He originally thought he wanted to be a doctor, so he took all the prerequisite biology, anatomy, physiology, kinesiology, and chemistry classes. Circumstances change and thinking he wanted to be a lawyer, he ended up with a degree in Political Science with a minor in Legal Studies. After graduation, he didn’t want to go to law school immediately, so he worked in retail security and private investigations and protection for six years.Wanting to do something he loved and being a serious workout aficionado since he was 16, he got his American Council of Exercise Certification and became a personal trainer in 1995. As a trainer, he originally worked at Move It!, a private personal training center in Los Gatos, California. He worked there until he and his partner Ron Manicki, opened their own private personal training facility, The Fitness Group of Los Gatos, in 1997. While in Los Gatos, Mel worked with several professional athletes, including Peggy Fleming, Olympic Gold Medalist Skater and Ron Stern, hockey player for the San Jose Sharks. He also worked with numerous housewives and “soccer moms” who wanted to lose fat and tone muscle, geriatric clients who wanted to turn back the clock by exercising, busy executives who wanted efficient workout programs to fit into their busy schedules, middle school and high school students who wanted to be more athletic and be better at the sport they played, etc. By far, his proudest achievement has been to work with clients diagnosed with high blood pressure and diabetes and putting them on sensible exercise and nutrition plans, improving their health to the point where they were taken off their medicine or the dosage was drastically reduced.He moved to Las Vegas with his family at the end of 2003 and opened Bodysport Fitness Center along with his brother Gerry in October of 2006. To expand his knowledge on training for his clients, he is currently working on getting his National Academy of Sport Medicine Personal Training Certification.
Born in Newport, Rhode Island and raised in San Jose, California, Gerry graduated from high school in 1990 and joined the U.S. Marines. After proudly serving his country as a anti aircraft missile operator, he returned to San Jose where he received his AA Degree from DeAnza College in 1997 and then attended San Jose State University studying Physiology and Kinesiology. While in college, Gerry worked part time as a personal trainer. Gerry became so passionate about personal training that he decided to make a career out of it. He started full-time at The Fitness Group of Los Gatos in 1999 as a full time trainer and was certified as a National Academy of Sports Medicine Personal Trainer.Gerry moved to Las Vegas in April 2004 and was crucial to the opening of Bodysport Fitness Center in 2006.As a trainer at Bodysport, Gerry works with people of all ages and abilities, but his specialty is working with athletes, particularly teens. Gerry believes in training the body by using a functionally progressive, systematic system to maximize results. His proudest achievement is being able to give back to the community by administering Bodysport’s Coach’s Choice Scholarship Program. It’s a program he designed to help promising middle school and high school athletes who do not have the resources to hire personal trainers and/or strength and conditioning coaches, to go on to play sports at the college level. Academic performance is stressed just as much as athletic performance in the program. Participants are often reminded by Gerry that if their GPA falls below the minimum college acceptable GPA, the athletic training stops. To expand his current knowledge base of training he is currently working on getting his National Academy of Sports Medicine Specialization in Performance.
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