“Citius, Altius, Fortius,” or Faster, Higher, Stronger is an Olympic motto from the 1920s that Sarah Scott, Founder of Fitness Doctors in Austin, Texas, lives by in both her professional and personal life.

Born and raised in San Antonio, Texas, Sarah has always been a fitness and athletics enthusiast. At an early age, she was fascinated with books on Olympians and the Olympic games. “For me, they represented the pursuit of the intangible elements described by the Olympic motto — Faster, Higher, Stronger. Another Olympic motto near and dear to me is ‘The most important thing is not to win but to take part.’ Both of these embody all that has ever resonated in my work and my play,” explains Sarah proudly.

Sarah comes from a legacy of teachers, engineers, physicians, and entrepreneurs who value learning and a lifetime of continuing education, so it’s no surprise that she embodies traits from all of the above. Indeed, her great-, great-, great-grandfather was one of the first doctors in the state of Texas.

“I am fond of telling my clients that my only job is to call out your grace, power and strength. Your only job is to show up and be willing to flourish!” – Sarah Scott, Founder of Fitness Doctors in Austin

Before Fitness Doctors was created, Sarah worked as an executive marketing director for a traumatic brain injuryrehabilitation corporation that specialized in a multi-disciplinary approach to help people recover from debilitating injuries so they could live as independent as possible. She recounts, “That experience greatly influenced the way I’ve set up our trademarked functional strength, flexibility and balance training methods to date.”

Fitness Doctors, originally called IronSmith Body, has been strengthening lives since 1989. They were the first free-standing personal fitness and sports training company incorporated in both the city of Austin and the state of Texas. Fitness Doctors, Austin’s premier post-rehabilitation personal training, specifically assists people in restoring strength, balance, flexibility and mobility, while easing the pain of previous injuries in a fun, supportive setting.

What also sets the Fitness Doctors apart from other fitness programs is their approach to specialized and post-rehabilitation training. Doctors now strongly recommend strength training both before and after surgery. “The purpose of both pre- and post-rehabilitation exercise training and education is to restore strength, balance, flexibility and function for optimal living. It is important to note that post-rehab does not purport to provide any aspect of medical treatment for a client’s condition. Post-rehabilitation training at Fitness Doctors bridges the gap between healthcare and fitness,” shares Sarah enthusiastically.

Photo by Nick Simonite
Pictured Below: Fitness Doctor Founder Sarah E. Scott and her canine companion Billy.

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The definition of post-rehabilitation services is: the development and implementation of fitness and conditioning services for clients with special population and post-rehabilitative disorders. The Fitness Doctor’s post-rehabilitation programs provide fitness assessments, strength and flexibility training, spinal stabilization training, and hypertension and diabetes training.

These services make up the post-rehabilitation “scope of practice.” The Fitness Doctor’s goal is to take over where your doctor or therapist has left off.

They work closely with medical professionals to establish the appropriate protocol while keeping them well informed of your post-rehabilitation training. Some of the conditions they work with are: total knee and hip replacement, diabetes, lumbar disc herniation and strain, carpal tunnel syndrome, rheumatoid arthritis, patello-femoral syndrome, osteoarthritis, knee meniscus tears, ACL ruptures and reconstruction, Achilles tendon ruptures, cerebrovascular accidents and cervical strain, among many others.

“At Fitness Doctors, we offer personalized group fitness training. It’s called ‘personalized’ because there are six to eight people in the same training hour working with an experienced and multi-certified master trainer who provides the necessary individualized coaching, instruction and training plan,” explains Sarah warmly. Every session is tailored to each person, and the monthly training fees are half the cost of one- on-one personal training sessions. Every participant in the class learns from everyone else, and they all benefit from the knowledge and training education that is shared.

“This is the new face of fitness. It is more about obtaining optimal function, than how you look in a mirror. My motto is ‘Strength First, Fat Loss Second.’”– Sarah Scott, Founder of Fitness Doctors in Austin

Sarah’s goal is to redefine what fitness looks like and make it more about what it feels like. “This is the new face of fitness. It is more about obtaining optimal function, than how you look in a mirror. My motto is ‘Strength First, Fat Loss Second.’ It is about gaining energy, reducing pain, increasing bone density, getting your balance back, and maintaining the stamina for doing the things that you love,” beams Sarah.

There are innumerable ways the programs offered at Fitness Doctors work. They adapt the programs to the needs of each individual whether they are training one-on-one, in small groups, large groups or on their own. Fitness Doctor’s endeavor is to build a strong community where everybody can be strong, flexible and balanced. Sarah believes that “the reason you strengthen and condition is to develop what you need in order to do all the things you enjoy in life. The best exercise is the one that you love to do; so do that!”

Sarah says that above all else, “Stay strong to stay on your feet to enjoy your life to the fullest…I am fond of telling my clients that my only job is to call out your grace, power and strength. Your only job is to show up and be willing to flourish!”

For more information call 512.302.4348, visit www.FitnessDoctors.com or find them on Facebook. The Fitness Doctors are located at 4807 Burnet Road in Austin, TX.