Larry Kaplan, Owner
A graduate of Central High School (247) and Temple University, Larry earned a Masters Degree in Elementary Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Although Larry has had a renowned career as an educator and youth director, he has decided to combine his love of both kids and fitness with VARSITY FITNESS. Larry has held the distinguished CSCS certification since 1999 and has been on the cutting edge of the fitness industry since 1992 when he first began researching fitness and nutrition on his own.
After suffering a serious spinal cord injury in 1992, doctors told Larry that he would never run or play sports again. Too stubborn to listen, Larry dedicated himself to proving the doctors wrong, and he embarked on a mission to build his body through science. Through intensive research and hard work, Larry developed his own training regimen which not only allowed him to run and play sports, but it led him to developing close associations with many of the leading fitness experts in the country.
Larry has worked with different populations of every age and fitness levels. He has been a consultant to numerous professional sports teams and individual athletes. Larry works with all different populations at VARSITY FITNESS depending on the needs of our clients. He encourages you to contact him to discuss what will work best for you and pledges to make sure you have a rewarding experience at VARSITY FITNESS.
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David James, Master Trainer
David was an Exercise and Sport Science major at Ursinus College with an emphasis on Sports Medicine. While at Ursinus, Dave had the honor of serving as President of his major and Captain of the Track and Field team. A series of injuries ended his athletic career but led David to a fascination of the rehabilitative aspect of fitness and athletics.
As a Certified Athletic Trainer, Dave worked with the Temple University Orthopedic and Sports Medicine Department where he shadowed physicians and worked with physical therapists and certified athletic trainers to design and implement training protocols for patients both pre and post surgery. He utilized this knowledge and worked with the Athletic Trainer of the Boston Bruins, Olympic Coaches and numerous colleges, universities, and local school districts.
Upon realizing the best ways to prevent injury is to educate and train individuals, David turned his interests toward personal training. He now fulfills his competitive nature by helping others succeed and in helping them return to playing sports that they might not have played for years or even just playing with their children or grandkids. David brings with him a solid background in all aspects of health and wellness including injury identification and prevention, rehabilitation, sports nutrition and strength and conditioning. By staying current with professionals in the field, David is able to implement cutting edge training techniques along with traditional methods. Most importantly, David has the enthusiasm and dedication to help you exceed all of your goals. You can do it, and he can help!
Morgan Crandall, Nationally Certified Massage Therapist and Personal Trainer
Morgan is a graduate of Lynchburg College in Lynchburg Virginia holding a BA in Sports Management and a minor in Coaching. After four years in working in Minor League Baseball in the Marketing and Promotion Departments, she decided to pursue a new career path in Massage Therapy.
A 2010 graduate of the Northeastern Institute of Whole Health in Manchester, New Hampshire and recognized by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage & Body work, Morgan has a strong passion in assisting & educating individuals by integrating Massage Therapy with relaxation, body maintenance and recovery methods. This is achieved through numerous techniques including Swedish Massage, Personalized Pressure/Deep Tissue, Neuromuscular, Trigger Point Therapy and Sports Massage.
Morgan is also a member of the Associated Bodywork and Massage Professionals and is pursuing a certification through the NSCA-CSCS.
Lynn Rosenzweig, Physical Therapist
Lynn graduated from the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg , South Africa with a degree in Physical therapy before emigrating to the United States in 1987. Her training included extensive focus on Maitland mobilizations, an Australian developed form of physical rehabilitation involving a hands on approach to patients. Her training also focused on Sports Medicine and rehabilitation of sports injuries, and she is certified in Osteoporosis prevention, treatment and management as well as Kinesiotaping.
Since moving to the USA, she has worked in several hospital based settings including Jeanes Hospital and as Director of the Outpatient PT department at the University of Pennsylvania. More recently she has focused her professional efforts working in local physical therapy practices before joining Varsity Fitness. This move was prompted by her belief that patients do best with their rehabilitation when they have the focused one-on-one attention and an individualized physical therapy program, where the PT has enough time to spend focused on one patient at a time. She has also pursued additional training in running injuries and in the treatment of osteoporosis to help individuals stay healthy and active throughout all stages of their lives.
Lynn has been involved in competitive sports from an early age and was the top seeded tennis player during her college years including winning her University championships for four straight years. More recently, she has taken up running and competes in several half marathons during the year. This makes her uniquely qualified to understand the training and rehabilitation needs of athletes such as tennis players or distance runners.