MEET ROB COWELL, PT
If I could go back in time, meet my three-year-old self and tell him that one day he'd be a physical therapist who wrote books and created videos and courses about health and exercise, I don't think he'd be surprised. That little boy was already fascinated by the way muscles, nerves and organs work together to sustain life and create movement. Soon I would become a teenage athlete who was somehow more intrigued by the process of building strength and fitness than the actual sports competitions themselves, and I already knew by the age of 16 that I wanted to be a physical therapist.
Years later, in efforts to help my chronic pain patients, I traveled all over the country, taking six seminars per year so that I could offer relief to my patients that wasn't available anywhere else. When I realized that manual therapy and traditional therapeutic exercise weren't giving the complete solution I wanted for my patients, I was off on another journey, taking a job across the country so that I could find the best exercise methods to fit into my programs for them.
I didn't realize it at the time but those experiences were setting the stage for my future. Over the next 10 years I would practice physical therapy and teach exercise classes using Pilates, and I would also train fitness clients using a sophisticated exercise method from Germany that prevented back pain. I would become friends with the creator of the P90X workout video and get casted in two of his new programs. I would see many inspiring examples of outstanding health in middle and old age and also care for numerous patients that broke my heart when I saw the unnecessary suffering they experienced in the later years of their lives.
It seemed to me that all I was learning and experiencing couldn't be just for my own personal enrichment. I understood the great need for people to be able to live longer, healthier lives, free from unnecessary pain and injury. I realized I must have a calling to help others take better care of themselves and prevent chronic diseases that cause so much unnecessary suffering and premature death. My realization became the passion behind Dynamic Symmetry PT, whyiexercise.com and the books and online courses you'll find here.
The resources available to you through this site are rooted in 23 years of clinical experience and my lifelong drive for building and maintaining excellent health and physical fitness. My personal journey of research, practice and growth in health and fitness is woven in with the clinical expertise that I share through whyiexercise.com
Best wishes for your own journey in health and fitness. Remember, whenever you exercise, to master your movement and make yourself strong!