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Our Trainers

STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING TRAINERS

  

Felix Erazo (Semper Fitness) 

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Felix Erazo is a NASM (National Academy of Sports Medicine) certified personal trainer, corrective exercise specialist, NESTA (National Exercise & Sports Trainers Association) MMA Conditioning Coach, and certified TRX Suspension trainer with more than ten years of experience in the health and fitness industry. A United States Marine infantry veteran, Felix got his start in the world of training shortly after being honorably discharged. His passion for health and fitness led him to kickboxing and grappling, where he furthered his knowledge of martial arts and combined it with his extensive training to pursue his ambition of educating the public on what true fitness is, and enabling them to enhance their overall health and physical performance. Upon becoming certified in 2003, Felix has worked with an array of clients—from athletes looking to perform better in their specific sport, beginners looking to improve their health and fitness, and recently MMA fighters looking to have an edge over the competition. Although over the years Felix’s client list has changed and his fitness empire has vastly grown, one thing that has remained the same since the start has been his core belief, ‘Don’t just look better…PERFORM BETTER.’

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Chris Lentino (Mr. New Jersey, 2011)    icon_facebook_11

Chris Lentino is a National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) Certified Personal Trainer (CPT) and Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and, with over twelve years experience in the fitness industry, has helped change numerous people’s lives for the better through health and fitness.  Chris studied at Widener University as well as other institutions to earn multiple certifications in health, fitness and nutrition and combined that education with his own experience and passion to develop his personal training company, Disciples of Iron (DO.IRON).  DO.IRON has helped people of all fitness levels from competitive athletes such as D’Brickashaw Ferguson of the NY Jets to people who are just in need of losing weight and getting in shape such as client, Terence Jones, who has lost over 180lbs.  Chris’ client’s success stories are numerous and span across a wide range, including MMA, Hockey, Football, Bodybuilding, youth, elderly and mentally handicapped. 

 

Chris is a multi-faceted athlete, having numerous Bodybuilding, Powerlifting and Strongman titles to his credit.  In 2011, Chris won the Light-Heavyweight and Overall Title of the New Jersey State Bodybuilding Championships earning him the title of Mr. New Jersey.  In addition he has straight First Place finishes in competitions that include the NPC Muscle Beach Championships, USAPL New Jersey State Powerlifting Championships, USAPL Heavy Metal Classic, Gold’s Strongest Man, and the INBF Warrior Challenge. Chris also competed in Triathlon, completing the Randolph Triathlon and Pantanalla’s Pancake Triathlon. Chris has appeared in Natural Bodybuilding and Fitness magazine as well numerous newspaper publications.  He can be contacted by email at DO.IRON@live.com

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Ray Padilla  

Ray is an athlete who has turned his years of hard work on the playing field into a specialized career off. A Bigger Faster Stronger (BFS) certified Strength & Conditioning coach, Level 1 Crossfit instructor, member of the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA), and former Director of Sports Performance at Velocity Sports Performance, Ray provides an elite level of athletic training. His clients range from professional athletes to the stay at home mom. As a two sport athlete in college he twice lettered in track and field at Pace University and was a member of the schools fastest 4x100 meter team, while playing football he was not only team captain, but 4 year starter, was an all-conference and all-american honoree, and set school records for interceptions and fumble recoveries. This led to a successful career playing 2 seasons of professional football in Europe and 1 season in the US Arena football league. A knee injury ended his football career but not his athletic career. He currently competes in bodybuilding and powerlifting at the national level where he is the currently USAPL NJ state powerlifting Champion and the NPC Tri-State Bodybuilding Champion. Ray has also coached football and track & field at every level including collegiate. His innovative training tactics, knowledge, and passion for training can take anyone to the next level! 

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Kristen Richardson

Kristen joined a gym when she was 16, and quickly became addicted to fitness.  She began taking kickboxing and boxing classes. She continued boxing when she went to Rutgers, and became a fitness instructor, teaching boxing and interval training classes.  Her own training routine consists of boxing, olympic lifts, power lifts, kettle bells, TRX, HIIT, as well as plyometric exercises.  She has done two Tough Mudders, placed first in the RU Strong competition, as well as first in the Olympic Weight lifting cleaning competition.  She loves making workouts challenging, functional, and fun.

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BOXING COACHES

Lou Esa

As an amateur, Lou Esa knocked out all but one of his opponents. His only amateur loss was to a young Larry Holmes, a future great heavyweight champion. Later, Lou was discovered by legendary trainer Angelo Dundee and brought to Dundee’s fabled 5th Street gym in Miami, a gym that produced 15 champions, many of whom are now household names. There Lou trained along with his boyhood hero Muhammad Ali and other boxing titans.  Lou went on to a stellar professional career of his own. At 6’6” and a fighting weight of 260 pounds, Big Lou Esa had a record of 19 wins, 6 losses, 1 draw, with 16 of his wins by knockout. At one time he was the tenth ranked heavyweight in the world. He is now a member of the NJ Boxing Hall of Fame.

 

Lou lives and breathes boxing and has nurtured many young fighters. He is an active organizer on both the amateur and professional circuit and was recently chosen to referee at the 2013 Junior Golden Gloves National Championship in Nevada.

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Angelo

Angelo Curro, Head Boxing Coach


Angelo started boxing at the age of 12 when an enthusiastic friend who had just come from a boxing gym in Paterson came to his house to tell him all about his experience.  Angelo joined the gym the next day and one month later fought his first boxing match.  He won the fight and was awarded the fighter of the evening award given to him by the  mayor of Paterson.

A few years later Angelo met Tony "Tex" Gonzalez at the NJ Diamond Gloves after entering himself into the tournament.  Tex watched his fight and knew that he could work with Angelo after what he called "an impressive display of heart followed by a vicious right hand."

Angelo spent 7 years with Tex winning the NJ State Junior Olympics and capturing a National title.  Angelo had 23 Open class fights, amassing a 22-1 record with a stunning 17 KO's, and became one of the most feared fighters in his weight class.

Angelo is a USA Boxing certified trainer and coach and has completed a boxing mitt-work course from The Fight Gym.  He is a tactical trainer as well as a technique specialist.  He trains those who want to compete as well as those who just want an exhilarating workout. His passion for the sport is contagious.