Success Stories

When Health Fitness & Performance Matter
Bill McCleave
Avid Climber and training to summit Mt. Everest 

“In the military, physical training consisted of running until I dropped. Thinking in terms of target heart rates was unheard of.  I had grown accustomed to this way of physical conditioning all my life - whether I was in the gym or running outdoors. It was common for me to train through injuries, and bad knees were an unfortunate result.  However, times change and so does training. Meeting Dan and Rob from The Summit's Exercise and Sports Science Center (ESSC) really changed my view on training, and put me on track to achieve my fitness goals. Testing at the ESSC was the first step in generating the baseline I needed to train properly. Now I am able to optimize a fitness program in preparation for my Everest summit attempt in 2020.”

Image depicts Bill McCleave on the summit of Gran Paridisio, Italy – August 30, 2018

Mitch Bailey
Former Cardiac Rehabilitation Patient

“The Exercise & Sports Science Center is such a great way for a former cardiac rehab patient, like myself, to gain not only more confidence in my heart, but to also learn where I’m at in my training, and how much more I can push. I would recommend this program to any other fellow cardiac rehab patients that want to take an active approach to bettering their health and their heart.”

Bernadette Van Belois, M.D.

“I highly recommend this testing to anyone who is interested in evaluating their current fitness level and who is looking for ways to  improve. The information collected is reported back and reviewed in -depth and an individualized plan is formulated to target  weaker areas and build on strengths. I intend to repeat this testing after I have had a chance to implement the plan developed for  me. Some of the results were surprising and will definitely influence my training program. It was time and effort well spent and I  appreciate the opportunity to work with such knowledgeable and helpful professionals.”

Annie Hill
Glacier High School Track

“I've always been a competitive and motivated runner, but I also know that there are ways I can improve my fitness, technique, mental preparation and overall success. The Exercise & Sports Science Center and Competitive Edge has helped me do those things. Dr. Confessore and his team analyzed my fitness in a VOMax test and gave me direct feedback on training paces and cycles. The process was fun, informative and motivating! Having ESSC and Competitive Edge as part of my “team” has been awesome! Thank you ESSC for genuinely caring about and supporting my success!”

Robert T. Cale, M.D.
Montana Center for Wellness & Pain Management Kalispell

“The comprehensive Executive Physical program run by Robert Confessore and his colleagues at Kalispell Regional Medical  Center is second to none.  The testing and evaluation is extensive, and fully the equal of high-end systems employed by  professional sports teams.  To find a comparable program you would have to travel to Seattle or Mayo Clinic.  I came away with a  greater understanding of how I may enhance the vigor and extend the life of my 68 year-old body.  The experience was  exhilarating, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in their health and wellness.”