“In January when I decided I might as well go for an ultra-marathon in May, my immediate next step was to call Livevital and get working on a complementary program to get strong. I cannot overstate how important that strength was on Sunday. The trail conditions were like nothing I’d ever run before (because honestly who would choose to go for a casual trail run on a week’s worth of mud?) and this was my first 50K. I KNEW I was physically strong thanks to Dave’s training plan, and that contributed directly to the mental toughness I needed to tap into in the last third of the race. I know that working with Livevital made a vital difference during the race and in the fact that I am recovering more quickly than I would have thought possible. I am tired and sore, but not too much of either. I was able to go for a comfortable recovery run the day after the race, and I am looking forward to jumping back into the athletic routines I enjoy. AWESOME.”
After tearing my ACL during a soccer match, my doctor asked me “for physical therapy, do you want to go somewhere convenient to home or do you want the best?” Of course my parents and I wanted the best. Needless to say that Dave Knop and the live vital crew are who he recommended. I have been going to Dave for almost a year now, and when I walk through the doors I know that I will be pushed, motivated, and guided by the best in the field. I am continuing training and now I’m in better shape than I was before my injury. I was recruited to play soccer in college and if it wasn’t for Dave and the crew, I would have never been ready. THANKS SO MUCH!
“Hey Livevital… just completed my 5k in Florida… 27:12, not bad huh, 1st in my age group, thanks to your help getting me back from my injury.”
“My goal when I started a 6-week training program at live vital was to run faster and place in my age group in a road race before the end of the year. I achieved that goal, with help from Dave and his staff, by shaving more than 2 minutes off my previous best 4-mile race time. A 30 second per mile improvement was more than I could have ever expected and I know I couldn’t have done it without the expert training I received at live vital. I recommend live vital to anyone who wants to get stronger, fitter, or faster. I am all three.
“This is an unsolicited, from the heart, testimonial to the best Physical Therapist I have encountered in my many years of physical activity.
Over the years I have been a runner (marathon and shorter distances), daily workout routine, swimming guy who five months ago developed a very bad sciatic, lower back pain condition. Because of the pain, I was not able to get in a position in bed to sleep well, had difficulty getting in and out of bed, couldn’t bend over or pick up any weight, had trouble standing after sitting, could not get in/out of a car easily. I was in discomfort 24/7 and my life was no fun. After several months of trying to correct this problem myself by altering my workout routines or not working out at all, I followed my wife’s advice and decided to seek outside help. Over a period of six weeks I went to two chiropractors, a Doctor of Osteopathy manipulator, acupuncturist, and tried homeopathic remedies, none of which resolved my problem. My MD internist suggested that I get an MRI and make an appointment with a back surgeon. I did get the MRI which indicated a slightly bulging disc between my L1 and S5 and signs of stenosis of the spine between my L3 and L5. This diagnosis is not unusual for someone of my age and activity level. However, it can be damn painful and debilitating.
As a last resort before seeing the back surgeon, I made an appointment with David Knop. After reading my MRI, he said he could help me if I followed his instructions and incorporated them into my daily workouts. To my shock and great delight, I felt improvement after our very first session !! Today was my last of 6 sessions with David and I am pain free and able to get a complete and rigorous workout without difficulty. Honestly, I did not expect this outcome but I didn’t know that I was working with such a knowledgable, competent, highly skilled Physical Therapist. I unconditionally recommend David. He has guided me back to my normal, active life and for that I deeply thank him.”
“Just wanted to say hi and thank you for all that you taught me..including having patience. I have been running consistently over the winter/spring (with slowwwww progression) and ran my first 10k last weekend. It was my first race in 2 years so I had zero expectations of myself but I ended up finishing 8th/80 in my age group. So I’m happy, and I’m in the Beach to Beacon.”
My first appointment for PT was in January 2011 and that started a new chapter in my life. I was all done with PT in May and was torn because I wanted to continue my work outs with Dave. I was feeling so great and I had started losing weight without even realizing it. I talked to Dave about my options and I have continued working about with him ever since. Now its July and I have lost 60lbs and counting and I have never felt so strong and amazing. I never thought that I would look forward to working out and wanting to eat healthy but I do and Dave is a HUGE part of that. He makes you want to better yourself and I am so grateful that I have him and the Live Vital team cheering me on.
I recommend Dave to everyone and I mean everyone. Sometimes I have to stop myself from talking about my experience. I still have a long journey ahead of me but I know that staying with Dave has been the best decision I have ever made.
Dave, thank you from the bottom of my heart, you’ve changed my life.”
“Ben absolutely thinks the world of Dave and everyone he interacts with while working out. I think he has a new found passion in life. I know he is proud of that, as he was able to discover that on his own. As a parent, nothing compares with seeing your child do something they truly love to do. I always look forward to the car rides home from Live Vital. Ben always has a great story of what he was able to accomplish for himself. Live Vital is a place that provides a professional, compassionate, and most importantly, fun atmosphere. It is the kind of atmosphere that leads people to push themselves to the limit, but also allows them to heal. I see Ben Irish being a long time client of Live Vital. I look forward to the many days of watching my boy grow to be a man and I thank you from my heart for providing this opportunity to us. See you at the gym!!”
“Live Vital is intense! Every time I get the chance to train with Dave, I take it. It is a no brainer. Ever since I started I have felt stronger everyday. The atmosphere in the building is awesome and that’s huge for me. I can walk through those doors and really be myself, and I know that it is true for others. I started out going to Live Vital about a year ago because of a neck injury from football. Since then, I have started a program that works on overall strength. It is sweet! I used to try and workout on my own but could never stay on my routine consistently. Now, I look forward to going to workout. Dave knows how to push you to work your hardest without being a total drill sergeant. Live Vital will help you get to where you want to be and more.”
