When you’re ready to face any challenge that comes your way — from sunrise to sunset — you’re in The Ready State.
And as a company, The Ready State helps everyday athletes enjoy better movement, agility, and strength — with less pain and more protection against injury.
So if you are tired of dealing with constant stiffness, aches, and pains…
…if you live in fear that an injury, accident, or just father time could soon prevent you from enjoying your favorite activities ever again…
…or even if you just want to get stronger and more resilient to push your limits and break your PRs…
We’re here to help.
First, our Virtual Mobility Coach membership gives you daily personalized, follow-along mobility drills that you can customize for your body. So whether you’re in pain, preparing to work out, or looking to restore your range-of-motion, Virtual Mobility Coach has you covered.
So if you’re ready to put a stop to nagging aches and pains…eliminate the mobility restrictions keeping you from performing your best…and stop worrying that you’ll have to give up your favorite activities as you get older…then claim a free trial of Virtual Mobility Coach now.
And we also have a podcast and blog that take a wider look at what it takes to get — and stay — in The Ready State. Also, you can be the first to hear about our newest projects by signing up for our email list.
The Ready State is for adult athletes of all levels and ages — from professionals to weekend warriors.
The Ready State helps athletes who understand the importance of recovery, pain-relief, and self-care — especially as they get older. And who recognize that improving their range-of-motion and mechanics is critical for performing better (without getting hurt).
We give this group of athletes the tools to perform basic maintenance on themselves.
This type of self-directed maintenance is critical for everyday athletes in particular. Since these athletes don’t have a team of trainers to take care of them like most pro athletes do. It’s up to them to take care of themselves — and our goal is to help them every step of the way.
Because it’s the only place to get teaching, lessons, and coaching from Dr. Kelly Starrett, DPT.
Although he’s probably too humble to admit it, Kelly Starrett is the #1 expert on the planet when it comes to the intersection of mobility, movement, and human performance. No one else can match his track record.
In fact, Kelly is the reason we even use the term “mobility” at all in the world of sports. Before he came along, mobility was a medical term used to evaluate senior citizens who could no longer get around on their own.
But by using his clinical background as a physio, Kelly took physical-therapy concepts and used them to create the “self-care for pain relief and athletic performance” category we all know as mobility today. And on top of that, Kelly invented many of the popular mobility techniques that have become commonplace in gyms, PT clinics, and homes around the world.
Rolling around on a lacrosse ball? Kelly came up with that.
Using a band to work on your joints? That was Kelly’s idea, too.
Taping two lacrosse balls together or using a “peanut” roller? Yup that also started with Kelly.
Ever used the “VooDoo floss” band or technique? Once again, you can thank Kelly Starrett.
And over the past decade and a half Kelly has…
Written two New York Times bestselling books on movement and mobility, including Becoming A Supple Leopard, which sold more than half a million copies.
Worked with teams and players in the NFL, MLB, NHL, and NBA.
Coached Olympic Gold Medalists, UFC Champions, and world-record-holding strength athletes.
Consulted for all four branches of the military, including multiple special operations divisions.
Spoken for top companies like Google, Amazon, Slack, Twitter, Bloomberg News, Microsoft, eBay, Cisco, and BBDO.
Invented 8 mobility tools that have sold over a quarter of a million units worldwide.
Delivered Keynotes at CanFit Pro, Perform Better, and Parker Seminars
Spent tens-of-thousands of hours training athletes of all types at San Francisco CrossFit — one of the most well-known gyms in America.
Received coverage about his work and techniques on national TV, including 60 Minutes Sports, The Today Show, The View, Fox and Friends, and CBS News.
Appeared as a guest on hundreds of top podcasts including The Tim Ferriss Show, The Joe Rogan Experience, Take Control of Your Health with Dr. Mercola, and Bulletproof Radio with Dave Asprey.
Received widespread coverage throughout the print media, including Men’s Health, The Washington Post, Inc., GQ, Outside, and many more.
So no one else even comes close to having Kelly’s track record. And The Ready State is the only place to get coaching, lessons, and other instruction from Kelly.
