The SFAS idea began in a Hot Tub

Posted: October 19, 2022 in Uncategorized

I have been involved in the acquisition of knowledge regarding the enhancement of
athletic strength, conditioning, speed and other attributes for over 30 years. One might say that it is a passion of mine. I have perused literally thousands of journals and books for new information that may be applied to enhance our clients’ results. Routines that I design are the end product of this knowledge combined with common sense application.
During much of this period I was a Pre-Medical school candidate at the University of
Pittsburgh. I graduated cum laude in 1988, was accepted at the Chicago College of Osteopathic Medicine, and decided to do research before entering. I spent 1 year doing research for the University of Pittsburgh Medical School and subsequently decided to learn how to be a Perfusionist. A Perfusionist works in the operating room running heart lung bypass machines that keep patients alive while a surgeon performs open heart surgery or heart/ lung transplantation.
I had the good fortune to work with a gifted Perfusion team and many outstanding
surgeons while at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh . I also saw many miracles taking place under the auspices of many gifted and talented individuals. During this time, my passion towards fitness, strength, and athleticism was satiated by writing for fitness magazines, reading medical and health journals such as the Journal of Applied Physiology, and designing routines for individuals on a freelance basis. I also obtained certifications in Personal Training through the American Council on Exercise and Strength and Conditioning for Sport through the National Strength and Conditioning Association.

In 1997 while on vacation in the Outer Banks I came up with an idea of running a facility that focused on individual or small groups of clients vs. an open type of a gym. All sessions would be coached, tracked and implemented. I wanted to focus on having clients come consistently vs. having an open gym and having little used memberships. Little used or unused memberships are great for the big box gym cashflow but just no reward there of watching your clients progress.

Actual Tub Idea origin 1997

In 1998, I decided that I needed to pursue my passion all out and began taking steps
to start up Strength, Fitness And Speed and began training clients. In April of 1999 I officially started the business and was a perfusionist by day and a Strength and Conditioning Coach/Personal Trainer by night.
Training was performed in an addition that I built on my house. Off site work was done in every imaginable parking lot and basketball court in South Park that you could imagine. When the snow flew, I discovered a covered grove with a nice 60 foot runway. Old building #4 at the South Park Fairgrounds was also utilized. For many of our clients back in the day they remember how cold it was in there!!

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Humble beginnings 1998

I was also on call for emergencies and transplants 24 hours per day, 7 days per week every other week during this time. As the business grew, I was running out of time and energy. In March 2000, I left the Hospital to devote the necessary time to expanding the business and to fulfill the pursuit of my passion.

In July 2001, I began using the current Pleasant Hills location to train athletes.
As demand grew I began to assemble a staff that was chosen primarily for passion
and character as well as certification and education. We were also proud to be part of WPIAL and State Championship runs with TJ and South Park Football and Soccer. We also trained half of Bethel Park Football’s 2008 offense during their WPIAL run. I was also trainer to the 2013 Bethel Park Girls Basketball WPIAL Champion team. Still work with them in 2022.
In 2014 we decided it was time expand our operations in Pleasant Hills. We doubled our space to 5000 square feet and installed more equipment.

We set up a PT center within the facility run by Dr. Jake Wietholder, DPT. We anticipate small continuous improvement to our facility for years to come..

I receive emails and calls from clients all over the United States and have corresponded
with individuals in the UK as well as Australia . I have trained NFL athletes and have
caught football with a Pittsburgh Steeler Super Bowl winner. I have trained athletes that
have hit game winning shots at the buzzer in NCAA tournament action. I have received
texts from athletes after bowl game victories thanking me and asking what else they can do
to get to the next level. I have been truly blessed to follow my passion. There is nothing
more rewarding than watching the development of a student athlete as they progress
through junior and senior high school, college and out into their path in life. Since my company has been around for this long I have been honored to watch this cycle with many of our clients. Many student clients that I trained back when we started are now married with children!! Some of these children are training with us!! At Strength, Fitness And Speed, Inc, the key is that we continue to evolve and improve and always build better athletes one at a time.


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