John Bruno Strength and Conditioning

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John Bruno Strength and Conditioning

John Bruno – Setting the Bar Higher for Personal Training

At John Bruno Strength and Conditioning, we focus on expanding the fitness level, overall strength, and performance potential of both our adult and athlete clientele. We offer world-class multi-faceted personal training for all age groups and skill levels, including weight loss programming. We have a comprehensive sports performance enhancement training program for ambitious athletes as well as specialized personal training for seniors and those with injuries, disabilities, or other special conditions. John Bruno Strength and Conditioning is an evidence-based, results-driven fitness organization. We have been refining our systems for over 20 years and have tried-and-true results.

Who is this type of training for?

  • Adults looking to gain strength, muscle, and tone
  • Sports performance athletes
  • People with back pain that want to learn how to work out without pain
  • Senior’s looking to have an active lifestyle and stay young
  • Individuals looking for help with weight loss
  • People wanting to learn how to exercise effectively and safely while having fun
  • Those preparing for, or recovering from, surgery
  • Those recovering from injury and want to safely get back to performance levels
  • People looking to jumpstart a fitness program
  • Those individuals suffering from Parkinson’s and other disorders

From sports performance to weight loss to living an overall healthier lifestyle, Bruno has the answer. We have trained top-level athletes and have some of the best-dedicated clientele in the area because we get results for them time and time again.

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Regardless of your goals, our training staff will provide you with hands-on coaching and knowledge to help you achieve your goals and remain fit for life. You will obtain useable repeatable skills and understand how good training programs are structured. For those individuals recovering from injury or surgery, we have the education and experience to help you get back to your prior levels of performance and work capacity. If you are already in good shape, we can take you to the next level. We have a wealth of information and experience in fitness and exercise science to share with you.

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Are you ready to work on yourself? As an experienced strength and conditioning coach, personal trainer, and martial arts instructor, John Bruno’s systematic personal training programs will help you reach your fitness goals the smart way, without sacrificing safety or subjecting you to unrealistic routines that are either too boring or too strenuous.

Safety! Yes! We did say “safety”. Proper exercise technique is emphasized, taught, and reinforced throughout all our programming and workouts. Proper form is the key to the safe execution of any given exercise. For more about safety, see the section “A Word About Safety” below.

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What can you expect from participating in our customized personal training programs here in Sarasota?

  • Revitalization of your energy levels and a positive increase in your sense of well-being with exposure to vigorous exercises from fun challenging workouts.
  • Re-sculpt your body and produce a physique you can be proud of.
  • Look and feel better than ever.
  • Retain a youthful appearance as you age.
  • Better confidence as you gain strength, power, mobility, stamina, and work capacity.
  • Enhance your athleticism and gain a competitive edge both physically and mentally.
  • Decrease stress and anxiety; exercise causes powerful feel-good endorphins and hormones to be released into the body.
  • Improve your immune system and be more robust and resilient.

Maybe you are looking to lose a few pounds, prepare for a wedding, compete in a sport, train for general fitness and health, improve your overall wellness, prepare for surgery, recover from an injury, compete in powerlifting, tone yourself up so you look and feel better, enhance performance, increase confidence, fight the forces of feebleness and old age, or just live a healthy lifestyle. Remember, Bruno and his staff can help you get to where you want to go, just as we have done for so many others.

From 2002 to 2013, John Bruno trained over two thousand NCAA collegiate athletes and four Olympians (Men’s and Women’s Ice Hockey) during the trajectory of his career spent at Mercyhurst University. This included the number four in the nation men’s water polo team. He is dedicated to helping people of all ages and fitness levels maximize their own physical potential. He has trained under and attended workshops from some of the best names in strength and conditioning, such as Pavel Tsatsouline, Dr. Stuart McGill, Brett Jones, Mike Boyle, Gray Cook, Lee Burton, Steve Cotter, Steve Maxwell, Eric Cressey, Dr. Mark Cheng, and Dan John.As a personal trainer, Bruno knows how to coach you in a way that focuses on your specific needs, from rehabilitation, performance training, or athletic conditioning to body sculpting and general fitness. You do not have to settle for a body that doesn’t look or feel the way you want. You can definitely improve your health and be a better version of yourself.

YOU can be healthier and make improvements in your fitness. Just like a car, regular maintenance is essential for top performance. If you’re ready to take your health and fitness to the next level, and you’re ready to put in the sweat equity, Bruno is ready to help you with customized personal training to meet your health and fitness goals. Don’t be a Pinto when you can be that sexy Corvette you’ve always wanted.

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Why do you need personal training?

