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ABOUT...

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The Sports Kinesiologist & Founder

While we haven't yet met, I am looking forward to spending some time with you!

 

I'm Zig Ziegler, The Sports Kinesiologist & founder of Z Athlete Factory.  I am committed to challenging the status quo by helping individuals optimize the function of the muscles of the body, you maximize the body's ability to achieve results! 


Back in 1991 when I started working with athletes, I believed there was something to the theory that in order to achieve extremely above average results, athletes had to train to improve their weaknesses, imbalances , and compensations by working on them everyday.  

The biggest complaint throughout out my career has been one simple thought: Why do other professionals ignore the individual athlete and instead focus on training athletes for the sport?

The short answer? We didn't know what we didn't know, we didn't know.... until we started to measure HOW each athlete's body was moving and WHAT each individual athlete could do to improve.

And, in order to maintain any kind of high intensity, I agreed with coaches that developing athletes to be more efficient was the key. And measuring the most crucial physical performance factors was the only way to know if athletes were becoming efficient or just making it look like they were efficient because they're strength increased in standard weightlifting.  I had to stop guessing at how to optimize the individual athlete.

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As a consultant to over 100,000 athletes, coaches, trainers, physical therapists, I have delivered public speaking events to youth, high school, collegiate/professional teams and organizations including ...
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My Areas of Expertise include...
  • Foot Function & Dysfunction
  • Runner & Walking Kinesiology & Biomechanics 
  • Functional Movement Screening Kinesiology
  • Corrective Exercise Techniques
  • 3D-Golf Swing Assessments
  • 3D-Baseball Pitching & Hitting Biomechanics
  • 3D Basketball Shooting Biomechanics
  • 3D-Fastpitch Pitching & Hitting Biomechanics
  • Speed and Agility Training
  • Track & Field Coaching
  • Hurdles​ Technique
  • Middle Distance to Long Distance
  • Block Starts
  • Plyometrics & Explosive Training 
  • Flexibility/Joint Mobility Programs   
  • Motion Analysis & Biomechanics in Sports Medicine
Top US Triathlete Amanda Stevens
Hercules Star Kevin Sorbo & wife Sam
Kurt Warner and wife
Bo Derek - Still a 10
Shoulder to shoulder with Tom Hanks
Evander Holifield- "Enough Said"
Bruce Jenner (now Kaitlin)
The RunRite Challenge
Former NFL Star Anquan Boldin
Coaching - On the Track
MLB Star-Ryan Howard
USA Power Lifting
MLB All-Stars
Golf fitness
ASU Greats!
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Every step you take is an opportunity to improve. Make it happen!" 

Zig Ziegler, The Sports Kinesiologist

Shaquille O'Neal shoots 73.9% from the free throw line thanks to Zig Ziegler & Motion DNA!

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Pro Basketball 

In the final 6 weeks of the 2008 season, I analyzed the free throw shooting of Shaquille O'Neal after he was traded to the Phoenix Suns. Shaq's analysis showed he was loosing his balance in every free throw attempt. With a couple of simple pinpointed recommendation, Shaq used the tips during the final 4 weeks to shoot 17 of 23 from the free throw line!

In addition, exercises were recommended to improve specific physical limitations in O’Neal affecting his shot consistency.

“The body and the game is all mechanics. The better the body, the better the mechanics.  If your ankle is off, it can throw off knee, hip, back, and more. With biomechanics testing, you can improve all of that,”  Shaquille O’Neal -Phoenix Suns

Mets seek Ziegler's opinion on Santana Trade

Before trading Johan Santana from the Minnesota Twins, the New York Mets consulted with Zig Ziegler to establish his long term potential health.  After 6-DOF evaluation of Santana’s mechanics,

 

Zig was able safely to recommend the trade without concern of potential injury to Santana – obviously, provided there were no dramatic changes in his mechanics.

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Canadian Olympian & NPF Pitcher returns from broken leg thanks to Ziegler

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Fastpitch Softball

For over three years, Big 12 & Oklahoma State University Player of the Year and Canadian Olympian and Pro Fastpitch star Lauren Bay was forced to wear a heavy metal brace on her ankle.

 

Our founder, Zig Ziegler, identified weaknesses in Lauren’s body caused her to repeatedly place excessive stress in her lower leg cause stress fractures on several occasions. The brace affected Lauren’s control and velocity.  After her initial analysis and completion of a six week training program, Lauren was able to throw “pain free” without the brace and regained pitching velocity to almost 70 MPH.

“I am thankful for my long term health - thanks to Zig and his services,” Lauren Bay, 2008 Canadian Olympian

MLB Star Ryan Howard find his swing groove with Motion DNA Testing!

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Baseball

After his biomechanical Analysis, MLB star Ryan Howard was able to pinpoint issues in his swing causing slumps in his hitting performance. Howard went out less than four hours after his analysis and played in a game where he hit a homerun. Howard went on a tear and hit an additional 46 homeruns following his analysis.

“I am appreciative of what Zig did to help me find the answers to problems in my swing,” Ryan Howard-Philadelphia Phillies

Diamondbacks, Whitesox, and other MLB Scouts  call on Ziegler to assist with pre draft scouting based upon his Motion DNA 6-DOF technology!

Prior to the MLB Amateur Draft from 2003 to 2012, over a dozen MLB teams  requested a biomechanical evaluation of top prospects for their top draft picks.  Scouts typically like or dislike potential draft picks for various reasons.

The Motion DNA biomechanical analysis confirms objectively the opinions of many of those scouts including risk of Tommy John injury/surgery.

 

Additionally, a particular prospect passed over by the one major league team, but drafted as the number one pick of another, later suffered injuries to his pitching arm in exactly the manner predicted by his 6-D Analysis conducted by Zig Ziegler.

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Over the past 30+ years, Zig has developed relationships with or analyzed the biomechanics of over 100,000 athletes and teams. Here are just a few...

  • Charles Barkley (Basketball)

  • Paula Creamer (Golf)
  • ​Greg Oden (Basketball)
  • Bob Lanier  (Basketball)

  • Bethanie Mattek-Sands (Tennis) 

  • Mark Loretta (Baseball)

  • New York Knicks

  • Portland Trailblazers 

  • New York Mets

  • Chicago White

  • Oakland A’s​

  • UCLA (Baseball, Softball, Track, & Golf)

  • San Diego State University (Baseball, Softball, & Basketball)

  • USA Weightlifting​

  • Michael Jordan (The G.O.A.T.)
  • Oklahoma State University (Baseball, Softball, Tennis, Golf, & Football) 

  • Fanny Stollar  (Tennis)

  • Bethanie Mattek-Sands (Tennis)

  • Ramon Martinez (Baseball)

  • Tony Gwynn (Baseball)

  • Brandon Roy (Basketball)

  • Jason Bay (Baseball)

  •  Lucie Safarova (Tennis)

  • Arizona Diamondbacks

  • Boston Red Sox

  • Arizona Cardinals

  • San Francisco Giants

  • Arizona State University (Baseball, Softball, Tennis, Golf, & Basketball)​

  • Shaquille O’Neal (Basketball)
  • Tiger Woods (Golf)

  • Bruce (Caitlyn) Jenner (Golf/Track)

  • Julietta Granada (Golf)

  • Anquan Boldin (Football)

  • Lauren Bay (Softball)

  • Jamir Miller (Football)

  • Tony Phillips (Baseball)

  • Phoenix Suns

  • California Angels

  • Minnesota Twins

  • New York Yankees

  • Cleveland Indians

  • University of Texas

  • Chicago Cubs 

  • University of Arizona (Softball)

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