Plus now — for the first time ever — you can get customized mobility programming, designed by Dr. Kelly Starrett himself. So if you’re ready to put a stop to nagging aches and pains…eliminate the mobility restrictions keeping you from performing your best…and stop worrying that you’ll have to give up your favorite activities as you get older…then claim a free trial of Virtual Mobility Coach now. (Or see how it compares to your other options below.)
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.
Dr. Kelly Starrett
Co-Founder, Head Coach and Physical Therapist, Chief Tinkerer, Movement Optimist
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.
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.
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, 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.
Chief Operating Officer
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.)
Director of Education
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.
Podcast Producer & Quality Assurance Lead
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
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
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 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
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.
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
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
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
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
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.
Two-Time Olympic Gold Medalist
“I used The Ready State Virtual Mobility Coach every day in my training leading up to both Olympics and still use it today.”
Coach for 12-Time UFC Champion, George St. Pierre
“The Ready State Virtual Mobility Coach changed my life. Starrett’s work is brilliant yet simple. Make time for Virtual Mobility Coach or make time for chronic pain — the choice is yours, grasshopper.”
19-Year Veteran Pro Basketball Coach
“The Ready State Virtual Mobility Coach helped me improve my range of motion. In fact, it worked so well for me, I even started to use it with all my athletes to increase their performance, decrease the risk of injury, and overall help them with their careers.”
“I have been following Virtual Mobility Coach religiously these past few years. I have literally seen my performance improve and my pain and injuries go away. This is the best money I have ever spent.”
Ice Hockey Player
“I have been using The Ready State Virtual Mobility Coach programming for over a year and it has truly changed my life. As somebody with past injuries from ice hockey that have always pestered me it has changed training in my adult life. I still love training and focusing on powerlifting movements but have had lingering issues from the back injuries I previously sustained. Virtual Mobility Coach has allowed me to become a self sufficient mechanic on my own body and continue to train the way I love (better than I could before my injuries!) So before going further, thank you for that.”
“Kelly F*ing Starrett. Dude, this one video has instantly transformed my squat. By centering my ankles as shown, and putting some outward placement on my knee to line the whole thing up, I had an epic squat day. First, his warmup exercises felt natural. When I did unweighted squats, I was able to sink down in a more natural form (as opposed to my butt wanting to go out and my torso wanting to lean forward). Strength-wise, I ripped off easy sets of 95,115,135 x10, 155 x 4 (I was gassed by now…). Most importantly, I didn’t feel that awkward pressure on my ankle. Focusing on the feet first, game-changer for me. BTW, had not done squats since before the ankle flare-up.”
Head Coach of Schaatsteam Reggeborgh (Dutch Speed Skating Team) and Coach of Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist
“When you’re working with National- and World-Champion athletes, you need every advantage to keep them performing at their best. That’s why we use The Ready State Virtual Mobility Coach. It helps our skaters train smarter, recover faster, and come back even better the next day.”
M|WOD Pro & The Ready State Virtual Mobility Coach User
“My Virtual Mobility Coach subscription and Kelly’s book Becoming a Supple Leopard have helped me turn the tide on my chronic low-back pain. I’m now able to progress further with my workouts and not be worried that the muscular discomfort I may be feeling is going to keep me from doing the things I love.”
Virtual Mobility Coach User
“I want to tell you all how much I appreciate your program. I am 56 years old and have always been stiff and sore after workouts. I hated to deadlift or squat because I couldn’t tie my shoes for 3 or 4 days after. I joined Kitchener Crossfit and have gone 5 days a week for the last 2 years. The stiffness got better but my range of motion was still poor. I just couldn’t get my body to get into the shapes required to do certain movements.
Now after finding you wonderful people and participating in a daily mobility work I find I am able to achieve the range of motion necessary to get into the proper positions. Don’t get me wrong it is still work in process but I am going the right way.
My Chiropractor, message [sic] people wonder where I have been.”
