FIORITTO SPORTS PERFORMANCE

SPORTS TRAINING & NUTRITION EXPERT

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Professional Background

I am the founder of Elite Sports Performance, a training facility that is located in Mentor, OH.  Athletes seek out Elite Sports Performance due to our unique style of training, our competitive atmosphere, and most importantly because of our results.  
Before the launching of Elite Sports Performance,  I attended Kent State University where I received my Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology.  As a student, I gained valuable experience working in the Kent State University Exercise Physiology Lab as a research assistant.  

I am a  Certified Sports Nutritionist (CISSN) through the International Society of Sports Nutrition (ISSN) as well as being certified as a Youth Nutrition Specialist (YNS) through the International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA). 

 


Athletic and Coaching Background

I’ve been an athlete my entire life.  At a young age, I played every sport that I could.  I enjoyed the competitiveness and sense of team comradery that sports creates.  Once I entered high school, I began to focus most of my energy on football and basketball.  I’ve played collegiate football (John Carroll University), as well as collegiate rugby (Kent State University).  Although I am currently retired from sports, I still enjoy training year-round to maintain my health and performance level.

Over the course of the years, I have experience working with athletes of all ages ranging from youth through collegiate/professional level.

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I believe in taking a very holistic approach when it comes to designing an individual's strength training program.  When writing a program for an individual I keep the following goals in mind:

  • Improving the individual's overall health and sense of well-being

  • Reducing any current pain as well as risk for injury (injury prevention) 

  • Improving the individual's movement pattern and body posture (get them moving and feeling better)

  • Achieving the individual's fitness goals (improved body composition, improved athletic performance, etc)


I take a very individualized approach when it comes to designing a strength training program.  What this means is I do not believe in "cookie cutter" or "one size fits all" programs.  Because every individual is different, (unique fitness goals as well as anatomical/physiological variability) the "one size fits all" approach just simply doesn't work.  Instead I take into account several factors, including the individual's needs and goals, and create a unique training plan designed to help them achieve their fitness and health goals.  This, in my opinion, is the optimal and only style of training that should be implemented in the fitness world.

 



My training includes the following components:

 



Warm-Up

My warm-up sessions are designed to prepare the individual for the ensuing strength training session as well as address any improper movement patterns and/or joint pain.  These objectives are accomplished by the following: 

  • Performing soft tissue work (foam rolling, lacrosse ball work, etc)

  • Performing dynamic mobility movements

  • Performing muscle activation movements 



The goals of the warm-up include the following: 

  • Improve mobility of certain joints

  • Activate key muscles

  • Increase body temperature 

  • Improve blood flow to working muscles

  • Reduce the risk of injury


 

Strength Training 

My strength training sessions will be aimed at addressing the individual's needs and goals.  While a strength training session may vary depending on the individual's goals (IE fat loss versus sports performance), I do believe in following certain principles with all my strength programs.  

Those principles include the following:

  • Train movements not body parts - What this means is that rather than isolate a certain muscle, we should train a specific movement pattern that incorporates multiple muscle group.  Because we rarely isolate a muscle in everyday life, we should not train the body this way.  Rather we should train the body the way we use it.  Training movements and not muscles has a much better functional carryover to real life.

  • Use proper progression and regressions - This goes back to taking an individualized approach to training.  Using proper progressions and regressions means properly prescribing exercises to train a movement based on the individual's level of preparedness.  A good strength coach should know how and when to progress individuals to more complex exercises as well as regress individuals to more basic exercises when necessary.

  • Implement progressive overload - No matter what the individuals fitness goals may be, they should always be striving to improve their numbers in the weight room.  What this means is that the individual should always be looking to make improvements in weight, shorter rest intervals, more total reps, etc.  By constantly pushing the body in this fashion we are applying a stimulus that causes the body change.  These changes are good because they are the changes that are going to bring you closer to your health and fitness goals.

  • Correct improper movement patterns and postural flaws - Because I take a holistic approach when designing training programs, I always try to address any improper movement patterns and/or any postural flaws.  Many times these issues are cause by imbalances around certain joints and by implementing certain "corrective" exercises these issues and be resolved.  Many times these issues cause pain and injury or lead to pain and injury down the road that is why I feel it is important to resolve these issues.


Again, while my training programs may vary depending on the individual's goals (IE sports performance VS fat loss), they all adhere to the above principles.



Metabolic Training

My metabolic sessions, commonly known as cardio, are designed to train certain energy systems of the body. 

 

Again, the individual's goals will dictate what form and how much and what type metabolic training takes place in the program.  Often times metabolic training can be helpful to improve an athlete's endurance performance, expedite the fat loss process, as well as improve an individual's overall health.  Metabolic training comes in many forms.  Some proven methods that I like to employ include:

  • Sprints

  • Interval running 

  • Sled pushes/pulls

  • Body weight circuits

  • Weighted circuits (barbell, dumbells, etc)

  • Strong man relays

 

training philosophy

NUTRITION PHILOSOPHY

Nutrition can be a training program’s best friend or worst nightmare; as it can help to greatly expedite or stall an individual’s progress.  Training and nutrition go hand in hand and when used properly, an individual can see tremendous results.  Again, when designing an individual’s nutritional program I take a very individualized approach to help them reach their specific goals. 

While the nutrition field can become extremely complex, I try to keep my nutritional philosophy simple and easy to follow.  


It consists of a couple components:

  • Eat a natural diet - What this means is to cut out all the processed man-made junk that exists today.  One great quote that I heard and often times tell individuals is to "eat like a caveman".  If a caveman could't eat it in his time, then you shouldn't eat it either.  Eat foods that are natural and that the human physiology can handle.   An individual can see a tremendous improvement in health as well as body composition when they eliminate these toxic processed foods.  

  • Eat the proper amount of food based on your individual needs - This is very individualized and will be determined by the individual's goals.  With that said, it is not necessarily rocket science.  If an individuals is looking to lose body fat or improve body composition they will have to consume less calories than they expend.  the opposite is true for the individual looking to put on weight (common in athletes).  An individual's activity level will help to determine exactly how much they need to be consuming to achieve their goals.

  • Employ nutrient timing - What this means is to consume certain foods at certain times during the day.  There are certain times during the day where your body will better partition/handle certain nutrients/foods.  Because of this it is important to consume those certain foods at the right times as they will help improve body composition,  improve athletic performance, improve recovery from training, as well as improve overall health. 
      

 
 

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