I'm a Certified Strength and Conditioning Coach based out of Staten Island, NY. My wife would describe me as someone who is obsessive (in a good way, I hope!) about strength training, Olympic weightlifting, injury prevention and nutrition. I spend any spare second I have either learning about those things, teaching others about those things, or working on my own fitness in my gym.
My passion for fitness began early in High School when I joined the JV football team. I was a below average athlete who was slow, weak and not well conditioned. I didn't play much and I hated that. I vowed to get better and I began studying and implementing ways to improve my speed, strength, agility and conditioning. I was reading textbooks on energy systems and anatomy by the time I was 16. For fun.
I did get much better and as a result of my progress in high school, I was recruited to play in college, eventually earning a spot on the Muhlenberg College (Allentown, PA) football team. However, within my first year at Muhlenberg, I tore cartilage, broke bones, sprained ligaments and strained muscles . My first two seasons were mostly lost to injury. I was depressed and defeated and I blew up to 250 sloppy, unathletic pounds. And then I felt even more depressed and defeated. It was terrible.
But the two years of college that I wasted away as the fat kid on crutches created a monster. I was so angry that I started to obsessively read anything I could find about recovery and injury prevention. I spent hours in the gym perfecting technique and implementing what I had studied... and then I went home and read more. The final piece fell into place when I started focusing on my diet and learning more about nutrition. By the time junior year ended I was down below 10% body fat and never had to miss a practice.
After college I got a standard office job and realized that in order to maintain the athletic accomplishments I had worked SO HARD for, I needed to continue to learn and work at it. And that's what I've been doing ever since. I got my NSCA CSCS certification in 2012, began training college athletes over summer breaks that year and then took a position as the offensive line coach at St. Joseph by the Sea High School.
In the spring of 2015, I built myself a gym and I have decided to focus on taking all I've learned as a student, coach and athlete to work with others to meet whatever their goals may be.