About Us

What is StrongPath
What is StrongPath

About Us


We’re on a mission to help people get off the Frail Trail…and on the StrongPath, so they can live longer, happier, disease-free lives.

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 aging 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 our founders

Fred Bartlit, Co-Founder

I know that StrongPath™ training works because I have lived it for 35 years. I’m Fred Bartlit, a former US Army Ranger and trial lawyer who has represented two presidents. My resistance workout keeps me stronger now, at age 85, than I was as a ranger in my 20s. My lifelong experience resulting from good exercise habits and techniques demonstrates that frailty need not be an inevitable part of aging. If you work to maintain your strength, you really can continue to do the things you love, as I do.




Steven Droullard, Co-Founder

I teach attention mechanics as they apply to psychological transformation. Twelve years ago, I personally adopted Fred’s regimen after cancer and cardiac bypass surgery. Today, at age 66, I am much stronger than I was in my 20s. Through StrongPath™, I help others to overcome the mental pitfalls and challenges that defeat many who sincerely want, and need, to adopt the healthy habits that are essential to longevity.




Meet our exceptional colleagues in this work

Dr. Marni Boppart helps prevent aging.

Dr. Marni Boppart—Opening a Scientific Frontier

Marni Boppart obtained her bachelor’s degree in molecular, cellular, and developmental biology from the University of New Hampshire, Durham. She obtained her master’s degree in cell biology from Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska, while serving as an officer and aerospace physiologist in the US Air Force. She received her Sc.D. in applied anatomy and physiology from Boston University and completed research for her degree at the Joslin Diabetes Center, Harvard Medical School. Her postdoctoral work was completed in the Department of Cell and Developmental Biology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. She is an associate professor in the Department of Kinesiology and Community Health and is full-time faculty at the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, where she heads the Molecular Muscle Physiology Laboratory.

Her research interests include cellular biomechanics, cell signaling, and the role of extracellular matrix proteins in the protection of skeletal muscle from injury, disease, and aging.

“In all the years I have spent studying physiology and health, I am convinced that exercise is the only mechanism that will allow for maintenance of health through the life span. There isn’t any other option.”




Dr. Roger Fielding—Sarcopenia Science Pioneer

Dr. Roger Fielding is director of the Nutrition, Exercise Physiology, and Sarcopenia Laboratory at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston, Massachusetts.
“Thirty years ago, we began to realize that the observed age-related declines in skeletal muscle mass and function (which we later termed sarcopenia) had dramatic and direct effects on an individual’s ability to negotiate within his or her own environment and maintain independence as he or she ages. Even more important, we began to understand that exercise training—particularly strength or resistance training—can help preserve muscle strength and mass even in very old, frail individuals.”