The Phyzseek Story

Our story is typical of many aging health and fitness buffs. We worked out for years, watched what we ate, with the occasional splurges, but as we got older we seemed to be losing the battle. Fat was starting to accumulate around the mid-section, fatigue was setting in earlier in the day and sleep was restless. Oh, and it was obvious, hormone levels weren’t what they used to be. But why? We thought we ate right and kept fit. How could we turn the tables to regain the strength and energy we had when we were younger?

At about this time we were introduced to a well-known boot camp style high intensity workout program. The exercise program was very different than anything we had ever done and the results we were seeing were amazing. We had lost weight, gained lean muscle mass, and had more energy. Unfortunately, the exercise program also included heavy weights and Olympic style lifting, which combined with workouts measured by speed and number of reps, eventually took its toll on our bodies. Due to frequent injuries, what began as the answer to our fitness woes, came to a sudden end.

Now what? With backgrounds in medicine and analytics as well as a passion for working out and staying fit, we were determined to find a better way to enhance our levels of fitness while maintaining functional longevity. We studied the science, researched methodologies, tested theories and eventually discovered Phyzseek.

Eric J. Ende, MD, ACSM-CPT
Eric is a co-founder of Phyzseek as well as its CEO and CFO. Before starting Phyzseek, Eric received his medical degree from the Mt. Sinai School of Medicine and an MBA from NYU – Stern School of Business. Combining the two degrees allowed Eric to become a biotechnology industry analyst and eventually a consultant to multiple pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and investors. To further his passion for and understanding of health and fitness, Eric received a Personal Training Certification from the American College of Sports Medicine. Using his medical & science backgrounds, his business degree & analytical expertise as well as his ACSM-PT certification, Eric researched, designed and co-founded Phyzseek to bring forth a revolutionary workout motivation mobile app for men and women seeking supreme fitness and functional longevity.
Chad P. LaBonte
Chad is a co-founder of Phyzseek and serves as COO. Prior to this venture Chad had a 25 year career in real estate, building an extensive knowledge of several facets of the business such as asset acquisition, property management, leasing and developing retail shopping centers and large scale master planned communities. Chad was a competitive athlete for most of his early life, playing a variety of sports, including college football and lacrosse. Training for sports - weight training, powerlifting, plyometric and speed drills - was central to Chad’s life. His enthusiasm for physical fitness didn’t end after he hung up his cleats. Chad continued to pursue fitness in a variety of disciplines from bodybuilding, HIIT, stationary bike, running, kickboxing, swimming and yoga. Today Chad sticks to PhyzWOD’s (Phyzseek Workout of the Day) and yoga for fitness and golf and fishing for recreation. He’s known to rock out playing the drums in a band too!

The Importance of Balance

We are one week into 2016. Have you been sticking to your resolution for the new year? Finding balance is a big one for many. It’s rewarding and relatively uncomplicated. Simply ask yourself what are the important things in life? For me it’s family, relationships, health, a rewarding career, travel and personal growth. Watching the latest TV series, spending hours playing video games or spending time and money collecting more stuff won’t be the things I miss when looking back on my life. Family provides love, support, and memories. Friendships provide a sense of belonging. A rewarding career provides a sense of purpose. Travel brings enrichment and understanding. And all of this adds up to personal growth. I also try to find time to learn and play a musical instrument, read about anything and everything and squeeze in some boating, fishing and golfing.  All of this relies on good health.

I want to be able to do all these things at a high degree for as long as possible so health is at the top of my priority list. I maintain a consistent exercise routine, I eat well and I see my doctors regularly. Including a physical and a dermatological exam each year. I restrict my eating to clean healthy foods balanced with rewards, usually sweet ones, every week and on special occasions. These rewards help me maintain a healthy realistic diet and are more satisfying because I limit how often I eat them. My exercise routine also affords me the opportunity to eat more of the fun foods, which for me are beer, wine, pizza and desserts. By balancing the way I spend my time and take care of my health I enjoy the time I spend even more.

At Phyzseek we are obsessed with balance. Every workout we design is structured to target the bodies’ major muscle groups in a manner that builds strength, flexibility and coordination. Each workout involves the entire body; conditioning upper body, lower body and core muscles. [Note: we consider the core to be the muscles and joints from your knees to the bottom of your chest. This includes the upper leg, hip, low back and abdominal muscles.] Phyzseek workouts incorporate movements that are agonistic and antagonistic. In other words, there are always pushing and pulling exercises. This creates a balance of strength and flexibility across the joints of the body. For example, low back pain is often caused by an imbalance of strength in opposing muscle groups. If your abs and hip flexors are strong but your hamstrings are weak this will cause a forward pull on your hips straining the low back muscles. Additionally, by strengthening your core muscles harmoniously the low back will be supported evenly reducing chance of injury or even support healing from previous injury.

I have suffered for years with low back pain, disc bulging and even disc herniation. I have overcome this chronic condition by incorporating a Phyzseek workout of the day (PhyzWOD) at least three days per week into my weekly fitness routine. In addition, I include body weight strength training (BWST), a long run and yoga each week. This is currently what my week looks like:

Monday: PhyzWOD

Tuesday: BWST

Wednesday: PhyzWOD

Thursday: Run or Yoga

Friday: PhyzWOD

Saturday: BWST

Sunday: Run or Yoga

I balance my fitness regimen by incorporating Phyzseek’s high intensity metabolic conditioning workouts with further strength, endurance and flexibility training. Yoga also provides a period of meditation which helps improve focus and reduce stress.  I am able to complete each workout within an hour, including warming up and cooling down. This allows me to easily balance my busy days with exercise, work and family time. Furthermore, my days, weeks and years are balanced with the things that provide love, enrichment and above all health.

How do you balance your time?

Chad LaBonte

Co-founder & COO



Well said! Very proud of you Chad!!

Very motivational! Makes me want to run a marathon!

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