What is your background and when did you become a Starting Strength Coach?
My educational background is In World History and Archaeology. I graduated from Central Connecticut State University in 2014. I passed the platform exam in December of 2017 at Wichita Falls Athletic Club and officially received my certification as a Starting Strength Coach in January of 2018.
What made you decide to become a coach?
I first developed an interest in coaching while I was in College. I started working as a Personal Trainer and as a High School Track and Field coach in 2010, as a way to pay for college. Eventually, one thing led to another, and I decided I wanted to coach full time.
You recently competed at the SSC Strengthlifting Meet in Wichita Falls.
Tell us about your experience training for the meet. How did you do?
Training for the meet was tough at times. Since I opened my gym, training has sort of taken a back seat. I typically try to follow a 4 day Texas Method variant… some people have jokingly called my program the “Connecticut” Method.
The meet was awesome, it was my first time competing in a strength lifting meet. I competed in the 90kg class, and I think I hit a 195kg squat, 100kg press, and a 227kg deadlift. The deadlift was an all time PR at my lowest bodyweight.
Tell us about the gym and facility you coach out of. Where can people find you?
My gym is called Annino Strength & Conditioning. We are located in Moodus, CT, which is a pretty small rural New England town. We have just about 100 members, currently. We offer personal training, barbell training, and conditioning classes. People can follow me on Instagram, or check out Annino Strength & Conditioning on Facebook and our website is www.anninostrong.com
What is your favorite lift and why? What’s your PR?
My favorite lift is definitely the press. I’ve been spending a lot of time working on the classic olympic press lately. I find that the double layback usually get’s a good deal of hate from the internet experts. My current PR in training is 225lbs.
Do you have a favorite quote (about lifting or life in general)?
Since I am a history guy, I have to quote Socrates:
“No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable.” -Socrates