ABOUT US

TRAINER TO THE TRAINERS®Tom Purvis, RPT

EDUCATION

  • University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center 1983
  • Degree: Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy
  • Specialization and graduate study: Biomechanics

LICENSURE & CERTIFICATIONS

  • Licensed Physical Therapist, Oklahoma, 1983 - present
  • Licensed Physical Therapist, California, 1987 - Present
  • Certified Personal Fitness Trainer, National Academy of Sports Medicine, 10/89 (lapsed)
  • NSCA Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, 6/91 (lapsed)
  • ACE certified personal trainer, American Council on Exercise, 8/90 (lapsed)

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

RTS - Resistance Training Specialist Programs - Co-founder of the multi-level (RTS and RTSM) certification and continuing education program dedicated to Exercise Mechanics 10/96-present.

Focus On Fitness Owner of this Oklahoma City based conditioning and rehabilitation Facility providing Personal Training, Physical Therapy, Chiropractic, and alternative health options via independent contractors, 1988-present.

Nautilus, Inc (formerly Bowflex, Inc) Consultant and spokesperson, providing equipment consultation for Nautilus and Bowflex, as well as host of the award winning Bowflex infomercial, 1995-2009

Cybex - Biomechanics/strength consultant, providing seminars, staff training, equipment design consultation, equipment analysis papers, and instructional manuals/videos, 1/95-12/98.

Focus Rehab, PC - President, rehabilitation of spinal dysfunctions and orthopedic injuries, personal training and fitness instruction, 7/88-8/96. Personal appearance and consulting services. 8/96-3/11

Focus On Fitness Productions- Co-owner, producing educational videos, etc. on the biomechanics, physiology, teaching, and performance of resistance exercise, 9/94-7/03

National Academy of Sports Medicine - Biomechanics Specialist, International lecturer and advisory board member, responsible for the resistance training philosophy/information presented through and licensed to NASM, 10/89-7/99. NASM Head Trainer, responsible for the design and implementation of the hands-on teaching and testing for the NASM personal trainer certification program worldwide, 1/90-12/98.

Meridian Occupational Health Center - Director of Physical Medicine, 9/84-9/86 and 11/88-8/90.

Southland Physical Therapy and Pain Management - Director of Physical Therapy, Northridge facility, CA, 1/87-6/87.

Oklahoma Memorial Hospital - Staff Therapist, 9/83-9/84.

KEYNOTE PRESENTATIONS

  • 2009 2nd Biomechanics Congress, Barcelona, Spain, 6/2009
  • 2008 Holland Hospital Wellness Fair, Holland, MI, 10/08
  • 2004 IDEA Personal Training Summit, NYC, NY, 10/04
  • 2003 Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Symposium, Rochester, MN, 11/03
  • Colorado Governors Council on Physical Fitness, Denver, CO 4/97
  • National Association of Women Business Owners, OKC, OK 1/97
  • Women's Forum, Baptist Medical Center, OKC, 9/91, 9/92, 9/94
  • Oklahoma Court Reporters State Convention, OKC, 11/92
  • American Fidelity Insurance Co, OKC, 10/91
  • Rose State Jr. College, Midwest City, OK, 12/90
  • Arthritis Support Group, Edmond, OK, 5/88
  • OKC Health Fair, 7/85.

EQUIPMENT DESIGN CONSULTATION

  • Nautilus, Inc. 99-2009
  • Bowflex, Inc. 95-2009
  • NASA Planetary and Earth Sciences Laboratory (for Bowflex) Houston, TX, 2/01
  • CYBEX International Inc. 95-98

HEALTH AND MEDICAL PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

  • OUHSC Dept. of Rehabilitation Sciences, Strategic Progression and the G.O.T.E., 9/09
  • OUHSC Dept. of Rehabilitation Sciences, Exercise Mechanics, OKC, 9/08
  • OUHSC Dept. of Rehab. Sciences, 50th Anniversary, Examining Closed Chains, 2/05
  • OUHSC Dept. of Rehabiliation Sciences, Exercise Mechanics and Intention, 1/05
  • MAT - Muscle Activation Techniques Internships, Biomechanics for MAT, 2003-present
  • Mayo Clinic Sports Medicine Workshop, Rochester, MN, 11/96
  • Purdue University, Lafayette, IN, 11/99
  • Baxter Health Care, Chicago, 4/97
  • Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, SC, 3/97
  • Physiotherapist Conference, Derendingen, Switzerland, 5/96
  • OUHSC Dept. of Physical Therapy, Therapeutic Exercise, 3/93
  • Adjunct Professor of Biomechanics - Langston University Department of Physical Therapy, Fall 1992.
  • P.R.O.S. seminar for rehab nurses, w/c attnys, and ins. claims adjusters, OKC, 9/92
  • OUHSC Dept. of Physical Therapy, Exercise Prescription Overview, OKC, 3/92
  • Sports Rehabilitation and Conditioning Workshop, Las Vegas, Nevada, 10/91
  • University of Central Oklahoma HPER Dept., 10/91, 12/91

