Hey, my name's Tony Douglas, Founder and CEO of Verti-GO       

I started Verti-GO with one simple goal: Help Athletes reach their fullest potential

Our unique results driven philosophy is transforming the way athletes train and prepare for sport.                               

I grew up loving Sports, particularly Basketball and Track & Field, which I did in High School. After becoming the Illinois State Champion in the Long jump (8th best in the nation), I decided to continue my track career at Iowa State University. 

Having never lifted weights in high school I was introduced to the weight room and man was I excited. I had jumped 24'7" in high school and was optimistic that adding weights to the equation would be like throwing gasoline on the fire. I was always a hard worker and instantly fell in love with the weight room.

At my first Big XII Conference Championship meet, I tore my hamstring and was out for the remainder of the season. Having never been seriously injured I followed the rehab protocol to a tee and returned the next season ready to roll. Only to sustain another hamstring pull with the addition of a hip flexor strain.

The injuries continued throughout my entire track career, the most frustrating part was not knowing WHY the injuries would happen. We would just rehab, return and start the process of gaining strength back. Slowly and steadily losing confidence in myself.

Although still having a lot of success including 11 times All Big XII, 3x NCAA Qualifier and 2x honorable mention All-American, it felt unfulfilled. I was never able to compete up to my full potential. With the all the injuries and set backs I was exhausted and happy to be done. 

Upon starting to train young athletes, I found they were experiencing a lot of the same problems I ran in to in college, just at a much younger age. 

I started to question everything:

  • The loads, positions and risks being implemented in the weight room.
  • The lack of any running or athletic movement mechanics.
  • The outdated philosophies of bigger, stronger, harder that have been passed down over the last 30-50 years without question. 

After creating, experimenting and testing my own performance training model with incredible results, Verti-GO was born.

Our training philosophy is simple and based on commonsense, If you're an athlete, you should train like an athlete. Practice and improve the movements, positions and reactions that will actually take place during sports. 

We constantly question the status quo and utilize the most current research and technology! 

GO Faster. GO Forward. GO Further.