Our Story & Mission

The Ready State began as MobilityWOD in 2008. At the time, we were the only company focused on improving movement and range-of-motion. And we were responsible for bringing the term “mobility” into the mainstream.

Over the next decade, we remained on the leading edge of movement, mobility, and recovery. We worked with Olympic gold medalists, UFC champions, and dozens of other pro sports organizations. And our work revolutionized how athletes think about human movement and athletic performance.

But at its core, our message was always focused on helping you be more ready…

…Ready for your next race. Ready for your next workout. Ready to run around with your kids.

Ready for anything life throws your way.

So in 2019, we left the name MobilityWOD behind and became The Ready State.

Improving mobility and range-of-motion will always be at the heart of what we do at The Ready State. But as we like to say, your body is a complex “system of systems.” And that means a conversation about recovery that only focuses on mobility is incomplete. So by becoming The Ready State, we can now have a more complete discussion of other key topics — like sleep, down-regulation, nutrition, and more.

At The Ready State, our mission is to help you Live Ready. And we have three founding principles:

1. It’s impossible to reach your full potential if you’re in pain, stiff, or tight. Yes, maintaining your body helps you play sports and exercise better. But your physical health also impacts your daily mental and emotional health. So getting in The Ready State can also help you be a better leader, employee, executive, or entrepreneur.

2. Our work with elite athletes serves as the proving grounds for our methods. Most people don’t play professional sports. But if our methods help athletes at the highest levels, then they can work for anyone.

3. Every human being should be able to perform basic maintenance on themselves. And with the right approach, people can resolve many of their aches and pains on their own — even if they’ve lingered for a long time.

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The Ready State Team

Dr. Kelly Starrett

Co-Founder, Head Coach and Physical Therapist, Chief Tinkerer, Movement Optimist

Kelly Starrett, DPT is a coach, physical therapist, author, and speaker. Along with his wife Juliet, Kelly is co-founder of The Ready State. The Ready State began as MobilityWOD in 2008, and has gone on to revolutionize the field of performance therapy and self-care. Kelly received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree in 2007 from Samuel Merritt College in Oakland, California.

Kelly’s clients include professional athletes in the NFL, NBA, NHL, and MLB. He also works with Olympic gold-medalists, Tour de France cyclists, world- and national-record-holding Olympic lifting and power athletes, CrossFit Games medalists, ballet dancers, military personnel, and competitive age-division athletes.

Kelly is the author of the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestsellers Becoming A Supple Leopard and Ready to Run. He is also co-author (with Juliet) of the Wall Street Journal bestseller Deskbound. His latest book, Waterman 2.0, offers water-sport athletes a comprehensive guide to optimized movement and pain-free performance.

Kelly and his work have been featured on 60 Minutes, The View, The Joe Rogan Experience, CBS Sports, Outside Magazine, Men’s Health, Men’s Journal and dozens of other podcasts, magazines, and books — including Tim Ferriss’ The 4-Hour Body and Tools of Titans.

On top of co-founding The Ready State, Kelly and Juliet also started San Francisco CrossFit and StandUpKids together.

Founded in 2005, San Francisco CrossFit was the 21st CrossFit affiliate in the world. And StandUpKids is a non-profit dedicated to combating kids’ sedentary lifestyles by bringing standing and moving desks to low-income public schools. To date, StandUpKids has converted 95,000 kids from sitting to standing. Earlier in their careers, Kelly and Juliet also co-founded a kayaking camp for children with HIV called Liquid.

In his athletic career, Kelly paddled whitewater slalom canoe on the US Canoe and Kayak Teams. He lead the Men’s Whitewater Rafting Team to two national titles and competed in two World Championships. In his free time, “KStar” likes to spend time with his wife, Juliet, and two daughters, Georgia and Caroline. He also loves to mountain bike, paddle, and sauna. And while Kelly claims to only “tolerate” the ice bath, according to Juliet he actually likes that, too.

Juliet Starrett, J.D.

