I started this blog as a way to do two of my favorite things: write and talk about training. I’ve had some memorable experiences and got to listen to and meet some of the best the strength and conditioning field has to offer in my short time as a trainer. This blog gives me a chance to share those experiences and take you through my journey in this industry.
I started training in 2014 out of Intoxx Fitness on Staten Island, NY and hold four certifications. I’m a Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and a Certified Physical Preparation Specialist (CPPS). I also have two certifications from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) as a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES).
In October of 2015, I was named the first Strong Bastard 911 Grand Champion from a field of more
than 600 contestants in a transformation contest run by Joe DeFranco and Jim Smith. During the 11-week program, I lost 15 pounds, dropped 4.8% body fat and still increased my bench press one-rep max by 10 pounds and squat 40 pounds. I’ve been featured on Joe’s site and also had the opportunity to be a guest on his Industrial Strength Show podcast.
Before personal training, I was as a sports writer for six years. I was the statewide football, girls basketball and boys lacrosse writer the Newark Star-Ledger, covered Rutgers football, men’s basketball and recruiting for Scout.com and high school sports for the Home News Tribune. I’ve published training articles for elitefts.com, trainssi.com and the Athletes’ Acceleration newsletter.