Not executing on our goals is probably the number one killer of success. I want to approach goals with the following quote in mind “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” — John F. Kennedy.
Self defeatist mindset is a dream killer and dreams are made from vision and hard work.
Asa part of my series about “5 Lifestyle Tweaks That Will Dramatically Improve One’s Wellbeing”, I had the pleasure of interviewing Kipp Dye, MSPT. Kipp Dye is a well-known Boston-based physical therapist who currently is the owner of OrthosportsMED Physical Therapy. Kipp graduated with a Master of Science degree from Simmons College (1996) and obtained his undergraduate education from the University of California at Berkeley (1986). Kipp is an accomplished competitive swimmer: a high school and NCAA Division I All-American. He is also the inventor of Scapular Plane Swimming and he patented the textured cylindrical massage roller along with many water therapy and fitness devices.
Thank you so much for doing this with us Kipp! Our readers would love to “get to know you” a bit better. Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you started your career?
Tomentally survive a very long and arduous patent process with the USPTO to obtain our patents for cylindrically shaped textured massage rollers. It took approximately 11 years until my company obtained the foundational patents we needed to protect our concept.
Can you share a story with us about the most humorous mistake you made when you were first starting? What lesson or take-away did you learn from that?
Looking back there really isn’t any room for errors or mistakes during the patent process. I do have to laugh at myself for coming up with the textured cylindrically shaped foam roller concept for I was in my physical therapy clinic and I was washing my hands while watching my patient roll out on a smooth foam roller and thought to myself the old potato chip slogan “Ruffles have Ridges” and this is what gave birth to the concept of putting texture on a smooth massage foam rollers. The lesson I learned is to take a moment and listen to your thoughts, even if they are funny or weird!
Can you share with our readers a bit about why you are an authority in the fitness and wellness field? In your opinion, what is your unique contribution to the world of wellness?
I am a licensed physical therapist and I have had my own sports and orthopedic physical therapy clinic for more than 20 years. I have contributed to the world of wellness in a two-fold fashion. The first is Scapular Plane Swimming which involved re-engineering the swimming strokes for more healthy biomechanical motions to reduce injury. I worked on this with my former coach Milton Nelms. The second contribution I have made is to invent and patent the cylindrically shaped textured massage roller concept.
None of us are able to achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a particular person who you are grateful towards who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story about that?
Milton Nelms coached my brother and me during our formative teenage years in Pendleton, OR and he guided us when my family unit collapsed around us, leaving me to otherwise be a ward of the state vs. going onto becoming a High School and Division 1 swimming All-American. Milton to this day is a dear friend and one I am so very thankful to for his willingness to help us out at a very difficult time. Truly without his mentorship, I could have easily become a statistic on a not so good list archived in the annals of defeat.
Ok thank you for all that. Now let’s move to the main focus of our interview. We all know that it’s important to eat more vegetables, eat less sugar, exercise more, and get better sleep etc. But while we know it intellectually, it’s often difficult to put it into practice and make it a part of our daily habits. In your opinion what are the 3 main blockages that prevent us from taking the information that we all know, and integrating it into our lives?
1) Not executing on our goals is probably the number one killer of success. I want to approach goals with the following quote in mind “Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.” — John F. Kennedy.
2) Continually giving into laziness of thought, actions, or heart will lead to unacceptable outcomes in my life. If I continue to tell myself I am not perfect in my efforts that’s ok, However what isn’t acceptable is to continually give up doing the things I know I need to do.
3) Self defeatist mindset is a dream killer and dreams are made from vision and hard work.
Can you please share your “5 Non-Intuitive Lifestyle Tweaks That Will Dramatically Improve One’s Wellbeing”? (Please share a story or an example for each, and feel free to share ideas for mental, emotional and physical health.)
1) Like yourself. A great self-image is vital to live a full life.
2) Strive to see good in others and forgive easily.
3) Pursue your dreams and passions in life.
4) Live in moderation. Enjoy the things of this world but don’t abuse them.
5) Belief that anything is possible through faith in God which can unleash the best in people. It is motivational to think of what is possible in one’s life.
As an expert, this might be obvious to you, but I think it would be instructive to articulate this for the public. Aside from weight loss, what are 3 benefits of daily exercise? Can you explain?
1) Boosts brain function for improved clarity of thought and increased productivity.
2) Improves self-image for what we view in the mirror has a big impact on self.
3) Increases muscle mass which allows for increased function.
For someone who is looking to add exercise to their daily routine, which 3 exercises would you recommend that are absolutely critical?
1) Aerobic training for increased lung capacity and overall functional capacity. Make sure you mix up your activities for this. It will help to decrease repetitive motion injuries such as, tendonitis or muscle strains.
2) Core training such as back extension, ab curls, oblique curls, etc. These exercises provide the foundation for the body to function properly while protecting the spine which houses the nerve pathways of the body.
3) Self Myofascial Release (I prefer Rykr Roll products) to keep the soft tissue of the body loose and relaxed which maximizes joint range of motion and overall body flexibility.
In my experience, many people begin an exercise regimen but stop because they get too sore afterwards. What ideas would you recommend to someone who plays sports or does heavy exercise to shorten the recovery time, and to prevent short term or long term injury?
- Self Myofascial Release which is best explained with regular usage of foam rollers, massage sticks, balls, and now recently released to market the massage gun. One can also consult a massage therapist.
- Appropriate rest based on exercise intensity, duration and age.
- Cold therapy which can decrease swelling which leads to stiffness and soreness.
- Stretching, but avoid being overly aggressive for this can lead to soft tissue injuries such as muscle strains.
There are so many different diets today. Can you share what kind of diet you follow? Which diet do you recommend to most of your clients?
I am not licensed to give dieting advice as a physical therapist. I personally minimize the intake unnecessary carbs for this has been very beneficial for me reflected in great blood panel test results from my last physical.
Is there a particular book that made a significant impact on you? Can you share a story?
The Bible. I think it is mainly a story of love and redemption and this has helped me be a more considerate and caring person. I think without the examples in the Bible I wouldn’t see the rationale to help others.
You are a person of enormous influence. If you could start a movement that would bring the most amount of good to the most amount of people, what would that be? You never know what your idea can trigger. 🙂
Big question. This world needs more understanding of one another and out of increased understanding (that includes culture, religion, language, etc.) this would help with compassion and forgiveness. Look at how our world today has numerous nations at war or at a minimum have serious tension between them. We must not demagogue one another.
Can you please give us your favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Do you have a story about how that was relevant in your life?
Don’t let your fears hold you back from actualizing your dreams. Dreams are built on vision and vision is built on action but can be can crushed be doubt and fear failure. Please don’t let doubt and fear be the ruling force in your life.
We are very blessed that some of the biggest names in Business, VC funding, Sports, and Entertainment read this column. Is there a person in the world, or in the US whom you would love to have a private breakfast or lunch with, and why? He or she might just see this if we tag them 🙂
I have always wanted to meet Jeff Bezos for he inspires me with his vision. Many don’t like or even appreciate him for he is a disruptor which typically visionaries are. In the new world of e-comm most will look back and forget that the world was just brick and mortar and there will be many iterations of e-comm with more efficient and effective methodologies.
What is the best way our readers can follow you on social media?
My name Kipp K. Dye, MSPT is easy to find on the internet.
Thank you for these fantastic insights. We wish you only continued success in your great work!