Founded with the intention of REAL & LASTING RESULTS.
Combining individualized care and training with functional group classes led by some of the best in San Diego, we strive to provide the most effective approach to improving our clients overall health.
Neural Performance Coaching
Lead Neural Performance Coach
Terry participated in athletics all of his life, which eventually led to him joining the marines right out of high school. During his time in the marines, he was tested by some of the most challenging forms of physical and mental training the military has to offer. After completing this training, he had become even more interested in how the human body and the brain react to training.
After his experience in the marines, he went on to become a personal trainer. After years of personal training, he knew there was more to the science of physical training through the lens of the nervous system, which led him to begin his training with Z-Health Performance Solutions. Through this highly researched brain based training system, Terry has been able to help his clients get out of pain, quickly increase their strength and improve their athletic performance by approaching the three key systems that constantly feed into the brain. These three key systems are the proprioceptive (body), visual and vestibular systems. When all three of these systems are assessed and trained individually and in the beginning of training of a new client, amazing results follow suit.
Terry knows that pain relief, correction of the visual system, and small joint movements are key in breaking through the barriers that previously held his clients back. Once these systems are corrected, moving in the world becomes a lot easier, which will lead to faster results. Whether you are trying to lose body fat, gain muscle, finally get rid of that low back pain or instantly get that extra strength you been looking for, Terry’s neurological approach can get you there with this new groundbreaking information coming from all over the world.
BS in Business Marketing - University of Phoenix
Z-Health Performance Solutions
R – Phase: Joint Re-education, restoration, rehabilitation
I – Phase: Integration of the visual, vestibular and proprioceptive systems
S – Phase: Sport, skill, and strategy for performance
T- Phase: Therapy, threat training
9s Structure: Neural exam, neural pathways, cerebellar function, brain stem assessment
NASM, CPT, PES, PTA global Bridging course, Paul Chek Golf Biomechanics, Adult CPR, AED certified
Pain Relief Visual training for Sport
Body fat reduction Advanced movement enhancement
Visual Acuity training
Neural Performance Coach
Cesar Sanchez became motivated to start his career in the fitness industry as a result of working towards improving his own health. In learning how to address his own obesity and structural deficiencies, both of which brought him significant muscular pain and health problems, Cesar developed the knowledge, experience, and understanding necessary to become a personal trainer. As his career progressed, Cesar’s passion for understanding the foundations of true wellness led him to studying and learning different functional movement and holistic practices with the purpose of cultivating health and biomechanical integration.
Cesar's approach towards health and training is based on educating and teaching clients. By focusing on nutrition, proper breathing, and myofascial release, Cesar assists clients in stress and pain management to address environmental factors and bring their physical structure back to balance.
In his approach to physical training, Cesar employs a variety of integrated dynamic movement patterns using tools such as kettlebells, clubbells, medicine balls, and bodyweight exercises. Cesar’s method of training prepares the human body to move in multiple planes of motion, fulfill the demands of real life situations, and help his clients feel great about themselves as they get into the best shape of their lives.
Neural Performance Coach
Missy is a Z-Health Master Trainer, Co-Founder of Death of the Desk, and owner of Missy Bunch Fitness. A dancer since the age of three, Missy developed her fascination with the human body and it's complexity at a very young age. By focusing on neurology and teaching the importance of brain function and customized training programs for clients, she believes that by using the nervous system to rapidly "debug" our movement patterns, decrease pain and increase performance, we can create lighting-fast improvements.
While earning her BA in Dance at San Francisco State University, she served as a modern dance assistant, and went on to be a professional dancer for the Golden State Warriors.
In her life beyond the training world, Missy loves to cook, dance, hike and create DIY gifts for her friends and family! She also loves corny jokes 😉
Z-Health Performance Solutions
Z-Health, Master Trainer
Z-Health Master Trainer Instructor
National Academy of Sports Medicine, Certified Personal Trainer
Movement Re-education Specialist
Movement Integration Specialist
Movement Performance Specialist
Exercise Therapy Specialist
Olympic Weightlifting Certified
FRC Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist
Onnit Academy Certified Durability Trainer
Neural Performance Coach
Ryan believes one can and should be strong, capable and resilient. When owning the capacity for these three qualities, he believes you will achieve everything that you want out of life. Strength comes in many forms, but being physically strong is an easy entry point with many desirable byproducts including: fat loss, bone health, disease prevention, mood, confidence and ultimately becoming a more capable human. When you train your body and brain the right way, you’re ability to weather life’s storms is easier.
Ryan is a strength coach with training in kettlebells, bodyweight and barbell from the StrongFirst organization, as well as a movement coach with training from the brain-based education company Z-Health. His specialties include movement restoration, rehabilitation and strength training for general population.
Neural Performance Coach
Coming from a self-taught background, AJ's coaching philosophy strives to promote independent thought from those that train with him so that they can use their knowledge and experience in practical application. His fitness journey launched during his years of active duty service in the military and uses his varied training background to teach skill sets from different perspectives.
AJ is a movement and strength coach, specializing in body weight movement, kettlebells, and barbell training. He appreciates the "back to the basics" approach and teaches students how to crawl, sit (squat), walk, run, balance, climb, lift, and carry as it all applies to daily life. Most of all he likes to have fun and make “working out” as playful as possible.