Co-Founder, CEO

Juliet Starrett is an entrepreneur, attorney, and CEO of two world-renowned fitness companies — The Ready State and San Francisco CrossFit.

Juliet co-founded The Ready State with her husband, Kelly in 2008. At the time it was called MobilityWOD, and it went on to revolutionize the field of performance therapy and self-care.

Juliet and Kelly also co-founded San Francisco CrossFit and StandUpKids together. Founded in 2005, San Francisco CrossFit was the 21st CrossFit affiliate in the world. And StandUpKids is a non-profit dedicated to combating kids’ sedentary lifestyles by bringing standing and moving desks to low-income public schools. To date, StandUpKids has converted 95,000 kids from sitting to standing.

Juliet is a Precision Nutrition Level 2 certified coach and co-author (with Kelly) of the Wall Street Journal bestseller, Deskbound. She also helped mastermind the marketing campaign that drove Kelly’s books Becoming A Supple Leopard and Ready to Run onto the New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller lists.

Juliet earned her Juris Doctor (J.D.) degree from the University of San Francisco School of Law in 2003. And for close to eight years, she had a successful career as an attorney practicing complex commercial litigation with the firm Reed Smith. But driven by her passion for sports, fitness, and health, Juliet left the legal field in 2010 to run San Francisco CrossFit full-time.

A lifelong athlete, Juliet rowed in high school and was on the UC Berkeley crew team. She went on to paddle for the US Women’s Extreme Whitewater Team from 1997-2000, where she won two World Championships and five national titles. In 2018, Juliet reunited with her team to win another Whitewater World Championship, this time as a Masters athlete.

In 2007, Juliet won the prestigious Jefferson Award for public service in connection with her work with GirlVentures, a girls empowerment organization, and as a co-founder of Liquid, a kayaking camp for kids with HIV.

When she is not busy running two businesses and StandUpKids.org, “JStar” likes to hang out with her husband, Kelly, and their two daughters, Georgia and Caroline. She also enjoys reading, listening to music, CrossFitting, mountain biking, paddling, skiing, camping, and basically any outdoor activity. Ice baths, not so much.

Dave Beatie

Chief Operating Officer

Dave is a veteran web designer and developer, and the perfect person to run our operations here at The Ready State. Beyond his professional expertise, Dave is a life-long “gym rat” obsessed with all things ferrous and heavy.

He actually found out about The Ready State when he needed help resolving lingering knee pain. But most importantly, Dave has a near-legendary archive of movie quotes that we find indispensable. (Plus he knows all of our passwords, so we can’t get rid of him.)

Margaret Garvey

Director of Education

Before coming to The Ready State, Margaret spent a decade in Hollywood. She worked in the Home Video department for Paramount Pictures, and in her spare time competed in local triathlons. After moving to the Bay Area, her dedication to fitness (and a lucky meeting with Juliet) brought her into the CrossFit world. Margaret was immediately hooked by the camaraderie and constant support the athletes offer one another. And she came to embrace all aspects of the sport — the pain cave, nutrition, mobility, Olympic weightlifting, and not so much the gymnastics.

Margaret brings the same dedication to her work for The Ready State, making sure all our virtual and in-person trainings are the best they can possibly be. When she is not at the box, “Mags” enjoys hanging with her two kids Luca and Tessa. She also likes to spend time cooking, reading, and volunteering at school events for her kids.

Lisa Schwartz

Podcast Producer & Quality Assurance Lead

Lisa “Lux” Schwartz is a natural athlete — excelling at cornhole and other hobby sports with little to no practice. She also has a deep affinity for sauna and ice bath sessions, and loves to workout with Juliet and Margaret. (But only once a week — because rhabdo). Lux is passionate about getting us to frame shots that don’t include vacuums, debris, and cords…mostly to no avail. But we do appreciate her effort. Lux also likes to lift a weight periodically and flex her tiny muscles at parties.

