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IYCA Member Spotlight: Dave Schmitz


Dave Schmitz (aka… The Band Man) is the Co-Owner of Resistance Band Training Systems, LLC and the creator of www.resistancebandtraining.com, the only website exclusively devoted to training with large continuously looped resistance bands.  Dave’s unique professional background and vast experience as an orthopedic physical therapist, performance enhancement specialist, certified strength and conditioning specialist along with his 27 plus years of living fitness and performance training, has allowed him to turn a simple 41 inch resistance band into an incredible multi-faceted total training experience for 1000’s of athletes and fitness enthusiasts around the world, while helping 100’s of fitness professionals and coaches get their clients or athletes BETTER with BANDS.

1. What’s your background?

I am a Board Certified Physical Therapist with an emphasis in Orthopedics through the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse -1986,  I am  also a Certified Strength and Conditioning specialist with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) – 1993, a Performance Enhancement Specialist with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) – 1993, and a Certified Youth Conditioning Specialist through the International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA) – 2000.

2. What do you do in your career today?

With the growth of Resistancebandtraining.com, I have been provided the opportunity to lecture nationally on how resistance band training can significantly impact the fields of physical therapy, fitness, and performance enhancement.  Known by many as "The Band Man" my mission is to make sure coaches, trainers, athletes, parents and medical professionals learn and become inspired to understand why it is important to begin implementing elastic resistance and how to do so in safe, progressive manner using flat continuously looped bands. 

As the Founder and Developer of www.resistancebandtraining.com,  I am provide weekly video and written content to my blog as well as my newsletter (RBTLive) subscribers.

I am also one of the senior contributors to the Elite Trainer Mentorship which is a monthly membership website that allows me to share "behind the scenes" information on my training concepts, approaches, programs and techniques.
Along with these two weekly tasks, I am constantly working on Resistance Band Training R&D that helps me create new information products to assist in educating coaches, trainers, therapists and athletes on "Getting BETTER with BANDS.
Locally I am the Volunteer S & C Coach for Germantown High School.  This is where I am provide the opportunity to perfect my training skills by working 5 days per week with up and coming young athletes wanting to get better at their sport of choice.  Not only does this opportunity provide a chance to develop my resistance band training techniques, more importantly, it has taught me how to become a better coach as well as a father to my 3 children.

Lastly  I am the owner of G’town Bootcamps which was establish in 2000.  G’town Bootcamps provides me the opportunity to work weekly with adult fitness clients on improving their athleticism while following our camp mission of  "Getting Better Together" through safe functionally based training using resistance bands 90% of the time.  Not only does this highly motivated group of adults train hard, they challenge me to keep getting better as well.

3. What does the IYCA mean to you or how has the IYCA impacted you?

From a coaching perspective the IYCA has provided me with the education and resources that have become the foundation of  how I structure our high school and middle school training programs.   I have and continue to leverage many of the IYCA Board of Experts through consulting, workshops or simple email questions each month to make sure our kids are getting the best I can offer.  

From an resistancebandtraining.com standpoint, the IYCA has provided us with a platform to share with coaches, how resistance band training can positively impact their youth training development and performance based programs.  Without the IYCA, RBT.com would not have been able to impact the youth of this world as quickly as we have been able to. 

4. Why you created / contributed to your IYCA products and who they are for.

The Resistance Band Instructor Course is a coaches blue print on how to implement resistance band training into off-season, pre-season and in-season training programs.   It provides coaches with done for you workouts for ages 9-12, 12-15 and 15 – 18 year old athletes.  Workouts focus on using resistance band to develop first step speed, strength and response time, which as coaches, we know are key elements to an athlete becoming successful on the court or field.


IYCA Member Spotlight: Mike Robertson

Mike Robertson is the President of Robertson Training Systems and the co-owner of Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training (I-FAST) in Indianapolis, Indiana. Mike has made a name for himself as one of the premier performance coaches in the world, helping clients and athletes from all walks of life achieve their physique and sports performance goals.


Q: What’s your background?

A: I’ve been in the performance enhancement/physical preparation field for 14 years now. In that time I’ve done a bit of everything – I was an assistant D-1 strength and conditioning coach, a rehab practitioner, a 1-on-1 personal trainer, and a semi-private coach /business owner.

Basically, I’ve done a bit of everything over the years!


Q: What do you do in your career today?

A: Today I own Indianapolis Fitness and Sports Training, which has been named one of America’s Top 10 Gyms by Men’s Health magazine two times. 

At IFAST we offer both small group/semi-private training (groups of 2-4 at a time), as well as large group training which we call Team Training. 

I, personally, work almost exclusively with professional and elite athletes at this point in my career. A short list of my clients includes Roy Hibbert from the Indiana Pacers, Danny O’Rourke from the Columbus Crew, Lori Lindsey (formerly of the US Women’s National team), and a handful of blue-chip prospects who are waiting for their chance to make it big.


Q: What does the IYCA mean to you or how has the IYCA impacted you?

A: Even though I’m training mostly professional athletes now, the IYCA and young athletes are what originally drew me to this industry.

I was a young kid who loved sports, but never really new how to use physical preparation in the right capacity to give myself the best chance for success. I was always a pretty good athlete, but never the best. And I always knew that if I could make myself bigger, faster, stronger, etc., that I could be a bigger contributor on the court.

So that has always been my passion – to help athletes get more out of their own bodies via improved movement and training. I love work with kids especially because they are so malleable, and the tools you can teach them via training are things that they will take with them for a lifetime.


Q: Why you created / contributed to your IYCA products and who they are for.

A: I contributed to CAD 2.0 and the HSCC product, because as rewarding as it is to coach young athletes, I love coaching the coaches as well. I like to think of this as growing my web of influence.

If I train one kid, that’s one kid I made better. But if I work with one coach, that coach has an influence over all of his athletes as well. 

So instead of just the one I helped, I could help 10, 50, or 100 athletes by helping one coach. That’s powerful.

At the end of the day, my goal always has been (and always will be) to make the people around me better. I know that if I do that, I know that money, clients and happiness will never been an issue.


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Youth Fitness Industry: How to Send The Wrong Message



Youth Fitness Industry

If you haven’t already, the recent Time Magazine cover story about
the Myth of Exercise is a must read for you.


You can access the article here –




Here’s the one sentence that caught my attention most:


"I have exercised like this — obsessively, a bit grimly — for years,
but recently I began to wonder: Why am I doing this? Except for a two-year
period at the end of an unhappy relationship — a period when I self-medicated
with lots of Italian desserts — I have never been overweight"




Because, of course, in our aesthetic culture, getting "skinny" is the only
reason one would have to engage in physical activity.


If you haven’t yet, please read this article.


Then, click on the link below, head over to my blog, and tell me
what you think.


To me, this is mismanaged information to the highest degree.


And I’m dying to know what you think.


Leave your comments below…


Tired of the same misinformation floating around about exercise and
the youth fitness industry?


Time to take a stand.


Click on the link below to find out how…