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Richard Anthony DeStefano, BS,MS
ACSM,NASM
Certied Personal Trainer
Professional Coach
Owner

Immediately after receiving my Immediately after receiving my undergraduate degree in Exercise Science from Southern Connecticut State University, I found myself directing Yale School of Medicine’s Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Exercise Laboratory for 13 years. Alongside my professional career in the field of exercise physiology, I trained year-round as a promising and sponsored track and field athlete. My hard work paid off in 2000 when I qualified and competed in the US Olympic track and field trials and finished with a national ranking of 10th in the US. Once I retired from track and field I began coaching and implementing strength and conditioning programs for serious athletes. I worked with several teams including Hopkins School, Cheshire H.S., Hillhouse H.S., Glastonbury H.S., and the US Olympic training center. My programs were contagious because they worked. To date, I have helped produce 56 state open champions, 33 New England Champions, and over 2 dozen All-Americans. I have been invited and attended dozens of workshops, camps, clinics, and lectures all around the continental US.  For over 20 years I have been an active member of the American College of Sports Medicine.  I am currently a certified personal trainer and member of the National Academy of Sports Medicine. After recently obtaining my Master’s degree in Sport Psychology I am currently incorporating sport psychology sessions into my practice.  In addition, I will be holding future seminars, workshops and attending conferences with a focus on team building, leadership, and training with focus. Today you can find me spending most of my time training, coaching, and consulting at DeStefano Strength & Conditioning, a private training center in Newington, Connecticut. The training center was opened in 2018 and was designed so that I can train various types of clientele.  I recently teamed up with the Bone and Joint Institute of Hartford Hospital as an assistant Strength and conditioning specialist. degree in Exercise Science from Southern Connecticut State University, I found myself directing Yale School of Medicine’s Pediatric Cardiopulmonary Exercise Laboratory for 13 years. Alongside my professional career in the field of exercise physiology, I trained year-round as a promising and sponsored track and field athlete. My hard work paid off in 2000 when I qualified and competed in the US Olympic track and field trials and finished with a national ranking of 10th in the US. Once I retired from track and field I began coaching and implementing strength and conditioning programs for serious athletes. I worked with several teams including Hopkins School, Cheshire H.S., Hillhouse H.S., Glastonbury H.S., and the US Olympic training center. My programs were contagious because they worked. To date, I have helped produce 56 state open champions, 33 New England Champions, and over 2 dozen All-Americans. I have been invited and attended dozens of workshops, camps, clinics, and lectures all around the continental US.  For over 20 years I have been an active member of the American College of Sports Medicine.  I am currently a certified personal trainer and member of the National Academy of Sports Medicine. After recently obtaining my Master’s degree in Sport Psychology I am currently incorporating sport psychology sessions into my practice.  In addition, I will be holding future seminars, workshops and attending conferences with a focus on team building, leadership, and training with focus. Today you can find me spending most of my time training, coaching, and consulting at DeStefano Strength & Conditioning, a private training center in Newington, Connecticut. The training center was opened in 2018 and was designed so that I can train various types of clientele.  I recently teamed up with the Bone and Joint Institute of Hartford Hospital as an assistant Strength and conditioning specialist.

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