Lux is the unofficial head of sustainability at The Ready State, too. She holds a BS in environmental biology from UC Davis and previously led studies about mercury contamination in California. Shaming people for single-use plastics is one of her favorite pastimes. Lux currently lives in the TL with her husband Zach, her kids, Wren and Fox, and their dog, Party.

Dr. Sean McBride

Coach

Dr. Sean McBride received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from UCSF / SFSU in 2014. He is also a board-specialized Orthopedic Clinical Specialist after completing his Orthopedic Physical Therapy residency with Kaiser Permanente Southern California.

Sean’s formal training gives him unmatched expertise in anatomy, biomechanics, and clinical reasoning. While studying for his doctorate, Sean began working with Kelly at San Francisco CrossFit. Helping clients side-by-side with Kelly enabled Sean to refine his thinking about movement, mobility, and position even further. Now Sean brings his own innovative ideas and perspective to The Ready State on a daily basis. When he’s not on the clock, Sean continues to pursue his own evolution as an athlete and CrossFitter.

Dr. Travis Jewett

Coach

Dr. Travis Jewett received his Doctor of Chiropractic degree from Palmer College of Chiropractic. Travis has also been competing in powerlifting since he was 14. That means he has over two decades of experience under the bar. And during that time, he has held state and national records for his weight and age.

Travis began to follow Kelly Starrett from the very first episode of MobilityWOD. Kelly’s approach to solving common orthopedic dysfunction resonated with Travis. And he immediately started to experiment with the ideas on his own patient base in northern Iowa. By using basic strength training and manual soft tissue and joint manipulation, he was able to improve the health and performance of his patients. Travis began to tell Kelly about his results and thought process. And after trading texts and emails for several years, Travis officially joined The Ready State team.

Outside of work, Travis likes to spend time with his wife, Sarah, their three children, Bryce, Ian, and Layla, and their dogs. He also loves to lift heavy weights and cook. If anyone wants to come to the middle of nowhere and get tortured in a hot dirty garage, let Travis know. “We have a nice spare bedroom!,” he says.

Debbie Steingesser

Coach

Debbie is an expert at helping people — and athletes in particular — improve their range-of-motion and recovery with yoga. She began practicing yoga herself when she was 16 years old, and she never looked back.

Debbie now holds an Experienced Registered Yoga Teacher certification at the 500-hour level with the Yoga Alliance. She was named one of the Top Yoga Teachers in the Bay Area by Common Ground Magazine in 2008 and has been a featured presenter at Yoga Reaches Out, Bhakti Fest, and various international retreats and trainings. Debbie has completed yoga certifications in Power Vinyasa with Baron Baptiste, Yoga Therapy and Thai Massage with Saul David Raye, Anatomy with Denise Kaufman, and Sequencing with Seane Corn.

In addition to Debbie’s numerous yoga certifications, she is also a certified CrossFit Level 2, Kids, Powerlifting, and Strongman Trainer. And last but not least, she holds a Movement and Mobility Specialist certificate from The Ready State. In addition to coaching for The Ready State, Debbie is also the founder of YogiWOD.com. This website and interactive community brings accessible yoga practices to athletes everywhere.

Dr. Kingsley Yew

Coach

Kingsley is the founder of Evolve to Perform Physiotherapy on Long Island, NY.
As an undersized “husky” kid who loved to play sports, Kingsley was always obsessed with improving athleticism and fitness. Movement was always in his DNA. However, his passion for sports led to chronic, overuse injuries that often sidelined him as a youngster.
It also filled him with a strong desire to want to help others avoid and prevent these situations and excel.
Kingsley believes that overall wellness – being fit and pain-free, is attainable, no matter what age you are. He has the unwavering optimism that we all can do something today to create a better version of ourselves.
Kingsley earned his Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Stony Brook University in 2008. He also earned his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Hofstra University – where he completed his Athletic Training clinical requirements with Division I Level football, wrestling, lacrosse, softball and field hockey and then went on to serve as an ATC for several prominent Long Island high schools.

