MARTIN ROONEY MHS, PT, CSCS
TFW FOUNDER AND CEO
Martin Rooney is an internationally recognized pioneer of strength and conditioning for the martial arts. He holds a Master of Health Science and Bachelor of Physical Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from Furman University.
Martin was a four-time All Conference, and four-time MVP performer in Track and Field at Furman and a member of the United States Bobsled team from 1995-1997, 2000. Following his exposure to MMA in the mid 1990s, Martin began training with Renzo Gracie and started training fighters shortly afterward. Since the foundation of the TFW system, Martin has traveled as far as Brazil, Finland, Mexico, Japan, Russia, England, Holland, Sweden, Thailand, Italy, Germany, Austria and the Middle East to train, compete, and conduct seminars and help prepare world class athletes for competition. Martin has been the martial arts consultant to the NY Giants and the NY Jets for over 5 years and a coach on the 2007 IFL World Team Champion New York Pitbulls. Martin is currently a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under UFC fighter Ricardo Almeida and a black belt in Kodokan Judo under Olympian Teimoc Johnston-Ono.
Martin has lectured for the American College of Sports Medicine, the College Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the UK Strength and Conditioning Association, the Finnish Coaches Association, American Fitness Professionals and Associates, Perform Better and has been commissioned by Nike to run speed testing camps at a number of major universities. Martin has also presented for numerous companies on leadership and teamwork including Fortune 500 companies such as Marriot International and Hasbro.
Martin and his training have been featured on ESPN, ESPN2, Spike TV, Sports New York, Fox Sports Net, Fox Fight Game, the NFL Network, HDnet, NBC.com, Bodybuilding.com, tmuscle.com and in the New York Times, Men’s Health, Men’s Fitness, Men’s Journal, The Sporting News, Stack Magazine, FIGHT!, Fight Sport, Fighters Only, Grappling and Sports Illustrated for Kids.
He has written five books called “Train to Win”, “Success Patterns”, “The Team Renzo Gracie Workout”, “Training for Warriors”, and “Ultimate Warrior Workouts”, the latter two published by HarperCollins. Martin is also on the editorial council of Brazil’s Gracie Magazine and a regular contributor to Men’s Health and FIGHT!. Martin has also produced a 10-part DVD series on the Parisi Training Method and a 2-part series entitled “The Secrets of GameSpeed”. In all, these products have sold in excess of 100,000 copies to date.
In addition to training many world champion martial artists, Martin has also been a speed and conditioning consultant to the New York Giants, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona State University, University of Alabama, Oregon State University, Rutgers University, Montana State University as well as other athletes from the NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA and numerous top Division I colleges across the country. He has also trained numerous Olympians including one gold, four silver medalists, and one US Olympic Trials champion.
Over the last 11 years Martin has also developed one of the top NFL Combine training programs in the country producing the fastest athlete at the 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2006 NFL Combine and first place finishers at ten different positions, including five all-time records. 130 athletes Martin has trained have been drafted to the NFL including the #2 pick overall Chris Long in 2008.
JOHN ANNILLO, CSCS
DIRECTOR OF BUSINESS OPERATIONS
John Annillo has dedicated his entire career to the sports and fitness market. With experience in many different subfields, he brings a wealth of knowledge and positive energy to the fitness industry.
He spent years in the private sector of both the sports performance and health club industry. He has worked with athletes at every level, numerous collegiate teams, and managed some of the top revenue generating PT departments in the area.
John joined the Training for Warriors team in 2010 after facilitating in the implementation of the Strength & Conditioning programs to 35 Varsity sports teams at the Ohio State University.
John currently manages the day-to-day operations at Training for Warriors HQ. With over 65 licensed TFW facilities, he monitors the service and performance of all departments at HQ including: Development, Sales, Support, Social Media, and various other administrative duties.
Over the past couple of years he has gained experience with App development, writing for major fitness publications, and various other projects. John’s work has been featured in Men’s Fitness, Shape Magazine, and Men’s Health.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology/Pre-Medical Studies with a minor in Business. He is currently certified through the National Strength & Conditioning Association, National Academy of Sports Medicine, USA Weightlifting (the governing body of the US Olympic weightlifting team), and of course as a Training for Warriors Level 1 & 2 Instructor.
TOM ROBERTSON Director of Digital Development
Tom Robertson trains for the joy of training. He is not an athlete, he’s not training for competition and he’s never competed at a high level. He simply loves training – he’s motivated by his own improvement and he strives everyday to redefine his limits. He’s a gym addict. For this reason he was naturally drawn to the Training For Warriors System. The system is suitable for athletes and gym addicts alike, the only prerequisites being a commitment to improve one’s fitness, a willingness to confront one’s weaknesses and an inner warrior eager to bust out.
He began his career in coaching and personal training with a BSc in Sport Coaching and Development. He subsequently is certified as a personal trainer and has provided personal training services since 2003. He specialized in strength & conditioning coaching at an early stage and have consequently had the fortune to work with professional soccer and rugby teams, as well as high school and international athletes. In 2009 he opened a strength & conditioning gym, offering specialist personal training services through a team of five likeminded personal trainers. As part of the development of his own business, he developed skills in online marketing and e-commerce.
In 2011 Tom became the first person from the UK to complete the TFW 1 certification, which he quickly followed up with the TFW 2 certification. He immediately connected with the TFW mission and style. He was truly flattered when Martin Rooney, his friend and mentor, asked him to join forces with him on his mission to help spread his message. As the Director of Digital Development his role is to do exactly that… spread the inspirational TFW message to budding and experienced warriors across the globe using digital tools and the Internet.
