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Next Step Fitness

Jeff Sidwell’s Story

I am passionate about what I do because I like to see improvement in quality of life.

When I was 19, I suffered a painful accident while playing football which knocked my pelvis 2.5 inches to one side. I thought I’d never be able to do the activities that I love ever again. The misalignment led to chronic back pain from my low back to my shoulders, and eventually turned into chronic headaches. I was having difficulty focusing, I could hardly walk and getting out of bed was near impossible.

Gratefully, a healthcare practitioner identified what was wrong and after lots of rehabilitation and help correcting the issue, I now do all the activities I love, with grace.

I am dedicated to what I do because I know what it feels like to be in an unbelievable amount of pain, to seek answers from professionals who can’t identify what’s wrong and to be at the end of my rope exhausted and in pain, wondering if I would ever return to my normal activities again.

I can hold space for you because I’ve been there and I can coach you because I’ve journeyed through it myself and found a way to the other side.

I developed ActiveX through my private practice, to help move people out of pain and suffering into joyful, dynamic lives.

Over the years, many people have come to me exasperated saying, “I’ve tried everything and nothing has worked.” In as little as 3 sessions, my clients have seen results, sometimes even fixed relief from aches, pains, injuries, nerve issues that have bothered them for years.

I created Next Step Fitness to bridge the gap between Physical Therapy and Personal Training Bootcamps which are more concerned with aesthetics than proper alignment and tend to overstress the wrong muscles in order to ‘get the job done.’

Next Step Fitness is specifically tailored to meet you exactly where you are. The workouts are challenging but also restorative because it’s my philosophy that you should feel good after you workout. My approach is thorough, thoughtful and applicable to your specific needs. I take a multi-faceted approach to healing because once you are pain free you can start to tackle your goals and challenge the limits of what once felt impossible.

A graduate of Indiana University’s top ranked kinesiology program- I’ve studied health and body mechanics for over 16 years. I’m also certified in Thai Massage, Yoga, Kinesio- Taping, Power- Plate Training, Personal Training and more.

I have helped hundreds of people restore balance and mobility to their lives and I invite you to take your next step towards wellness with me.

I look forward to working with you.

Jeff Sidwell

“I have helped hundreds of people restore balance and mobility to their lives and I invite you to take your next step towards wellness with me.”

~ Jeff Sidwell
Founder of Next Step Fitness

Conner Kelley’s Story

 I have always been mediocre at most sports. My physical prowess was limited to running and kicking a ball somewhere resembling forward. I’ve always had a deep interest in movement and physical exploration, but I never felt like I really had a full toolbox when it came to interacting with the world. I did eventually find a Taekwondo teacher who inspired me to explore the process of improving myself, and who instilled in me “shoshin”, the beginner’s mind. It is the mindset of always being eager to learn more, keeping an open mind, and remembering that improvements can always be made, even at advanced levels of practice. 
 With this mindset I set out to discover what I could possibly do in this body of mine. The first place I went to was the my Training practice, followed immediately by my physical therapist’s office. Without a good guide, coach, or process I quickly found the worst way to do many exercises with weight training, leading to crippling back pain. Unfortunately, my therapist was unable to help, and so I began the journey of researching exercise and rehabilitation in order to fix myself at 18. 

 After a couple years of chronic low back pain, I went from running and stretching with trepidation to doing things like olympic weightlifting, calisthenics, and handstands pain free. I didn’t approach the world of acrobatics until I was twenty. I had to work through some early trauma to learn to do basic flips and parkour, but I found a way to approach these tasks that avoided causing further pain and injury. By no means am I a master in any of these fields, but through my exploration of these topics I made a useful discovery.

The key to learning new skills is finding a trustworthy process. Whether it’s lifting weights, climbing mountains, or creating mobile, pain free joints, there has to be a path that is tailored to your specific capabilities, needs, and limitations. Whether it’s pain, tightness, weakness, lack of coordination, or even fear, there are methods for working through or around these variables. There is a method for you to move more freely, no matter where you are starting from. 
 I offer Personal Training focused around creating the process my clients need in order to overcome old injuries and limitations while developing a “movement manual” for tackling any future projects. My background is in cellular biology, and I have been studying under the Ido Portal Method for the past three years. 
 I look forward to helping you take your Next Step,

Jeff Sidwell

Conner Kelley
ACTION Certified Personal Trainer

NASM Certified Corrective Excercise Specialist

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