MEET OUR COACHES
Gerson "G" Melara
Gerson Melara is an assistant coach at Victory Sports Performance. His love of sports brought him to Farmingdale State College where he graduated with a B.S. in Sports Management. Throughout his years at Farmingdale State College Gerson has had the privilege of gaining experience through internships with Molloy College and Stony Brook University serving as an assistant to their Strength and Conditioning Coaches along with being an intern here at Victory Sports Performance. Gerson’s passion for sports and wide array of knowledge gives him a great connection to all the athletes. He thrives on building strong and trustworthy relationships with each VSP athlete. He believes that getting to know each individual for who they are is the best way to help them achieve whatever goal they have set for themselves.
I started coming to Victory Sports Performance looking for training to help me increase the proficiency of my workouts in order to get stronger and more agile for my upcoming soccer season. The training has impacted me on my performances in the soccer season and in the gym. The agility work helped with my cuts and quick changes of direction, as well improved my running technique. The strength training has a huge effect on my power and physical presence on the field. It also is great for teaching me the proper ways to lift without getting injured, and getting the maximum effect of the exercise when I do work myself. I first noticed the changes in my weight and in the definition of my muscles. One of my goals was to gain muscle mass and weight. I’ve made massive strides towards my goals since starting the training.Ben Drucker, Soccer
I started going to train at VSP to become more athletic in strength and agility. Also it was necessary for my sport, wrestling. Training at VSP has helped me get closer to my goals allowing me to understand what I need to work on. My strength and conditioning has improved, also I have a larger range of motion which benefits me in wrestling. The workouts have also improved my mentality testing my mental toughness and will. I realized these changes after the first month when I began to be able to out strength other wrestlers who used to be stronger than me. Also I was able to go for longer during practices without being winded. Even though I workout in a team, my coach focuses on every individual and helps strengthen their weaknesses.Jake Eckerle, Wrestler
I wanted to be stronger and to be in shape for lacrosse. The training has made me stronger than I ever thought I could be. I’ve realized the changes when In a game I was faster than everyone else and I was able to push around my opponents that were much bigger than me. VSP is great with all ages and abilities and he has a great way of teaching and explaining.Caleb Gross, Lacrosse
I started to come to VSP because I wanted to get faster and stronger before I went off to college to play lacrosse. I’ve never had any gym experience before I started to train so I wanted to learn the fundamentals of working out and how to work out correctly without causing any injury. As an athlete the training has had a huge impact on my game. All the drills that we do always translates onto the field. As a person I have met some of the coolest and nicest people when I workout. You are always meeting new people and that is a great thing to have when you go and work out. I started to realize the change when I started lacrosse again. When I came back to lacrosse I started to move better and felt quicker and stronger. I have also felt it in the gym too. When I first started training I could not do a single pull up. VSP put in drills specifically for pull ups and now I have no problem with them. It felt awesome knowing that all the hard work and the drills that you do all have a purpose and are paying off. One thing I would like to add is that the atmosphere in VSP is amazing. From the music playing in the background to the trainers encouraging and motivating you during a squat or a bench in my opinion is the best part of going to VSP. When ever I had training as a kid I was never excited to go and workout. That is the complete opposite for VSP and I always have a fun time and have a great workout whenever I go.Liam Walshe, Lacrosse
I started going to VSP about a year ago in an attempt to fix my injuries, prevent other injuries, and strengthen my body further. Going to him every week has definitely maintained my fitness level especially during times of rest from gymnastics. I started feeling results after the first few times I went to him. His workouts are tailored to us and our limitations so we don’t feel pain but still get a beneficial workout. I had never lifted weight before training with him. Their knowledge and expertise has taught me technique when working out without straining other muscles.Anthony DeMayo, Gymnast
II started to come here to overall be a better athlete. I was looking to be more dominant on the field and I thought the best way to do that was to start coming here. What really caught my eye was that it wasn’t just strength training. It was also training my endurance, core, and even eating healthier. This training has made me a much better athlete. Before I started this training, I could run a 6:25 mile and that got me exhausted. Now I can run a 5:49 mile and still have plenty of energy. I also feel stronger. Every time I step into the gym I did more than I did last time and it feels good. I feel more determined and motivated to get stronger and better everyday. I became much more dominant on the field and felt how much my team was now relying on me. I was making bigger plays and beating my opponents every time. I also realized changes once I started to hit my gym goals, 200 lb. back squat. This made me feel accomplished but at the same time I wanted a new goal to achieve.Andres Mady-Aguiar, Soccer/Tennis
