A Van and a Plan


Jim and Phil Wharton started in 1989 in Florida.  Fueled by a desire to share the work that transformed their lives, in 1993 they drove to Manhattan in van filled with all of their earthly possessions.  The van was quickly stolen (Phil: “Oh wow, now we don’t have to worry about parking.”) but the Whartons stayed.  They have trained and rehabilitated people of all ages and stages from athletic luminaries such as Olympic medalists and dancers on the Broadway stage to those experiencing difficult muscular conditions.  They authored The Wharton Health Series – which includes The Whartons' Stretch Book, The Whartons' Strength BookThe Whartons' Cardio-Fitness Book, and The Whartons' Back Book and worked with hundreds of Olympic athletes in a variety of disciplines.  They have appeared throughout national media and been featured on Dateline NBCThe Discovery Channel, and appeared in many publications including Runner’s World, Shape, USA Today, and The Wall Street Journal, as well as the online editions of The New York Times and National Public Radio.  Their columns, “The Body Shop” and "Whartons' Simple Solutions" appeared in Runner’s World and Running Times respectively.