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Matthew Fuhrmann

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Phone: 512-653-1495
Austin, TX
United States 78745
9.94 out of 10 (31 reviews)
 
 
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10/10 Great results rehabbing an old injury
 
By Cody Klein / Austin, USA

Matt delivers results. I've had a lot of therapy since my car wreck in 1999. When I started training at Tao Health and Fitness I still had a depressed right shoulder with atrophy and diminished nerve activation that affected motor function and sensation. My neck had decreased rotation and hurt every day. I've been training with Matt for about a year now and my shoulders are level with equal strength. My neck rotation has improved by about 25 degrees to each side and the pain has decreased significantly. The improvement in range of motion and strength has helped me mentally and physically. I'm a bodyworker and an acupuncturist. Out of all the healthcare professionals I've worked with, Matt has helped me achieve the greatest level of improvement. There's no question that my quality of life has improved as a result of training with Matt and the other great people over at the Tao.

 
10/10 Very knowledgable, ego-free teacher
 
By Nathan Ladd / Austin, United States

Wellness (and by extension physical fitness) is ultimately a long game. Matt does not offer a quick and easy path -- he did not recklessly escalate my individual effort level in order to make hurried gains. The path at the Tao has been gradual -- first skill and stability, then strength. I've been learning from Matt for almost two years now. At first, the workouts were not very intense, but I can see now that I was developing a solid foundation to safely progress through his strength training program. As a result, I am now performing challenging calisthenic exercises such as pistol squats that I would have once thought impossible as a matter of routine. I've built a ton of strength in not only my muscles but also my ligaments, joints, and even mental discipline that has carried into other aspects of my life. At the same time, I've also lost quite a bit of "bad weight." Because the process is so gradual, I have a good deal of confidence that these body changes have some staying power, too. I never decided to change my life to become more healthy -- I started showing up, and let the changes happen to me. Very "wu wei!" Probably my favorite best aspect of training under Matt is the community that has built around the Tao. That community has kept me motivated to regularly show up to train, even when life would otherwise get in the way. A lot of gyms offer a culture that is steeped in male bravado -- Tao Health & Fitness is a refreshing alternative.

 
10/10 Strong foundation to build strenth
 
By Rosa Vera / Austin, United States

I have enjoy Matt's unique training because it is very attentive to developing forms prior to building strength. I can feel my body responding to the focused workouts in a tremendous way that is highly encouraging. Old injuries have started healing and I am very excited to build strength with kettlebells. I highly recommend the time and money to improve mobility and reach fitness goals at any age.

 
10/10 Excellent teacher
 
By Aaron B / Austin, USA

Matt has been a great teacher. He has a wealth of knowledge about the way the body moves (and should move), and he shares with his students in each of his classes. Each class is well designed, and he paces them well. He has a great sense of humor, and this is expertly mixed with knowledge. I have learned how to move more effectively and more safely under his expert guidance.

 
9/10 Brilliant Teacher, Great Friend
 
By Evan Waddell / Austin, USA

Matt Fuhrmann is a great teacher, and down to earth friend. When he is teaching, it's as if he's just your friend, there to help you out. His demeanor is humble and humored, yet you can tell he's a tough dude. A powerful teacher in many respects. Sometimes when he gets to talking about his calisthenics programs, his eyes literally light up, and you can see his genius start to come through. He has a deep understanding of body mechanics and a passion for sharing. I love it when we get into conversations about calisthenics and working out, not to mention when he shares some of his Kung Fu experiences with me. The dude's got so many stories! My one complaint is that sometimes he is so quick to answer that I feel he's not actually listening to me. But maybe that's just because I'm whining! He's always joking about how much fun we're going to have busting it during the work out. And he's always encouraging. His program is simple yet powerful. No doubt, it has saved my life. As a man in my young twenties, with no exercise routine in my life to speak of, I was starting to feel weak and incapable. But through the simple exercises I've learned from him, all that has changed. Plus, I have discovered how much I love physical work. Thank you, Matt. If you're looking for someone who will give you an understanding of how to build strength, and use your body in it's best way, I recommend Matt. Or if you are in need of some physical rehabilitation, Matt is a great guide as well. Many of his students are older folks, and I've seen lots of people overcome long standing issues with their body. All in all, a great friend and a brilliant teacher.

