Hi, I’m Sandy Gross,
Performance Care Skills Coach
A coach once introduced me to his team as a REGEN specialist, that I was there to teach them the performance care skills they needed to learn to recover better in between practices and games. Regeneration is a set of skills, when combined with breath and the mind, are superlative to simple rest and time. My work has filled a void in the sports performance space since 2013, providing tools, techniques and information that coaches, trainers, athletes, doctors and physical therapists value, but they weren't taught in their schooling. While individual athletes usually hire me for private work, roughly 30% of my clients are these professionals who have also worked with me to add to their skill set.
I’ve spent the majority of my life fascinated with the human body. I teach how learning just a little bit about your body - your movement biomechanics, understanding functional movement and up-leveling your active recovery tools & techniques can solve big problems and upgrade your life in many ways. I use regenerative techniques and a variety of self therapy modalities including yoga and SMFR (self-myofascial release/massage) as the core of my toolbox to help people better understand and resolve their own pain, prevent injury and to live with greater self confidence at any age. At the age of 58, I've learned and lived this: everything in your life up-regulates when you befriend your blind spots and learn about what you don't know. Taking greater self ownership of your body (and these blindspots) is how you manage not only your longevity, but your mobility, durability, you capabilities and your confidence.
I design movement prep, recovery routines and consult for problem solving with sports teams, help companies upgrade their wellness programs and consult numerous individuals pre/during/post medical treatment to take better charge of their healing. My superpower is simplifying the complex.
What are your blind spots? Not sure? Let's start with a consultation session and let me help you see yourself more clearly.
Here’s a bit about my background:
I grew up in California and graduated with a degree from San Jose State University (BA in Journalism/’88). During my junior year, however, two things completely lit me up: I took a 6 unit lab course titled Human Performance and I got certified to teach aerobic dance. I worked at Apple Computers corporate fitness center and immediately began to coordinate my class designs to help them manage the effects of long bouts of sitting. We know now that movement, aside from “exercise”, is the most powerful tool for managing the downstream effects of technology.
In my 20’s, I worked in sports & fashion publishing, two industries that were growing fast. As we all have, I witnessed the commercialization of wellness get very complicated and prioritize entertainment over functionality. I eventually moved to Cleveland for love and created opportunities for work for myself as a fitness columnist, trainer, consultant and I got into yoga.
During my 30 & 40’s I (we) became a parent of 3 and pursued lots more education and became a yoga teacher. I founded and operated Evolution Yoga School, one of the first yoga studios in Cleveland which became a nucleus in the midwest where yoga teachers, studio owners, fitness pros and sports coaches came to learn about mind/body practices. I trained yoga teachers. Yoga has also become complicated and has prioritized performance over functionality. My style of practice and teaching has always leaned towards the functional. You’ll get more of a sense of this as you weave through my website.
Now in my 50’s, my work is teaching and consulting on human performance, functional movement, yoga, mindfulness and the skill of relaxation. I work in a wide variety of industries, but mostly in sports and business where high performance matters.
In 2022 My husband and I relocated to Austin, Texas. I currently see clients in their homes or their training facility.
Some of my clients have included the 2016 NBA Champion Cleveland Cavaliers, Kent State University’s 2017 MAC Men’s Basketball Champions, Kent State University’s 2015 MAC Women’s Soccer Champions, Notre Dame College’s 2017 D1AA Men’s Rugby National Champions, Cleveland Browns athletes, several high school and elite sports travel teams. In the corporate world, I’ve worked with several executives, teams, top doctors and other high level performers (Lady Gaga) and for David Copperfield’s private island retreat in the Bahamas. I also teach anatomy for several yoga studios teacher trainings and have my own online “virtual studio” that has a worldwide following.
Overall, my clients are those individuals who strive for and role model greatness, who want more out of life and to stay off the proverbial bench. They are playing the long game.
Work with me to learn how you can up-level your entire life through movement and have fun doing it.
- American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) Health/Fitness Instructor
- E-RYT 500 (experienced-registered yoga teacher)
- YACEP (Yoga Alliance) continuing ed. provider
- Yoga Tune Up® & Roll Model® Method (SFMR) Teacher Trainer
- Functional Movement Systems FMS screen & rehabilitation – Level 2 Practitioner
Sandy cannot be pigeonholed into any domain in the mind/body category. Her understanding of the human body and its dynamic versatility infuses all of her teachings with inspiring “AHA” moments that motivates lovers of fitness, yoga, therapy and beyond.
- Jill Miller, Creator of Yoga Tune Up®, author of The Roll Model® Method