Virtual Mobility Coach User
“Thank you so much for this amazing platform! It really is fantastic, and I am feeling great after following the first few days!””
Head Coach, CrossFit Athletic Group & Champions Club
“Before The Ready State, I had no idea what I was coaching. It’s totally redefined how I watch movement and how I coach it.”
Coach Paul Roberts
Sand and Steel Fitness
“If you are a mobility and movement coach, The Ready State Movement and Mobility Certification is a must have!”
“I have found that this course helps to position me as a therapist for the future.”
102 Online Course Attendee
“This class was INCREDIBLE! I helped 6 athletes in our workplace gym get moving without pain today!”
101 Online Course Attendee
“If you own a body and want to know how to use it, this course is for you. It’s well structured and does a great job of distilling complex concepts from physiotherapy into simple techniques to allow anyone to take care of their body, improve their mechanics and perform better. There are concise explanations of how and when to use each of the mobility tools and techniques and I literally use them everyday, not only on myself but to help clients with their issues too.”
Functional Training for Adaptive Athletes
“As a coach and a veteran I have found that the principles taught through the Adaptive Athlete course not only helps my adaptive athletes, but the principles also help me better connect with all of my athletes. I highly recommend that any coach looking to sport a well rounded repertoire, take this course!”
Functional Training for Adaptive Athletes
“The Ready State’s online Adaptive Training Course is an outstanding primer for individuals with a physical disability to learn how to adapt strength and conditioning principles to maximize their abilities.Dr. Theresa Larson and Max Conserva’s experience in working with the adaptive athlete community resonates and they have provided coaches, athletes, and strength and conditioning specialists the foundational knowledge to improve the health and wellness of individuals with physical disabilities.This is a must-have course for anybody in the adaptive sports world.”
George St. Pierre
12-time UFC Champion
“Kelly Starrett is one of the experts who helped me with my knee rehab. He gave me some tips and exercises that made a huge difference. I still use them in my training on a daily basis. I only wish I would have met him earlier.”
Two-Time CrossFit Games Champion
“Kelly has always given me the right tools to fix myself.”
Cy Young Award-Winning Major League Baseball Pitcher
“Dr. Starrett inspired me to be equipped with the knowledge to treat almost all of my own physical dysfunction.”
A-List Hollywood Actor
“I’ve been reading a lot of stuff by Kelly Starrett and he’s one of the smartest guys that I’ve ever listened to. I got on the phone with him and started talking about a few injuries. He was just superb in his knowledge.”
Five-Time New York Times Bestselling Author
“Kelly Starrett is one of my favorite PTs and performance trainers.”
Big-Wave Surfing Innovator and Legend
“I’ve incorporated Kelly’s techniques into my daily life to help me move better on and off the water, improve my recovery and reduce the chance of getting hurt in the future.”
Coach on NBC’s The Biggest Loser and Fitness Director of SHAPE Magazine
“I could go another 20 years in this business and never find another Kelly Starrett. Rarely do you find the combination of someone who is capable of innovating the highest standards in their corner of wellness, while also matching it with an extreme commitment to care and service. Kelly has made it exciting to be around as a student, peer and leader during a generation of greatness that he has been pivotal in cultivating.”
“Kelly is that grandmaster chess champion who is always thinking a dozen moves into the future. He is a deep thinker, an incredible synthesizer, and a true thought-leader. So much more than simply the ‘mobility expert’ (which for me is the least-interesting thing about him), Kelly’s expertise and influence extends far and wide across the performance world, and he is one of my go-to guys whenever I get lost in my own chaos. As an added bonus, he and his amazing wife Juliet are simply incredible human beings!”
Award-Winning Podcast Host, Professional Comedian, and UFC Commentator
“Gotta give a shoutout to Kelly Starrett. He hooked me with this crazy protocol for healing up my tendonitis. Do you know who he is? He’s the guy who wrote that book Becoming a Supple Leopard. He’s a real wizard when it comes to like exercise physiology and understanding the body. And his book’s amazing.”
