Starting off as a young athlete, I have always had an extreme passion for fitness and working out. Studying Exercise and Sport Science at the University of Florida thoroughly educated me on the bodily response to movement in every aspect, but learning how to apply that to clients is dependent on your internship. I was unaware of that until after I was lucky enough to come across New Dorp Fitness and Phil Pennacchia.
There are so many fitness centers and gyms out there, but New Dorp Fitness truly stands out amongst them ALL. Rod quickly showed me a whole new aspect, to not just working members out, but training, correcting and educating them all with such creative and unique program design. To be quite honest, I thought I would isolate my personal training to athletes until I was a part of New Dorp Fitness under Rod’s mentoring. He inspires, teaches and leads by excellent example and I will forever say I grew a new found passion for training from under his wing. It’s been almost 6 years and a day doesn’t goes by where I think of my internship as the solid foundation to why I love my “job” and clients so much. Rod and the New Dorp Fitness family will always define what Personal Training means to me – to also inspire, teach and lead – whole heartedly- while improving the quality of lives.
Owner, Innerstrength Sport and Wellness, LLC
NSCA Certified Personal Trainer, CSCS
I did an internship at New Dorp Fitness in the summer of 2011 and it was simply the best decision I could have made. Rod, and the rest of the staff there are all great teachers and great people; giving you the tools to make you the best personal trainer possible. Coming in I was very green, I hadn’t done any professional personal training, just making up workouts for my friends, training them at the gym, and working with a few of the athletes for my classes. New Dorp Fitness gave me the confidence and tools I needed to go out into the job market and know I was a step above the rest.
After finishing my internship I moved back home to Maryland where I got a job personal training and teaching classes in commercial fitness for Sport and Health and I work full-time in the field of corporate fitness as a Fitness Specialist for Aquila LTD. I know I sound like a broken record but doing my internship with New Dorp Fitness was the best decision I could have made. I’ve searched far and wide but I’ve had yet to find another gym even close to what they have here. New Dorp Fitness is one of a kind and truly something special.
New Dorp Fitness Intern Summer 2011
ACSM Certified Personal Trainer
East Carolina University BS Health and Fitness
I completed an internship at New Dorp Fitness in the summer of 2002. The skills I gained from Rod and Risa and the rest of the staff at CP were immeasurable. I learned cutting edge techniques, how to work with clients of all types, how to manage a facility and how to build a successful business. This invaluable program has given me the confidence I needed to continue my education and now managing sports programs at Florida Institute of Technology.
Steve Salaga, PhD
Assistant Professor, Sport Management
Nathan M. Bisk College of Business
Florida Institute of Technology
The team at New Dorp Fitness knows how to create an environment that not only provides you real-world experience in an exciting and growing industry, but also challenges and builds you as an individual.
Being a personal trainer means working with clients at a very personal level, taking responsibility for their well-being, and motivating clients with a can-do attitude and a level of charisma that becomes infectious to those around you – This is not only part of being a Performax trainer, but is an attitude and lifestyle that helped me professionally.
Entering the workforce as an engineer, the client-focus I learned on the gym floor moved me to the front of the pack and put me with high-profile clients and company executives. Now my client focus and can-do attitude help find talented team members and secure customers as I build my own company.
My time on the floor at Performax refined a set of skills that have become invaluable in my professional career, and jumpstarted a lifestyle and career path that has been exciting and enjoyable!
Florida Institute of Technology/Georgetown