Whether he’s working with an athlete, treating sports-related injuries or the everyday individual who wants to optimize the quality of their life, Kingsley has this goal in mind: promote and influence the body’s natural ability to heal, re-learn and be savage.
In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family. He has been married to his wife, Christina – who is a Physicians Assistant and Integrative Medicine practitioner, since 2005. Together, they have 3 children – Isabella, Kingsley II and Sophia. He also enjoys Crossfit, running and anything Star Wars related.

Sandra Arechaederra

Coach

For the last four years, Sandra has worked with the California Strength NFL Combine Prep athletes to get them ready for the NFL Combine and their College Pro Days. In addition to working with football players, she works with athletes from many other fields, including CrossFit, baseball, weightlifting, and everyday people. She has also dabbled in powerlifting herself, and holds Masters California state records in powerlifting and national Masters records in weightlifting.

Sandra holds a 200-hour yoga certification through YogaWorks. But when people call her a yoga teacher she usually retorts that she is not so much Namaste but a lot of functional stretching. Helping athletes to become self aware of exactly where they need to mobilize and how they can increase their flexibility is her goal.

Dr. Jon Ide-Don

Coach

Dr. Jon Ide-Don received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the UCSF / SFSU. After graduating, he also completed the Kaiser Northern California Orthopedic Manual Physical Therapy Fellowship.

Jon is a forward-thinking coach, physical therapist, and educator who believes that every person has the potential to be healthy, athletic, and pain-free. He is co-owner of Ide-Don Physical Therapy with his wife, Jenny, based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. He also coaches at San Francisco CrossFit and for The Ready State, working with athletes of all levels to improve their movement, mobility, and lifestyle to meet their goals.

Dr. Danny Matta

Coach

Dr. Danny Matta received his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Baylor University in 2010. He is a board-certified Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS), Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and is a leader in the field of performance dry needling for CrossFit and tactical athletes. He is also the founder of Athletes’ Potential, a physical therapy and human performance practice based out of Atlanta, Georgia, focused on working with CrossFit and endurance athletes.

Danny spent seven years active duty in the United States Army. He has had the distinct privilege of working with a range of Soldiers — from amputees learning how to walk again to the highest-level special operations units getting ready for deployment.

In his free time Danny enjoys spending time with his wife Ashley, son Jack, and daughter Maggie. He also enjoys CrossFit, surfing, paddle boarding, pick up basketball games, and going to Braves games.

Dr. Dianna DiToro

Coach

Dr. Dianna DiToro received her Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine. She also holds two master’s degrees. One in exercise science and health promotion from California University of Pennsylvania. The other in organizational leadership from Gonzaga University.

Dianna’s CrossFit certifications include: Level 1 Trainer, Olympic Lifting, Endurance, and Mobility. She attended Mark Rippetoe’s Starting Strength Seminar, and holds the United States of America Weightlifting (USAW) Level 1 Sports Performance Coach certification as well as the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS). She also has specialty training and experience in the rehabilitation of pelvic floor muscle dysfunction for both men and women.

Dianna began her athletic career as a swimmer and competed at the NCAA Division I level in college. After college, she received a commission in the United States Marine Corps and began what would be 6.5 years on active service. She first discovered CrossFit while on active duty. But without much coaching or guidance, it didn’t catch on for her at the time.

After the birth of her son, Dianna was re-introduced to CrossFit by a fellow military spouse. She was warmly welcomed, well-coached, and was hooked! CrossFit delivered the kind of challenge and camaraderie that she felt previously from collegiate athletics and as a Marine officer. She also personally experienced the life-changing sense of support and compassion from the CrossFit community when her active duty husband passed away in a mid-air collision during a military training flight on February 22, 2012. In addition to her family, friends, and military family, her CrossFit family were some of the very first responders to aid and sustain her and her son, Andrew, through an incredibly difficult time.

Dianna now has a passion for combining her military background and physical therapy training to help wounded warriors and other adaptive athletes, as well as beginners.

