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Vincent Vergara



When deciding where to focus my studies at Indiana University Bloomington, it was a no-brainer to commit myself to the field of Kinesiology.  I was always among the top in my class because I enjoyed studying anything and everything related to how exercise affects the body.  For the past 11 years, I have been putting knowledge to practice, in my own training and with clients.  It's the reason why I became a successful athlete, and it's the reason why my clients achieved so much.

DISCOVERING A BREAKTHROUGH
In November 2016, I discovered a way to create lasting Post-Activation Potentiation (PAP).  PAP is a phenomena which allow people to 'potentiate' or 'activate' a targeted muscle group more fully and with greater control, improving efficiency.  In studies, the PAP lasts 5-10 minutes, but I have discovered a way to make it last for weeks.  Thanks to this discovery, I can achieve results that would normally take several months to years to achieve.  In one workout, I have achieved the following:
  • Help a world class endurance athlete break a plateau and run two minutes faster across a 10 mile distance.
  • Improve an older client's squat from 20 pounds to 100 pounds.
  • Increase an avid basketball player's vertical jump by 1 inch.
  • Completely eliminate a debilitating amount of anterior knee pain and increase range of motion by ~50 degrees.
  • Improve a clients knee range of motion by 45 degrees (total knee replacement)
Although its application to sport is exciting (a new way to handily beat Olympic records), its impact on rehabilitation and osteoporosis is even more exciting.  I have helped all of my clients reverse osteroporosis and osteopenia, reaching normal limits for the first time in several years.

PROGRESS REQUIRES A PHYSICAL & MENTAL COMMITMENT
I know what it's like to start from the bottom because I've been there, more than once.  My dreams to compete in the Olympics for the 5000 meter distance was taken away by a meniscus tear.  Walking was painful for several months, but with determination, I studied and painstakingly spent a lot of time rehabilitating my knee (without surgery) back to the point I could walk, jog, then finally run again.  It was hard to accept that my body could not go through the process again, without reinjury, so I focused on road cycling.  My first year of competition was flat-out embarrassing.  I was pulled out of several races for getting lapped.  Rather than accepting defeat, I looked for my greatest weakness and focused entirely on eliminating it - flexibility.  I spent a year working to reverse a lifetime of running, and when I returned to competition, I reached the podium in every single local race, except for one.  In Cat 5 and Cat 4, I was ranked top in the state for two consecutive years.  Everything was going great until a defective Continental tire caused me to hit the ground at 35mph.  I suffered a concussion, fractured my cervical spine, had burns throughout my body, nerve damage and several torn muscles.  I couldn't pick up anything weighing more than five pounds without pain at my lower back.  I couldn't turn my head more than a few degrees.  The burns made showering and wound care a 1+ hour-long session.  It took months for new skin to grow back, another to rehabilitate the muscles/ nerves and even more time to overcome the psychological trauma of the crash.  When I returned to the bike, it was psychologically defeating to feel exhausted after only 10 minutes.  I spent a year making small bits of progress while social media reminded me about the races I was missing.  I stayed on track until all of those small gains allowed me to reach the podium again, this time as a Cat 3.  Although I am not focused on racing right now, I am now focused on using my experiences to inspire my coaching and personal training clients to rise above their own obstacles to achieve success.

EDUCATION & CERTIFICATIONS

I earned my Baccalaureates Degree in Kinesiology from Indiana University Bloomington in 2011.  Since 2009, I have held certifications from the nationally recognized, American Council on Exercise (ACE).  I now have plans to work towards a Doctorate Degree in Motor Control.
  • B.S. Kinesiology (Indiana University Bloomington)
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer
  • ACE Certified Sports Conditioning Specialist
  • ACE Certified Sports Nutrition Specialist
  • ACE Certified Functional Training Specialist
  • CPR & AED Certified (American Heart Association)