Hello and welcome to Fitness for Your Health!! Lucrecia and I have been working together at Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center in Los Gatos for 7 years. Our jobs here are to help those suffering from a variety of chronic pain conditions. We teach them methods to manage their pain while instructing them on proper posture and body mechanics, strengthening, stretching, myofascial release techniques, and fitness. We have found that we are not just teaching physical fitness but mental fitness. We also have discovered that these patients are not the only people who can benefit from what we teach at the clinic. We decided to find a way to share our knowledge and skills with as many people as we can.
Our initial plan is to post at least once per week on a variety of topics including fitness tips, basic nutrition for fitness and health, weight loss, injuries, injury prevention, injury post-rehab, cardiovascular fitness, and, of course, fitness for those suffering with chronic pain conditions. Yes! You, too, can exercise! In fact, it will help your pain!
We have so many topics to cover but would love to hear from you as well! Please feel free to request specific topics. As you will see from our bios, with our education and experience, we will be able to help with a wide range of issues. We can also pull information from the physical therapists, nurse practitioners, psychologists, marriage and family counselors and doctors we work with. Our plan is to use all the resources at our disposal to give the best, most recent, evidence based information we can provide to you all.
Here, we would just like to introduce ourselves!
My name is Matt Tarzon. I have a Master’s of Science in Sports and Health Sciences. I am an NASM-CPT, CES, and FNS and will complete my PES within a month. That’s a lot of letters, Matt…what do they all mean?
NASM = National Academy of Sports Medicine
CPT = Certified Personal Trainer
CES = Corrective Exercise Specialist
FNS = Fitness Nutrition Specialist
PES = Performance Enhancement Specialist
I am married with two boys, aged 17 and 14. Both love football and baseball. They have chosen to focus on football for good reason, they are good players! My wife is a pediatric RN at Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital at Stanford. I played soccer and football mostly growing up until my senior year of high school. That is when I discovered rugby! I was a player and/or a coach from that time until only 3 years ago when both of my kids decided to focus on baseball and football. For my personal fitness, I swim, run, hike…generally activities that get me outside and active. I have done several open water swims including Alcatraz, Tiburon Mile, Donner Lake, and the Trans-Tahoe Relay. I have done 3 sprint triathlons in Auburn, CA that were a ton of fun!
My coaching life began shortly after college when I volunteered to be the forwards’ coach for the San Jose State University Rugby Club. My rugby coaching continued when my kids decided to give the sport a try and I joined up with a youth rugby organization and became a board member. I have also coached AYSO, Little League and travel league baseball and have just taken on the role of linebackers’ coach at the local high school.
I began my journey in the fitness training world in 2005. That is when I decided to go back to school and received my Bachelor’s in Sports and Health Sciences with a concentration on Sports Medicine. I also earned my NASM-CPT during this period and began training clients in 2007. In 2010, my wife found a job posting that she thought I would be interested in at the Bay Area Pain and Wellness Center. Once I started here, I found myself only wanting to learn more and more to help. Almost 3 years ago, I decided more education will help me not only the chronic pain population but all those I work with. And that is what brings us to this point, Lucrecia and my desire to help as many people as we can to live healthy, active lives!
My name is Lucrecia Martinez. I have been a certified personal trainer since 2003 through the National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association. I am also a certified corrective exercise specialist (CES) and rock tape fascial movement provider (FMT). I am a few weeks away from obtaining my certification as a Medical Exercise Specialist.
My journey in pain management and fitness began in 2005 when I began working for the Bay Area Pain & Wellness Center. It is here, where I learned that we all need fitness for health. We deal with a wide range of chronic pain disorders and have learned several techniques to helping those who have suffered with pain for years to learn how to manage the symptoms using active pain management modalities while living a healthy, happy and fit lives. This work is the most rewarding I have ever had.
Now a bit about my personal life. I have been married to my wonderful husband for 12 years and I have 2 beautiful children; 11-year-old boy and a 6-year-old girl. They both play competitive soccer and therefore we spend our weekends as their personal Uber drivers and #1 fans. Because I work full time and have two children at home, I understand the difficulty of fitting in an exercise routine into your daily lifestyle. I use my lunch hour to get a good cardio work out as well as a well-balanced full body strengthening, stretching and self-massage. I strongly believe that exercise is medicine and it is as equally important to exercise daily as it is to shower, eat and sleep.
Stay tuned as we build our page and bring health and fitness tips and information to benefit all!!