Here is what some of Daniel’s personal training clients have to say:

nepalWell the trip to Nepal was great and the trek up county to Base Camp was challenging. It was a total of 15 days on the trail – 12 days in the mountains and other 4 days in and around Katmandu). We hiked about 50 km in total. The weather was perfect conditions – most days were sunny in the morning and clouds in the afternoon. I found it very cold in the mountains at night.

My fitness level helped to face these challenges. I did not find that I was “out of breath” during steep ascents. A doctor was with our group and he tested oxygen levels and heart rates twice daily. There were a total of 9 persons in the group – 4 from Calgary, 2 from Toronto and 3 from Halifax (myself and two university students – age gap of 40 years!). My oxygen levels were consistently tracking 3 to 5% lower than rest of group. Our Doctor was Sherpa, living in that region and his oxygen levels were close to mine so he said not to worry. We all got sick in one form or another. I got altitude sickness at Debouche (3770m) – runs, nausea, headache and lack of energy. It was a trying day as we had an hour and half of steep uphill/switchbacks. Fortunately, we had the following day as “rest” day in order to acclimatize which helped greatly. The doctor had me increase the dosage of my altitude medication as well.

My energy level returned and I was very pleased to climb Kala Patthar (5550m), which was the highest point in the trek. This small mound overlooked Everest Base Camp with great views of the Mountain ranges all around Everest including the Khumbu Glacier, simply wonderful. After the decent to our overnight lodging, Dr Kami Sherpa took my oxygen reading which was 66, very low but I felt great so after an hour of recovery my reading was up to 74 (this compares to 84 to 94 at lower levels). Again I attribute my success to the fitness level and I would like to think that the spriotiger training assisted in increased lung capacity.

I included a few photos – top of Kala Patthar (KP), Khumbu Glacier at base Camp, and Base Camp pic from on top of KP

Thanks for all the testing and wish you both the best in Edmonton.

greg-wIn recent years I have attributed my improved marathon performances to being a function of the miles I’ve logged in training. In preparation towards my 2:26 at the 2011 Chicago Marathon, and 2:25 at the 2012 Houston Marathon, I was routinely running 115 – 120 miles per week. Having neared the limit on the mileage I could reasonably fit in to a week, I scheduled a physiological test with Daniel in order to determine what my limiting factor was to performance. My stamina and endurance was reflected in the test results, but the data also revealed something I had never considered: my respiratory frequency was unusually high and the level of oxygen I was inhaling was relatively low given my 6L lung capacity. Daniel prescribed a two-month training program using the Spirotiger in order to employ varied respiratory rates while running, along with strengthening my diaphragm in order to take in more oxygen with each breath. I noticed the effects of this respiratory training in my running workouts and races. I was able to recover faster from challenging workouts, and felt more “in control” during races. I felt I was working with a more powerful engine. That season I lowered my personal bests to 15:12 for 5km, 31:25 for 10km, and look forward to seeing the effect on my marathon time in the coming months.

Greg Wieczorek, Halifax NS

I met Daniel on my 53rd birthday. I have been running since 2004. I first started having problems with my foot while training for my first Marathon , the Bluenose, in May 2010. After my long run I would feel pain in my right foot and some of the symptoms are described in the diagnosis of plantar fasciitis. Happily, I was able to complete the Marathon as the real pain didn’t come until late July/August. Unwilling to settle for the “standard PF diagnosis” I made an appointment with Daniel.He was highly recommended to me by a fellow runner. I was immediately impressed with his professionalism and personable manner. We met for about two hours and by the end of the assessment I was astounded by his findings. As a community pharmacist I am required to stand on my feet for up to eight hours at a time, therefore my feet and the ability to stand on them are very important to me not just for my running and recreation but for my profession and livelihood.

By following the prescribed exercises I am now able to run pain-free and I can stand on my feet at work for 8 hours without any pain. Daniel has been so helpful in my recovery; at one point I questioned whether or not I would even run again. I just wanted my foot pain to go away. Now I am training for a PB in the Bluenose 10k and have aspirations to run more Half marathons. Truthfully, I even may attempt another full marathon!

I am so pleased to have Daniel as my physiotherapist. Sure enough, my problem was not plantar fasciitis. Daniel’s in-depth knowledge and his passion to help all athletes regardless of their abilities makes him the ideal physiotherapist for anyone who is committed to fitness. Now that we’ve fixed the initial problem he is now helping me to become an even better runner than before.