AJ's passion has been and continues to be movement. Body-weight movements make up a bulk of what he believes in. He takes a very conscious approach to his own practice targeting mobility, joint strength, and proprioception. You can get to know him better by connecting to him on Facebook (facebook.com/aj.lewis.733) and Instagram (@ajguerilla).
Neural Performance Coach
Os Aponte has been a highly regarded and successful personal trainer in San Diego since 2005. He began by working at Results Fitness and Urban Body, bringing clients through various programs to fit their needs; including body weight, strength and conditioning training, and conventional training. In 2008, Os gained his RKC certification (Russian Kettle bell Certified) in Kettle bell training and began integrating this rigorous and effective training method at Iron Core. He went on to gain his CK-FMS (Certified Kettle bell - Functional Movement Specialist) in 200?, Z-Health R-phase (Rehabilitation, Restoration, and Re-education) in 2009 and Z-Health I-phase (Integration: Vision, Vestibular, and Proprioception) in 2009. By integrating these modalities into his training, Os began seeing dynamic results in his clients, including increased strength, flexibility, less injuries, and healthier movement patterns. Recently, Os got certified as a Strong First Kettle bell instructor.
Os has over 20 years of successful, personal training experience in San Diego, but his foundation of physical training and teaching didn’t start here. Having practiced martial arts from the age of 12, Os opened his own martial arts school in Puerto Rico at the age of 16, serving over 120 students weekly. He kept the school running for three, successful years. Os joined the U.S. Army in 1997 and took on the physical training duties for his unit, motivating and training soldiers. After Os left the military in 2004, it was a natural fit to continue in the path of physical training, since he is a natural leader and dedicated to the cultivation of the physical body. Os believes the benefits of physical training go far beyond external body composition; including better movement, increased energy, fewer injuries, more confidence, better mental health, internal physical health (heart, lungs, digestive system, etc.), and much, much more.
Chiropractic Sports Therapy
Eric Bender D.C., C.C.S.P.
Chiropractic Sports Physician
Eric Bender D.C., C.C.S.P.
Dr. Eric Bender is a certified chiropractic sports physician (C.C.S.P.) and the team doctor for True Motion. From a young age, Eric was very athletic and played sports all year round. He attended San Diego State University with the goal of becoming a psychologist, but during his time at SDSU he was dealing with severe back pain that kept him out of activities that he had always loved to do. While still in school, he got under the care of a chiropractor and quickly got his active life back, which is when he began to re-think how he could make the greatest impact in healthcare and changed course in his career.
When in grad school, Eric found that while chiropractic adjustments are a very important component of living a healthy life, he learned that those adjustments could be very short-lived without knowing how to properly strengthen the body to hold those corrections and avoid the same injuries over and over. Through the extensive education he obtained in neurology during graduate school, he discovered that training the body in a way to make new connections in the brain was the perfect way to make chiropractic adjustments as effective as possible for his clients. He went on to open his own clinic in San Diego, and later teamed up with some of the best trainers San Diego has to offer to open up True Motion Human Performance.
Dr. Bender is proficient in managing injuries that range from something an athlete sustained on the field to the repetitive stress injuries that regularly affect many people in their day to day lives. His primary focus is finding the problems that have led to each patient’s injuries and taking them through a care plan to make a lasting fix to the underlying issue. He utilizes various therapies to get his patients back to full strength, ranging from spinal and extremity manipulation, biomechanics training, neuromuscular re-education, Rock taping, instrument-assisted soft tissue release, manual therapy for soft tissue, and flexion-distraction therapy.
Dr. Bender enjoys spending his time off training at the True Motion facility, hiking, running, and going to Padres games.
Doctor of Chiropractic - Life Chiropractic College West - 2013
Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician - Palmer Chiropractic College West - 2014
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Heather Fenwick is an integrative practitioner specializing in acupuncture, herbology, and yoga. She graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in 2015 and went on to become a licensed acupuncturist. A veteran yoga instructor with over ten years of teaching experience, she has completed several 200 hour yoga teacher trainings, in addition to leading yoga teacher trainings.
She melds her knowledge of ancient yogic and Ayurvedic wisdom with traditional Chinese medicine to give well-rounded, heart-centered care for physical as well as mento-emotional imbalances. She offers one-on-one yoga combined with acupuncture sessions for a multi-faceted healing experience.
A “recovering gypsy”, Heather spends a lot of time on the road, leading yoga retreats to India, Central America, as well as locally. She has sat through 40 hours worth of silent meditation retreats in the Himalaya mountains, and over a year of her life travelling throughout India. She enjoys roller skating, hiking, and marvelling at trees in her spare time.
Jared Lien is a Licensed Acupuncturist and Chinese Herbalist. He is certified by the California Board of Acupuncture, & nationally by NCCAOM. He completed his Masters of Science degree in Traditional Oriental Medicine at the prestigious Pacific College of Oriental Medicine in San Diego. He is currently enrolled at PCOM for his Doctorate of Acupuncture and Chinese Medicine and will finish in 2018.
