalities, I thought I would never be able bodied again.  And then I found Kurt…what a Godsend.  He took the time to understand my issues, assessed me from head to toe and began to treat, or you could say “fix,” me. 

He was so upfront and honest about the expectations, and then proceeded to blow them away.  Over three years later I still see him religiously and will never stop, because with his continued help I feel the best I have in over 20 years!  I have referred many friends and family who say the same thing. 

What he does is so different than other professionals I have seen, and I am always amazed at the results.  You will move and feel better after the very first session. 

If you are in pain, considering a surgery, want to feel better or just simply want your body to be at its peak performance you will not be let down.  See Kurt today!

Dominic S.

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