How’s That New Years Resolution Holding Up? 3 Main Reasons Why…

3 Main Reasons Why You Give Up on Your Fitness Goals (….and How to Overcome Them) We’ve all had goals at some point in our lives. Whether it was getting into the school of your dreams, or something as simple as saving up money to buy your first car. Goals are vast and broad. They give us aim. A result that gives us direction with all of our work. When […]

Learn How To Get Your Arm In Throwing Shape For Upcoming Basbeall/Softball Season!

Learn how to get your arm in shape for the season…its right around the corner. Proper arm care is a must for baseball players and, specifically, pitchers. If you are not doing anything in the off season to prepare your shoulder for the rigors of the season, you are doing yourself a disservice. Let’s break the preparation for baseball season into 3 phases. Phase 1: Prepare your whole body. Oftentimes […]

5 Common Sense Ways To Manage An Injury While Still Exercising

5 Common sense ways to manage an injury while still exercising    Take 1 week off.  I know the title sucked you in with learning how to get better without rest but the truth is you need to figure out if rest is going to help the condition.  1 week is a short period of time and you can gain a lot of information from a little rest.  It its […]


How To Prevent Athletic Injuries In Your Upcoming Sport Season

2018, The Year of Prevention! In preparation for the upcoming spring sports, many trainers and coaches will incorporate an injury prevention program in to their pre-season training. School age students participating in team sports are at a higher risk for sport-related injuries. Of these, lower extremity injuries have statistically shown to be the most common, accounting for more than half of all reported sports injuries. An increase in both non-contact […]


Kristen is from Dayton, OH and received her Bachelor of General Studies degree in Pre-physical Therapy and minored in Psychology from Indiana-Purdue University Fort Wayne. While at IPFW, Kristen was a member of the Mastodons women’s soccer team at the division I level. She also played two years in the WPSL for Hammer FC and the Dayton Dutch Lions teams. Kristen spent a year in Findlay, OH working as the […]


Brittney is from Huntington, WV. She attended Spring Valley High School and graduated in 2010 where she played softball and continued her career at West Virginia State University as a catcher. Brittney graduated from Marshall University in 2016 with her Bachelors in Exercise Science. She is currently the HIT FIT & Lighten Up Assistant Director and Social Media Manager for the HIT Center.  Health and fitness have always been a […]


Darryl is from Brooklyn, NY and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Marshall University. He was a walk-on for the Marshall University football team. He joined the HIT Center team as an intern in 2007 and has since earned the position as the Assistant Speed-Up Director. He has learned so much throughout the years being at the HIT Center, working with people of all ages, helping […]


Derrick received both his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science, as well as his Master of Science in Exercise Science from Marshall University. His experience in training varies vastly across the fitness spectrum. He has worked directly with athletes of all levels (youth, high school, collegiate, NFL Combine/Pro Day athletes), clinical populations (Cardiac Rehab, Pulmonary Rehab, and Diabetes Maintenance) as well as the everyday individual striving to improve their fitness levels. […]


Amy earned her Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from High Point University in 2002 and her Master’s Degree in Exercise Physiology from Marshall University in 2005. She was one of the original employees when Dr. Shepherd began the HIT Center in Huntington. Amy has been working in the HIT Center system since 2005 in both Lexington, KY and Huntington and throughout the years has climbed the ladder from intern to […]