Trainer Spotlight: Tony Salerno

When I was 4 years old my father and I started taking karate together in a nearby town. I learned a lot about developing strength and staying consistent with working out from this at a very young age. Throughout grade school, I participated in all the sports my town had to offer. And although we didn’t incorporate strength training that much, I always did push-ups and some other things with the weights my father had at home. When I began High School, I focused most of my energy on soccer and used the school’s weight room to try and build up my legs. I lifted with the football team and used their programming which benefited me greatly. We were able to capture back-to-back District 9 Championships and made a good run into the State Playoffs my senior year.

College Years

Throughout college, I didn’t work out nearly as much as I should have. I played on the intramural soccer teams but my fitness level dropped pretty drastically. After college, however, I really got into a bodybuilding style of lifting because of a friend and became hooked. I was shocked to see the changes my body was making and felt a million times better overall. When I first started hitting it hard I was 135lbs. soak an wet. Today I’m 150lbs. and have muscle definition I thought was never attainable for a little guy.

After a couple of years of lifting consistently, I started throwing around the idea of becoming a Personal Trainer. I always thought it would be a good job for me as I’m a people person and enjoy helping and making others feel good about themselves. I decided to finally pursue a Personal Trainer Certification and was able to get into LA Fitness with the help of a friend. Since then I’ve met so many different people and was fortunate enough to be brought onto Pittsburgh Fitness Project where I still train a good number of clients I first started with.

Training Style

Although I enjoy bodybuilding splits I never force my personal preference on clients. Every client is unique and has their own goals which I take into account when developing programming for them. Finding the best way to help someone reach their goals is the best part of the job. I enjoy developing the process to take them from Point A to Point B. Things are always changing in the body, and life, so being able to adapt and overcome the mini roadblocks we encounter together on that journey is a fun and rewarding experience.

What His Clients Think

I started training with Tony about 4 years ago. I have always worked out but felt like I had plateaued on my own so I looked into personal training. For me, Tony is the perfect combination of challenging yet motivating. He is professional but does not miss an opportunity to laugh, usually at my lack of coordination. With his guidance, I discovered that I love lifting weights. It’s great for stress relief and very empowering.

Adjusting Goals

Tony is very flexible and throughout the last 4 years, as my goals have changed he has adjusted accordingly. I wanted to lose a few pounds before my wedding several years ago so he put together a diet for me in addition to my usual workouts. I lost weight just changing what I was eating and was probably the leanest and in the best shape I have ever been. Last year I had a baby and continued to train with him 2-3 times per week until the day before I delivered. Although I could not lift as much, I felt great throughout my pregnancy and didn’t gain that much weight. We focused on strengthening my back and as a result, I never had any back pain.  As cardio became more difficult later in my pregnancy, we started boxing.  It was a lot less impact but is really fun and still a great workout. We have continued to include it in my current training. I think my work in the gym is what ultimately helped me to get through a very long labor (without an epidural!), recover quickly, and get back to my pre-pregnancy weight within the first few months.  I am so happy I started working with Tony and found PFP! And I have even recommended him to my sister a few of my friends who have also joined!

Is Tony Right for You?

Tony Salerno is a graduate of Slippery Rock University where he earned his degree in Sport Management from their highly accredited undergraduate program. Staying active and participating in various sports has always been a passion of Tony’s. In 2014 he became certified through the National Strength and Conditioning Association as a Certified Personal Trainer to share his passion for living and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. Specializing in Strength Training and Weight Loss, Tony’s attention to detail and commitment to your success above all else is what sets him apart. He gives you the results you want! If you think Tony would be a good match for you, set up an assessment with him below or email him here!

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