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1DayBetter

2445 Bethany Road Sycamore, IL 60178 Call or Text: 815.200.MURC (6872)

MURC Coaches

Dr. Denny Kolkebeck, D.P.T., O.C.S., C.M.T.P.T., K.T.C., C.S.C.S.:


Denny has been a “physical adventurer,” climbing, tumbling & training since conception. He is passionate about maximizing people’s health, empowering clients to perform better, & reach their God-given potential to excel in the game of life!


Dr. Kolkebeck has been both an orthopedic sports-medicine physical therapist & strength & conditioning coach for 20 years & wears both roles on his sleeve. He teaches numerous seminars and workshops to colleagues and healthcare professionals focusing on the fascial and musculoskeletal link from the toes to the trunk, multi-plane movements, soft tissue mobilization tools, kinesiology taping & The Five Core Competencies.


He works with athletes ranging from marathon runners to triathletes; power-lifters to Olympic weightlifters; cyclists to swimmers; football players to wrestlers; obstacle course racers to America's elite. He enjoys collaborating with coaches and athletes at every level and loves learning something new.


Denny believes:

  • enacting “up-stream solutions” vs. down-stream remedies is a no-brainer
  • food is medicine, & medicine is a side-effect waiting to happen
  • athletes need to possess & work-on athleticism and movement potential
  • young student-athletes need more fundamental & functional work & less bench-pressing, back-squatting & gimmicks
  • in doing the right thing, for the right reasons, right now
  • in the power of exercise, laughter & prayer

He applies these beliefs by:

  • promoting nutritional strategies supported by blood work
  • taking both a holistic & individualized approach with his athletes
  • building & promoting a culture at MURC of “mens sana in corpore sano”- a sound mind in a sound body
  • practicing what he preaches


While encouraging balance & moderation in life, Denny rarely experiences it himself. He enjoys participating in obstacle course races, scuba diving and barefoot running. He is married to a teacher who constantly corrects his grammar and has two wonderful children who will grow up to be smarter, stronger and wiser than him (not too hard to accomplish).


Denny is available for consultations and treatment for any tweaked or painful conditions needing a little physical therapy.  He's also available for individual or team coaching; workshops or presentations.


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Todd Henson, CPT


Todd believes fitness has a profound impact on all other aspects of life. If we are physically strong, we are healthy and competent. With health and competence, we are able to see measurable progress and gain confidence in ourselves. In this age of over-scheduled lives, exercise is a much needed stress reliever. Coaching enables him to connect with clients in a personal way and to become invested in them and their aspirations.


Coaching Objectives:


Inspiring people to choose a life of continual improvement, through sustainable fitness and nutrition practices. To be sustainable, fitness must be simple, safe, and fun.


Working with athletes to help them prepare for the rigors of practice and competition, so they can avoid injury and achieve their sport-specific goals. As a coach, there is nothing more gratifying than watching the joy of an athlete who is reaching new heights.


An avid endurance athlete, Todd has completed many races, including four marathons and two obstacle course challenges. But his interests go beyond running. He also enjoys strength training, with a preference for body weight workouts that typically include some form of hanging, climbing, jumping, and being upside-down. 


Emily Zonca, B.S. Kinesiology


Emily has participated in sports as long as she can remember, focusing on softball in high school then rugby in college. In high school, Emily found her passion for weightlifting and training when her softball coach put her in charge of off-season training. This passion carried on through her education at Northern Illinois University as a Kinesiology major and with her past experiences as a bootcamp instructor.


Emily firmly believes in building healthy athletes through mastering basic movement patterns, building fundamental strength, and layering on the power, agility and sport specific skills. She loves applying the latest research findings into her client’s programs and their overall wellness plan.


She constantly challenges herself and her athletes to improve a little bit everyday and uses her experiences as a five-time concussed athlete to broaden her empathy and understanding in working with clients facing challenges.