INTERNATIONAL HEALTH AND FITNESS PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

  • 2009 2nd Biomechanics Congress Practical Sessions, Barcelona, Spain, 6/2009
  • Caribbean Sports Medicine Congress, St. Johns, Antigua, 10/00
  • San Jose, Costa Rica, 7/97
  • Filex, Sydney Australia, 6/96
  • Fitness Training Conference, Frankenthal, Germany, 5/96
  • University of Birmingham, England, 5/96
  • David Lloyd Club, Raynes Park, England, 5/96
  • Personal Training Conference, Derendingen, Switzerland, 5/96
  • EFAA, Veldhoven, The Netherlands, 5/96
  • World Trade Center, Tokyo, Japan, 8/95, 4/96
  • Sports Medicine Presentation, Osaka, Japan, 4/96
  • Malaysian National Sports Complex, Kuala Lumpar, Malaysia, 4/96
  • Bisham Abbey National Sports Centre, Buckinghamshire, England, 2/96
  • TRC Medical, Montreal, Toronto 1/96; Vancouver 2/96
  • BodyLife Fitness Convention, Frankfort, Germany, 9/95
  • Leisure Industry Week, Birmingham, England, 9/95
  • Cybex Asia-Pacific Distributors Meeting, Bangkok, Thailand, 8/95
  • 1995 Fitness Instructor Workshop, Bangkok, Thailand, 8/95
  • Fitness Plus International Seminar, Taipei, Taiwan, 8/95
  • NASM International Certification Courses - University of Madrid, Spain, 5/91; Queen Elizabeth Stadium, Hong Kong, 9/93

DOMESTIC HEALTH AND FITNESS PROFESSIONAL PRESENTATIONS

  • RTS123 (formerly RTSL & RTSP) only at select locations/dates, 8/08-present
  • RTSM (formerly RTS3) courses: OKC, OK 98-present
  • RTS 1 & 2 (now RTS L & P) Courses: Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Orlando, Cincinnati, Dallas, Houston, San Diego, San Francisco, New York City 99-
  • RU/RTS courses: OKC, OK 97-98
  • IDEA World: San Diego 95; Orlando 96, 98; Anaheim 97, Las Vegas 99, Anaheim 00, San Francisco 01, San Diego 04, Las Vegas 05
  • IDEA Personal Training Summit: Washington D.C. 94; Baltimore 95, 99; Anaheim 96, 98, NYC 97, Philadelphia 00, NYC 01, NYC 04, NYC 05
  • IDEA Fall Conferences: Indianapolis 94, 95; Boston 96, Orlando 97, Philadelphia 98
  • FACT Personal Trainers Conference: Parsippany, NJ 94; New Brunswick, NJ 95;
  • Philadelphia, PA 96.
  • FACT Fest, Chicago, IL, 95, 96, 97, 98, 00, 01
  • TSI Summit, NYC, 02, 03, 04
  • American Council on Exercise, Master Trainer for the inaugural ACE Practical Training Prog., 5/96
  • Cooper Institute, Dallas, 11/96, 10/98, 10/99
  • Clubsport, Training Smart, Pleasanton, CA, 5/95, 3/97
  • NERSA, Boston, MA, 5/95, 4/03
  • East Coast Alliance, New York City, NY, 3/95, 3/97
  • Thomas Plummer and Associates: 95 National tour
  • Cybex Educational Seminars and Corporate Inservices: 93-99
  • Life Fitness Inc, sales force in-service on exercise biomechanics, Chicago, 10/97
  • Parabody, Inc, sales force in-service on exercise biomechanics, Minneapolis, 2/00
  • Focus On Fitness Seminar Series:
    • Oklahoma State University, 8/97, 9/98
    • Houston Community College, 5/97, 4/98
    • Premier Club, Dallas, TX, 3/97
    • GiGis at St Patrick's Hospital, St. Charles, LA, 5/95, 8/97
    • Centre Club, Libertyville , IL, 4/95, 5/96
    • Juneau Racquet Club, Juneau, AK, 7/96
    • Raleigh Athletic Club, Raleigh, SC, 2/96
    • Wichita Racquet and Fitness Club, 2/96
    • One to One Fitness Center, DC, 1/96
    • Green Bay YMCA, WI, 11/95
    • Shiner's Performance Center, NY, 10/95
    • Wenmat Inc, Sacramento, CA, 5/95
    • Cooper Clinic Fitness Center, Dallas, TX, 1/95
    • McMaster University, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, 9/94, 1/96
    • Equinox, Manhattan, NY, 9/94
    • Global Gym, Tujunga, CA,12/93
    • Mike Morris Personal Training, Destin, FL, 8/93, 2/95
    • Ironsmith Body, Austin, TX, 10/92
    • Balanced Approach, The Warner Center, Woodland Hills, CA, 10/90
    • Washington Athletic Club, Seattle, WA, 7/90
  • NASM Advanced Personal Trainer Certifications: National tour 10/89-7/99
  • NASM Standard Personal Trainer Certifications: National tour 2/96-2/98