 
9/10 My strongest
 
By Dawn Szombathy / Austin, USA

I've been going to Tao Health & Fitness for over a year now with Matt. I am so grateful for everything I've learned from him. He is always encouraging, learning more and happy to share what he knows. I've been recovering from several accidents that had my back go out and take my spine out of alignment. I have felt more improvement doing the work here than everything else that I've tried. I'm way more aware in my body and feel stronger no matter what I'm doing. Hard to think of not knowing or doing this training now! (A 9/10 because there's always room for improvement- but it sure is hard to find someone I trust as much as him)

 
10/10 Best fitness trainer in Austin
 
By Thomas Najar / Austin, United States

I've been a student of Matt Fuhrmann at Tao Health and Fitness for about a year now. I can honestly say that Matt has provided the best fitness instruction from any trainer I've worked with in Austin, bar none! In the beginning, he did a great job screening my initial fitness level and teaching me corrective exercises to address imbalances, weak points and injuries. From there, he's done a great job guiding me through 3DX and bodyweight exercises to build up foundational strength. This is the hardest I've worked for the longest period of time without injuring myself. I'm stronger than I've ever been and getting stronger all the time. Matt's classes are always fun and engaging. I get tons of personal attention. Matt is always cheerful, engaging and attentive. The class sizes are building steadily, and there's a real sense of family and community. I would highly recommend Matt and Tao Health and Fitness to anyone looking to address nagging injuries and attain their highest potential of strength and fitness.

 
10/10 Getting my life back
 
By Theresa Pittman / Austin, USA

I am a 61 year old grandmother. I came to Matt after a total hip replacement and subsequent physical therapy had failed to restore my ability to move with ease and joy. The pain and limited mobility were impacting every aspect of my life; and I had become focused on just getting through each day. My first class was disappointing, as could not do any of the exercises without pain. Matt continually worked with my limitations, constantly revising my individual plan. It was six weeks before I could leave my training not in tears. With Matt's persistence and patience, I slowly began to feel real improvement. I have been working with Matt for four months,now, and I can work in my garden, play on the floor with my grandchildren, and walk for as long as I want - without pain. When I walked through the door of Tao Health & Fitness in January I was unable to walk without the aid of a cane. Now, my daughter has trouble keeping up with me as I sprint through the Zilker Botanical Gardens. I have a long way to go, and a lot yet to learn; but, this has become an exciting journey to wholeness. This practice has put the joy back into my life on all levels. This is an investment of energy, time and money; but I am worth it. Thank you, Matt, for helping me to reclaim my life.

 
10/10 Matt knows his stuff & brings fundamental results
 
By Robin Arutt / Austin, USA

For years I've looked all over Austin for someone who really grasped what functional movement and functional strength really is, beyond the buzz words and BS. I'm thrilled that I've finally found Matt and Tao Health & Fitness. Completely innovative approach that incorporates ancient techniques, an obvious breadth of knowledge and his own intuition. Matt meticulously leads small classes and prescribes individualized work to repair each person's individual imbalances, heal old limitations from injury. increase range of motion, and build a solid foundation of full mobility and stability upon which to then get strong. My shoulder issues are already resolving. Thank you, Matt, for bringing your skill, knowledge and passion to each and every class. It's fun, it's challenging in a whole new way, and I'm already thrilled with the results!

 
10/10 Feeling pretty optimal
 
By Derek Flores / Austin, US

I have been training with Matt for 5 months (3 days a week) and I have to admit he has been a very positive influence to my health. I am working 6 days a week (70hrs) and he has been flexible for the continuation of training. I highly recommend Matt at Tao Health and Fitness to people looking to gain strength and stability in group training sessions. I enjoy using kettle bells and as I keep up with training I begin to feel like the sky is the limit.

 
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