Prevail News

New Faces at Prevail Conditioning

New to Prevail! 

If you’ve been into Prevail Conditioning recently, you have probably noticed some new faces. If you get a chance to say hello and introduce yourself, please do!  Our new staff and interns would love to meet you.
Please welcome our new team members. 

Mallory Langston-Cooper: Yoga instructor extraordinaire. We have looked high and low to find a Yoga instructor who is the perfect compliment to Prevail’s holistic, multidisciplinary approach…Mallory was our great find. Make sure to check out her Saturday morning Yoga class (all of you who need extra mobility work!)


Justin Willis, CPT, CES, PES: Justin is a recent grad from UCSB and a great addition to our Strength Coach and post rehab training team. 
Leah Gaston, CMT: massage therapy and bodywork has been a long time search and desire for Prevail Conditioning. We are so excited to have Leah on board to offer our clients the soft tissue, trigger point, and myofascial therapy they need. Schedule with her soon!
Alexis Anderson, BS, CSCS: she is tiny little thing, but sharp as a tack, packed with power, and full of smiles. Alexis is a recent grad of Westmont College and has been a fantastic addition to our Strength Coach and Personal Training team.
Kim Tom, CPT: another wonderful addition to our Personal Training staff. Kim brings a passion for fitness and desire to combine it with travel and adventure for clients looking for something new.
Prevail has the best Interns around. Say hello to our summer crew and see if you can stump them with an exercise physiology question!
Greyson Schultz: UCSB Graduate
Gina Uribe Lamb: Westmont Graduate
Sherry Gutsch: University of Wisconsin Oshkosh Graduate

What People Are Saying About Prevail

Sondra Blockman, BS Kinesiology
Westmont College Graduate 2011

“I just wanted to thank you for taking the time to share your knowledge with us [interns]. It meant a lot to me and I wanted you to know that your time did not go unappreciated for one moment. I learned so much and had a great time learning it. I wish that I could have had more opportunities like that. What you’ve taught has stuck more than most things I’ve learned in the classroom…it’s more interesting to me and it’s obvious that you’re passionate about it…plus your sense of humor helps! You are a great teacher and amazing trainer! One of the things I appreciate most is how your faith is apparent in your training ethics. You are a man of God, and I hope you continue to do amazing things for people.”

What People Are Saying About Prevail

“Chris, I just wanted to let you know how much this internship has helped to shape and guide my career.  I think it’s always best to give credit where credit is due.  This has been the single most important learning experience for me in the last 4 years at Westmont (not including any spiritual learning experiences), and I would hope that one day I would be as passionate, knowledgeable, and generous with my vocation.  I’ve learned a lot, and whether or not our careers cross paths in the future, I’ll look forward to running into you around town or campus.  Thanks for everything.”

-Jacob Goodin, BS Kinesiology, Westmont College 2011 & Prevail Intern, Spring 2011

Client News!

Spencer Fraker, Senior Baseball Player, Santa Barbara High School
Congrats to Spencer Fraker for a very successful senior year and career with Santa Barbara High School baseball. Although battling with injuries all season, Fraker finished off his career with a solid performance in the CIF Quarterfinal game versus Harvard-Westlake with a solo Home Run (see pic) and batting 3 for 4 in the SemiFinal game versus Mission Viejo.

                   Way to go, Spencer! We are proud of you!

What People Are Saying About Prevail Conditioning

Deicy Hernandez
USCB Exercise and Sports Science Undergrad
“I just wanted to thank you for letting me shadow you a couple weeks back. It was truly a great experience, and just thought I should let you know that after shadowing a couple of other trainers at different gyms you were truly the best I observed. I’m sure it has to your education, understanding of movement and the reasoning and science behind what you do. It’s a little scary the kind of trainers that are out there. So hopefully as I continue my education and continue my training I will one day be a great trainer like yourself. So thanks again, and good luck with your business and clients.”

Thanks, Deicy!  We appreciate hearing from you.  Good luck to you and visit us anytime.


Client News!