INJURY PREVENTION PRESENTATIONS AND CONDITIONS ANALYSIS

  • NASA Planetary and Earth Sciences Laboratory (for Bowflex), Houston, TX, 2/01
  • US Air Force, Fighter Pilot Resistance Training/Testing for G-force tolerance, Panama City, FL, 7/95
  • BFI
  • Coca-Cola Bottling
  • CMI
  • C. R. Anthony, Co.
  • Donco Carriers
  • Fleming Foods
  • Homeland
  • Mayflower Movers
  • Public Supply
  • Ryder Transfer and Storage
  • Southwest Electric
  • Hertz Reservations/Data Center

BODYBUILDING EDUCATIONAL PRESENTATIONS

  • IFBB Return of the Champions, Chicago, 5/92.
  • IFBB Niagara Falls Pro International, Niagara Falls, 5/91
  • Pro Muscle Bodybuilding and Fitness Camp, Lawrenceville, NJ, 6-8/86
  • Joe Weider's Muscle and Fitness Camp, Los Angeles, CA, 6/87 - 8/92
MEDIA APPEARANCES
  • Bowflex Xtreme2 SE Infomercial update 1/09
  • Bowflex Xtreme2 SE Infomercial 1/07
  • Bowflex Revolution Infomercial 3/06-09
  • Discovery Channel, The Craze, 3/06
  • Bowflex Ultimate 2/Treadclimber Infomercial 5/05
  • Bowflex Extreme infomercial host, filmed 12/03, run 2/04-09
  • Bowflex infomercial host, filmed 5/96, revised 8/96 & 5/99, run 8/96-2/04
  • QVC, Bowflex presentations, 2/03-07
  • QVC, Treadclimber presentations, 8/05
  • QVC UK, Bowflex presentations, 1/04
  • Host of Naturally Fit, magazine format, syndicated fitness television show, 1/99-1/00
  • ESPN2, Gotta Sweat w/Cory Everson, You Asked it! segment, 6/95-5/97
  • KTTC - TV Rochester, MN, Interview for Mayo Sports Medicine Workshop, 11/96
  • Hard Copy, Ab Infomercial expose, 9/96
  • Ab Trainer infomercial host, filmed 10/95, received the Greensheet Award for Infomercial of the Year for 1996 by Jordan Whitney U.S. Run: 1/96-8/96
  • QVC, Ab Trainer 1600 unit sell-out in fifteen minutes, 2/96
  • HSN Home Shopping Network, 1/97
  • KPLC -TV Evening News, Lake Charles , LA, live call-in segment, 5/95
  • Flexaball infomercial guest/expert, filmed 1/95
  • KTVY-TV First at 4:30, "Fitness for the Disabled", 11/94
  • KTVY-TV First at 4:30, "Fitness Scams", 6/93
  • KMGL Radio - Sunday Morning Magazine, OKC, 1/92
  • KWTV Evening News, OKC, "Starting A Fitness Program", 9/91
  • KOCO-TV Morning Show, OKC, "Fitness Advise", 8/91
  • KOCO-TV Noon News, OKC, "Personal Training", 8/91
  • KWTV Morning Show, OKC, "Exercise Ball", 1/91
  • KWTV Evening News, OKC, "F.A.S.T. Program", 1/91
  • TCI Cable - Chicago, "Focus On Fitness", Tech. Director and segment host, 6/90
  • KWTV Morning Show, OKC, "Glutes", 3/89
  • KWTV Morning Show, OKC, "Anabolic Steroids", 11/88
  • KWTV Morning Show, OKC, "Abdominals", 6/88
  • KXXY Radio - OKC, live call-in talk show, 6/85

