Running Lab

Balance Physical Therapy

Have you wanted to be a better runner? Or just begin running? Have you wished that you’d love running?

You don’t have to just “want” or “dream” – Now you can BE a better runner with our Running Lab Program.

Research has shown that beginning runners who have a relatively pleasant first experience are much more likely to still be running 6 months later, rather than beginners who are miserable in their first workout. So it’s important to do whatever it takes to make running as enjoyable as you can make it when you’re just starting out.


Recover Faster: Learn advanced recovery techniques and what appropriate rest really looks, so that you can recovery quickly and reduce pain.

Enjoy Running: Get to know your strengths and weaknesses, so you can maximize your results and enjoyment of running with fewer injuries.

Stride Efficiently: Discover your ideal stride length determined by your functional flexibility and strength to support a steady, powerful pelvis and hips, which increases your running distance in fewer steps.

Be Faster: Create a schedule of training and recovery that enhances efficiency for your whole body, so that your movement becomes most efficient and economical.

Protect Your Feet: Determine which shoe is best for you…weight, cushioning, support, shape, orthotics…We factor in your body weight, mileage, past history, and foot type. Having the right shoe protects you from injury, foot pain, hip pain, and low back pain.

Train For Success: Receive a specific program designed by Andrew Baker, who is not only a Doctor of Physical Therapy but also a competitive runner and Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist, so that you can continue to run, achieve your goals, and increase your quality of life with running.

Call the clinic at 831-422-4782 or fill out the form to schedule your running lab evaluation, and start the process of becoming the runner you’ve always wanted to be!

Dr. Baker will walk you through the entire process, take a thorough history and evaluation, perform a biomechanical assessment, walking and running video analysis, hands-on treatment where needed, and co-create a sustainable program with you to follow through on your own.  If you’re a runner of any kind, you need this service! Schedule this month, and receive a discount coupon for your next pair of running shoes!

Running Lab Details:

  • Multi-view running analysis
  • Access to detailed running video clip with review of pertinent findings
  • Full Orthopedic exam to assess strength, balance, and flexibility
  • Training goals and race planning
  • Effective strength training strategies to incorporate into training for injury prevention and performance improvement
  • Proper nutrition for endurance athletes, before, during, and after exercise



143 John St Salinas, CA 93901 | 831-422-4782 | FAX 831-422-4784


2260 N Fremont St Monterey, CA 93940 | 831-372-4782 | FAX 831-372-4784

Hear what our patients say about us

Balance Physical Therapy Testimonials

  • "John is the greatest! Takes time to thoroughly explain everything, seems to really care about his patients and their well-being. Definitely goes out of his way to accommodate his patients. Thank you!"

  • "My therapist was the greatest! She was friendly, warm and helpful. All of the staff was very great as well. The whole experience was fantastic and the atmosphere was always positive, encouraging and energetic. Thank you all so much for your help and encouragement. My visits were one of a kind."

  • "I will request your facility again if I'm ever in need of physical therapy services in the future. I will also recommend friends and family members. Good location, nice facility, A+!"

  • Competently competent! I have been to several PTs for my issue. None took the time to really evaluate and come up with ideas that actually made a difference. We are still working the issue, but I have felt so cared for. John takes an interest to make sure that the patient is getting the right care they need. Happy!! 5/5 stars Thursday, 06 October 2016 18:05:23

    Janis S.

Our Mission

Balance Physical Therapy® and Human Performance Center is dedicated to being the most patient-focused, result-oriented rehabilitation facility in Monterey County. Through the application of highly skilled manual therapy, prescribed therapeutic exercise, and patient education, we form a team with our patients and are committed to returning them to an active lifestyle.