On May 7, 2011, Anne Chen had the opportunity to ride the penultimate stage of this year’s Tour of California (with about 1400 other cyclists). She races for Team B4T9 Foundation — B4T9 stands for Before Title Nine.

Here is what she had to say about the experience: 

‘We rode the same route that the professionals will tackle—from the college town of Claremont to Mt. Baldy—climbing over 10,000 vertical feet in almost 100 miles of riding. The course winds through the San Gabriel Mountains and has many gorgeous, breathtaking views. It was the hardest cycling event I’ve ever done—and even though I had trained for it, I wasn’t sure that I could make it to the top. The climbing on the last section to the Mt. Baldy Ski Area has switchbacks so steep that the organizers called them “beyond category.” 
We all had timing chips and were timed on 2 sections of the course—these are called KOM/QOM (King or Queen of the Mountain). There were 50 women who completed the climb to Mt. Baldy—I came in 20th in the QOM competition. I was second in my age group (55-59) — my teammate Kate came in first!)’

Her race stats:
Miles: 91.74 mi.

Ride time: 7:14:07

Elevation gain: 11,230 ft.

Avg. HR: 140

Calories: 2135

We are so proud of you, Anne!!!!

Interdisciplinary Care: What Does it Mean to be a Physical Therapist Today

By: Tom Walters, DPT, CSCS

What type of degree is required to become a licensed physical therapist? Do therapists graduate as generalists or can they specialize in a particular subject area during their professional education? These are questions I hear on a daily basis from patients and, at times, from other therapy professionals. I am not surprised by these questions, especially when one considers how dramatically the profession has changed in the last twenty years.

Physical Therapy Education:

The current standard in physical therapy education is the Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree, which has replaced the Master’s degree and the Bachelor’s degree before that. Of the 219 physical therapy programs, only seven offer the Master’s degree with the remainder issuing a clinical doctorate upon completion. In order to be admitted to physical therapy school, a student must possess a Bachelor’s degree including numerous prerequisite courses, which can vary according to the graduate institution the student in applying to. A graduate program in physical therapy then consists of a three-year curriculum, which includes a combination of didactic and clinical work and culminates with the student sitting for the National Physical Therapy Exam to achieve licensure. Upon receiving licensure, the physical therapist can then use the designation PT for their license and DPT, MPT or BSPT depending on their degree type. Because the DPT is relatively new, only about 13% of the workforce currently holds this degree.

Residency & Fellowship:
Upon completing PT school, many graduates continue their education by enrolling in residency and fellowship programs related to a particular subject of interest. Residency programs last between nine and thirty six months and include the following areas of specialization: orthopaedics, neurology, pediatrics, geriatrics, women’s health, sports and cardiovascular and pulmonary. After finishing a residency, a therapist can then sit for board certification in their particular subject area. An individual who has received board certification can then label themselves as a board certified clinical specialist and include the following credentials after their name: orthopaedics (OCS), neurology (NCS), pediatrics (PCS), geriatrics (GCS), women’s health (WCS), sports (SCS), cardiovascular and pulmonary (CCS) and clinical electrophysiology (ECS).

Fellowships, like residency programs, contain both didactic and clinical work and last between nine and thirty six months are usually undertaken by individuals who have already achieved board certification or completed a residency and demonstrate clinical expertise in their particular practice area. The fellowship is designed to provide greater depth in a specialty area and can include one of the following topics: movement science, hand, orthopaedic and manual therapy and sports-division I athletics. Fellows may then use the fellowship credentials, which could include FAPTA (Fellow of the American Physical Therapy Association) or FAAOMPT (Fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Manual Physical Therapy).

 In the end, if you are working with a fellow physical therapist and you are curious about their educational background, don’t hesitate to ask

You can contact Tom Walters, DPT, CSCS, at

Prevail Conditioning Performance Center Celebrates 1 Year Anniversary

By Chris Ecklund, MA, CSCS
It happened last Tuesday: November 2, 2010. 
Unbelievable. A year has passed already.