VIDEO

  • IDEA Trainer presentation: Strategic Resistance - Key to Mastering the Exercise Experience 2/11
  • IDEA Trainer presentation: Teaching Exercise - Critical Skills for Personal Trainers 2/11
  • IDEA World presentation: Training (and Retaining) Beginners 8/10
  • IDEA Fusion presentation: Functional Exercise--From Bias to Continuum 4/10
  • IDEA Fusion presentation: Beyond Stretching: ROM Training 4/09
  • IDEA Fusion presentation: Tubing U: Partner Training for Tubing 4/09
  • PT Academy by PTontheNet.com skeletal anatomy, biomechanics online course 2/09
  • Bowflex Revolution FT Instructional DVD 3/07
  • Bowflex Xtreme2 SE Instructional DVD 8/06
  • Bowflex Conquest Instructional DVD 8/05
  • Bowflex Ultimate 2/Treadclimber Infomercial 5/05
  • Bowflex Revolution Instructional DVD 7/05
  • Bowflex Ultimate 2 Instructional DVD 1/05
  • Bowflex Xtreme 2 Instructional DVD 12/04
  • Bowflex Select Tech Dumbbells Sales Video, 8/04
  • Bowflex Select Tech Dumbbell Instructional DVD, 8/04
  • Bowflex Elite Instructional DVD, 6/04
  • Nautilus FitRest Sales Video, 4/04
  • Bowflex Xtreme Instructional DVD 12/03
  • TSI Express Circuit Instructional Video, 5/02
  • Bowflex Ultimate Instructional Video 5/01
  • RTS1 Video Series, 2/01
  • Bowflex Golf Conditioning, 7/00
  • Bowflex Biomechanics, 11/99
  • Nautilus 2ST features and instructional video, 6/99
  • Nautilus 2ST marketing video, 6/99
  • Totally Tubing Too, FOFP, 11/98
  • Divergent Force Handles, FOFP, 11/98
  • Pump Fiction Vol. II: General Fitness Myths, FOFP, 12/97
  • Pump Fiction Vol. I: Weight Training Myths, FOFP, 12/97
  • Totally Tubing: The Science Behind Elastic Resistance, FOFP, 12/97
  • Commercial Equipment Analysis, FOFP, 11/97
  • Essentials of Resistance Training: Basic Training, Focus On Fitness Prod., 10/97
  • Home Ab Device Analysis, FOFP, 9/97
  • Range of Motion: Stretching the Truth or Stretching: the Truth, FOFP, 6/97
  • Stretching Hands on 101, FOFP, 6/97
  • Trainers Video Lecture Series Update, FOFP, 3/97
  • Everything You Wanted To Know About Strength Training But Were Afraid To Ask video with Wayne Westcott, PhD, William Kraemer, PhD, and Tom Purvis PT, from the 1996 IDEA Personal Training Summit roundtable.
  • Bowflex Instructional video, 5/96
  • Ab Trainer
  • Pro Series instructional and marketing tape, 5/96, 11/96
  • Powerblock instructional and marketing videos, 1/96
  • Ab Trainer Consumer model instructional video tape, 10/95
  • IBM/Tony Little CD ROM, co-writer of exercise instruction, 9/95
  • CybexVR2 Instructional Video, 6/95
  • CybexVR2 Staff Inservice Video, 3/95
  • Personal Trainers Hands-on Video Series, FOFP, 12/94
  • Personal Trainers Video Lecture Series, FOFP 11/94
  • "'Myth-conceptions' In Weight Training", 9/94
  • FYI segment on "Hot Country Buns, Abs and Arms" with Ruth McGinnis,10/93
  • Technical Director -"Tighten, Firm and Smile" with Tony Little, 8/90