Dr. Theresa Larson

Coach

Dr. Theresa Larson holds a Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from the University of St. Augustine in San Diego, California. She is also the founder of Movement-Rx, a human performance, physical therapy, and wellness practice in San Diego.

Theresa became a physical therapist after serving as an engineer officer in the United States Marine Corps. She also played NCAA Division I and professional softball. Throughout her tactical and athletic career, she always felt there was a disconnect between strength and conditioning, medicine, and teaching proper movement. As an athlete, coach, and DPT, she is working to re-connect that trinity for her clients. And because we share those values here at The Ready State, it makes “Dr. T” a perfect fit on our team.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is The Ready State?

When you’re ready to face any challenge that comes your way — from sunrise to sunset — you’re in The Ready State.

As a company, The Ready State began by helping athletes improve their mobility and range of motion. At the time we called ourselves Mobility|WOD — short for Mobility Workout of the Day. But our goal was always to help you be ready…

…Ready for your next race. Ready for your next workout. Ready to run around with your kids.

Ready for anything life throws your way.

Being able to move without pain or restriction is essential for being in The Ready State. But it’s only one piece of the puzzle. And we wanted to have a more complete discussion of other key topics — like sleep, downregulation, nutrition, and more. That’s why, in 2019, we evolved from Mobility|WOD to become The Ready State.

Helping people with their mobility is still at the heart of what we do. And you can get daily personalized mobility drills with our Virtual Mobility Coach membership. But we also have a podcast and blog that take a wider look at what it takes to get — and stay — in The Ready State. We have big plans for the future to help everyone from athletes to executives be ready to excel on a daily basis. Be the first to hear about our newest projects by signing up for our email list.

What exactly is “mobility,” anyway?

We define “mobility” based on two components. First, you should be able to put your body into any pose or shape that is normal for a human being. In other words, you should have access to the full range of motion for the human body. But having access is not enough. The second aspect of mobility is that you need to actually be able to achieve those positions in real life. In other words, you need to have to motor control skills to actualize your complete range of motion.

How is mobility different from stretching?

To be blunt, stretching is not an effective way to restore your body’s range of motion. When you follow traditional stretching practices, all you do is passively pull on your tissues. But it turns out there is a lot more to restoring full range of motion than that.

First, stretching doesn’t get your brain involved. And remember, even if your body has full range of motion, you don’t have true “mobility” until your brain develops the motor control to actually express that range of motion. Also, unlike mobilizing, stretching does not look at your body as a system. It neglects key factors like your joints and sliding surfaces.

Mobility takes a systems approach to restoring your range of motion. It accounts for all the varied ways your body can lose its natural ability to move. Mobilizing restores your joints, sliding surfaces, soft tissue, and even blood flow. Plus it helps you develop the motor control you need to express that range of motion in your daily life.

What equipment do I need?

To answer this question, we put together a complete list of our top gear recommendations.

The bottom line is that — like almost every sport or activity — working on your mobility requires equipment to be most effective. Yes, there are some mobilizations that do not require gear. (You can get seven of Kelly’s favorites in our free Hunchback to Human eBook.) But the vast majority of mobilizations — well over 95% — require that you to have at least a few basic items. So visit our gear list to see what you need, what’s optional, and where you can get everything.

I’m new to The Ready State, where should I start?

If you’re new to The Ready State, the first thing you should do is take our free quiz. We’ll ask you a handful of questions, and at the end give you your Ready State Score. This number reveals how well you are (or aren’t) getting into The Ready State. And based on your answers, we will share customized resources that can help you Live Ready…

  • Struggling with pain or stiffness? We’ll point you to the tools and techniques you can use to alleviate both.

  • Looking to improve your exercise performance and recovery? We’ll reveal the exact protocols Dr. Kelly Starrett uses with athletes in the NFL, Olympics, and beyond.

  • Score a perfect 10? We’ll show you the best way to make sure you stay in The Ready State — so you don’t slide backwards.

Discover your own Ready State Score now!

What is The Ready State Virtual Mobility Coach?

