Strength Training & Powerlifting Coach
Why did I start Gaglione Strength?
Because I am a failure.
Here is my story in a nutshell. This will help explain why I do what I do, how I got in the field, and why I am qualified to coach YOU.
I never achieved my own personal goals as an athlete despite all the time I put in. I am a FAILURE. I never reached my goals as an athlete. All I ever wanted was to be an All-County wrestler. I worked my BUTT off, but I was plagued with constant injuries, tore my abdominal muscles my junior year, and tore my hamstring my senior year. No matter how hard I worked I couldn’t achieve my goal. I lifted weights. I went to camps and clinics. I ran and ate a clean diet, but I couldn’t achieve my goals. I lost in the round to place in double overtime and my dreams crumbled. I learned that working hard was NOT enough.
I needed to train SMARTER and learn the correct ways to train. That was when I started researching training methods and learning the proper way to train the body for athletic development and strength. Since I didn’t achieve my goals as a wrestler, I decided to pursue coaching as a career. I never had a strength coach or a coach that truly understood what I PERSONALLY needed as an athlete. Sure I got better, but I still never reached my goal. If I had trained properly, I wouldn’t have gotten hurt so many times. That alone could have been the difference between getting on the podium or not during my last season as a wrestler.
I NEVER wanted anyone to experience the pain and heartache I felt from failing. I vowed to start coaching and help others achieve their goals. I wanted others to achieve what I couldn’t. During my senior year in high school, I started coaching the youth program. Shortly after graduating high school, I began coaching at Plainedge High School. I coached for several years after that at every level.
In the pursuit of achieving my coaching career goals, I let my health go. I did not make time for my own training and health. Let me tell you, once it’s gone it’s tough to get back.During my personal training career I started working crazy hours and trained everyone at anytime day and night. I started to let my OWN HEALTH GO. I was not practicing what I was preaching anymore. I ballooned up to 340 pounds. I decided to take my own advice and seek out several coaches. I got a business coach, strength coach, and nutrition coach to help me out. I wanted to stop personal training and establish my own gym so I could have the life to support my goals and help as many people as possible.
Once I got my own space everything else started to fall into place. My own training got better, my diet improved and most importantly my health improved. So far I have dropped over 60 pounds and still going strong. My goal is to keep on training to set an example for my athletes and all of my gym members. I have had many ups and downs in my life and my own training. It took nearly a decade to open my own gym and be the coach that I am today. I am constantly learning and improving so I can best serve my community and help people achieve their goals.
My mission is to create a stronger community both physically and mentally. I have FAILED many times. I have tried everything and learned the best methods to achieve success. Take the guesswork out of the equation and let me and the team at Gaglione Strength help you out! To help you get started, take a look at these resources, a collection of my books, articles, and interviews that will help you along your journey to physical and mental strength!
- T-Nation Articles
- LIWA Strength and Conditioning Articles for Wrestling
- Lighthouse Wrestling Articles
- Practice What You Preach: Strength Coach Integrity Rant Guest Post for Zach Even Esh
- Trainers Need To Know Learning Style Theory Guest Post for Personal Trainer Development Center (PTDC)
- Nominee for Fitness Industries Top Rising Star 2011
- Feature on Get Wrestling Strength
- The Ultimate Neck Training Exercises for Combat & Contact Athletes
- Do Speed Deadlifts Really Work? Guest Post for Train Better Fitness
- Zach Even Esh Interviews John Gaglione StrongCast Episode 5
- Diesel Crew Interviews with John Gaglione
- So You Want To Be A Strength Coach Contributor