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Andrew Swartz - Instructor

Andrew "MONK" Swartz

Instructor

Born and raised in Pickering, Ontario, Andy started training in his garage in 2003, reading the .com website and turning himself into the Greek god he is today.

Words from Andy Swartz:

 I'm dissatisfied with the current state of the health and fitness industry.

 Current research suggests that of those participating in a fitness or strength training program/protocol: 

  • 20% can be considered non-responders, meaning, regardless of effort, this group doesn't improve.
  • 63% are normo-responders. This group gets better with effort
  • 17% fall into the super-responders group. These guys see tremendous results with relatively little effort. 

 I want better.

 

My goal is to turn non-responders to normos. And to turn normos to super-responders.

 This often leads me down some pretty strange avenues (like assessing an athlete's cerebellar function, using a balloon to strengthen a diaphragm, or a pencil to train visual and vestibular systems etc) to unlock performance.

 Don't get me wrong, I'm all for throwing the barbell around and leaving a puddle of sweat on the ground. But if we can put 20 lbs. on an athlete's deadlift by sorting out a vestibule issue with a couple of head tilts, I say why not.


After more than 20 years in this field—with more questions than answers—I’m still working on my grand-unifying theory of all things health and fitness. Until then, here’s what I do know:

1. The Nervous System runs the show. Change starts in the brain,  
2. Movement fluency is paramount 
3. Skill is the ultimate performance hack


I want to work with athletes (yes, you are an athlete) who share a long-term view of health and fitness: Athletes who know that precision, attention to detail, and consistency are the recipe for perpetual progress.  

Andy’s Certifications:

Movement Code Sport Science 
Cardio Code Sport Science 

Zhealth R-Phase

Zhealth I-Phase
Zhealth S-Phase
Zhealth T-Phase
Zhealth 9S Speed
Zhealth 9S Stamina and Spirit2
Zhealth 9S Skill and Style
Zhealth 9S Nutrition and Spirit1
Zhealth 9S Strength and Suppleness
Zhealth 9S Structure
PRI MyoKinematic Restoration
PRI Pelvis Restoration
PRI Postural Restoration
OPEX CCP Athlete Assessment Level 1
OPEX CCP Athlete Program Design Level 1 (in process)
FRC Mobility Specalist FRCms
Stretch Therapy (ST)
Precision Nutrion Level 1 (in process)
BioMechanics 1: Physique Transformation and Foundations (in process)
Catalyst Athletics Performance Weightlifting Coach Level 1
NCCP Weightlifting Coach Level 1
CrossFit Level 1
CrossFit Gymnastics Level 1
CrossFit Powerlifting
CrossFit Running Level 1
CrossFit Olympic Lifting Level 1
CrossFit Nutrition Level 1