Both of my boys have been training with Victory Sports Performance for some time now. They are at very different places physically. My oldest son is a Wrestler, competing at the national level and my youngest son has never taken to any sport or activity. VSP has been able to take my Wrestler and not only make him stronger, but also improve his mobility and nutrition. He’s competing better than he ever has. VSP has definitely made a huge difference in his performance. My youngest son looks forward to going to training with Anthony. His Strength, endurance and mobility have all improved along with his attitude. We have used many trainers and coaches and when it comes to Strength, Conditioning, endurance and speed no need to go anywhere else.Jeff Damasco
Anthony Vernice of Victory Sports Performance is unequivocally the best personal trainer/coach for our teenage son, Christian. Christian started training with Anthony in August of 2017. Since then we have noticed an amazing transformation. Christian has become much stronger, faster, and most importantly healthier. Anthony took the time to learn about Christian. He then helped Christian refine his approach to workouts, nutrition and overall motivation. When Christian was hurt, Anthony was careful with Christian’s workout routine and adjusted certain exercises to keep Christian safe and healthy. Not only does Anthony have a great relationship with his athletes, he also is attentive to the parents. He listened to our concerns and took what we had to say into consideration when planning Christian’s exercise and nutrition program. He truly cares about his athletes. He has come out multiple times to cheer on our son during his games – what other trainer does that! Anthony has become more than a trainer – he is a person our son looks up to and confides in. The best feeling as a parent is knowing that there is a person who works with and cares for your child as you do. Christian got more than a trainer, he gained a friendship. Thank you, Anthony!Cathy Michaels
My husband and I trained at various gyms but always found ourselves wanting more. Finally, after meeting Anthony Vernice at LIFW and training with him we finally noticed changes in our strength, body composition and overall cardiovascular health. Our training was so productive that we trusted Anthony with our two boys, when they were entering 9th and 11th grade. Both wanted to join a big box chain like their friends were doing. Both boys are strong athletes, however my husband and I were concerned about the risk of injury and bad habits lifting weights, unsupervised at a big gym. We did not want them to get hurt before their seasons began. We brought them to VSP and had them train with Anthony a couple of times to see how they would like it. Both boys loved training one on one with him and right away noticed a difference in their body composition and strength. They talked about their workouts at home and with their friends and were excited for their sessions. About eight weeks before the upcoming lacrosse season Anthony wrote individual programs for each boy tailored to their specific needs to best help prepare them for the season. The boys were never in such good shape. They both had great tryouts and each made the varsity team at school. Unfortunately our younger son suffered an ACL tear during the last day of tryouts. This was a devastating blow to all of us. After surgery Anthony was eager to get my son back in the gym and focus on his upper body until he was cleared to begin full training. Caleb worked very hard over the next 7 months following the programs that Anthony prepared for him. Caleb came back bigger, faster and stronger then he was before the injury and returned to the game that he loves. Both of my sons continue to work with Anthony 3-4 times a week off season and have even brought many of their friends to train with Anthony at VSP.Adam & Kim Gross
Our children have been training with Anthony for just under a year and their experience has truly put them on the path to fitness. They have had an extremely positive experience with personal training thanks to Anthony. Anthony is a competent, knowledgeable, passionate and well-rounded trainer with impressive qualities. Besides a vast array of knowledge pertaining to exercise programs, Anthony is also a teacher and a coach. He not only instructs the athletes with a variety of exercises, but he teaches them how they can take this with them outside of the gym and make it a lifelong skill. He emphasizes the importance of exercise and nutrition as playing a pivotal role in their lifestyle. Anthony is a motivator in that he helps each child work towards their personal goals and personal best. Our two children come from different fitness perspectives, one a soccer player the other a dancer. Anthony is adept at individualizing effective fitness programs that strengthen them in their perspective pursuits. Anthony has an uncanny ability of connecting with kids of all ages and on many different levels. Kids WANT to work for Anthony and are excited about training with him. Anthony shows genuine excitement for the kids when they accomplish steps in reaching their goals. His true belief in each child’s capabilities challenges them to work hard to achieve their goals. Anthony strikes a balance between a fun and a disciplined approach to exercise. When we asked our daughter what she likes about her training, she shared,” Anthony helps us discover what we are capable of and helps us to get there.” Anthony is excellent at utilizing an athlete’s strengths to address their weaknesses. In our son’s eyes, Anthony has become a role model who exhibits traits of hard work, perseverance and commitment to a healthy lifestyle.Ken and Ana Mady-Aguiar
What makes Anthony unique as a trainer besides his excellent qualifications and competence in the field of fitness, is his philosophy in helping each individual client reach his or her personal goals and appreciating the importance of fitness in their life. We are so grateful to have crossed paths with Anthony and look forward to his continued influence in our children’s lives!!!