Former Penn State trainer changing the athlete performance and recovery game

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ALTOONA, Pa. (WTAJ) – In a sport like football that is so taxing on the body, Superman Berrow is changing the game.

You heard that correctly, Superman Berrow.

“My father wanted something different for his first-born son. Something unique, something you’ll never forget,” Berrow said. “People kept asking and it gets kind of annoying, like hey, it’s just a name, like why do you care? But then watching Superman on TV, and it’s kind of like, people are asking for a reason.”

Berrow knew he wanted to be around football, so he got into athletic training doing clinical rotations for Rutgers Football in 2007.

“I remember taking players to appointments in NYC, and people see the big brick ‘R’ and Go Rutgers! So, I was like yes I want to do football, yes this is what I want,” Berrow said.

He then moved to Chicago, got a job with Athletico, which had a partnership with the Chicago Bears.

“Sometimes it was like a dream, you see these guys every single day. I remember the first week, when Urlacher called my name for the first time, it was like, ‘He knows who I am.’ Of course I have the name Superman, it’s funny,” Berrow said.

But it also opened his mind to their kryptonite, injuries.

“You see the vulnerabilities, you see what scares them. You see when they get hurt, these guys are in tears because they work so hard for this moment,” Berrow said.

In 2015, after five years with the Bears, Superman hopped in a phone booth and took his talents to Happy Valley, becoming the assistant trainer for Penn State football.

“He did the best ankle tape job, so everybody wanted to line up and go to him,” former Penn State safety and current Pittsburgh Steeler Marcus Allen.

“Trace McSorley, if you ever see the 2016 season, you always see me with a towel, every time he went out on the field, we built that. If he didn’t see me, he’d be like, ‘Sup!’ first person he’s looking for,” Berrow said.

Then in 2018, Superman took flight on his path, opening his ‘Fortress of Solitude,’ B4 Club Therapy, a human performance center designed to help muscle recovery and make athletes more mobile and flexible.

“I want you to feel a part of something big, relaxing to where this is what I know for me being in a professional, and college setting. Coming into a training room and being relaxed and unphased. I want to give that same environment ot someone walking in whether you’re an athlete, non-athlete, weekend warrior, where you’re like, ‘Man, I feel good just walking in,’ ” Berrow said.

Using state of the art technology, Berrow is changing the athlete performance and recovery game. His first client, Steelers safety and former Penn Stater Marcus Allen.

Marcus Allen: “Superman knows the athletes everyday life. For him to be around that and understand what a player needs, it helps a lot,” Allen said.

Superman says he doesn’t need a cape to validate his name, his client’s approval speaks volumes to it.

“Everybody’s looking what’s that next edge to get over and stay on top of your body and I told them about my man Sup, and they said they want to try him out,” Allen said.

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