Jared has worked as a registered nurse for the last 10 years at Scripps Hospital in La Jolla, San Diego CA. During his time as a cardiac nurse he has realized the importance of preventative and holistic medicine.
While attending PCOM he enjoyed studying sports medicine and Japanese meridian therapy. He trained in pediatrics at Rady Children’s Hospital. Jared specializes in pain management, sports medicine, & pediatrics. He understands the importance of integrative medicine and wants to help people function at their highest potential.
Jared loves living in San Diego. He grew up in Kansas where he could only dream about waves. Now he lives in Pacific Beach, San Diego with his wife Jessica and 2 year old son Theodore. He enjoys surfing Pacific Beach, La Jolla, or anywhere with warm water.
Licensed Acupuncturist L.Ac. MSTOM
Diplomate of Oriental Medicine NCCAOM
Nadia Ramo graduated from Pacific College of Oriental Medicine (PCOM) in 2016 with a Master’s in East Asian Medicine. She is currently pursuing her Doctoral Degree at PCOM while continuing to practice Acupuncture and Massage. Nadia likes to assess the body from a holistic standpoint where she analyzes internal functions (digestion, respiration, circulation, thoughts) and how they contribute to her patient’s symptoms and ailments. Nadia’s massage background has inspired her to extensively study fascial lines of the human anatomy due to it’s systemic and distal effects on the entire body. Her massages always include utilizing the meridian network of the body; pressure points, trigger points, and muscle motor points. She assess the body through the lens of an Acupuncturist as this viewpoint will guide her massage to be more systematically and structurally effective to treat the pattern diagnosed from the perspective of an Acupuncturist. Nadia’s Acupuncture treatments will include massage as well as Moxibustion (moxa), an extremely effective herbal heat therapy. Moxibustion is another passion of Nadia’s as she has clinically observed drastic results with the moxa softening up deep tissues in the body, regulating homeostatic functions, and creating a deep sensation of relaxation for her patients.
She also has achieved seeing great results with her Acupuncture-Massage combo treatments. This combination will include an intake, full-body or location-specific massage, and completed with an Acupuncture treatment. The combination is ideal for those suffering from pain and other orthopedic issues.
Nadia is also certified for Facial Rejuvenation Acupuncture, for those interested in alternative and natural methods to maintain healthy skin and an overall youthful appearance. Facial Rejuvenation treatments are not just beneficial for the appearance, but also boosts energy and stabilizes emotions, leaving the client feeling positive and bright about themselves after every treatment.
Nadia grew up in San Diego and enjoys being an active part of the healing community here in her hometown. She volunteers to do Acupuncture on the less fortunate, sets up for chair massage at events around town, and organizes beach clean ups after busy summer holidays. One of Nadia’s lifelong passions has been Chinese Tea Ceremony, which was the catalyst of her pursuing East Asian Medicine. She hopes to incorporate tea as a form of medicine in her practice and will be doing some research in her Doctoral program on the benefits of tea and how she can effectively include it into her practice. Other hobbies Nadia enjoys are surfing, camping, hiking, and travel. She hopes to travel to China and Tawain to further study Chinese Medicine and Tea. She is also active in treating the homeless population of San Diego along with UCSD medical students in Downtown San Diego, and is currently learning Japanese-Style Acupuncture techniques from Sensei Takahiro Funamizu and Sensei KC Conover.
Board certified Massage Therapist
Board Certified Acupuncturist
Externship in Acupuncture on children - Rady’s Children’s Hospital
"Ask great questions. Then listen."
Michael is a Certified Massage Therapist and Health Educator, graduating from National Holistic Institute in San Jose, CA. He specializes in sports massage, myofacial work, deep tissue, Gua sha and cupping. He listens closely to the client and customizes each massage to tailor fit his client’s specific needs. It is his goal to heal his clients with muscle pain and tension. He recognizes that a well-balanced musculoskeletal system is paramount to that goal.
When not in the office, Michael enjoys spending time with friends and family, golfing, working out, trying out new restaurants and reading to further his knowledge and skill set.
Fascial Stretch Therapy
Fascial Stretch Therapist
Eric became a Certified Personal Trainer, Licensed Sports Nutritionist, and Fascial Stretch Therapist because he knows first hand how transformative and empowering fitness and a healthy lifestyle can be. Through a variety of customized services, he offers his clients the opportunity to achieve significant positive growth at any fitness level, whether they are just beginning their journey or looking to adjust their program for peak performance.
Eric creates customized nutritional programming that is tailored to the individual, by focusing on their goals, as well as their body. Easy-to-follow daily eating plans, grocery lists, and recipe suggestions take the guesswork out of properly fueling your body for success. These individualized nutritional strategies are thoughtfully designed to work in synergy with your fitness routine to maximize progress. Your plan evolves along with your needs and weekly check-ins provide accountability, progress assessment, and opportunities for education. His goal is not just to help each client reach their objectives, but to help his clients learn how to sustain their results long-term.
At every stage of the process, his focus is always on how he can improve his client's progress and provide the best possible experience. He enjoys building strong, trusting relationships with his clients that allow them to have fun and overcome challenges as a team.