Tony Gracia / Co-founder & Head Coach
Classes: Strength & Conditioning / Kettlebell Training / S.P.E.A.D. / Jiu Jitsu / No Gi Jiu Jitsu
Tony is a co-founder and the head coach of Industrial Strength. His credentials include being a Team Leader with StrongFirst, a 1st degree black belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu, holding a BS in Exercise Science, and over ten years of full time experience in the fitness industry.
On top of coaching and running the gym full time, Tony has written articles published by Functional Movement Systems (FMS), Onnit, and StrongFirst. Additionally, he is a multiple-time presenter for clinics/seminars for the National Strength & Conditioning Association, Concordia University, and Pacific University, and has been an assistant instructor at many StrongFirst workshops and certifications.
One of Tony’s initial objectives for Industrial Strength was to merge two of his biggest passions: strength & conditioning training and Brazilian Jiu Jitsu. So, when he is not coaching you can probably find him lifting or rolling on the mats. As you might expect, with interests like these he enjoys challenging himself, and in the spirit of that he has recently taken up a new martial art – judo (currently he is a brown belt). Outside of the gym, he enjoys hanging out with his two Victorian bulldogs (Suh and Dimas), sipping a nice IPA or bourbon, and of course spending time with his beautiful wife Mira.
Experience and Credentials
B.S. in Exercise Science from Linfield College
Brazilian Jiu Jitsu – 1st degree black belt
StrongFirst – Team Leader
StrongFirst – SFG Level 2 kettlebell instructor
StrongFirst – SFL barbell instructor
StrongFirst – SFB bodyweight strength instructor
Functional Movement Screen
Functional Range Conditioning
NASM – Certified Personal Trainer
NASM – Performance Enhancement Specialist
NASM – Corrective Exercise Specialist
Judo – brown belt