Tony Gracia / Co-founder & Head Coach
Classes: Strength & Conditioning / Kettlebell Training / Jiu Jitsu / No Gi Jiu Jitsu
As the Head Coach for Industrial Strength, Tony’s primary focus is on setting up his students for long-term success. He does this by fostering a culture that values proficient technique, disciplined training habits, and honest hard work. His coaching style reflects these beliefs, as he is uncompromising when it comes to lifting technique and does not allow quantity to come at the expense of quality. He believes that an individual’s success is largely determined by the influences of those around them; so, he is adamant that his students hold their training partners, or “teammates,” accountable to the highest of standards, and that they expect the most out of one another. Additionally, he keeps a close network of medical professionals and other colleagues in the industry to ensure his students have connections and access to everything they need to succeed in their strength training journey.
Tony found strength training and Jiu Jitsu in 2001 and 2003 respectfully, and they have been two of his biggest passions ever since. After graduating with a BS in Exercise Science he took a job with a large commercial gym where he gained “in the trenches” experience working with everyone from people who had never stepped foot in a gym before, all the way up to professional athletes.
After six years in corporate fitness, Tony felt it was time to move on. He wanted to create a space where he could combine his two favorite things: strength training and Jiu Jitsu. He helped found Industrial Strength with the goal of having a space where people could get in the best shape of their lives, have fun, and make new friends.
Experience and Credentials
BACHELORS DEGREE IN EXERCISE SCIENCE LINFIELD COLLEGE
BLACK BELT IN JIU JITSU
STRONGFIRST KETTLEBELL TEAM LEADER
STRONGFIRST BARBELL INSTRUCTOR
STRONGFIRST LEVEL II KETTLEBELL INSTRUCTOR
STRONGFIRST BODYWEIGHT INSTRUCTOR
FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREEN LEVEL II
CERTIFIED KETTLEBELL-FUNCTIONAL MOVEMENT SCREEN
FUNTIONAL RANGE CONDITIONING
NATIONAL STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING ASSOCIATION
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SPORTS MEDICINE CERTIFIED PERSONAL TRAINER
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SPORTS MEDICINE CERTIFIED PERFORMANCE ENHANCEMENT SPECIALIST
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SPORTS MEDICINE CERTIFIED CORRECTIVE EXERCISE SPECIALIST