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First Principles of Movement

At FPM we give a positive experience with movement by finding the hardest thing you do well. Our mission is to challenge the status quo in the musculoskeletal space and bridge the evidence-practice gap.

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Mission & Vision

The First Principles Approach

“First principles thinking is the act of boiling a process down to the fundamental parts that you know are true and building up from there.”

The Problem We Are Facing

We are in the midst of an inactivity crisis which accelerates the challenges of a rapidly aging population & growing inequities in the social determinants of health. People are actually getting older at a younger age. As Stephen Hawking said, “The cause of most disease is we eat too much and move too little. Why more people don’t realize this is beyond my comprehension.”

FPM’s Mission

To challenge the status quo & provide a science based & personalized approach to getting people back to activity.

FPM’s Vision

“Movement as Medicine” is the benchmark for our community of coaches & clinicians who promote both self-management & independent functioning. Every person is entitled to:

1. Healthy longevity (prevention of non-communicable diseases (NCDs)) &
2. Sustainable athleticism

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While lifespan has increased dramatically, health span has been shrinking. Why is this so?

According to Stephen Hawking, “The solution is simple. More physical activity and change in diet.”


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  2. Dr. Don Berry | Strength Is Life RAW with Marty Gallagher 1:33:22
  3. Stefi Cohen - Becoming A Master Of The Mundane Hybrid Unlimited Podcast 32:41
  4. Under The Bar | Ep.8 Dr. Craig Liebenson Athletes Authority ON AIR 38:12
  5. Dr. Ryan Chow | The Truth about Integrating Physical Therapy with Strength Training RAW with Marty Gallagher 1:37:01
  6. Interview with Dr. Don Berry High Performers Podcast 43:17
  7. Interview with Dr. Liebenson Ezen Inside Podcast 1:33:20
  8. Interview with Dr. Liebenson RAW with Marty Gallagher 1:44:17
  9. Dr. Ryan Chow - Integrated Cient-Centered Model Lee Taft Performance Podcast 39:38