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Crystal Chariton- MA, LMT, CSCS Founder, Researcher, Head Coach
Crystal is in her second year of the Doctor of Science program in Human and Sport Performance at Rocky Mountain University of Health Professions. Her research interests include: sport anxiety and athlete burnout/ mindfulness in sports/ flow in sports. She is a licensed massage therapist (LMT), certified strength and conditioning specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA- CSCS), certified personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM- CPT), and Level 1 Performance Coach through USA Weightlifting (USAW). Crystal is also a contributing author for BelievePerform.com and Brookbush Institute of Human Movement Science. She stays active in the NSCA by attending conferences and speaking at state clinics. She is also on the Executive Council for the NSCA Bodybuilding and Fitness special interest group.
Prior to attending RMUoHP, she interned as a strength and conditioning coach with BYU football (fall 2015) under Coach Frank Wintrich (currently at UVA) and with WI Badgers men’s basketball (spring 2015) under Coach Erik Helland (former Chicago Bulls s/c coach). Before her internships, Crystal earned a great deal of experience as a volunteer strength and conditioning coach during grad school at the University of Northern Iowa. Most of her time was spent with UNI football under Coach Jed Smith, but she also worked with men’s basketball, women’s tennis, and the spirit squads. Additionally, Crystal spent time volunteering in the Exercise Science labs: biomechanics, physiology, sport psychology. She graduated from UNI in 2014 with a MA in Kinesiology, Exercise and Sport Psychology (GPA: 4.0).
Crystal grew up as a multi-sport athlete who competed at the high school varsity level in volleyball and track & field (shot put and discus). During college she competed in Tae Kwon Do and Figure (bodybuilding). Crystal was an exceptional athlete who allowed sports to consume her life as a teenager, so when she was offered NCAA D1 scholarships, she declined. She was just “too tired.” She was mentally and physically drained. Crystal experienced athlete burnout. She uses her personal experiences to drive her career and she is passionate about providing the necessary resources and coaching to help you Redefine Your A Game, in sports, business, and in life.