What Makes Us Different
StrongPath transforms healthcare into wellcare by bridging the gap between medicine and exercise physiology. We believe wholeheartedly that preserving muscle mass strength and function via exercise and a healthy diet can help prevent disease and extend lifespan. StrongPath assures that one doesn’t stop exercising because they age… rather, they age because they stop exercising.
How We Got Started
When our co-founder Fred Bartlit, was in his 60s, he noticed that all of his friends stopped skiing with him.
Meanwhile, Fred continued to not only ski, but also to lift weights, play golf, swim and run. Everyone his age seemed to slow down, but Fred felt stronger and better than ever. And he set out to find out why.
Many medical professionals told Fred that muscle deterioration was simply a natural part of the ageing process. But he refused to accept that answer. If that were the case, then why did he feel so great?
Fred soon discovered the importance of building muscle and how doing so can help people to live longer—and most importantly, healthier—lives.
Shortly after, Fred met Steven, who was recovering from cancer and valley fever fungal pneumonia. In 2012, Steven was rushed to the hospital, where he ended up having cardiac bypass surgery.
Just three months post-surgery, Steven returned to the gym, ignoring his doctor’s advice to not do anything more strenuous than walking. And as a result, his health drastically improved.
Today, Fred, 87 years old, and Steven, 68 years old, both feel strong, healthy and even better than they did in their 20s. All thanks to the StrongPath method.
Fred and Steven created StrongPath to help you regain your strength and get healthier, so you can live the second half of your life just like (or even better than) the first half.
“We have proof the second half of life can be just as wonderful as the years of our youth.”-Fred Bartlit
Meet the Leadership Team
Fred Bartlit, Co-Founder
Fred is co-author of Amazon Best Seller – Choosing the StrongPath: Reversing the Downward Spiral of Aging. He is a former U.S. Army Ranger. Head of Bartlit Beck, Fred is a distinguished trial lawyer who Chambers USA Legal Rankings (2017) called “arguably the best trial lawyer in the United States.” He has represented both President George Bush and President Barack Obama. He graduated first in his class in law school and holds the top academic record in the 120-year history of his law school. At the age of 50, Fred adopted his new lifestyle built around challenging exercise and excellent nutrition.
At 87 years old he is an outstanding example of what can be achieved. To this day Fred regularly improves his lifetime strength training bests. Fred is living proof that vigorous exercise and excellent nutrition can radically improve an individual’s quality of life far beyond the mental and physical deterioration of common aging. He is leading this effort to inspire others to get on and stay on the StrongPath so that they too may become the very best version of themselves and live a long strong healthy life.
Steven Droullard, Co-Founder
Steven is Fred’s co-author of Choosing the StrongPath and also author of The Power of Attention, a book about attention mechanics as it relates to habit formation and psychological transformation. 14 years ago, he adopted Fred’s StrongPath regimen after a battle with cancer and cardiac bypass surgery. Today, at age 68, Steven credits the StrongPath for his return to vigorous health. He is now cancer free and remarkably heart healthy. He is stronger now than ever before in his life, and like Fred, continually improves his personal lifetime strength training bests.
Steven is proof that it is possible to overcome severe medical setbacks and regain excellent quality of life by adopting the StrongPath.
Jeffery Camp, CEO
Two years ago Jeff was approaching 50. Like most, he exercised infrequently, ate whatever he felt like and as a result lacked energy and drive. He had hypertension, blood pressure 150-160/ 110-115, and took medication to control it. He knew Fred and Steven, and when Choosing the StrongPath was published in January of 2018, he read it and determined to undertake the lifestyle change. Six months later he and his daughters completed a Spartan race.
His blood pressure dropped back to normal and he no longer needed to take medication. It currently is 102/69. He dropped 25 lbs. and now has no trouble tackling races, Crossfit HIIT challenges, as well as doing deadlifts and other serious strength training.
Jeff brings a wealth of business knowledge and experience to StrongPath. Having founded and run several startups, he immediately recognized the benefits StrongPath could bring to the millions who are struggling with chronic diseases or who just want to feel fitter and healthier. Jeff is the founding Managing Director of the University of Miami Cane Angel Network, an investment platform which supports the university’s entrepreneurial community. He’s also the Managing Partner of JC Venture Capital, an investment firm specialized in early-stage technology startups. And since 2008, he has been teaching a graduate-level business class at the University of Miami School of Business Administration.
Dr. Wesley Smith, Chief of Product Development
In addition to being our Chief of Product Development, Dr. Smith is the Co-founder of HealthSnap and a leading expert in chronic disease management, disease prevention and healthy aging. He is also the director of the graduate program in nutrition and human performance at the University of Miami, where he has been since 2007. He has concentrated on developing an exercise physiology and nutrition program for pre-medical students, focusing on applied human research and prevention of chronic disease.
From 1989-2009, Wes served as the Director of Lifeguard Training Operations for the Ocean City Beach Patrol in Maryland, where he supervised 200 personnel, was the head instructor of CPR, AED and First Aid Head Instructor. During that time Dr. Smith competed at an elite level as a professional triathlete and competed internationally as a top lifeguard competitor. At 49 Dr. Smith is an example of extraordinary health and fitness. For more than 20 years he has lived what he teaches. At an age when most increasingly succumb to physical limitations, Dr. Smith continues running sub-7 minute miles, lifting weights, and swimming thousands of meters each week. Moreover, he can explain in detail some of the wonderful regenerative benefits that occur at a molecular level as a result of vigorous exercise. He contributes to the vision of how StrongPath can integrate with health coaching and modern medicine, and oversees the scientific rigor and lab testing behind the StrongPath strength training and diet system.
Dr. Vanessa Lara, Director of Health and Engagement
Dr. Lara holds a Master’s and Doctorate Degree in Nutrition and Exercise Physiology from the University of Miami, Coral Gables. Dr. Smith is Vanessa’s mentor, so she learned the importance of applied knowledge and adopted a StrongPath lifestyle, which is key to chronic disease prevention and optimal health. She enjoys strength training and High-intensity interval training. She is adept at all types of yoga, from Power to Yin practices. She is also great on skates.
Vanessa has both the scientific knowledge and “how to” experience needed to help others get started and progressively adopt the StrongPath in a customized way from their current condition. When it comes to nutrition, Dr. Lara doesn’t believe in a one-size-fits-all approach; rather, she carefully examines each client’s distinctive biological makeup, goals and lifestyle to provide them with a personalized nutrition plan and advice.