December 17, 2019, a meeting between Tyler Skovron and Christian Ballard began with a coffee and small talk. Hours later, that coffee would prove to be the first step towards what Zero Limits Performance is today.
Ballard and Skovron's life stories were too similar to ignore. Both successful young into collegiate athletes, had careers cut short, and then developed a passion to coach/provide what they missed in their own careers. It soon came to be that just simply providing what was missing wasn't enough, they wanted to re-invent the way human performance is developed, their own method, their own ethos.
"We both were operating as a few pieces of the pie. Together, we found our expertise and coaching personalities too complimentary, we knew we had a really special opportunity," says Skovron.
Since February 2020, Ballard and Skovron have taken their unique lens for human performance and carried out their mission together.
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"OUR MISSION IS TO CREATE THE HIGHEST POSSIBLE OPERATING STANDARDS, DEVELOP THE CHARACTER OF OUR ATHLETES, DEVELOP THE CULTURE OF OUR TEAM, AND THE RESULTS WILL TAKE CARE OF THEMSELVES."
CEO | Director of Therapy & Rehab
Dubbed the "posture specialist" by lefty pitcher (and former Texas Ranger) Cole Hamels, Skovron spent years fine-tuning the Zero Limits Performance method and working with clients to improve fitness, alignment, balance and overall athleticism.
Hamels hired Skovron to help make his exercises more efficient. "I stuck to that 5-6 days a week," he said. "I also changed my strength program, it allowed me to utilize and identify my mechanics a little better, getting back to when I felt at my best. Over a period of time, your body doesn't allow you to do that. You get stronger, but you're not utilizing everything that you have."
After working with Skovron, Cubs infielder David Bote said, "People said I now look bigger and say how much weight I’ve put on. I really haven’t put on extra weight. I’m better stacked. I’m more open in the chest area and not so rounded, more vertical. I can move easier and have better range of motion." After working with the posture specialist, Bote was quoted saying he measured two inches taller.
Tyler has nearly 16 years of hands-on experience. Skovron, who once worked with golfers to achieve balance between body and swing, transitioned to baseball in 2017 and has worked with more than 60 MLB and MiLB athletes.
COO | Director of Performance & Player Development
Christian has been passionate about Performance and Fitness for the majority of his life. Although his Athletic career ended before he was able to accomplish his goals, his love for the weight room continued. This passion led him to the fitness industry where he served two years as a Fitness Director/Operations Manager before following his passion for Athletic Performance and becoming a Certified Physical Preparation Specialist (CPPS).
He has since added the Advanced Athletic Preparation Specialist (CPPS 2), Functional Movement Screen (FMS2), Certified Weightlifting Performance Coach (CWPC), Certified Speed and Agility Coach (CSAC), Dynamic Variable Resistance Training (DVRT), and Precision Nutrition (PN1) certifications to his “tool belt”.
These areas of specialization allow Christian to develop and enhance his athletes specific needs at various stages of their athletic careers.
Christian believes that everyone should be able experience life to the fullest and never be held back by physical limitations. He aims to equip people with the knowledge and tools to reach their fullest potential and will continue to improve clients lives through movement and performance.