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CRATOS Featured in the Des Moines Register

As a proud central Iowa business, it’s always such an honor to have local news outlets recognize us for the work we do.

In a recent feature on The Des Moines Register’s website, the spotlight was turned on the CRATOS team and the innovative approach we’re taking to health, wellness and sports performance. The reporter, Kristin Danley asked a few questions about our new format as well as allowed us to expound some great insight on the future of fitness and health.  Check out the article here or click on the image to the right to link directly to the post.

If you’re interested in learning even MORE about CRATOS and our unique approach to health, wellness and sports performance in central Iowa, contact us today through the Contact Us page on our Website.

Local Business Spotlight: Cratos

Athletic trainer Steve Reese helps people seek healthier lifestyles through his new business, Cratos.

“I’m a licensed athletic trainer and have a master’s degree in exercise science from the University of Iowa. Cratos has been a 12-year vision of mine — I’ve worked with elite athletes from the University of Iowa and been in the sports medicine-clinic setting. I’ve worked with diverse populations and realized a while back that there is a need for the knowledge of an athletic trainer in the general population,” Reese said. “An athlete’s first line of defense is an athletic trainer, so I wanted to create that environment for the general population.”

Reese previously operated Fitness Together at the Cratos location. He aims to support average people seeking healthier lifestyles, as well as helping people requiring surgery return to their activities sooner.

“What separates us from others is the screening process and comprehensive assessments we conduct in the areas of cardiovascular, orthopedic and general wellness. Then we determine what type of program is best for each individual based upon that information,” Reese said. “They can be a part of whatever they choose, like the more intensive flex a.m. class or small-group personal training or individual lessons instead.”

Reese spoke with The Des Moines Register about his business.

Q: How can you help athletes?

A: We have a sports performance side to Cratos. We can help boost high school and collegiate elite sports performances at different levels, whether a youth or an adult. If we have a soccer player who needs ACL injury prevention training, so she’s less likely to injure herself, we can do that. We will work with pro golfers, young athletes, whoever needs our help.

Q: Will you be able to help kids?

A: Yes, we have kids who want to get healthy, so we’ll have youth sports performance and health programs. We can set them up on the right plan.

Q: How can you help those enduring surgery?

A: We will have a restructuring, rehabilitation and reconditioning clinic. People who are post physical therapy or presurgical and were active and want to stay active, to be healthy or want to go into surgery healthy and come out healthy.

Q: Will you offer educational opportunities?

A: We have consistent, ongoing monthly educational opportunities in our facility. We will target our programming about boomers, females, osteoporosis prevention, strength straining, work-induced stress injuries, speed training, nutrition and more.

Q: Who do you have on staff?

A: We have five on staff, including athletic trainers, strength and conditioning coaches and physical therapists. Our services have more of a medical slant to it.

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LOCATED AT: 12871 University Ave., Clive

HOURS: 5:30 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and 6:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday

OWNER: Steve Reese

BUSINESS HISTORY: Reese previously owned Fitness Together, but recently opened Cratos as a way to reach more people through health and wellness programs.

CONTACT: 440-8486,, also on Facebook.

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