Darren Stroh, M.S. CES, CPT-NASM


Thank you for visiting, my name is Darren Stroh.  I am a Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES) and Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and hold a Masters Degree in Corrective and Rehabilitative Exercise.   As a CES and CPT, I specialize in helping people achieve their strongest self, by restoring the body to optimal force capability through my Optimal Performance Mode which corrects neuromuscular dysfunctions and strengthens the body as a single kinetic chain of movement.  I would be grateful to share with you more!

Online Corrective and Personal Training

Health Solutions

Health and Wellness is boiled down to the ability to maximize our personal muscular force output with optimal range of motion and free from injury.  My goal is to help you assess your current limitations and create a plan to optimize your personal potential for whatever you want out of life.  Now you can accomplish this through my online training or in-person.

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“Our bodies operate in a manner that must be determined through our central nervous system; what forces or resistance our body is being subjected to, and what is the desired outcome or movement our body wishes or needs to perform. At this point, our body is designed in a manner that requires each joint to be properly aligned and mobile to not hinder the mobility of another acting joint. Any breakdown of one joint can create a disruption or dysfunction of another joint in our kinetic chain.” -Darren Stroh, M.S. CES-NASM
Darren Stroh CES

Optimal Performance Mode

Everyday Living

Today we are sitting for longer periods of time in front of a computer, or looking down at our phones, creating what the NASM refers to as Upper Crossed Syndrome, which is characterized by rounded shoulders, posterior pelvic tilt, forward head posture and tightened hip flexors. This altered posture creates anterior knee pain, lower back pain, neck stiffness, and even shoulder impingement syndrome and much more. Restoring optimal performance is necessary for the activities of everyday life.

Sports Performance

Optimal performance in any sport relies on achieving maximum force output, from running to throwing or kicking and jumping; the more force we can exert, the better the results. Injuries are common in sports, entering us into the Cumulative Injury Cycle (NASM) altering our pattern of movement, disrupting our kinetic chain of movement, thus limiting our force output and subjecting ourselves to future injuries.

Older Populations

Our tendons, which connect our muscles to our bones, are described as “Visco-elastic” which interprets to a sticky substance that becomes more pliable when heated, and can also regain its original shape. As we age, we begin to lose these properties, resulting in stiffer movement, thus affecting our movement pattern and creating potential musculoskeletal injuries. A proper Corrective Exercise Plan can restore pliability to our movement system

Live Stronger Now!

It doesn’t matter what your goal is, it can range from an ultra elite athlete, to Mom’s and Dad’s just wanting to stay active; applying the Optimal Performance Mode provides your body more strength and mobility for any lifestyle.

Warning Signs of Decreased Optimal Performance

Plantar Fasciitis

Occurs when our arch or medial longitudinal arch becomes decreased thus requiring the intrinsic muscles of the foot and ankle to act as stabilizers, decreasing the stability and force output that occurs in the foot and ankle

Anterior Knee Pain

Runners Knee, Jumpers Knee, Patellafemoral Knee Pain; all occur as a result when the patella tendon is not able to track properly inside the trochlear groove. Improper muscular balance around the joint create this movement dysfunction.

Lower Back Pain

Lower back pain can be difficult to assess, since you have 7 bones and 35 muscles acting on this one specific area. Identifying what is causing the stress to this area requires looking at the inferior and superior aspects to the Lumbo-pelvic hip complex

Shoulder Pain

Sitting longer hours at the desk typing on a computer creates an internal rotation of the humerus inside the shoulder joint. Our shoulder joint provides the greatest range of motion of any joint location, and requires that it is fully stabilized to create force output.

Virtual Online Assessment


Health Assessment

Prior to our initial consultation, you will be required to complete a basic health analysis, which includes a ParQ (Physical Activity Readiness Questionnaire) and a general health questionnaire to note any previous health related issues, to better assist me in providing the most comprehensive program to you.  Once registered, you will receive the link to complete these required forms.  Anyone under the age of 18 requires parental authorization.

Body Composition Assessment

Using Our Body Assessment Application, a simple front facing and side facing image we can accurately analyze your body mass index, your body, and based on your age, your relative comparisons to where you should be.  Movement of our bodies through space our Central Nervous System gathers sensory information to analyze the forces against motion, and determines the appropriate amount of force and muscle recruitment to achieve its result.  Our body composition changes the force output requirements of our muscular system.

Postural Analysis

Using our Postural Assessment Application, a simple front and side facing image allows us to determine how aligned your posture is.  This report will show how much off center you are and how much stress the misalignment is adding to your spine.  This assessment is our first determinant of potential muscular dysfunctions that are occurring in your Kinetic Chain.  This assessment will help provide insight as to what muscles are overactive and tight, and which are under active and weakened.

Dynamic Assessment

Completing The Overhead Squat Assessment on recorded video, is the most accurate measure of any neuromuscular dysfunctions that are occurring in ones human movement system.  Altered movement patters are common ways to help the body overcome weakened or overactive areas which typically create additional injury patterns.  Once completed, a detailed Corrective Exercise Plan can be outlined to address the overactive and tightened muscles while strengthening the under active and weakened muscles.  Finally, an integrating the muscles to work in a synergistic manner to strengthen the body as a complete unit.

Corrective Exercise and Personal Training Program

Your personalized Corrective Exercise Plan will address your current neuromuscular dysfunctions creating muscular inefficiency along your kinetic chain of movement.    Your program will follow the Corrective Exercise Continuum as created by the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

  1. Inhibitory Technique which is about breaking up muscular adhesions preventing optimal force output of the sarcomeres. 
  2. Lengthening Technique which is comprised of static stretching the muscles that have shown to be over active and tight.
  3. Activation Technique is comprised of strengthening the muscles that have displayed being under active and weakened.
  4. Integration Technique is creating a synergistic relationship of the muscles that surround multiple joint locations.  This creates neuromuscular efficiency which is each muscle performing as it is designed to do.

*The Optimal Performance Training program is licensed by the National Academy of Sports Medicine.  All Rights Reserved.

What the experts say

testimonials bc gymlife

Anyone out there with issues physically, looking to improve their quality of life, movement patterns, etc, I would highly recommend Darren. I have known and worked with him for over 10 years and his expertise and knowledge is second to none!

-Chad Brooke, Trainer BC GymLife

Darren is the real deal! The best Corrective Exercise person in this area!"

-Ryan Stout, CPT-NASM Owner of The Elite Training Center

Achieve Your OPM Now!

I am truly grateful to have the opportunity to help you become stronger and healthier for your everyday lifestyle.  To make sure that I accomplish my task at hand, and you are 100% completely happy with the results, I wanted to make sure you understand a few basic things to keep the process moving smoothly.

Even though we are in an age of having everything at our fingertips, much of what you will experience through this program is one-on-one through email, text or video chat.  I operate my business on normal business hours, so if you do not receive a response immediately, it is that I personally respond to all my clients.  My hours to work on assessments and client consultations are Monday-Friday 8am – 5pm.  I do work on weekends to catch up when my work overload becomes excessive.  If you receive contact from me on non-business hours, this is the exception, not the norm.  Please understand I will always respond within 1-2 business days unless it is an emergency.

I do not share any information of my clients with anyone outside of Sisu Performance Systems, LLC.  I do not use client photos for any marketing purposes unless otherwise on a mutually agreed basis.  

I do not offer a “Money Back Guarantee” for my services since this will be time invested to help you achieve your ultimate purpose.  However, I do guarantee that we will make any necessary changes to help you accomplish your goals based upon your individual needs.