Daniel Crumback is the first physiotherapist I have ever seen that thinks outside the box. I have been running for 9 years, completed 24 half marathons and 2 marathons. I have had consistent pain in my right hamstring area that no one was able to tell me why it was there or how to get rid of it. It was so bad in august I could hardly run a 5k without so much pain and frustration. After a 2 hour assessment he was able to diagnose my injury and not just tell me what was wrong but to give me complete, concise direction on what I had to do to fix the problem and not for the short term, but for the long term. I followed exactly what he told me to do and within weeks I was adding on so much pain free mileage it was incredible. Less than 3 months later I ran a full marathon. His confidence and positive attitude gave me the motivation to listen and know that I would be running pain free once I followed his regime. I have recommended him to all my running friends who have had injuries because we all have the same goal, we all want to run again and do it well!


Ginette Currie

I am a passionate recreational athlete as well as a Phys. Ed teacher so being active and healthy are a huge component of my life. After just over a decade of serious running and cycling, certain limitations had presented themselves, as well as a few injuries, both acute and chronic.

Trying to make the most of my training time I was searching for information about these “roadblocks” to my performance. That search lead to Daniel and Paragon Sport Performance. With his knowledge and experience, and the way in which Daniel is able to communicate what his findings are to you, you leave after the first visit with a whole new outlook and a sense of positivity. As well as homework. Do your homework, and you will see and feel results quickly.

With your goals and motivation being the base, Daniel’s “exercise and education” approach is the key to being engaged in your own wellness. His connection to other experts has also been a huge asset. You are given access to an amazing online resource that will help you keep your “homework” in check.

Simply put, Daniel’s testing and assessment were eye opening. I now know what I need to work on, not only to stay healthy and injury free, but to break through the plateau that I have been facing. I am so thankful for my time with Daniel and I have never looked forward to a racing season as much as this upcoming one. I’ll raise a pint to Major Dan for all my PB’s this year.

Rob Chambers (age 33)

When I first met Daniel, my new physiotherapist at Paragon Sport Performance, I was a disillusioned marathon wannabe. About 3 years earlier, I had taken up running with great enthusiasm and confidence. Running seemed like the perfect way to regain my shape after 2 pregnancies, and simple enough to adopt despite a busy working mom schedule. I had always been active and was now in the best decade for long distance running. What could possibly go wrong?

Turns out a lot could. After successful initial progress, I found myself stalled. My long runs couldn’t get past the 12-15 km mark without me getting a nagging injury that kept coming back in spite of my best efforts to pace myself.

I did physiotherapy (elsewhere). It only relieved the symptoms. I took a membership at the gym. I did become stronger and leaner. I hired a personal trainer. Every possible aspect of my physical capacity improved… except that I was still stuck at running distances that were way below than what I was aiming for. The aforementioned injury had become my undesired best friend. I was abandoning all hope of ever running a half-marathon, let alone a full marathon!

That was until I met Daniel. He had been recommended by a friend and fellow runner who couldn’t rave enough about him. She kept saying how an unusual physio he was, in the best possible way. She was a limping injured runner; he turned her into a healthy full-marathoner in just a few weeks! I figured I had nothing to lose and agreed to make an appointment with him. It appears that my friend was right: Daniel had a completely different approach than all the other physios I had ever worked with.

I could begin by telling you he is significantly more knowledgeable, thorough and attentive. I could add that he doesn’t count his time and is completely devoted and available. I could also underline the fact that he fully involves his patients in the recovery process, instead of barely treating them. I have come to see him as my coach/personal trainer/mentor, because he plays all those roles on top of being my physio. The cherry on the cake: he is very personable.

But the bottom line is that after seeing him for a few weeks, I now feel completely confident about something I had lost almost all hope about: I am going to become a strong, fast, efficient and happy runner… whether I like it or not. Needless to say, this is wonderful news!


I am a 38-year old cyclist. I like to think of myself as a hobby-athlete. In the past, whenever I encountered a setback in my training, I would always wish that I had access to some of the high-level care that the elite athletes seem to live by. In August of 2010, I herniated a disc in my lower back and feared the worst—that riding, let alone racing, may never be the same again.

Daniel Crumback and the folks at Paragon have made me feel like that elite athlete from day-one. He seemed to be as motivated to get me back on the bike and performing as he would be if he was working with a professional cyclist. His initial assessment was very thorough and actually pointed out other old injuries that were also limiting my performance. He put me on a program not only to rehab my back but also to correct those older imbalances. As I worked at home on the drills and exercises that he prescribed, he was in constant contact with me always looking for an update. He was constantly monitoring my progress and always looking to push me to the next level. My confidence grew with every workout.

Spring has just sprung, and I’m right where I want to be—in a base phase on the road and looking forward to the racing season ahead. I’m no longer questioning my back, but instead I have full confidence in it and my aging body in general. When I signed on for treatment with Paragon, I thought I was getting a physio, but in the end I think I got the coach that I always wished I had.