What is StrongPath?

What is StrongPath

Anyone willing to put in the work can become healthier and stronger at any age.

A fork in the road stands before you throughout your entire life. The choice and the freedom to choose are yours.

It’s frightening that, as a culture, we’ve embraced the idea that it’s normal for someone who is 60+ years old to be weak and unhealthy. It’s not. It’s actually tragic. This false assumption leads millions of Americans down the Frail Trail, believing there is no other choice, no way to protect their health and remain active, strong, and alive beyond a certain age.

Fred Bartlit and Steven Droullard know this is not true. They wake up every day and further research questions such as:

  • What is extraordinary physical and mental health?
  • How is it achieved and maintained over a lifetime?
  • What does it take to truly savor life every day for everything it is worth?

StrongPath™ is about the impact strength training has on health and well-being, and it is dedicated to giving everyone the tools they need to be strong and vibrant. Choosing the StrongPath™ will help you—whether you are 40, 50, 60, or older—to become much stronger and healthier, and to hold on to the life you love. There has been far more research about this than you might imagine, and the science develops daily. Strongpath.com will keep you up to date on all the news.

The StrongPath™ Challenge

It is indeed possible to live longer, better, and stronger. Fred and Steven are committed to walking the walk and teaching anyone willing to take on the challenge how to follow their path. Many have, and you will find their amazing stories and insights in the success stories posted on this site.




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.”