About Barry Heyden
Barry Heyden is presently the Eastern USA senior account manager and education specialist to Pro Sports, Military and Colleges with AlterG Anti-gravity treadmills. Since 2010 Barry has been the overall company leader in sales. He was introduced to the AlterG while working as the Sports Performance Manager at the Hospital for Special Surgery (HSS) in New York City. Barry spearheaded the development of the Hospital for Special Surgery Sports and Human Performance Center from November 2006 to 2008.
He also currently owns and operates The Bear Method Performance Center, which consults with teams and athletes in program design, high performance training, recovery, injury prevention, mental conditioning and nutritional needs.
Barry completed his Exercise Science Degree with an emphasis in Sports Nutrition/Biomechanics from the University of Pittsburgh and is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist. He currently employs his accomplished academic, testing, and clinical background in the development of training regimens designed to efficiently and effectively realize the predetermined objectives of both the athlete and fitness enthusiast.
Barry has also volunteered with the Police Athletic League in teaching and training kids in fitness and conditioning for tennis, as well as injury prevention for both tennis and baseball in Harlem, New York.
From 2001 until 2004, Barry was the original owner and founder of Athlete International in Greenwich, CT and Westchester, NY. Until the sale of the business in 2004, Barry’s presence was instrumental in bringing Athlete International to its high level of achievement. Prior to this, Barry was at the forefront of progression training methodology for major league baseball. After three successive years with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Texas Rangers, Barry was hired to be the Director of Strength and Fitness Conditioning in 1997 for the New York Mets. Acknowledging one of the lowest injury ratios in all of professional baseball, the Mets had five years of success while Barry was with them from 1997 to 2001.
Barry has served as a consultant with both the mens ATP and womens WTA Professional Tennis Associations in recent years, and he also has served to help develop the fitness and wellness programs at St. Frances Hospital and Edgewood Tennis and Racquet Club in Pittsburgh PA, worked for the physical therapy department at Santa Barbara Cottage Hospital and helped with developing a world class facility the UZONE in Phoenix, AZ. Barry has been a leader in developing Sports Specific and Functional Training regimens that have become a standard for training programs throughout the Nation and World.
Recognized as a leader in the health, fitness and athletic development industry, Barry has established himself as a popular international speaker and author. “Conditioning for Baseball Done Right”(NIKKAN SPORTS SHUPPAN, Tuttle-Mori Agency, Inc., Tokyo, Japan) has become an industry standard in Japan for training baseball players. Barry also served as a consultant for Bobby Valentine in developing the Conditioning Programs for the Chiba Lotte Marines in Japan.