March 8, 2021 | When Should Kids Start Strength Training?
By Alika Antone As the father of four young kids, a physical therapist, and a gym owner, our children get regular gym time. And strength training is part of that. I am often asked... ...Read More
February 6, 2020 | The Popular New “Prescription” is Exercise!
By Carrie McKewan, A2 Physical Therapy’s personal fitness trainer We know physical activity goes hand in hand with good health. Studies show people generally live longer and healthier lives when they are active.... ...Read More
January 14, 2020 | Happy 2020! Let Us Help You Conquer Your Goals
By Carrie McKewan Personal Fitness Trainer -- A2 Physical Therapy The holiday season can be a chaotic time, but I hope you were able to find moments of calm. Whether that was a hike... ...Read More
December 31, 2019 | Achieving Health and Happiness
Five Tips to Slay Your 2020 Goals Did you improve your level of health and happiness in 2019? What are your goals in 2020? Here are some tips to help you find your... ...Read More
December 18, 2019 | Approach the Holidays with a Healthy Mindset
By Carrie McKewan, A2 Personal Fitness Trainer It doesn’t matter how committed you are to your diet or exercise plan; the holidays are going to interrupt your daily routine. From holiday parties, to... ...Read More
September 10, 2019 | A2 Partners with Grit City Wellness
“Concierge” Style Approach Makes Care More Accessible A2 Physical Therapy in Tacoma is partnering with Grit City Wellness to offer physical therapy services, and even more access to care in Tacoma. Grit City Wellness... ...Read More
August 23, 2019 | Congratulations Amanda Shagren
Amanda Shagren was discharged last week and we couldn't be more proud of all her hard work. We will miss her presence at A2. Here is what she had to say about... ...Read More
June 24, 2019 | Try Physical Therapy Before Having Surgery
There are a lot of reasons to consider physical therapy before electing to undergo surgery. One big plus is that it can help you prepare for the surgery (often called prehabbing) and... ...Read More
June 14, 2019 | Injury Prevention is Worthwhile Work
When the sun finally breaks through the dark gray skies around the Pacific Northwest, it seems like everyone is drawn outdoors. Perhaps the sun calls you to tackle that yardwork you ignored... ...Read More
"Working with Kristi has been an amazing and rewarding experience. I started with the goal to lose weight and gain strength and after a few months she has helped me to understand what it means to live a healthy and well-rounded life. She not only provides motivation in the gym, but she is a great support system emotionally. She knows her stuff when it relates to exercises and the body. I appreciate how she brings variety to our workouts while also keeping us safe. If I could I would workout with Kristi multiple times per week."
"Last Sunday I played full court basketball for the first time in 15 years. I will qualify the contest by saying it happened on a court just out of the back door of an elder care center. The teams consisted of a 7 year old, an d8 year old, a young woman in flip-flops (I played in sandals), a woman who proudly stated she was 55 years old (I retorted with my age of 65), and a couple of other young guys that really played well. I ran the court, I played defense, blocked shots, made shots (missed a lot), got lots of rebounds, and talked a lot of smack while playing with a group of people a lot younger than me. I even made a behind the back-twisting fall-away shot, then fell and tumbled on the court. I jumped up and continued to play, and we played for about 45 minutes.
I attribute my ability to play this game that I love so much again to the excellent training receive from Kristy who is a trainer at A2 Physical Therapy. I have worked out and trained since I was very young. I played high school basketball, baseball, and I ran track. I spent 20 years in the Army with all the training requirements associated with that occupation. I played on community and city leagues, and I have trained with weights for many years. The training program Kristy has devised for me at A2 is rigorous, thorough, diverse, fun, challenging, and focused. She prepares workout plans that are age and fitness level appropriate. My work out now is so much different then it was when I first started. She both trains me individually and as a couple. I run, jump, stretch, lift, balance, squat, push, pull, and every other movement you can imagine. I look forward to going to my workout every time. Kristy is completely in charge of every workout. I am retired, and my training at A2 allows me to fill the need to accomplish something positive every day I work out. I am doing physical activity with ease that I would not have thought I would be able be able to accomplish at the age of 65 such as hiking on Mt Rainer and running 4 days per week. Kristy and A2 have really changed my life…"
"A2 Physical Therapy has been an amazing place to be at for the past 3 years training with Kristi Cruz. I have had knee and shoulder issues and Alika has been great getting me back to doing the things I love. The staff here is always so loving and kind. I know when I come here I am always excited to be here. I love getting the warm smiles from everyone!"