JOHN BERARDI, PH.D., CSCS
As an elite nutrition coach and exercise physiologist, Dr. Berardi has coached hundreds of elite amateur and professional athletes.
In the last two Winter Olympics alone, his athletes collected over 25 medals, 12 of them gold. He’s a member of the Nike NFL High-Performance team. And he’s worked extensively with UFCwelterweight champion Georges St Pierre.
Further, for the last 3 years, Dr. Berardi has acted as the director of the world’s largest body transformation project. This one-of-a-kind fat loss coaching program has produced more total weight loss than all 11 seasons of The Biggest Loser combined.
Dr. Berardi received his PhD in Exercise Physiology and Nutrient Biochemistry at the University of Western Ontario, Canada. He’s currently an Adjunct Professor at Eastern Michigan University and the University of Texas.
To participate in one of Dr Berardi’s free 5-day online nutrition courses, visit www.precisionnutrition.com
TONY CATERISANO PH.D., FACSM
EXERCISE SCIENCE ADVISOR
Dr. Tony Caterisano has spent the last 27 years as a Professor of Exercise Physiology in the Department of Health Sciences at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. He co-authored a book on strength and conditioning for football with Virginia Tech Head Strength Coach Dr. Mike Gentry (“A Chance to Win: a complete guide to physical training for football” Sports Publishing, Champaign, Ill., 2004).
Dr. Caterisano has presented and published dozens of research papers focusing on exercise and resistance training. This includes presentations at the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) national meetings, and publications in such journals as The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, American Journal of Sports Medicine, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. He has served on the Editorial Boards of The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and Strength and Conditioning Journal (both of which are official journals of the NSCA). He also serves on the written examination board of the College Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association (CSCCa). In 2001 Dr. Caterisano was awarded Fellow status in the American College of Sports Medicine.
Dr. Caterisano earned his bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York – Brockport in 1974, and his master’s degree from The University of Connecticut in 1979. He spent a year at the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill in pre-doctoral study in 1980 and completed his doctorate in Exercise Physiology at The University of Connecticut in 1984. He has been certified by the ACSM as an Exercise Test Technologist (ETT), and by the NSCA as Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS*D).
An avid powerlifter, Dr. Caterisano has competed in the World Natural Powerlifting Federation (WNPF) in the Masters 220 lb. division, capturing 15 straight SC state titles as well as National and World titles in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, and 2010. In 2002 he won a gold medal in the World Championships in the drug-free World Natural Powerlifting Federation with a personal best 370 lb. bench press. He has won six more world titles WNPF World meets. At age 58 he continues to compete in master’s level powerlifting.
Dr. Caterisano also has an impressive resume as a wrestling coach. He competed in both wrestling and judo at Brockport State in the early 1970’s rising to second degree black belt in judo. He has coached college wrestling since 1984 including 7 years as an NCAA Division I Head Coach at Furman. During his tenure as a college wrestling coach he has produced 47 national qualifiers and 7 All-Americans.
STRATEGIC BUSINESS ADVISOR
Bill Parisi is an internationally recognized fitness business expert and the founder and C.E.O. of the Parisi Speed School. Bill holds a degree in finance from Iona College and was a multiple-time NCAA Division I All-American in track and field while at Iona.
After college, Bill served as a Graduate Assistant to the University of Florida Football and Track and Field teams, and competed at the 1988 U.S. Olympic Trials in the javelin throw. Bill then traveled extensively throughout the world to gain more knowledge about sports performance training.
Bill founded the Parisi Speed School in 1992. Armed with only a $500 dollar van and a motivational speech, Bill became one of the originators of the Youth Training Industry in the United States. In 1993, Bill opened up the first sports performance facility within a Health Club in Wyckoff, NJ. At this time, Bill was a consultant to the NY Giants and was also commissioned by Nike to help develop the original high school football combines that were held across the nation.
By 1996, Bill’s facility in Wyckoff became the highest grossing club per square foot in the country. This success, and excessive growth of his client base, allowed Bill to open his second club in Midland Park, NJ. This 17,000 square foot facility again dominated the marketplace and became nationally renowned in terms of sports performance training. In 2000 Bill built his flagship facility in Fair Lawn, NJ. This 34,000 square foot center has been home to over 30,000 athletes and hundreds of professional athletes in every major sport. This facility has become synonymous with world-class training, and 2009 Men’s Health named it one of the Top 10 gyms in the country. In 2004, Bill opened another 33,000 square foot Parisi Speed School in Morris Plains, NJ and then realized that in order to impact as many youth athletes as possible, it was time to launch the program nationally.
In 2005, the Parisi Speed School began franchising to existing health related businesses to expose as many athletes as possible in the U.S. Now in 2011 there are over 65 facilities in 27 states across the country and the Parisi Mission continues to expand. According to Franchise Times (2009), the Parisi Franchise was named one of the top growing franchises in the U.S.
Today, Bill still presents to thousands of business owners, athletes and coaches per year. Bill has lectured for NFL, Nike, Reebok, IHRSA, IDEA, NSCA, Club Industry, Perform Better, and has been commissioned for 5th year in a row to present for the NFL at the Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Junior Development Clinic in Canton, Ohio. He is also a content contributor for USA Football Coaches on-line library and writes a monthly article on Performance Training and The Business of Sports Performance. In addition to speaking and writing, Bill has been featured on Fox Sports, ESPN, CNBC, CBI, and in Running Magazine.