Congratulations Gregg Miele on being our Personal Trainer Of The Month! Gregg was awarded the Bodybuilding.com Personal Trainer of the Month for his health and fitness contributions that he provides for he clients!
He is the owner and operator of New York Strength & Conditioning Industries, and has successfully executed training programs for entertainers on 4 major U.S. tours and 3 world tours including Europe, Asia and the Middle East.
Name: Gregg Miele
CHEK Nutrition & Lifestyle Coach II
[ Q ] Could you tell us a little about your background - personally and professionally?
I am 31 years old. I was born and raised in Hillburn, New York. I grew up in a family of teachers. I'm a pretty simple man. I enjoy quality food and conscious free "living". When I say living I mean "living" it to the limit and loving it alive.
I am the owner and operator of New York Strength & Conditioning Industries, Strength LLC, and the "
Self-Discipline Band". I have completed many of nation's top certifications to date and have personally mentored under today's leading educators in the field of Fitness and Wellness.
[ Q ] What inspired you in your job choice? When and why did you become a trainer?
My inspiration was drawn from
Johnny Petrazzouli. He was well known
powerlifter from where I grew up, as well as being my best friend. He was the one who inspired me to get involved with the whole fitness industry. I was also always involved with athletics growing up. I
wrestled and played lacrosse since youth.
I got really turned on to the art of strength & conditioning right after I graduated high school. Strength always amazed me. I loved how one week I was not capable of performing a certain lift, then with proper programming, rest and nutrition I was able to not only achieve the desired lift but surpass it.
As for personal training I have been in the fitness industry since 1997. For 3 years I commuted 4 hours a day to work at New York City's premier training facility, "The Sports Center" at Chelsea Piers. At first the commute was tough but I soon turned the hardship into positive learning time by working on program designs and continuing education and tried to get in a book a week.
[ Q ] Why Chelsea Piers?
Chelsea Piers was the Disneyland of fitness. Indoor track for dynamic warm-ups and speed & distance training. Olympic size
swimming pool and indoor rock climbing wall which added new variables and new modalities to our programming.
We had four basketball courts to run our agility drills on as well as play ball, a sand volleyball court which also housed our tires & ropes, state-of-the-art cardio equipment, state-of-the-art strength training, full size boxing ring with every bag, and 2 outdoor sun-decks, to not only sun bathe but to also train in open air. Plus, the whole Manhattan water way at our disposal.
We work with anyone. We try to offer a system that we feel is the best course of action and service available for any special day, goal, role, photo or video shoot, fitting or tour. I have had the pleasure of working with a diverse group of clients from all walks of life with a variety of
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I Have Had The Pleasure Of Working
With A Diverse Group Of Clients.
Gregg Miele Working With Mary J. Blige.
This exceptional group includes some of the worlds 'Top Fashion Models', multiple 'Grammy Award Winning Artists' and Professional Athletes. I have also successfully executed complete training programs for entertainers on various U.S. tours as well as multiple world tours including Europe, Asia, and the Middle East, and have trained in 4 continents and over 100 gyms worldwide.
[ Q ] What is your training style? What methods do you use?
Head to toe, front to back, left to right. I take a joint-by-joint approach and train the body how it is meant to move, with what tools are at my disposal.
I incorporate functional training with traditional strength training. I couple it with some good old fashioned bodybuilding tactics then sprinkle it with some athletic based performance training. The methods, tweaks and or techniques I weave into a program design varies with each individual and their phase of training. I make the intensity difficult but not impossible.
I keep the programs fresh and I keep the clients coming back. I make certain that every second of the workout is accounted for. I accommodate if multiple daily training sessions are needed or required as the individuals "goal" date draws near. Design, build, maintain and sustain is the template I follow.
[ Q ] Can you please you give me an example diet you might put together for your clients.
There is a fine line within the scope of our practice for us as "trainers" to put together a "diet" for an individual. So, my nutritional approach is to teach people how to fish. They're is an old saying: "If you give a man a fish, you have fed him for today. But if you teach a man how to fish, you have fed him and his family for a lifetime."
There is a chaotic ocean of nutritional advice, gimmicks and diets out there. So I let them know where the healthy fish swim and where to drop their hooks first.
I educate them on the importance of organic or chemical free foods. I educate them on the importance of wild or pasture raised meats. I teach them how farmers markets might be a better option for food shopping especially when on a budgeted income.
Here are some dietary guidelines I start with:
- Eat whole, natural foods.
- Eat only foods that will spoil, but of course eat them before they do.
- Eat naturally-raised meat including fish, seafood, eggs, poultry, beef, lamb, game, organ meats (yes organ meat, but only from a healthy, wild, natural source).
- If you can metabolize and do not have an issue with dairy stick with raw milk. If you can't get raw milk search for pasteurized grass-fed/pasture raised organic milk.
- Use only traditional fats and oils including REAL butter, extra virgin olive oil, flax oil and tropical oils such as coconut.
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- Eat fresh fruits and vegetables, preferably organic, in salads and soups, or lightly steamed.
- If you don't have grain or gluten issues, use whole grains and nuts that have been prepared by soaking, sprouting.
- Prepare homemade meat stocks from the bones of chicken, beef, lamb or fish and use liberally in soups and sauces. This should be the staple of your fridge especially if you're a grilled chicken breast eater. This will bring back some nutrition and flavor to the muscle tissue of the animal.
- Use unrefined Celtic sea salt and a variety of herbs and spices for food interest and appetite stimulation.
- Use natural sweeteners in moderation, such as raw honey, maple syrup, and Stevia powder.
- Use only natural whole food based supplements.
- Get plenty of sleep, true exercise and natural light.
- Think positive thoughts and minimize stress. Work "in" to counter balance the work "out".
- Practice forgiveness. Think about it! Your thoughts are so powerful they can effect your digestion.
- Practice self-discipline! Remember YOU control the environment, your environment doesn't control you.
- Look, smell and give praise to that animal you're about to consume. It gave its life so you and your family can "live" yours.
[ Q ] What are the most common mistakes a client makes?
Not controlling the other 23 hours.
[ Q ] What are the most common mistakes you believe a trainer makes?
Not coaching the other 23 hours.
[ Q ] How have you changed your approach to clients over the years of experience?
There is a quote from
Bruce Lee that I think sums it up:
"When you first start training, a punch is just a punch and kick is just a kick. Then you start to get better and deeper into your training and now you have a multitude of punches and kicks and your applying names to each and soon it becomes quite confusing. Then as you truly understand your craft, once again a punch is just a punch and a kick is just a kick."
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Bruce Lee On The Cover Of
The April, 2009 Issue Of Muscle & Fitness.
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I feel it's the same with training. At first you look at a workout as just a "workout". Then you get deeply involved and lost with the multitude of philosophies, assessments and theoretical approaches. Then through the years, through every mentorship, every article, every book, every new individual experience, you find just the right balance. Then ultimately a "workout" can become a "workout" again.
[ Q ] Do you feel just as much like a psychologist as you do a personal trainer?
I feel we as
trainers are knee deep in the game of psychology. We see our clients more times per year than any other profession. We come to understand personally & professionally the individual from 360 degrees of their lives.
I feel as trainer & coach we have the ability to make the individual feel physically better, which in-turn makes them feel better about themselves mentally.
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