“No pain, no gain.” “Pain is just weakness leaving the body.” “The pain you feel today is the strength you will feel tomorrow.” I see this type of “motivational” quote adorning gym walls, locker rooms, coaches’ offices, and Instagram pages all the time. But this mindset is a myth at best, and actually dangerous at worst. Why? Well, the problem is multifaceted.

It all begins with our definition of the word pain. As an athletic trainer, I hear “this hurts” or “I stopped because it was too painful” fairly often. A key component of my job here is to go…


So we’ve all seen the ice bath challenges and many of us as athletes have spent many an hour in the training room suffering through an ice bath. But is the suffering worth it?

We thought it might be good to take a look at what the science and pro’s say about ice baths.

soak therapy is popular with athletes

Soak Therapy has been around for some time…

So I can remember as a middle school track athlete, complaining about a tough practice, and my Mom saying “you need to soak!” So soaking in the tub has long been a tried and true remedy for soreness…


Football Player Joe Martin is determined to reach his goals and in the meantime using his gifts and passion for youth to help the next generation of stars reach their dreams.

Football Athlete and Athletic Coach, Joe Martin

So next to Track, Football is hands down my favorite sport…though I’m of course more of a spectator! What does Football mean to you?

Football is a major part of my life. I have always been in love with the sport and will be around it for the rest of my life. It is a sport that brings all cultures, and personalities…


Victory over struggle is programmed into the DNA of every true athlete. Powerlifter Kayla Horne embodies this perfectly as charges through her challenges with an eating disorder and anxieties to conquer her sport ans inspire others in the process.

What inspires you?

I struggled with an eating disorder for many years and struggle with mental illness. Knowing that I can be a model of turning my pain into purpose and my trauma into triumph, inspires me to keep pushing, to keep getting up again for myself and those around me. I love pushing myself past limits I previously set upon…


Sometimes the challenges of life provide inspiration for our purpose and passion. Master Trainer, Casaundra Bouldin draws on the challenges of diabetes and dementia to motivate her passion for inspiring higher wellness in the community.

Trainer and Wellness Expert, Casaundra Bouldin

So how did you get into fitness? Were you always inspired for a career in wellness or was it from your own athletic background?

From childhood, I was always physically active, whether I was in sports or just participating in recreational activities. …


Boxer Cesar Francis

Cesar, “Rainman Francis” — Brooklyn by way of Panama

Introducting the Rainman, Cesar Francis. Pound for pound the biggest heart with the hardest fists you’ll find in Brooklyn! This proud Panamanian is quickly making his name known!

What inspires you?

My family. I have 5 siblings 4 sister 1 brother I am the oldest.

What are your athletic goals for this season?

To win a regional title.

What is the most significant challenge you face in achieving your goal?

The grind… getting up everyday, doing the same routine: running in the am and training in the afternoon.


Anthony Davis

This month we are celebrating the art, poise and strength of professional dancers…as the athletes they are.

We had a great opportunity to catch up with one of our friends, Lisa Johnson-Willingham, who has led an amazing career as a Professional Dancer, Instructor, and now Director of Ailey Extension at The Ailey Studios in New York City, home of the world-renowned Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater.

three smiling dancers in a balanced pose in a new york city studio

Lisa, a key spirit that we like to inspire with iON is that of passion. Can you share where your passion for dance was first sparked?

As a little girl, I danced…


This week we had the great pleasure to chat with friends from our beloved Brick City of Newark, startup wellness venture, Brick City Strength! Not just another stellar, hard cranking Cross-fit gym, thought they are that, they are inspired with a mission to kindle a culture of higher wellness among the young people of Newark. They are one of the amazing Newark startups competing in the Rising Tide Start Something Challenge for resources to help grow and achieve their vision.

Who is the founding team?

Veronica Pagel — Co-Owner — Masters in Athletic Training (Seton Hall), CrossFit Coach/Strength and Conditioning…


This month we are excited to feature a fast rising track star and outstanding role model, Asha Ruth! This Rutgers grad has quickly made a name for herself as a member of an American Record setting relay team.

Asha Ruth

American 4 x 200 Record Holder

What inspires you?

What inspires me most is being able to inspire others. I train hard and at a high level to hopefully light a fire in other individuals who want to pursue their dreams, whatever it may be. The fruits of my labor have resulted is personal records, American records and overall a following of people of all ages who aspire to follow their dream as I am.

What are your athletic goals for this season? Current goal for the season is to run a 51 high in my 400 and…


Soccer is a physically demanding sport, with the speed and fierceness of the modern game only exacerbating post-game recovery. There are many ways to help the body recover, one of which is through rehydration, which we previously discussed on iON Performance Care. In today’s fast paced game, however, professional teams demand a lot from their players and expect them to be in top shape. So without further ado, here are how three professional soccer players recover after a tough game.

Jamie Vardy

A key player in Leicester City’s title win in 2016, and current England international, Vardy was a non-league…

Anthony Davis

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