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

  • Exercise for Men Only Magazine - Focus On Fitness (past)
  • Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness - Pump Fiction (past)
  • Mens Exercise Magazine - Q & A (past)

ARTICLES AND PUBLICATIONS

  • Nautilus Expressway Circuit Manual
  • Bowflex Ultimate Exercise Instruction Manual
  • Bowflex Power Pro Exercise Instruction Manual
  • IDEA Today
  • ACE Certified News
  • IDEA Personal Trainer
  • BodyLife Magazine (Germany)
  • Cybex VR2 Owners Manuals, instructional segments
  • Cybex VR2 instructional placards
  • Cybex Various articles, white papers, and products comparisons
  • Home Fitness Digest
  • The Professional's Journal of Sports Fitness
  • NASM News
  • NASM Journal for Personal Training
  • Prime Fitness Magazine
  • Athletic Conditioning Quarterly

INTERVIEWS

  • GQ
  • Outside Magazine
  • Shape Magazine
  • Self Magazine
  • Home Gym and Fitness Magazine
  • Muscle and Fitness Magazine
  • Lets Live Magazine
  • Fitness Magazine
  • American Health Magazine
  • Canadian Broadcasting Corporation
  • Readers Digest
  • Womens World
  • Health and Fitness (UK)
  • Newsday
  • Club Industry Magazine
  • OUT Magazine

ADVISORY BOARDS

  • Nautilus Institute (past)
  • Resist-A-Ball (past)
  • The Training Edge 2000 (past)
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine (past)
  • Equinox Fitness Clubs (past)
  • Good Bodies (past)
  • Body By Jake Licensing (past)

EDITORIAL ADVISORY BOARDS

  • Exercise for Men Only Magazine, Chelo Publishing (present)
  • Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness, Chelo Publishing (present)
  • Mens Exercise Magazine, Chelo Publishing (present)
  • Rehabilitation Today magazine (past)
  • NASM Journal of Personal Training (past)
  • The Professional's Journal of Sports Fitness (past)

AWARDS

  • Named one of the Top 55 Personal Trainers in the Country as well as ...the personal training guru who changed resistance training... by Vogue Magazine, 11/95
  • 1989 Outstanding Young Men of America Award, 3/90.
  • NASM Medal of Recognition for Contributions to the Betterment of Sports Medicine Sciences, 1/90.
  • NPC Oklahoma Bodybuilding Champion - Overall, 1985.

FOCUS ON FITNESS / TOM PURVIS VIDEO CUSTOMERS INCLUDE:

Yale University, Stanford University Center for Research and Disease Control, Cornell University, Purdue University, Rutgers University, Kent State University, Florida State University, University of Arizona, University of Tennessee, Northern Illinois University, Southern Illinois University, McMaster University, Palmer College of Chiropractic, University of Vermont, Houston Community College, Community Colleges of Spokane, University of Alaska at Anchorage, University of Rhode Island, Oakland Community College, and Central Wyoming College.

NordicTrack, Bowflex, Cybex, Resist-A-Ball, ISSA-International Sports Sciences Association, Fit for Life/Robert Dyer, FACT, Personal Training Institute-NY, Club Fitness Today, Mayo Clinic, Cooper Fitness Center, Baxter Health Care, and Chicago Sports Orthopedic Rehab Center.

Family Fitness Centers, The Sports Club Company, Inc., Multiplex Fitness Centers, David Barton Gyms, Equinox Fitness Centers, Miramont Sports Center, Pro Camp, CA, Nautilus Fitness Centers, Jean-Roberts Gym, Numerous YMCAs, JCCs, World, Powerhouse and Golds Gyms.

Corporate and government facilities include: The U.S. Marine Corp, Pearl Harbor Naval Medical Clinic, Nabisco, Smith Barney, Kerr McGee, Chevron USA, Mobil, Dean Witter, Mattel, Marriot Corp., Illinois Park District, Oregon Federal Correctional Institution, Fairfax VA Police Dept.

Fitness & Bodybuilding Celebrities include: Tony Little Enterprises, Douglas Brooks, Boyer Coe-Mr. World, Tim Belknap-Mr. Universe, and Mike Ashley-Mr. Universe.

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