Alex grew up in Fairfax County, Virginia, playing multiple sports in high school. He went on to play soccer at the collegiate level at Shepherd University. Playing sports non-stop all of his life, Alex had multiple injuries throughout his athletic career. This led him to pursue teaching young athletes and others the importance of proper strength training techniques and programs.
Alex earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Exercise Science from Shepherd University in Shepherdstown, WV, in 2011. After graduation, he worked for a physical therapy outpatient office helping patients learn proper exercises for rehabilitation and injury prevention. He began his coaching career next as the strength and conditioning/assistant soccer coach at Fairfax High School. Alex is now a strength and conditioning coach for multiple teams and Men’s Soccer Coach at Shepherd University, NCAA DII program. His ultimate goal is to help and educate people learn proper exercise techniques to prevent or further injury.
Alex will be graduating from his Master’s in Exercise Science concentrated in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention this summer, 2017. His certifications include: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association; Level II Certified Speed Specialist by the National Association of Speed and Explosion; Performance Enhancement Specialist through National Academy of Sports Medicine; pursuing his Corrective Exercise Specialist certification from the National Academy of Sports Medicine; First aid CPR and AED certified by the American Heart Association.
What Alex likes most is helping other move better. This includes those amazing student athletes and all of our FOR clients. Alex wants each child to learn to move with ease on and off the field and also have fun in every one of his/her sessions.
Alex’s favorite exercise: Deadlift, Lunge with Single Arm Overhead Press
Alex’s exercise goal: Run as many marathons as my father, 13.
Alex’s favorite place to exercise: Anywhere outside (sunny and warm, of course)
Alex’s stress relief: Playing soccer
Alex’s greatest fitness challenge: Training and running 2 half marathons and a marathon in 1 year.
Alex’s biggest food challenge: Eating pizza in moderation.
Alex’s rise and shine: I go to bed no later than 9-11PM and wake up between 4-6 AM depending on my client or coaching schedule.
Alex’s wellness lesson learned this year: To have some type of balance. With my busy schedule working, coaching and finishing up my Master’s program, I have learned to reserve time for myself to relax, and enjoy myself and time with family and friends.