1) Where are you located?

Currently I have two NYC facilities I use. One on the East side Midtown and one on the West side towards downtown. I also have a complete training studio in Milford PA. Thirdly, I am in the process of opening a PT/Performance facility in Union County near the Summit area.

2) Do you do Crossfit-like training?

As a strength coach, we look at this style of training, called circuit, series, interval or metabolic training as one tool in our varied tool box. It can become a part of a training program at QB&P IF it passes a risk/benefit ratio. And what is not mentioned to the general public is the top competitors ( in the Crossfit Games) are EXCEPTIONALLY gifted athletes. And even Olympic athletes have devastating injuries (two elbow dislocations this past Olympics ) with several of these movements (the snatch, in this case). They have never been used to better a figure or physique aesthetically, even by us Pros nor are used in any CSCS-programmed athletic programs. So, why would we. Kettlebells? Anything that can be done with a kettlebell can be done safer, and more effectively with a dumbbell.

3) Do you train older people, women in a different way?

Actually ever client gets trained in a different way here and all our training is documented, evaluated, reassessed via their own personal file. And at home mom and a 6”5” thin, lean, underweight junior HS basketball Forward have distinctly different programming per their current condition and needs moving forward. Having made a living aesthetically and put through college ( my parents were happy with that!) as a D1 scholarship athlete, and my current CSCS gives me the science and huge client/athlete experience to work with you!! Women carry typically double the bodyfat percentage in their lower bodies so lower extremity training HAS to be different then males. As we age, movement patterns HAVE to be altered, reassessed to assure safety and efficiency given our biochemical, structural changes and needs!

4) How young can our children begin training?

Per the NSCA six, per my own personal comfort zone, 8 years old. The best statement I have read regarding this concern is “ the forces these young athletes are subjected to on a field of play are more significant than what they are in a supervised, certified program.” Teach them the value and sense of accomplishment, improve their athletic abilities, set them up for active, fit, lean adulthood GREAT. Have them train, treated like mini adults and train as such, NOT GOOD AT ALL. I personally don’t like sports like football until maturation or puberty because of the growth plate scenario. And that from a former Cowboys draft choice. We have to get smarter with concussions, cumulative damage, inappropriate coaches, living vicariously, overuse and too much practice, games at the expense of just fun, unsupervised play at our children evolve.

5) Will weight training make me look fatter (female inquiry)?

It could, If programmed the wrong way. With low rep, high intensity training, no cardio/aerobics and no SIGNIFICANT upgrade to current food intake, absolutely! It amounts to some muscle gain underneath the stagnant bodyfat level of that female. NOT GOOD! Women have to do resistance training to repress bone loss related to their female sex hormone, estrogen. Furthermore, maintaining skeletal muscle when they are younger is integral to a more mobile, leaner, functional body as women age. There are three compartments in the body. Muscle and bone, water and fat. Sure weight training can add lean muscle mass a la the scale can go up yet, done appropriately it will aid women in a more improved body composition (lower bodyfat, more tone, increased strength, range of motion ). And with targeted cardio and more importantly, a supportive diet to the weight and cardio training, in most cases, a resultant fitter, leaner, more toned, symmetrical and yes, smaller body!

Teaching clients/athletes the difference helps them understand all aspects of training and nutritional support. For a female client who want to get buff per se, I prefer the training that fitness or figure or bikini competitors employ over a Crossfit, powerlift protocol which yield blockier, smoother, less aesthetic bodies. Looking at the end result is always a good indicator of the programming! And having been critiqued for a wide waist as a pro bodybuilder, I don’t want any women to become blocky doing overhead movements, heaving squatting, etc. That is not aesthetic-enhancing. Athletic performance-wise, different adaptation intended and these movements are intended, substantiated.

6) You state you stay up with the current science. What have you changed recently to your training program?

Fortunately for my clients/athletes, I had two diffent lower leg growth plate inuries growing up in Long Island. They both contributed to might right leg being anatomically shorter ( more than 1″ verified by a scanogram x-ray). Just recently I began to study asymmetry and it’s compensatory symptoms, it’s diagnosis and a corrective Methodology. I had experience with dysfunctional anatomy by training two clients that had paralysis, unilaterally (affecting one side). One caused by MS and the other post-stroke. Their assymetry was quite evident. Personally, I was falling into a bad spiral of immobility, “living with it”, believing it was not correctable, living in pain. I have a seven year old, did some silly things like steroid use as a pro bodybuilder and blocking 60 plays a game…with my head! I needed an answer and as usual, a simple one was available.

A systematic stretching, rebalancing sequence. Initially, it is easy to diagnosis it in athletes, general public, clients in general was less so. We alter any compensatory movement patterns with resistance, cardio, even with gait and stride. I have had parents, clients, athletes cry at being show the asymmetry and even moreso when I show them immediate, corrective movement. It is not a death sentence (diagnosis) and IS correctable. It is why mnay people discontinue any training regimen…it is too painful. Try to build a house on a slanted, uneven hill! What causes it? Rarely genetic, it stems from atrophy from inactivity, a sedentary life, one-side dominant athletes, casting at an early age, occasionally a catastrophic injury, and surely pre-pubscent growth plate injuries!! And the last one is now HUGELY common with young athletes.