As I walked through last week I found that there were many moments of reflection. This has been a typical part of my life over the past 10 years. However, during this last year of opening a business I’ve felt like I’ve been going 100mph and have allowed a very little time to reflect. It has been a welcome change to stop several moments throughout the week and think of the many blessings that have surrounded the opening and first year of Prevail Conditioning Performance Center. Certainly I have been amazed at how quickly the year had passed (the quick passage of time always seems to catch me off guard, no matter how old I get). And, of course I am grateful our business has not only survived in this brutal economy, but has seen strong/consistent growth. Not something to be taken lightly for a first year business. I found, though, that the things which struck me most have been the thankfulness I feel for the people who have been instrumental in Prevail Conditioning. And that is what I’d like to spend a moment, or two, reflecting upon.

A year and a half ago, after much prayer, I brought the idea of opening a Performance and Fitness business to a couple trusted business advisers: Pete Miko and Bill Mace. Quite frankly, it was through their input and amazing help that the doors of Prevail Conditioning Performance Center were opened. Their input and advice (and even physical labor at times) were an invaluable aid and support to the entire process. Certainly I would not have even begun the process without their help. To Bill and Pete, thank you so much for your advice and continued support and counsel.

Throughout the process of both enduring the first year of business as well as getting the support and direction and wisdom I have needed and sought out for the long haul, several others have stepped in to fill many different needs. My family, as always, has been a huge support in encouragement, prayer and wisdom. They have helped meet both business as well as personal needs. Surely they are instrumental in all of the things I do and pursue in my life, and this business has been no different. Thanks Mom, Dad, Michelle and Chris. Your input, encouragement, prayer and practical support in my life are never taken lightly. You are a huge part of who I am.

Several other clients and friends have also stepped in to offer advice, expertise and other support when I have been in need. Josh Yager, Fred and Katie Fisher and Gamble Parks are just a few that I can remember off the top of my head (I hope I’ve not left any others off the list). Thanks to all of you for the many ways you have offered practical help and support to us.

And…our clients. It has been a privilege to serve those who’ve walked through our doors. A priority for us at Prevail has always been to develop relationships with our clients that extend beyond the doors of our business. We have certainly felt blessed by the wonderful people we have had the opportunity to get to know, who have become part of our family here, and for simply getting to walk through this life with you. The wonderful encouragement and support you have shown us in this first year (and beyond) have been so appreciated. Thank you for being a part of our family and for allowing us to share in your lives.

There are also some friends that are due my thanks. My good friends Jeanne Bayles, Tim Barley, Jill Daniels, Peter Blumert, Vince McCarrie, Trevor Young and Mike Willbanks have been so good for me in both keeping me uplifted in prayer as well as asking me the hard questions of life and balance. Certainly I have been encouraged to refocus my attention and concern on what is important in this life and give due attention (but not more) to the other areas of life. Thank you for your continued friendship and accountability. Certainly I should also thank my prayer group as well: Chris Comstock, Jon Killam and Timmy Palmer. Thanks to you guys for…well…the same. Your prayer and walking alongside me in this life has been a needed addition.

And last…but of course not least…my family here at Prevail. Will Hughes, Juliann, Boubel, Kim Clark, Kate Thielicke and Emily Canfield…what a blessing of a team. So many times throughout the course of this year I have been awestruck at the gift God has given me in you. A team like this one is a rare thing, as we have often reflected upon. I do hope that we are allowed to enjoy this team for several years to come, but whatever may come I want you to know that I have been so blessed by you all in so many ways. You have brought laughter, balance, encouragement, youthfulness, prayer, fun, a desire to learn, and compassion for people to name a few. I am reminded of Family workouts and the wonderful torture we have offered one another, birthday celebrations, PCPC get togethers orchestrated by the Party Planning Committee, prayer together, and wonderful times when we are all in PCPC working and training together. Above all these things, you have grown into my second family. It has been a privilege to walk through the joys, struggles and painful times of this past year. I pray God continues to bless our time together as well as your lives and work you do.

Of course there are many more who have played rolls in this process and are due thanks. And if I’ve missed you in this, please know what we are thankful for you.

We hope that we get the opportunity to serve Santa Barbara and beyond for many years to come. 

Thank you.

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