Because your body did not come with an owner’s manual, it’s important to find a formally educated and experienced personal trainer who is certified by an accredited organization and has experience with the health goals you have set for yourself. John Bruno has a Master of Science degree in Exercise Science with a concentration in performance enhancement and injury prevention. He holds multiple certifications in strength and conditioning modalities. Bruno is also an adjunct faculty for World Instructor Training Schools and frequently teaches personal training certification courses at State College of Florida. In other words, Bruno trains aspiring people to be personal trainers, so you can be confident you are working with one of the top experts in the area.

What is Included in Our Personal Training Programs?

In our personal training programs, we will teach you a complete comprehensive program including protocols for resistance training, glycol tic metabolic conditioning, and aerobic cardio respiratory fitness. Copious notes will be taken for each participant so we can track progress and teach a progression into more difficult or specialized exercises. As you train with us, we will be teaching you concepts for program design so you can learn how to alter your own programming over time (called periodization in the strength and conditioning world).

Also, we will help you to better organize your nutrition to enhance your results. As part of your personal training program, we will track your body composition regularly as we go. This will ensure we are creating the desired changes (for example, to make sure we are losing fat and not muscle). Body composition scans will be doing using the in body™ bioelectrical impedance scan. The In body™ will produce a printed report that we can use to track progress over time. We also encourage tape measurements and before and after pictures for those interested in changes in body composition such as fat loss. All of this will be done with a friendly motivational coaching approach.

You trust your car to a mechanic, and your pipes to a plumber, so why wouldn’t you invest in expert advice to maintain your most prized possession – your body and your health? You’re worth it!

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Check out the reviews

I ask you to read the reviews page. See what our previous and current clients have to say about our customized personal training programs here in Sarasota and Manatee County Florida. Bruno has manycertifications in strength and conditioning, personal training, and fitness, but would like to specifically point out that he is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) under the National Strength and Conditioning Association. This is considered the gold standard of fitness certifications. It is the hardest to attain because of the rigorousin-depth nature of the exam content which is deeply rooted in exercise physiology, biomechanics, and nutrition. This is the only fitness certification accepted by the NCAA for working with Division One athletes and is held by most strength and conditioning coaches working with professional teams. In addition to this, Bruno holds a master’s degree in exercise science with a focus on performance enhancement and injury prevention.

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Thoughts from Bruno:

Here are a few questions to think about. When was the last time you were happy when you looked in the mirror? I’ve been there myself so you’re not alone there. Is that muffin top bulging through your favorite shirt? I know what this feels like as well. I know what it’s like for my belly to outgrow my shirt so you’re not alone there either. Are those love handles super-sized? The sides of my back and love handle area are where I tend to gain and hold weight, so I know what that is like as well. Did an unforeseen injury or surgery leave you with a reduced range of motion or muscle weakness? I’ve had both hips replaced and my share of sports injuries prior to that. Been there, done that.

Or maybe you have lost the muscle strength and tone that you took for granted in your younger years? Yep, I’m right there with you. It is much harder to stay in shape than it once was. It reminds me of a story where my martial arts instructor once told me “age fifty feels nothing like forty-five did, and forty-five was different than forty… which was different than thirty-five and thirty-five was different than thirty” and so on down the line. He was illustrating how our bodies change about every five years or so… new things start happening… usually new aches, pains, and problems. Which means, that these “new things” must be factored in and controlled for in training.

To be honest, I know what it feels like to have gone through all of these things personally. Since my early 20’s I have struggled with my weight. So, I know the frustration of having unwanted pounds. I know the difficulty and almost extreme commitment it takes to get yourself back to a good place. I am 53 years old at the time of this writing, so I know the difficulties and challenges that come with aging. But one thing that I learned in all of this is how to train effectively and efficiently to get the best results possible with the time available. We do this with the utmost consideration of safety, injuries, and conditions. I have a successful progressive training system to help you stay young and vibrant and I would be happy to share this with you. In 2017 and again in 2018, I had hip replacement surgery. Therefore, I am familiar with what it takes to prepare for, and rehab from, a major medical procedure or injury. I can share this firsthand knowledge with you and help guide you to a successful recovery. Since my hip replacements, I have broken all of my personal best records on all of my leg exercises.

My legs are stronger than ever today because I trained smart, safely, and in a sustainable progression to get myself where I am now. I’m still improving to this day. I can show you how to do the same. Even with these obstacles, I have been able to maintain a very active lifestyle and I still regularly train in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Mixed Martial Arts, Kickboxing, Boxing, and Wrestling as I have for the past 30+ years. I can help you to get in good enough shape to enjoy your life and hobbies, look and feel good, or compete in your given sport at a high level. I will share with you all that I have learned in the past 20+ years of being a personal trainer and strength and conditioning coach.