“I initially came to Live Vital based upon a referral by a co-worker. I am beyond glad that I chose Live Vital for my physical therapy needs. I had an ACL repair done for the second time on the same knee in January 2011. After my last surgery I honestly hated every minute of physical therapy and I was always treated as if I was just another patient with the same protocol as every other ACL repair. Dave never made me feel this way. He treats each patient based upon their own particular need and abilities. He takes an innovative approach to physical therapy and encourages you every step of the way. I am 4 months post surgery and I happy to say that am able to exercise more than I could after 6 months of physical therapy after my last surgery–all with no pain. Thanks again for making physical therapy a thoroughly enjoyable experience and for helping me to be stronger than I have been since my last surgery! I will recommend Live Vital to everyone I know for both personal training and physical therapy!”
“Dave, I have been meaning to write to you and thank you for helping me get the movement and range of motion back in my neck, left arm and hand. After all the procedures and hand surgery which resulted in little to no relief, I was extremely discouraged until I began therapy at Livevital. I have always been a very active person and not being able to use my left hand/arm which is my dominant side was frightening. From the very first session you were so encouraging. In just a few short weeks I was able to return to work and resume my active life style. I have told many people that I truly feel that the only thing that really helped was the therapy you and Livevital provided. Thank you again.”
“As a runner, I developed chronic Achilles tendonitis in my early 40s. It became increasingly difficult to function in my every day life-stairs were agony and simply standing became more and more painful. I tried acupuncture, at least a dozen Physical Therapists, Orthopedic Physicians, Podiatrists and many deep tissue Massage Therapists… none of them provided long term relief from my symptoms. Then I found Dave. His treatment was different than anything else I had tried, he didn’t just put a heating pad on it, hand me some stretching diagrams and send me home. He’s a hands-on manual therapist and problem solver who finally got to the source and fixed it. The best part about working with Dave is that even though you have an injury to one part of your body, he won’t simply tell you to take it easy-he will help you to train ‘around’ the injury while he rehabs it… that’s huge to an athlete. Now at 50 years old, I’m running again and living pain free.”
“When I first came to livevital I had pain with every step and couldn’t enjoy my daily activities. Now, after about 3 months of therapy I am able to walk and even run some! This week I graciously refused an offer of help from the young man at the hardware store and lugged out my 25# bag of ice melt myself with no problem. I was also able to shovel off my deck and walkways, bring in a bunch of wood from the woodshed, and go snowshoeing with my dog and friend. I am back to playing in my field hockey group and even able to execute a few cool moves. I had forgotten how good it feels to move without pain, and to break a sweat during a workout! Thanks to Dave’s knowledgeable guidance and advice, as well as his encouragement, I am now back to enjoying pain-free activity. And yes Dave, I’m doing my home exercises.”
“Thanks for all you have done for me. I am playing squash once again – the knee is the best it’s ever been!!! nice work. Thanks again.”
“Dave, thanks so much for giving me back my shoulder movement! I am so impressed with the depth and breadth of your knowledge and expertise. I actually enjoyed PT – because it was clearly improving my shoulder motion, because LiveVital has such a great vibe to it and because I was fascinated to see what you would pull out of your bag of tricks next as you treated me and others. I appreciated your explanations of what was going on with my shoulder and how I could incorporate work at home to speed my recovery.
I have had PT before at several other places but have never experienced anything remotely like the kind of care I received at LiveVital. I recommend you every chance I get. You really do deliver on your “live vital” philosophy.”
“For the past 4 or 5 years baseball has really been my life. I’m trying to make it professionally and Dave’s a huge part of that. I need to stay healthy, I need to get better and that’s what he is doing for me now. After a month working with Dave I am pain free and in the best shape of my life. He’s definitely got me back on track and throwing better than ever. I would definitely recommend him to anyone.”
“When people comment on how great I look and ask me what I am doing, I find it difficult to describe exactly what Livevital is. I am happy to say I find myself having to respond to that question more and more these days, and this is what I say:
Livevital is not a gym. Livevital is a program focused on long term results. The facility is amazing, but it is Dave that makes Livevital unlike anything I have experienced before. He has a way of matching your needs to a plan and he can take you, as he has done for me, from physical therapy due to constant injury to a program of full body cardio and strength work outs second to none. You do not know what a work out is until you work with Dave. You do more than you ever thought possible. The results are that you look good, you feel good, and you are better at whatever you wanted to be better at.”
“When you’re rehabbing post-injury or post-surgery, you are highly motivated to make sure what happened doesn’t happen again. So it’s crucial to work with a physical therapist you trust completely. Someone who can gently but firmly kick your butt when you need it and yet be sensitive when you’re having a tough day. I’ve been fortunate to have Dave Knop fill both these roles for me after two injuries and have greatly benefited from his expertise, advice and kindness. He is knowledgeable, thorough and spookily intuitive about what’s going on with you both physically and mentally. I’m a client for life and will continue to wholeheartedly recommend Dave to family and friends.”
There is so much to tell, but here is what I think you really want to know. I am 40 years old and have 2 young children. When I came to Dave I was fat, tired, overwhelmed and in pain. I will tell you that I am not the same woman I was when I walked through the door. I have changed everything and everything about me has changed. I have been training with Dave for two and a half years. I have lost 75 pounds. I feel stronger, happier, younger and fitter than ever before. For the first time in my life, I don’t hate my body… I take amazing care of it and I love the way that feels.
I would tell you that if you want it as badly as I did, and still do, there is no one better to help you reach your goals. Working with Dave has altered the course of my life and I’m happy to say there is no going back.”