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Dr. Cody Sipe & Dr. Dan Ritchie

Dan Ritchie, has a broad background in the fitness industry including training and management in commercial and university/hospital-based fitness, for-profit, notfor-profit and educational facilities. His primary areas of expertise are in personal training for special populations: athletes, pregnancy, blind, stroke recovery, Parkinsons, multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, Fibromyalgia, Alzheimers, etc.

He has worked with Division I athletes some of whom have been professionally drafted. He has also worked on state funded research on exercise for severe dementia alzheimers type. He regularly presents at national and regional conferences and has been active on committees for the American College of Sports Medicine.

  • PFP Trainer of the Year 2014
  • Lynn Fellow, Purdue University 2003-2004
  • NSCA Research Grant Recipient, 2005-2006
  • Fall Proof Instructor Certified, from California State, Fullerton, 2006
  • 2005-2007 Student Affairs Committee, ACSM
  • 2005-2007 Board Member Midwest American College of Sports Medicine
  • 2008 Nominated for ACSM Board of Trustees
  • Enhance Fitness Master Trainer for State of Indiana 2007-current
  • Regular Contributor to the CBS Local Morning News 2012
  • Nominated for Small Business Owner of the Year 2012
  • Has presented at Athletic Business, ACSM, NSCA, DCAC, NCOA

Cody Sipe has an extensive background in the fitness industry with 20 years of experience as a personal trainer, fitness instructor, program director, exercise physiologist and club owner. He is currently an Associate Professor and Director of Clinical Research in the physical therapy program at Harding University.

He has spent his career researching, developing and practicing the most effective training strategies to improve function in older adults. He has completed certifications as an ACSM Exercise Specialist, ACSM Registered Clinical Exercise Physiologist, FallProof Balance and Mobility Enhancement Specialist and more. His secondary area of expertise is in the prevention and management of chronic disease conditions, especially those that accompany the aging process such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and osteoporosis. In 2005 he was honored with the IDEA Program Director of the Year award.

He has presented internationally, served on boards and committees and/or published articles for most of the top fitness organizations in the world including:

  • IDEA, CanFitPro, ACSM, ACE, AFPA
  • Australian Fitness Network
  • Italian Fitness Federation
  • Club Industry
  • International Council on Active Aging
  • YMCA
  • Athletic Business
  • Canadian Fitness Business
  • World Congress on Activity and Aging
  • Medical Fitness Association
  • British Columbia Parks and Recreation Association
  • And more