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Steven Gaano

Personal Training Manager

Bio

What does the BREAKTHRU culture mean to you?
Community. The expectations and standards challenge me to become better as a fitness professional and as a person.

Credentials

  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) Certified Personal Trainer since 2007
  • American Council on Exercise (ACE) Health Coach (formerly Lifestyle Weight Management Coach)
  • Functional Movement Screen Certified – Level 1 & Level 2
  • Precision Nutrition Certified Level 1 Coach
  • 3.5 Day Mentorship with Todd Durkin (2-time Personal Trainer of the Year and trainer to Super Bowl Champions Aaron Rogers and Drew Brees)

Favorite Exercise?
Deadlifts! Conventional, Trapbar, Sumo, you name it. I pick things up and put them down!

Least Favorite Exercise?
Lunges

Why do you exercise?
To make life easier with my kids.

What do you do when you are not helping people get in the best shape of their lives?
My life revolves around the ladies in my life. I love to be silly and play with my girls. I look forward to going out dancing with my wife and trying new foods that I can try to cook later.

I’m a lifelong learner and am always trying to perfect my craft. If I’m not reading about exercise science, I’m watching a video, listening to a podcast, or attending a course.

Who do you look up to and why?
My mom. Seeing her work ethic as I grew up inspired me.

Raising 3 kids by herself after my dad passed away couldn’t have been easy.

The sacrifices she made and time and attention she gave us really taught me what it means to love unconditionally.

Guilty Indulgence?
SWEETS! I’m a chocoholic

If you were a superhero who would it be and why? Batman -Who wouldn’t want to have a genius-level intellect, be skilled in martial arts and at the peak human physical conditioning.

Notable Professional/Personal Achievements:

  • 2006 – Went from 197lb to 145lb to regain my life and start off my career in fitness.
  • 2010 – Mentee to Todd Durkin (2 time Personal Trainer of the Year and Trainer to NFL Quarterbacks, Aaron Rodges & Drew Brees)
  • 2011 – Tested and reviewed the very first Tough Mudder.
  • 2012 – Was a sponsored runner for Team Marathon Bar
  • 2012- Completed my first Half Marathon (Rock ‘N Roll Half Marathon – Philadelphia)
  • 2012 – Completed my first Marathon (Marine Corp Marathon) and helped my brother train to complete his first marathon too

Patient Reviews

Twin Boro - Bayonne
Excellent
5.0
Based on 1035 reviews
Ralph Calderone
I torn my bicep tendon & waited 3 months before the repair. The bicep had significant muscle atrophy. Breakthru is an outstanding PT facility, Tim S. and his team used advanced & extensive technologies to shorten recovery from the torn bicep & frightening muscle atrophy. They put together a comprehensive rehab program involving bands, stretch, weights, recum bikes, soft tissue & scar message and blood flow restriction (BFR) therapy. In 5 weeks I progressed from being extremely weak with a bicep. My bicep was 1.5 inches smaller since the injury with limited range of motion. Five weeks later my arm has full function and I can easily curling 25lb dumbells. BFR under the direction of a PT really allowed muscle growth with much lighter weight. I joined a large support group with similar injuries and it appears no one has recovered as quickly as me. Tim's program & the Breakthru facility with certified BFR & deep scar tissue therapies accelerated my recovery by 6 months.
Amanda Fitchett
I came to Breakthru after I threw my back out. Shannon has been phenomenal in getting me back to myself. She diagnosed where the pain was coming from, explained everything in terms of how I could understand. It's been a few weeks and I have been pain free and moving much better. Getting an appointment was easy and they were always able to work with my schedule. In addition, if I didn't do my at home exercises, I was never made to feel like I did something wrong or felt guilty for not doing them. I would highly recommend them for PT needs!
Aris Taflambas
Zac, Pam and Jenny are fabulous. I’ve seen too much improvementt, but don’t tell my wife.
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