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!

What Makes Phyzseek a Sustainable High Intensity Fitness Program?

You might think that for a workout to be challenging or to be considered "high Intensity" it has to incorporate heavy weights or Olympic style lifts. If so you would be wrong. Not to mention working out with heavy weights, doing technical movements with speed, can be a recipe for disaster. And for many it has been.

Phyzseek workouts are designed by a doctor and driven by science to push the everyday athlete to their limits without using heavy weights or technical movements that require adequate training and proper coaching from an expert in such lifts. Another upside to using lighter weights is while you will still build lean muscle mass, for women in particular, you will not get bulky. Of course, if it is your desire to bulk up, supplementing Phyzseek workouts with heavier weight training on alternate days is always an option. I supplement my Phyzseek workouts with body weight callisthenic exercises. I trade volume for heavy weights to build strength and muscle mass.  Given my history with injuries I prefer to avoid lifting heavy and potentially exacerbating old injuries or causing new ones.   

The PhyzWOD's (Phyzseek workouts of the day) are short duration and high intensity while producing measurable outcomes that are easily logged and tracked. Results can be compared to those of friend's, other's around the world or to your own prior achievements. But again, the workouts use only light weight or body weight exercises sequenced in a way to reduce the chances of injury while enhancing the aging athletes long-term functional fitness. And, there are no complex Olympic lifts required.

Additionally, Phyzseek automatically provides alternative exercises to accommodate for equipment you don't have or modifications for people with pre-existing injuries. Instructional videos describing the exercises and showing proper form are also included within each workout.

When it’s time to amp up a workout with some high intensity interval training and you’re working for time, don’t risk getting injured by lifting heavy weights.  Go lighter, maintain perfect form and push hard. The results will be just as good and last longer… much longer.

Chad LaBonte, Phyzseek co-founder & COO


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