Good training to you,

-John J. Bruno, MS, CSCS, PES, CSS, FMS, USA

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A word about safety

As any personal trainer or strength coach will tell you, sometimes it can be difficult to teach various techniques. Some are harder than others. And there are always people that have difficulties with certain movements. Trainees and athletes all have movements that they “get” right away but there are always exercises that any given individual may struggle with. The reasons range from lack of mindful execution on the part of the athlete to lack of coordination with the movement and/or postural issues and movement dysfunctions.

Interestingly, someone once wrote a post on a personal training forum talking about how we (the trainers) should just let people do things incorrectly and we shouldn’t waste training time correcting people’s form. It read something to the effect of, “…as personal trainers, we are not the biomechanics police…” Another time, a trainer at a corporate “big box” gym told Bruno that, “…it is ok to let people do the exercise wrong…”It is our stance that these sentiments could not be more ridiculous. As personal trainers and strength and conditioning coaches, we are here to teach, mentor, and coach you to your fitness goals safely and effectively. Look at it another way. If your personal trainer or strength coach is not the biomechanics police, then who is?

We feel someone needs to take the lead in ensuring a good safe exercise form is being executed. We are proud to lead our clients in safe effective training and practice what we preach. Coaching to correct bad form can be a frustrating and difficult part of the personal trainer’s job sometimes, but it is our job to do. We always emphasize, teach, and reinforce good lifting techniques. Proper form is the key to the safe execution of any given exercise. Also, proper recovery, nutrition, hydration, and rest are all key components of safety. As is a proper warm-up

How to Get Started

To start out with, we should schedule you for a complimentary fitness assessment. Please call, text, or email us using our contact information to schedule your assessment. Then fitness assessment is where we sit down and discuss your training goals, medical and injury history, and training background. We will also put you through a short workout to get a sense of how good of shape you are in and how well you move during the basic movement patterns used in many exercises. This gives us an idea of where to start you in your training and any injuries or movement limitations we may need to work around.You will also be given a chance to ask questions you may have. Also, during the assessment, we will discuss the various discounted training packages available for purchase and their prices, as well as talk about training schedule. The fitness assessment can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour and 30 minutes.

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Location of Training and/or Nutrition Coaching

Most of our training is done at the Fitness Center at Sun Outdoors Sarasota RV Park (formerly known as Sun N Fun) which is about 5 minutes off the Fruitville road exit off Interstate 75. This is a larger facility with several amenities. It is a good fit for those looking to join a gym to work out at times when you are not training with me one on one. However,YOU DO NOT NEED TO BUY A MEMBERSHIP TO TRAIN WITH ME AT THIS GYM. The gym does offer a discounted membership to my clients though. I will give you directions to the facility when you schedule your assessment; the address is:
7125 Fruitville Rd
Sarasota, FL 34240

We also provide in home training services or training in your community fitness center; for example, people that live in condos with gyms or people that have their own facility at home. Because drive time is involved and the increased cost of gas, weusually must charge more than the regular rates, but for some people the time saved is worth the additional cost.

I currently train some of my clients at Pope Performance, a small private gym near the I75 exit at University… about 5 minutes from the exit. This is a smaller performance center style gym. The only people working out here are those involved in personal training working with a trainer.There are no “members” or memberships sold to this gym. HENCE, YOU WILL NOT NEED TO PURCHASE A MEMBERSHIP TO TRAIN WITH ME AT THIS GYM. I will give you directions when you schedule your assessment. The address is:
Pope Performance
7353 International Place, unit 306
Sarasota, FL 34240

Another location where wetrain clients is Pope Performance, which is a small performance center 5 minutes east of Interstate 75 off of the University Exit not far from the University Town Center Mall. This is a smaller performance center style gym. Only people working with myself or one of the other trainers work out here.It is not a membership gym but a private personal training space. YOU DO NOT NEED A MEMBERSHIP TO TRAIN WITH ME AT THIS GYM. I will give you directions when you schedule your assessment; The address is:
7353 International Place Unit 306
Sarasota, FL 34240

I also provide in home training services or training in your community fitness center; for example, people that live in condos with gyms or people that have their own facility at home. Because drive time is involved, I usually have to charge more than my regular rates but for some people the time saved for them is worth the additional cost (see the fees section).

Nutrition services are done in person by appointment at a mutually decided location, over Skype or Facetime, or by phone. Ongoing communication is done by email, text, and phone call, and in person meetings when needed.

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Services We Provide

With over 20 years of experience with strength and conditioning and martial arts, we have accumulated a wealth of knowledge on many topics. More importantly, we have developed skill sets in all of these areas and have intuitive systems for teaching new trainees these modalities.

  • Personal Training
    Kettlebell Training
  • Sports Performance Training
    Free Weight Modalities
  • Weight Loss and Body Fat Reduction
    Bodyweight Calisthenics
  • Strength and Balance Training
    Combat Sport Athlete Competition Preparation Strength and Conditioning
  • Postural Corrections