Injured? Limited Functional Mobility? Try Ki-Hara.

Karen Gonzalez employing Ki-Hara method on Cody Angell

Physical Therapist in Store July 14th

Karen Gonzalez will be seeing clients on Thursday, July 14th starting at 4:30 PM at St. Pete Running Company. Make your appointment today for your 30-minute session before the slots fill up! Cost is only $30 for expert advice and a demonstration of Ki-Hara. Call her at 727-481-1694 to schedule your session.

About Karen

Karen Gonzalez has been a registered physical therapist for 20 years. She's a Certified Ki-Hara Master Trainer and a Certified Level I Track and Field Coach with the USATF specializing in proper mechanics and treatment of injuries.

What is Ki-Hara?

Ki-Hara is an exercise system involving resistance stretching. Olympians and pro-athletes have attributed success to their stringent Ki-Hara training.

Benefits of Ki-Hara include:

  • Increased Range of Motion
  • Improvement of Functional Mobility
  • Recovery and Decreased Muscle Soreness

To find out more about Karen's expertise, visit her website.



Blogger Bria works at St. Pete Running Company as a customer service manager.


Premier Run & Fit and St Pete Running Company Announce Partnership

Premier Run & Fit Opens Physical Therapy and Performance Studio Inside St. Pete Running Company

May 2, 2015, St. Petersburg, FL – Locally owned Premier Run & Fit announced today that it will build a running and athlete Physical Therapy and performance studio inside St. Pete Running Company at 6986 22nd Ave N., St. Petersburg, FL 33710. Run & Fit will be open to clients on June 15.

Dr. Eric Schweitzer, Board Certified Doctor of Physical Therapy, will own and operate Premier Run & Fit, seeing patients twice weekly on Mondays and Thursdays and will extend hours if needed. Dr. Schweitzer is also the owner of Clearwater physical therapy practice Premier Physical Therapy and Sports Performance. He will continue to see patients at Premier Physical Therapy as well.

Dr. Schweitzer has practiced for more than 15 years and specializes in physical therapy for runners and athletes. He himself is a marathon runner and triathlete and an active participant in the Pinellas County running community.

“Runners and athletes are often given misguided advice, and 75 percent suffer an injury every year. Combining our two areas of expertise in running will assist us in providing the best care possible to our running and athletic community.”

St. Pete Running Company just had their 1 year anniversary and has quickly become an integral part of the running community. In addition to their extensive retail selection, they conduct classes and workshops, and offer their StrideSmart Fitting Process that provides a comprehensive fitting experience that addresses customer’s entire stride, from head to toe.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Eric. The reality is that runners get injured, and we feel having a guy of his caliber in our facility treating people is a no-brainer.  Dr. Eric provides a highly unique service and having him as a resource will only help fuel an already booming St. Pete running and triathlon scene. It only makes sense to have the person who was voted Tampa Bay's best Physical Therapist treating people at one of America's best running stores. As soon as we started talking to him about this opportunity, we knew it would give our customers everything they needed to improve their athletic ability,” said Cody Angell of St. Pete Running Company.

The addition of Dr. Schweitzer’s Premier Run & Fit practice will give customers an unprecedented running science experience rarely found in a retail environment. Dr. Schweitzer will offer physical therapy and performance enhancement to runners and athletes, using active release, manual therapy, corrective exercises and other tools to retrain movements to eliminate pain or increase output. He will also offer special events such as classes and workshops.

“I wanted to work with St. Pete Running Company because it has a genuine feel to it. They are runners and get it. Anyone who’s been in there can tell you they are very good at what they do. Plus, they offer the "stride smart" system of shoe fitting which I recommend and have personally benefited from,” said Dr. Schweitzer.

“I am thrilled about this opportunity. Running is a huge part of my life – from my career to my fitness to my social life – and now I’m able to make even more of an impact on the running community. I just think it’s an exciting partnership for me, St. Pete Running Company and our clients.”





One of America's Top Running Stores now has one of Tampa Bay's best Physical Therapists in store. St. Pete Running Company is excited to announce a new team member: Dr. Eric Schweitzer of Premier Run & Fit.

Eric Schweitzer, DPT, OCS, MTC
Board Certified Doctor of Physical Therapy
Certified Manual Therapist


You may have heard about Dr. Eric Schweitzer through Premier Physical Therapy in Clearwater. He will now be seeing clients in St. Pete as well.


About Dr. Schweitzer

Eric Schweitzer is a board certified Doctor of Physical Therapy and owner of Premier Run & Fit.  He is the only clinician in Tampa Bay that specializes exclusively in running injuries & enhancing running performance.  He offers a comprehensive running evaluation that clinically explores all facets of your running from mobility to strength to form.


He was an adjunct professor in sports medicine at USF for years before entering private practice.  He has written several textbook chapters on various sports medicine topics, most recently on athletic foot and ankle injuries, and he has spoken at several national level conferences.


He is certified in Active Release, certified in Manual Therapy, and is the only certified Pose Running form coach in Tampa Bay.


He's an avid runner and triathlete himself. His next race is the Sugarloaf Mountain Marathon in Maine on May 18th.  Besides running/triathlon, he also enjoys traveling, kayaking, fishing, and camping in his free time.


About Premier Run & Fit


St. Pete Running Company is proud to welcome Premier Run & Fit to the store. Dr. Eric Schweitzer will be taking new clients right here in SPRC.

Please call to make an appointment: 727-442-7500


Take away more from your St. Pete Running Company Visit

With the addition of Dr. Schweitzer, we're very excited to provide our customer family with a more comprehensive experience in store. From our one-of-a-kind StrideSmart Fitting Process to Group Runs to Running Classes, we love to support the community and help people reach their fitness goals. Voted one of the best Physical Therapists in Tampa Bay, Dr. Schweitzer will be able to assist you with diagnosing, managing, and correcting your running or other sports-related injuries.



Blogger Bria works at St. Pete Running Company as a customer service manager.