Tony Gracia / Co-founder & Head Coach

Classes:  Strength & Conditioning / Kettlebell Training / Jiu Jitsu / No Gi Jiu Jitsu

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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 blue 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 / 

  • Team Leader with StrongFirst
  • BS in Exercise Science from Linfield College
  • 1st Degree Black Belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu
  • Certified Kettlebell Functional Movement Specialist
  • Functional Movement Screen
  • Functional Range Conditioning
  • USA Weightlifting
  • National Academy of Sports Medicine CPT, PES, and CES