New workout studio in Mammoth MallB
Ted Dardzinski has come out of retirement to bring his original workout method to Mammoth Lakes.
Dardzinski described his system, the TEDD (Therapeutic Exercise Design and Development) system, as “basically sports coniditioning for life.”
What exactly his system entails depends on what the client is training for, but it involves a lot of resistance work, band exercises, free weights, and lateral movement. It attempts to improve people’s efficiency and restore symmetry to their bodies.
Dardzinski had a soft opening for his facility in the Mammoth Mall in February. He has lived in Mammoth full-time for five years. There are centers using his method located around the country.
Dardzinski does not look like the meathead trainers found at most southern California gyms.
He is in his mid-fifties, neither slim nor buff. He has with a salt-and-pepper beard and youthful disposition. His facility has astroturf on the floor, racks, bands, resistance machines and free weights around the soon-to-be-mirrored walls.
Dardzinski said his program is for, “The best athletes and the worst injuries, and everything in between.”
He believes that his facility is filling a niche in the community. Snowcreek is a health club, “That’s for everybody and good at nothing,” he said, and the Body Shop is more aimed at bodybuilders, whom Dardzinski doesn’t usually work with.
Dardzinski’s keystone clients in Mammoth will likely be the aging or injured skier looking to get back on the hill.
“I have a client whose goal is to ski better at 70 than she did at 60, and to continue skiing at 100.”
His method provides what he calls “functional aging,” which involves addressing the structural and postural deficiencies that come from aging.
Along with regular people looking to improve their performance, Dardzinski works with elite athletes. He said that the current options in Mammoth don’t cater to the elite athletes who come here to train.
“World Class athletes go to Snowcreek, and there are kids running through their workout, and people stealing their spot,” he said.
Dardzinski wants to give elite athletes and teams a space that they can rent out for an hour to workout in the way that they are comfortable doing.
He hopes to partner with the Mammoth Track Club and athletes staying in The Crib, the condo for visiting athletes run by Mammoth Lakes Tourism.
He also has a history of working with the critically injured. In 1999, he founded Project Walk Spinal Cord Injury Recovery Center (PWSCIR), “the first spinal cord injury recovery center in southern California.” His method is widely used to aid those who have experienced spinal cord injuries.
TEDD is slated to have a grand opening sometime in May.