Mike Guadango

485810_10100470920887674_1755348527_nMike is currently a Coach, Writer & Owner for Freak Strength.  He was a part of DeFranco’s Gym for over 10 years, studied under Buddy Morris and James Smith while at the University of Pittsburgh and has also studied at various physical therapy practices. He has coached levels of athletes from Pro-Bowl, MLB, to pre-pubescent athletes and has also consulted for high caliber athletes & coaches worldwide.

Coach Hammer

  • Undergraduate: Bachelor of Science (Sport Science) -University of Idaho
  • Bachelor of Science (Physical Education) -William Paterson University
  • Graduate: Masters of Science (Exercise Physiology) -Illinois State University
  • Collegiate athletic performance coach in the Pac-10, Big Ten, Sun Belt, and more
  • Strength Coach for 2006 NFL-Europe Champions Frankfurt Galaxy
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association : Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  •  USA Weightlifting: Club Coach


Pat Carozza

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Pat is currently a Coach and Writer for Freak Strength.  Formerly a performance coach at DeFranco’s Gym in Wyckoff, NJ. He had served as a coach for various sports, and had trained athletes ranging from 12 year olds to the professional ranks.






Steve Kennelly


Steve Kennelly is currently the Assistant Head Athletic Trainer for the New York Football Giants. He has been a member of the team’s medical staff for over 20 years, and recently started Kennelly Athletics, LLC  to offer his expertise in injury prevention, athletic rehabilitation and athletic development to athletes of all ages. Steve holds an undergraduate degree from Northeastern University and a postgraduate degree from the University of Virginia. He is certified by the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (ATC) and the National Strength and Conditioning Association (CSCS).

Ryan Nie



  • Bachelor of Science (Exercise Science)- University of Northern Iowa
  • Masters of Science (Exercise Science)- Montclair State University
  • National Strength and Conditioning Association: Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist
  • USA Weightlifting: Club Coach
  • USA Track and Field Certified
  • Teaches as an adjunct professor at Montclair State University
  • Has worked as a Sports Performance Coach and Director in the private sector for 4 years
  • Was trained in Olympic Style Weightlifting by former Olympian, Jianping Ma, and traveled to China to train with the Chinese National team
  • Is currently a coach and writer for Freak Strength

Chris Kievit


Born in New Jersey. Was a 4 year varsity starter at Don Bosco Prep at catcher. Went on to receive a scholarship to LIU Brooklyn as a catcher/outfielder. While at LIU earned his bachelors in Exercise Science. After earning his bachelors degree, Chris went to become a graduate assistant at LIU and complete his masters program in Coaching and Conditioning. Chris has coached baseball and strength and conditioning all around the country. Formerly the Coaching Coordinator for a private facility owned by the New York Yankees Strength and Conditioning coordinator. He has worked with top tier talent but his passion is taking those who want to better themselves to places they have never imagined.


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