Monica graduated from Adelphi University with a B.S. in Exercise Science in Fall 2016, Summa Cum Laude. She learned how to perform the lifts at Adelphi University under Dr. John Petrizzo in April of 2014, who is her coach and mentor. From August 2015 to May 2016, she assisted Dr. John Petrizzo in his barbell study by helping coach the participants in the lifts and organizing their training logs.
Monica obtained her ACSM Personal Training certificate in June 2016 and was a full-time personal trainer August 2016 to December 2017 at a commercial gym, coaching clients utilizing the Starting Strength method. She attended a Starting Strength Seminar at Woodmere Fitness Club in Woodmere, NY in October of 2017. She returned to Adelphi University in Spring 2018 for a B.S. in Nursing. She is expected to graduate in Fall 2019 and is doing research on The Effects of a Barbell Training Program on Reducing Fall Risk/Fall Related Injuries in the Frail Elderly. Her research earned honorable mention twice and she’s presented at two conferences.
She is passionate about changing the view of barbell training in the medical world to enhance the quality of life and independence in the growing older adult population. In November 2018, Monica enrolled in the Coaching Academy and is under the instruction of Niki Sims.