VMC User with Mini-Q&A Question
“I wanted to thank Kelly and the whole Ready State team for all the work you’re doing and let you know how appreciated it is. The direction Kelly provided me in his response has brought incredible hope into my life. After just a few mobilization sessions I’ve been able to feel and see progress. I’ve dealt with this problem for 20+ years and spent the last 8 diligently searching for answers and trying to correct it. No one has understood me when I’ve said I feel “twisted” except for Kelly. I am incredibly grateful.”
Retired Navy SEAL, New York Times Bestselling Author, and CEO of Echelon Front
“Stretching is an important part of being physically fit. It improves range of motion, helps in recovery, and also prevents injuries. There are a multitude of stretching routines out there, from ancient forms of yoga to present-day innovations from people like Pavel Tsatsouline and programs like Kelly Starrett’s MobilityWOD.”
World- and National-Record Holding Powerlifter
“I’ve ran the gamete from 330lbs and squatting 1,080lbs to 220lbs and bench pressing nearly 500lbs and mobility has always been a struggle. Learning from Kelly and MobilityWOD has increased my overall health and performance.
If I can make progress in mobility and longevity in fitness…then so can you! Kelly has helped me increase my overall movement patterns which has carried over into my power lifting.”
San Jose State University Women’s Swimming Head Coach
“The incorporation of The Ready State methodology has been a “game changer” by improving both the health and performance of my athletes while also fundamentally enhancing my personal coaching philosophy. Since the implementation of mobility and breath work we have had a marked reduction in injury and are equipped with a multitude of tools to enhance and enable our athletes to “out-recover” the competition. Over the past several years, San José State swimmers have enjoyed one of the highest improvement rates within DI swimming, and Kelly’s protocols have been an integral factor in our success.”
Only the 7th Army Soldier Ever to Score a Perfect 600 on the Army Combat Fitness Test (ACFT)
“I just wanted to say thank you for The Ready State and Supple Leopard. I’ve been following your stuff for the past six years and despite being a physically average 33 year old, I became the 7th Army soldier out of 800k+ who have been tested to score a perfect 600 on the ACFT. Much of this is due to my ability to recover and work across broad domains. I truly appreciate it.”
Brandi Jo Newman
“@thereadystate Saved my life, my marriage and my business! I had a miserable existence with hip pain sitting, standing and walking. I tweeted him and asked (screamed) for HELP! He immediately gave me directions for a cocktail to rehab on my own and now I’m kickin ass on the golf course, in the gym, I’ve lost 20lbs, I’m a more pleasant person and my wife is happier not listening to my whiny ass!”
“I’m 100% just getting by ! And thanks to the ready state ( your always be mobilitywod to me ) I’m doing great at it ! Barely sleep 5 hours a day ( not a night , a day ) well under even Base Metabolic Calorie needs ? yet I’ve put 20 lbs on my 1rm Backsquat in 6 weeks while maintains a vigorous exercise program !!! I’ve been a huge fan of the doctor ( Dr.Starett ) for sometime now and a lot of his teaching get me through ! Sure I almost pulled a trap muscle waiving goodbye to my friend the other day – but boom ! Still hit a 2000 m row in 7:41 ! <<< is that good ? Wooohoooooo !! The Ready State Rocks !!! #liveready"
The Ready State User
Happy New Year! I have been following you guys for 3-4 years now, and I figured it’s past time to say thank you for developing tools that have allowed me to increase my quality of life. I became an avid listener to The Ready State podcast in Season 1, while I was a Peace Corps Volunteer serving in Zambia. I have listened to every episode, and I continue to spam my friends and family with your episodes and Instagram mobility videos. Before Zambia, I was working in a hospital, walking 7-8 miles per day in running shoes that caused me back pain. I began experimenting with your mobility tips, and I quickly switched to flat shoes or bare feet. To make a long story short, I am a lifelong athlete who is stronger, lighter, more mobile, and pain free than I have ever been, and The Ready State has been my touchstone source of information on this journey. Thank you, and keep up the good work!
Frequently Asked Questions
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.Claim your 14-day Free Trial
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)
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.
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.
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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