Congratulations on your commitment to Live Fit with Rival Fusion. You have selected the most powerful fitness and nutrition program available on the web and DVD. Getting and staying healthy is simple but there are no silver bullets, it requires a commitment to consistent exercise, nutrition moderation, and healthy choices. Rival Fusion is a program you will follow for the rest of your life. It is not a short-term solution or a “get thin quick” offering using pills, powders or strange supplements. That’s why we built Rival Fusion - this is how we eat, exercise and live every day.
We started RivalHealth because we are passionate about helping people Live Fit. Our goal was not to create another website diary to track calories or bench press reps. That’s just plain silly – healthy people don’t do that! Our belief is that by showing people what to do for fitness and nutrition each day, then helping them build teams of friends, family and even coworkers, they will be successful over the long run.
Create a team, challenge yourself and others and watch your progress on our easy to use website – It works, so jump in, Live Fit and good luck!
Pete Durand, CEO
- We account for each individual’s capabilities, limitations and objectives.
- We combine strength, flexibility and cardiovascular fitness into comprehensive routines for well-rounded and sustainable health.
- Our nutrition program recommends health food alternatives in a variety of formats and meal plans designed to meet your unique objectives and limitations.
- We recognize that you will occasionally stray from the recommendations but generally stay on the right path. Studies have shown that consistently healthy people don’t count points, calories, reps, weights, minutes, etc – so we don’t expect you to either!
You can expect to be challenged. We don’t apologize for the fact that exercise is hard work and that eating properly can be difficult for a lot of us. However, we don’t expect you to be perfect –it’s not possible. You will have good days and bad days but with Rival Fusion you will stay on track. Your team is your best support group and our website provides great tips for battling those days when you just don’t feel up to working out or want to jump into a tub of ice cream.
Pete Durand, CEO, CPT-NASM
A successful corporate executive and entrepreneur, Pete was inspired to start RivalHealth because he has seen the powerful impact proper fitness and nutrition can have on all walks of life. He is an accomplished triathlete, exercise junkie, nutrition nut and NASM Certified Personal Trainer (CPT). Pete holds a BS in Industrial Engineering and MBA and is a former Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year for the Carolinas.
Matt Lawrence, VP Sales
As VP of Sales, Matt brings over twenty five years of successful sales and sales management experience at companies such as Cable and Wireless Communications, CR Bard and Karl Storz. During his career, he has consistently outperformed his peers and exceeded sales growth expectations winning several prestigious awards and performance incentives. Matt is also a certified Level I CrossFit instructor and brings his passion for healthy living to every client.
Tracy Owens, Registered Dietitian, MPH, CSSD, LDN
With 24 years of experience as a registered, licensed dietitian, Tracy has a passion to teach nutrition in practical ways so her clients can eat healthier, gain control, optimize health, and enjoy a life of fitness. She also teaches athletes how to fuel and hydrate for their sport for peak performance. Her experience includes private practice, outpatient, hospital based wellness programs, home health, obstetrics office, and local gyms. She is the mother of 4 active, athletic children ranging from 14-23 years of age. Tracy is the owner of Triangle Nutrition Therapy. Her education and certifications include: Master's Degree in Public Health Nutrition from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Bachelor’s Degree in Nutrition from East Carolina University, Registered Dietitian, American Dietetic Association, Board Certified Specialist in Sports Dietetics (one of only 300 in the U.S.), Member of American Dietetic Association, Member of American Association of Diabetes Educators, Member of SCAN (Sports, Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutritionists), and a Member of American College and Sports Medicine.
Dr. Brad Carlson, MD
Brad is board certified in internal medicine and a member of the American Medical Association. He received his B.A. in Chemistry (Magna Cum Laude) from Carleton College, Northfield, MN then attended Medical School at Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO. After his internship and residency at the University of North Carolina Hospitals he joined WakeMed Hospital AHEC. He is now with Wake Internal Medicine Clinic in Raleigh, NC. Brad is an accomplished athlete having played soccer through college and continues to play today. Brad recently returned from Haiti where he volunteered to help relief efforts after the major earthquake.
Yvonne Cropp , Yoga Instructor and Certified Personal Trainer (ACSM)
Yvonne has been involved in fitness since a very early age - starting dance at the age of 4 and weight training at the age of 15. After completing her Yoga Alliance training in 2003, she continues her own evolution through self-study as well as with leading yoga teachers around the country. Yvonne can be found teaching yoga classes at blue lotus yoga and movement arts in Raleigh, NC. As an ACSM (American College of Sports Medicine) Certified Personal Trainer, she has also been teaching spinning and "chisel" body toning classes for many years in Cary, NC.
Dr. Todd Staker, Doctor of Chiropractic
Dr. Todd Staker received his Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. He was a starting basketball player for Miami for four years which sparked his interest in sports medicine and sports injury. An old basketball injury led him to chiropractic and he was able to personally experience the benefits of chiropractic health care. He attended Palmer College of Chiropractic and graduated with his Doctor of Chiropractic degree. He has post graduate studies in radiology, sports injury, and soft tissue injuries. He is certified in Active Release Technique (ART), a specialized form of myofascial release (deep tissue massage) that treats muscle and tendon injuries, muscle adhesions and knots, scar tissue and spasms. Dr. Staker has treated collegiate athletes, professional hockey players, Olympic track and field athletes, and Ironman professional tri-athletes, in many cases bringing injured athletes back to pre-injury performance levels.
Marty Gaal, Certified Strength and Conditioning (NSCA) and USA Triathlon Coach
Marty Gaal grew up as a swimmer in Florida and has been competing in triathlons since 1989. He started coaching adult swimmers, triathletes and runners in 2002 and has been a full time endurance coach since 2005. He has competed in the Ironman World Championships and qualified for the Boston Marathon over the years. Marty lives in Cary, North Carolina with his wife Brianne, also an athlete and coach. Together they own One Step Beyond, a triathlon training company.
Ben Roberts, CPT (AFAA), Chief Rival Rouser
After serving our country in the US Air Force Ben battled weight gain due to unhealthy lifestyle choices. An dare from a friend (See Ben’s Blog) inspired Ben to fall back on his military discipline and rededicate himself to a life of fitness. In 2008, Ben opened Foundation Fitness in Greensboro, NC, a unique fitness studio designed to help others who struggled with their health. A chance meeting with Pete at RivalHealth sent Ben down a new path to help people around the country. This “game changer” drove him to join the RivalHealth team as their Chief Rival Rouser. When Ben isn’t designing fitness routines, motivating or inspiring others, you can find him doing R&D, or what his friends say, “workin’ out like a freak”.
Nichole Siebach, Rival Rouser and Customer Advocate
Nichole graduated from Appalachian St. University with a BS in Health Promotion and a Minor in Nutrition. After an internship at WakeMed Corporate and Community Health where she gained experience in diagnosing and treating health issues, she joined RivalHealth to pursue her passion for helping individuals make long-term healthy lifestyle changes. In addition to her Customer Advocate duties (read, she makes people happy!) she is wonderful on camera, drives our Rival Rouser program, contributes to Rival’s social media outlets and pretty much runs the office.