The Ready State Virtual Mobility Coach gives you personalized daily mobility drills. You can adjust your daily programming based on how your body is feeling and your exercise schedule. Then, like a real coach, our system gives you a customized mobility routine for that day, drawing on our library of hundreds of videos.

The mobility drills in the TRS Virtual Mobility Coach fall into three main categories:

First, if you are in pain, resolving it should be your top priority. That’s why the first option in the TRS Virtual Mobility Coach says “I’m in pain.” If you select it, you’ll see a diagram of the human body, and you can click on exactly where you’re hurting. From there, you will get a mobility prescription to help fix your pain. And we’ll also help you understand the mechanisms behind your pain, so you can resolve it sooner and better.

Second, if you’re not in pain, you can tailor your mobilizations to prepare for (or recover from) a workout or sport. You start by selecting the option that says “I’m exercising” and tell us whether you want a pre- or post-workout mobilization. Then you select your activity from a list of more than four dozen sports, lifts, and other movements. From there, the TRS Virtual Mobility Coach will give you a custom mobilization for the exercise you have coming up or just completed.

Last, if you aren’t in pain, and you don’t have to prepare for or recover from exercising, you can use our daily maintenance option. You’ll be able to watch a featured mobility video of the day — similar to our current daily follow-along videos. But you’ll also be able to choose from a library of videos that are 10, 20, and 30 minutes long, depending on how much time you want to spend mobilizing. And you will be able to sort the videos by the areas of they body they target, too.

Our Virtual Mobility Coach can guide you to a life with less pain and better athletic performance. So sign up your risk-free 14-day trial now.

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I’m a coach, trainer, or clinician, what resources do you have for me?

You can enhance your skills as a coach or practitioner with our pro courses. Our pro courses let you learn directly from Dr. Kelly Starrett and other Ready State coaches. You’ll discover our groundbreaking methods for improving human movement and mechanics.

We’ve stress-tested what we teach with the world’s most elite athletes. That includes Olympic gold medalists, UFC champions, and players in the NFL, NBA, MLB, and NHL. And now strength and conditioning coaches across professional sports use our courses to get an edge on the opposition.

Using the skills you develop in our pro courses, you’ll be able to…

  • Help your clients see better results in less time

  • Attract and retain more clients for yourself or your practice

  • Position yourself as an expert using the latest movement science and coaching practices.
    Earn continuing education credits (CEUs)

See our full list of pro courses.

We can also help you promote yourself to 47,000 ultra-engaged prospects each month with The Ready State Professional Directory. Our audience constantly asks for recommendations about coaches and practitioners. So we created the TRS Directory. It allows our audience to search, filter, and find a top-tier professional near them.

To qualify for the TRS Directory, you must complete our online Movement & Mobility 101 course. When you do, you earn The Ready State Movement & Mobility Specialist Certificate. And at that point you qualify to be listed in the TRS Directory. So sign up for our online Movement & Mobility 101 course now.

Can you recommend a PT, Chiro, or TRS-Certified Coach near me?

Yes! Visit The Ready State Professional Directory. It lets you search, filter, and find a TRS-certified coach or practitioner near you. And we personally vet every provider in our Directory.

What is a “Supple Leopard?”

The concept of a “Supple Leopard” started when one of Kelly’s Navy SEAL friends made this passing comment. “You know, Kelly, A leopard never stretches,” he said. And for some reason, this idea stuck in Kelly’s mind — probably because it’s true…

A leopard can attack and defend at full physical capacity in the blink of an eye. You don’t see a leopard activating it’s glutes, or foam rolling, or warming up. It’s just ready.

Obviously, humans and leopards are on different physical playing fields. We have to warm up before strenuous activity to increase our core temperature. And we have to learn how to move correctly to avoid injury.

But we can still work toward the goal of having our full physical capacity available to us at a moments notice. And we can develop the range of motion and motor control to perform any physical feat at any time…

In other words, we can work toward Becoming A Supple Leopard

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