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Meet Julie Pitois of Pro To Col Sport Systems in Pacific Beach

Today we’d like to introduce you to Julie Pitois.

Julie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I had a vision for this company over 25 years ago. Having played sports my whole life from little league to Professional volleyball, I have accrued all kinds of injuries, some big some small, some overuse. But it wasn’t the injuries that were career ending, it was the treatment.

I grew up in a time where you didn’t ask questions, you just got what you got. However, I was always the one asking why? What is this for and what is this doing?

As a therapist working with everyone from kids to competitive and professional athletes to general population, I began to notice patterns of injury and recovery. I realized that just working on someone or training them without really educating them on the why and the how their bodies are working wasn’t efficient and most often lead to reoccurring injury.

So, after seeing all of these patterns of dysfunction emerging in people. I decided to start a company that focused on the entire protocol for creating functional movement. The idea was to get the best of the best in each level of rehabilitation and training, all who had the same vision to make the best version of the client that could be. All working synergistically for the client. I started in my living room, brainstorming about the type of instructors we needed, then one by one I found each one who had that special X -factor and enrolled them into what this company was all about.

We started Pro To Col Sport Systems out of World Gym in Pacific Beach with just a big vision, myself and another coach, and now we have moved into our own building with four of us and an even bigger vision.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
We started out subleasing of another facility while working to get our own building. What was supposed to be a few months, ended up being over a year and subleasing at 2 different buildings.

Pro To Col Sport Systems – what should we know? What do you guys do best? What sets you apart from the competition?
Pro To Col Sport Systems is an accelerated sports performance and therapy center. We are unique because we create an integrative approach: physical body assessment, orthopedic manual therapy, postural correction, functional movement and sports performance coaching. Our clients work with both therapists and coaches to teach and educate them to be efficient in their movement mechanics to reduce the rate of injury. We expose them to what works, what doesn’t and then create a new efficient pattern of movement.

The importance of our work is to teach and build our clients reference system of efficient movement and use. Normally, people begin exercise as a form of enjoyment and stress release. For the most part, we are never taught about how the body moves and works efficiently. Over time, bad body mechanics and movement get incorporated into the overall routine which eventually causes injury or breakdown.

When we speak of integration, we’re teaching all of our expertise AND asking the athlete to incorporate neural patterning and motor control patterning. What this means is certain muscles have been turned off by the brain so larger more dominant muscles can engage and create the gross movement. However, efficiently using both dormant and dominant together is the most optimal for the athlete.

Without creating full efficiency and new patterning the rate of recurring injury is exceedingly high for the client. By activating the full complement of muscle groups, the client becomes stronger and more aware to make micro corrections by themselves.

Primarily, we want everyone to be able to play and move pain free. We want to empower injured athletes, general population and dysfunctional people by reintroducing them into a healthy, vibrant body. We believe that everybody has the ability to move from pain to pain free.

Our current curriculum is based on private, small classes of 4 clients per class max. Level 1 is accelerated assessment and Functional Movement. Exposing dysfunctional movement patterns and teaching muscle activation and brain re-patterning. Level 2 is Sports Performance; where we get to put the client through real time movement so that they can begin to use it in their everyday lives.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
We were nominated and were inducted into the United States Martial Arts Hall of Fame for the Humanitarian of the Year Award. The only non-martial arts company to be inducted.

Contact Info:

  • Address: Pro To Col Sport Systems
    2949 Garnet Ave. 3rd floor
    San Diego, Ca 92109
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  • Phone: 619 255-5577
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  • Instagram: @protocolsportsystems
  • Yelp: Pro To Col Sport Systems

Image Credit:
Chanel Sonego

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1 Comment

  1. Christine Giglio

    November 3, 2017 at 3:16 pm

    Julie Pitois is the real deal. You won’t find a more knowledgeable, experienced and successful whole life fitness professional in Southern California. San Diego-don’t take this gifted woman or her amazing facility for granted! She changed my life over 13 years ago when I was suffering from excruciating degenerative cervical neck pain from injuries sustained playing collegiate basketball. Before meeting Julie, I’d tried EVERYTHING. As a Kinesiologist and Fitness pro myself, I knew what was wrong, but couldn’t treat it properly. She had it figured out in my first session! I was blown away and finally on the road to recovery. Julie gave me my life back~you can’t ask for anything more. Rock on Julie Pitois! Thank you!

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