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Beyond Pain Relief

Training Nation empowers the Dayton community to achieve their physical goals with performance therapy.

Article by Nan Paraskevopoulos

Photography by Christina Littleton Photography

Originally published in Centerville Lifestyle

Dr. Luke Barhorst and his wife Ali moved back to Ohio in 2020 after learning they were going to have a baby. The pandemic brought an end to both of their jobs and with the added pressure of new parental responsibilities, they had to get creative. Their business, Training Nation, was born.

The business started with a fold-up massage table in the back of Luke’s car. He traveled to clients' homes and gyms in the Dayton area. Pretty soon, as Luke deepened relationships with local gym owners, their clientele grew and Training Nation became a full-time commitment. 

According to Luke, “We love creating relationships with people. Getting to know them, their goals, and helping them feel their best so they can continue enjoying the things they love to do.”

Training Nation’s physical therapy practice, located inside Centerville CrossFit and M-Power Gym in Vandalia, focuses on empowering clients to achieve their goals so they can thrive. Luke believes that everyone deserves the dignity to perform the tasks they want to - whether it's getting dressed, walking, going up or down stairs, swimming, throwing, running or lifting. While traditional physical therapy is reactive, performance therapy is proactive and aims to help people prevent injuries and perform better. With performance therapy, Training Nation aims to help people achieve, optimize, and enhance their physical goals.

Training Nation offers one-on-one sessions with a doctor of physical therapy for 60 minutes, personalized treatment sessions and program design, pain relief with short and long-term plans, and support for weekly workouts, nutrition, stress management, hydration and sleeping habits. 

Their approach to helping people follows three steps: assess and find the cause of the problem, create an individualized plan to help clients feel and move better, and offer long-term support to help them achieve more physical feats. This approach has helped them build a strong relationship with their clients and establish a reputation for providing high-quality performance therapy services.

According to one of their clients, “I have never met a doctor who cares more about outcomes and his patients. He’s an amazing person who really desires to help people heal.”

Training Nation is a performance therapy practice that enables the Dayton community to feel better, move better and perform better. Their client-focused approach to empowering people through proactive, personalized treatment sessions and long-term support sets them apart from the competition. Whatever your goals are, Training Nation is here to help.

For more information about Training Nation, text 937.802.4283 to set up a free discovery call with one of their performance physical therapists or visit

Training Tips: How to Perform Common Exercises Safely


1. Back stays flat.
2. Keep feet flat and screwed into the ground.*
3. Knees track over your toes.
4. Hips move first, then bend your knees to lower.
5. Shoulders and hips should raise at the same time when standing. 


1. Back stays straight.
2. Screw your feet into the ground.*
3. Hips push backward until you feel a stretch in the back of the legs, then bend your knees.
4. Stand with shoulders and hips raising simultaneously.

Push Up

1. Body stays straight.
2. Screw your shoulders into the ground.*
3. Lower down to the floor.
4. Press up. 

Modify pushing up from your table, coffee table, the bottom of the stairs, or start on your knees.

Butterfly Sit Up

1. Place a rolled towel under your back (following your back’s natural curve).
2. Lie on your back with the bottoms of your feet together, hips open and arms raised overhead.
3. Sit up to touch your toes.

*Imagine your right hand/foot twisting clockwise and your left hand/foot twisting counterclockwise, but your hands/feet don’t move. 

  • Dr. Luke Barhorst works with an athlete at his Training Nation practice inside Centerville CrossFit.