We’ve written extensively about the transformation that took place at Daman’s Strength Training in Beaver over the past year. Not only did the name change – it’s now called International Institute of Sport & Movement – they’ve also transformed their teaching methods to a new pedagogy called musculosystematic engineering, or MsE.

Musculosystematics is the study of safety and effective of cumulative neuromuscular interaction in any movement at any moment, in which each neurological pathway and muscle has multiple distinct functional responsibilities. Can you tell this was created by a Harvard grad?

I completed my first MsE training session back in July at the behest of owner and personal friend, Rick Daman. Shawn Moody, the second brain behind the operation at IISM, also known as a MsE engineer and educational advancement executive, led me through a series of movements that thoroughly engaged my core, my legs, my feet, and most importantly, my mind.


I just completed my second class, and throughout this journey with Shawn and Rick using MsE, I’m going to write more and more about my experiences using this training method. They’re one of two locations in the entire country that are certified to teach MsE. As for me personally, I’ve gone through the gamut of workouts – strength training, hot yoga, indoor spin, HIIT, body weights, vibration plates – you name it. I ran two half marathons. I’ve completed a Tough Mudder. I’m a very active person, always looking for a new challenge.


MsE provides that challenge. It’s a test of the mind. During my second MsE session, in just under one hour, I was on the verge of an all-out sweat, and I hadn’t moved more than 10 feet from my original position. Coach Shawn took me through a series of movements that took everything I had inside of me to complete, including some familiar yoga poses that were modified to fit MsE. After the workout, I felt surprisingly refreshed, or “primed” as they say in the MsE world.

I’m looking forward to writing more about musculosystematics and how it can help not only me, but the 45 year-old mother of three, the 65 year-old retiree, or the 13 year-old up and coming star athlete.


Marc is a lifelong resident of Beaver County. A 2001 graduate of Center High School and 2005 graduate of Point Park University, Marc is employed by the Pennsylvania Cyber Charter School and officiates high school and college football. Follow Marc on Twitter, Snapchat, and Instagram @marcgrando