Meet the Family!

Welcome to Muscular Connections, where our dedicated team of experts provide comprehensive support for your physical, mental, and professional growth. Whether you’re an athlete striving for peak performance, a professional aiming for career advancement, or simply seeking personal development, our diverse range of services is designed to empower you on your journey towards well-being and success. Let us guide you in forming those vital connections that will transform your life for the better!

Our team at Muscular Connections offers a wide range of specialized services tailored to meet your individual needs. Whether you are a pro-athlete, a fitness enthusiast, or preparing for pregnancy, our dedicated practitioners are here to support your journey towards optimal well-being. With expertise in areas such as running mechanics, exercise physiology, nutrition, and holistic care, we aim to help you form vital connections that will enhance your overall quality of life.

How It Started

Kim Brody opened Muscular Connections in 2003 after becoming the first certified Muscle Activation Specialist in Ohio. Since then, she has increased her credentials in the field, achieving the practices highest levels of certification!

Meet Our Team

Some clients are professional athletes who want to improve their performance. Another client may be a mom or grandparent who wants to address chronic pain or improve range of motion so they can keep tying their shoes. Keeping people doing what they want to do, and improving their quality of life is what motivates me to do what I do.” says Kim. Together, this team will add physical, mental, and professional developmet services to the community!

Kim - Founder of Muscular Connections

Kim Brody has a long history of helping clients rehab injuries, reduce the risk of injury, and enhance performance. The journey began by earning her Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Exercise Physiology in 1994 and 1997. Her work started in cardiac rehabilitation, but quickly shifted to corporate wellness and personal training.

Kim’s educational pursuits did not stop there. Attending personal training conventions and furthering her biomechanics knowledge through the Resistance Training Specialists courses continued to fuel her desire to help improve her clients’ lives.

But when Kim was introduced to Muscle Activation Techniques, or MAT, and met founder Greg Roskopf, she was immediately hooked. With a career already dedicated to helping clients perform and live at their best, this new discipline seemed a perfect match for what Kim cares about most. She has continued to progress through the highest level of MAT certifications, becoming MATRx certified in 2017.

Kim works with everyone from professional athletes to couch potatoes, small children to 90+ year olds. She helps keep people doing “their crazy,” whatever that may be for each client.

“I enjoy my clients. It’s great to learn what each person wants to do, and to know that I can help them get there. I look at the whole person and identify where there may be deficiencies”.

Joel - MAT RX Specialist

Joel Woods is my name! I believe engaging in meaningful physical activity via exercise, sport and adventure throughout a lifetime is paramount to enjoying a fulfilling life. I’m passionate about helping my clients do that by offering Muscle Activation Techniques, MAT, so their muscular system is healthy, functioning well and best prepared to tolerate the physical stresses they put on thier bodies.

Other than that, I have 5 kids and an amazing wife. I’ve worked in the fitness industry since 2002 as a personal trainer, rehab specialist, CrossFit gym owner, corporate wellness consultant and MAT Specialist. I also am the founder and president of Independence Youth Football and love coaching youth sports.

I enjoy working out in my garage gym, trail running and taking care of our backyard chickens.

Eileen - Pregnancy/Postpartum Athleticism Coach

Eileen Middleton resides in Valley View, Ohio with her husband and two children. At the age of eight, Eileen started running track and cross country. She competed at the college level for Division II school Tiffin University, where she earned her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees. After college she competed in several half marathons trying to find that same feeling track and cross country brought into her life. In 2012 she found it again when she dropped in for a CrossFit class. CrossFit forever changed her life. She learned how to strengthen her entire body with weights and cardio workouts rather than just her legs for running. In 2019 she became a CF-L1 Coach at Towpath Fitness. After the birth of her first child she realized the dire need for coaching during the pregnancy and postpartum chapters in a woman’s life. In 2019 she completed her certification in Pregnancy and Postpartum Athleticism from Brianna Battles and has been coaching pregnant and postpartum athletes ever since.

Jeff - Running Specialist

Jeff Fisher began his running career in 1980 with 8th grade track and hasn’t stopped. He went on to run track and cross country in both high school AND college (BGSU ‘87) and surprised no one when he went on to work in a variety running specialty settings. After opening his own running specialty store in 2011, he was introduced to “natural running.” From there, Cleveland Running Company became a proud member of the Natural Running Store Network, developed by Dr. Mark Cucuzzella, author of Run for Your Life: How to Run, Walk, and Move Without Pain or Injury and Achieve a Sense of Well-Being and Joy. Fisher’s partnership with Cucuzella ignited his passion for running mechanics and form. Over the years he has worked both one-on-one with individuals and taught classes on how to make running not hurt.

Marissa - Exercise Physiologist

I have my Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science and am a certified Exercise Physiologist. My love for exercise and guiding others through their health and wellness journey has led me to work in a variety of fitness settings, ranging from a commercial gym to a more clinical exercise environment. It is a great pleasure of mine to work with any and all types of clients to be the support when needed! When I am not in the gym training others, I am there training myself! I love to powerlift and am grateful to hold the Ohio state record for bench pressing in my weight class. Outside of fitness, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, cooking, and arts/crafts.

“A lot of people want a shortcut. I find the best shortcut is the long way, which is basically two words: work hard.”

― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

Arthur - Executive Business Coach

A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Arthur Grice grew up in the Union-Miles community. Having traveled the nation in his formidable years, he developed both his education and career through a variety of pathways, eventually earning a Bachelors Degree in Organizational Leadership and ICF-Certification as an Executive Business Coach. He would go on to find Grice Corp, LLC, a for-profit coaching and consulting business that services independent contractors and entrepreneurs.

Arthur is also the founder and President of the Board at Links Not Chains, Inc., a 501(c)3 designated, non-profit in Cuyahoga County. The NPO services the justice-involved at all stages (pre, current, and existing), as well as the At-Risk Youth population. The organization provides vocational, career development, and socio-emotional programs that promote independent living.

Brittany - Nutritionist

Brittany Vaughn is a Wife, Mother and has a passion for serving others. Growing up she’s always loved a great smoothie or juice. Over the years she grew an interest in cocktails, specifically fruity ones. She attended bartending school and received her bartender’s license back in April 2015.

Although having a mobile bar was the ideal move, she started to think of how she can truly benefit others of all ages. From there she started on her journey of making healthy beverages. Her purpose for PeacefulSips, LLC is to allow others to sip (or chug) happy and healthy!

Amanda - Office Coordinator

Amanda Liptak, BSN, RN, CWOCN is a registered nurse and holds three certifications in Wound, Ostomy, and Continence nursing care. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Nursing Degree from Kent State University.

Over the past fifteen years, she has worked in a variety of health care settings including medical sales for a leading Ostomy product manufacturer. Amanda genuinely enjoys teaching and sharing knowledge about health and wellness, even in her spare time.

When she’s not working – her passion is her faith, her family, and her garden!

 

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7777 Exchange Rd Suite 2
Valley View OH 44125

(216) 469-0660