About Phase IV

Phase IV Health & Performance Center is dedicated to improving the health and lifestyle of people of all ages. Our philosophy and expertise is rooted in science. We utilize scientific evaluation techniques, state-of-the-science training protocols, and proven nutritional guidance to provide answers based on facts. Our solutions based on science, not opinions or fads.

Over the past 26 years we have worked with the world’s most accomplished athletes. We apply the same principles to create an individualized program of exercise and diet to empower you to… lose unwanted pounds, play in the yard with your grandkids, run that marathon you always wanted, qualify for the Ironman World Championships, become a scratch golfer, or manage your health risks. No matter your age, abilities or goals, Phase IV is dedicated to helping you acquire the healthy lifestyle you’ve always desired.

The Genesis of Phase IV

In 1980, Robert Forster started his physical therapy business with a single client who would be later known throughout the world for her Olympic gold medal achievements- Florence Griffith Joyner. Since then, Forster has been treating injured world-class and recreational athletes by following a 4-phase program of rehabilitation, exercise and diet. The fourth phase involves redeveloping fitness and diet to make you better than you were before.

Working with dozens of Olympic medalists, US Open & Wimbledon champions, NBA superstars and triathlon world record holders, Forster encountered countless ill-advised and erroneous training programs that actually caused injury, and didn’t result in improvement.

It became clear to Forster that both athletes who are serious about their sport, or anyone who is frustrated by ill-advised diets and exercise guidance, needed a place for effective, scientific and injury-free health and performance solutions.

This is why Robert Forster created Phase IV --

How many times have we all seen our doctor for our annual check-up and we’re told we need to eat better and exercise more? Yet we’re never provided the tools and guidance needed to start! We want and need the step-by-step process and program. And we want and need them to be individualized for me and my body. I wanted to create the place where ‘the rubber hits the road’ and real science-based solutions are provided.”

- Robert Forster, PT

Through their work with elite athletes, Olympic gold medalists, some of the best coaches and most respected strength and conditioning and nutrition experts in the world, Phase IV’s staff has seen and studied first-hand the most successful programs in existence. This is how we learned and embraced The Principles of Periodization. These Principles are scientifically proven to achieve results for world-class athletes, or anyone desiring to improve their health.

Developed in the early 1950s by Eastern bloc sports scientists seeking to develop world-dominating Olympic athletes, Periodization is now the most widely utilized training technique among professional and elite athletes. When strength, power, speed, endurance and diet make the difference between winning and losing, research has shown Periodization to be significantly more effective than non-periodized programs.

By combining injury prevention and health maintenance programs with Periodization scientific training techniques, Phase IV is the realization of Forster’s vision of providing real solutions to all individuals, enabling a healthier life. Phase IV is dedicated to helping people accomplish all their life goals.

Phase IV vs. a Gym

Phase IV is a health and performance “think tank” offering more depth in assessment and instruction than a standard gym, or personal trainer. It’s actually a super-hybrid of both. With cutting edge technology, equipment, and a staff of Licensed Physical Therapists, Registered Dietitians, Exercise Physiologists, Licensed Coaches and other specialists, under medical guidance, we will work with you to create a comprehensive program to take your training to the highest level you desire. And we develop sustainable individualized programs that fit your specific lifestyle- much of which you will conduct at home, or even when traveling.

At Phase IV, Physical Therapists will apply their extensive training in the physiological sciences, biomechanics, and injury management to evaluate your technique and fitness training methods. Exercise Physiologists will determine exactly your current level of fitness and track your improvement. The Licensed Coaching staff, trained in your physical activity or sport, will design your strength and conditioning program, and direct you to the most current equipment. Registered Dietitians will determine your personal nutritional needs and set up a specific diet that meets your lifestyle.

Phase IV eradicates ineffective programs and techniques from your health training regime, and teaches you to be more efficient while reducing your risk of injury. You will learn to read and understand your body’s signals as you challenge and increase your performance limits to reach your goals.

The Professionals at Phase IV

Robert Forster PT, Sports Physical Therapist, has treated elite athletes and tens of thousands of men and women for injuries. He served as the private physical therapist for world-renowned athletes at the 1984, 1988, 1992, and 1996 Olympic games - 32 of whom won medals under his direct care.

Forster has brought athletes like Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Pete Sampras back to elite levels of fitness after devastating and potentially career ending injuries. Forster’s experience has not been limited to athletes, spanning the spectrum from world-record holders to healing grandmothers who need to walk again after hip replacement surgery.

Forster co-authored The Complete Water Power Workout Book and continues to successfully treat patients with often elusive and chronic injuries. The professionals at Phase IV are highly educated and trained professionals. We have a deep understanding of kinesiology and the human body in motion, developing peak levels of health and fitness while avoiding injury and what kinds of nutrients are necessary to support the activities you desire. In addition to licensed Physical Therapists, Phase IV is staffed by Exercise Physiologists, Registered Dietitians, Certified Coaches, Massage Therapists and other experts to work with you throughout your Phase IV experience.

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