Ken competed as a Pro Motocross racer until a badly fractured leg and knee joint forced him to seek other ways to use his athletic abilities. Honed from years of balance and technique on a motorcycle, his athleticism led him to successful cycling endeavors. Ken uses his passion for cycling to help athletes in the sport of Triathlon. He implements his 25+ years of cycling research and experience to assist athletes with proper bike fit and positioning, equipment choices, technique and bike handling skills.
Ken is a Certified F.I.S.T. technologist, meaning he’s received the highest level available for people interested in doing bike fits specifically for Triathlon bike set-up and frame angles. F.I.S.T. stands for Fit Institutue Slow Twitch, created by founder Dan Empfield, a pioneer in the field of Tri Bike technology. His clinics are limited to only 10 people and held 3 times a year, so it’s a select few who achieve this standard.
Ken graduated from the American Motorcycle Mechanics Institute in Daytona, FL where he learned skills that currently serve him as a highly-sought after professional for Bike Fitting services. He has worked with Olympic cyclist and Ironman Champion John Howard in bike fit clinics and spent time with the man responsible for setting up the 7-time Tour De France winner on his Time Trial bike.
Ken has 20+ years experience working with the various aspects of doing a proper bike set-up and assessing power output with various leg extension and seat angle positions. He is the only professional in the State of MO to consistently use a CompuTrainer for proper biomechanical and positional assessment. He utilizes laser technology and video analysis to affirm proper angles for each individual based on comfort and energy expenditure.
Milestones to date: Body Mechanix Athletics has been a pioneer in bringing multi-sport events and services to the Springfield, MO area.
Started in 1993 offering Massage Therapy to local businesses and athletes.
In 1994, expanded to offer Coaching Services for area runners.
In 1995, expanded to offer the Body Mechanix Duathlon, which grew the following year into the DuathlonSeries- a 5 race series held on Tuesday evenings consisting of short run/bike combinations. The Series drew an average of 120 people locally as well as from Clinton, KCMO, Tulsa, and St. Louis areas, while being held on a weekday in May.
In 1998, BMAX began Group Training Sessions for Triathletes, and Runners. BMAX held educational clinics on Nutrition, Weight Training, Foot Strike and Running Shoe selection, Stretching/Flexibility, and proper training techniques for specific events. This was the beginning of what would later become services for BMAX Wellness Programs and Consulting.
In 1999, BMAX began the Springfield Marathon and offered the first Boston Marathon Qualifier and computerized chip timed event in the Springfield area. BMAX organized and managed that event for 7 years, working with approximately 500 Volunteers and personnel from City, County and local agencies. The event was held to benefit 5 area benevolent agencies with food, clothing and cash donations.
In 2000 Diane began offering treatment services as a Certified Athletic Trainer, working with area physicians and Physical Therapists in the treatment of area athletes.
In 2001 BMAX offered the first Off-Road Duathlon (mountain biking and trail running combinations) Series and Group Indoor Cycling Classes using the athlete’s individual bike and indoor training device to ride indoors to music. Also in 2001, BMAX offered the area’s first Open Water Swim Clinic to assist Triathletes with learning techniques of swimming in mass starts in open water vs. a lane in the pool.
In 2003, Ken began offering Coaching and Consultation Services for Cyclists and Cycling-related issues such as proper bike set-up for Triathlon events and Time Trial events. He serves as a Consultant to Regional locations in the use of the CompuTrainer ® for cycling training and evaluation of performance and technique.
In 2004 BMAX added the expertise of Verneta Lesforis, 2000 Olympian from St. Lucia and 400meter record holder for MSU to assist with running technique and track workouts.
In 2006 BMAX added 2 Swim Coaches whose expertise comes from competing at the International level and being able to teach the skills to Masters Level Triathletes (ages 30-55). BMAX also began offering Pilates classes through a Certified Instructor to assist athletes with their strength and flexibility.
In 2007 moved offices to the River Fitness Center located in James River Church in Ozark, MO, utilizing the track and weight room for Group workouts.
In 2008 BMAX started Group Running Workouts for Kids ages 6-10 and 11-18 with emphasis on technique, speed, pacing, and racing strategies.
2010 Began Conditioning Workouts tailored to the specific needs of Runners and Cyclists to strengthen core muscles and overall anaerobic fitness.
2012 Began educating clients on the importance of Nutrition for recovery and prep for events as well as handling daily stress-related responses
2014 introduced new therapy techniques to enable Endurance Athletes to recover quicker and develop the mental aspect of training
2015 Incorporated more emphasis on Functional movement screening for Runners and Cyclists and how muscle weakness develops compensatory patterns
2019 Moved offices to 4650 S. National Ave Springfield, MO