“The only thing that shatters dreams
- Richard Bach
I have been fascinated with deliciously complicated nature of maximizing performance for my whole life. I just didn’t know it… When I was a kid, I called it play—and I would do it as much as my body, or mom, would allow. I watched other kids run and wondered why they ran a certain way. When I got to the University of California, at Santa Cruz, my volleyball coach, Jonah Carson, once told me a story of a conversation with a fellow coach. He said, “If Austin was told there was a National Championship on the other side of a brick wall, he would go through it, if it was required of him.” This attitude helped me become a three-time All-American and second and third place finishes nationally. However, I now see I left a lot of potential on the table…
These days, I see a better way. Much better. The current culture offers a stale recipe for betterment while the better path remains open and less traveled. It is possible to truly maximize potential and enjoy it along the way. Current sports performance methods pale in comparison to what we are capable of. There is a balance to be had—mindlessly playing, or grinding, does not realize potential. As a pioneer in skill acquisition and human movement, I see a dormant goldmine of potential within today’s athletes.
Athletic mastery is more than just rote exercises and drills. It is more than winning and losing. It is an all-encompassing blissful journey where we progressively improve our beliefs, movements, language, the optimization of our cellular and mitochondrial health, psychology and more.
Following this self-guided agenda has resulted in some phenomenal experiences. I have had the privilege of creating a positive change in the lives of countless youth athletes, in addition to many professional athletes from the NFL, NBA, MLB, NHL, PGA, USTA, professional surfing, and professional volleyball. I have been able to help organizations in various means and capacities, such as the US Men’s National Volleyball Team, Stanford Men’s volleyball, the Seattle Seahawks, the Houston Rockets, the Chinese Olympic Committee, Chinese Olympians and their staff doctors, coaches, and therapists.
Aaron Quinn, DPT, PT
Aaron graduated from the University of California Davis with degree in Genetics then went on to earn his Doctor of Physical Therapy degree from Azusa Pacific University. After graduating from Azusa, he did a 9 month residency program in Vallejo California, specializing in Proprioceptive Neuromuscular Facilitation (PNF). Aaron taught residents and worked with people suffering from neurological insults (strokes, traumatic brain injuries, spinal cord injuries) as a faculty member for 5 years. In 2015, he moved the Santa Cruz area and has worked in the orthopedic and athletic setting expanding his skills in Dynamic Neuromuscular Stabilization (DNS).
Aaron is also an Anat Baniel Method Practitioner (anatbanielmethod.com), completing a 4 year training in 2015. Anat Baniel developed her method from the direct work partnership with Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais. Through his years of training, Aaron had the opportunity to help a wide variety of clients from children with special needs, people suffering from chronic pain or neurological insults, to high level athletes. He has dedicated his career to treating every client as an individual, addressing his or her physical, mental, and spiritual needs to reach that person’s maximum potential. His unique skill set provides an approach to his clients outside the traditional models that can lead to limitations in performance. One of Aaron’s cornerstone beliefs comes from the wise words of Dr. Feldenkrais, “Movement is life. Life is a process. Improve the quality of the process and you improve the quality of life itself.”
Movement Guide & Lead Editor
I am a mover from Santa Cruz, fueled by curiosity, enthusiasm, and awareness. I currently pole vault at Occidental College (class of ’19), structuring most of my own training, and plan on continuing this sport long after graduation. As an athlete who has experienced two drastically different ends of the coaching and Physical Therapy spectrum, I highly value the quality and fluidity of training I both provide and receive at Apiros. It is an entirely open-minded, collaborative, adaptive training environment, unlike any I’ve encountered elsewhere. Part of my journey in expanding my understanding of the body has been experimenting with my own training and learning from experience.
I have been playing in the Apiros community since 2014. It is hard to put the work we do into words because it is so dynamic, so I see myself as a shapeshifter. This mindset creates a unique experience for each client that fits his/her wants and needs, whether physical, mental, or anything in between. My first priority is leading people to a deep awareness of their own bodies and guiding them in learning to use this tool. In doing so, we create a larger population of humans with the ability to be their own best coach, rather than entirely relying on an external source for these decisions.
At Occidental, I study Kinesiology and Comparative Studies in Literature and Culture, finding many ways to link them. However, I consistently find that the insight and experience gained from experimenting with my own movement and observing other people far outweighs studying the body in a classroom. The quality of understanding at Apiros goes deeper than anything I’ve found in school. I look forward to each step in my journey with athletes and am excited for the discoveries that await.