Christie THRASHER-RUDD: Creator of the CRT Method®️

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  • Tell us something about yourself, your background

I am a graduate from Purdue University, where I was a Purdue Cheerleader. I’ve always been into health and wellness and so after graduating, I ventured to the “big city” of Indianapolis, Indiana, where I opened my first fitness facility which was only 600 square feet. 

  • Tell us about what you invented with a brief explanation:

The CRT Method is a form of resistance training that suspends from overhead or along the baseboard and is extremely versatile. It also comes in an in-home, on-the-go version, which all you need is a door, and you can do over 100 exercises for an amazing total body workout.

  • How/Why did you start inventing. What set you off?

As I mentioned above, I was limited with the TRX. I have created many different workouts with my product by using it over a step, over an exercise ball etc. I continue to re-invent The CRT Method.

  • How did you get from idea to finished method?

I started off with just training one on one in my first fitness facility and finding I was missing being in front of lots of people performing, so I decided to get certified in aerobics and that was the start of a whole new passion.

I taught a variety of classes and LOVED it all! From there, I decided to take on more space so that I could teach and train under the same roof, mine! My new studio was 10,000 square feet and called Fitness Concepts, INC.

After 10 years, in that location, I was approached to move to another location in Indy that was in a great area called Meridian – Kessler, an offer I couldn’t refuse.

I’ve always been one to re-invent because I get bored easily and so that’s what I did, I built out the new studio so that I was able to incorporate the new and upcoming workout called TRX.

TRX is an amazing workout and after 6 months of teaching that, I started to find that I was limited to my creativity with it and some of my female clients were having wrist issues due to the suspension aspect of the TRX. This is when the “lightbulb” went off and I started putting rubber tubing through the overhang, like TRX, but much easier to use and the exercise options were endless. Next, I hired an engineer from Purdue and we worked up a prototype which is now a patented product called The CRT Method®️

  • Let us know of useful resources that helped you i.e. Books, websites, software etc

I have to say, I run by the seat of my pants and usually don’t need help in regards to my creativity. It all just happened in my mind and then went from there.  

  • Website: Click HERE 
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