Christian Rusnock, CSCS, XPS, Altis, FMS Level 1
Christian is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). He has been a certified professional member with the NSCA since 2001. He has recently completed the highly regarded XPS Certification through EXOS as well as their Phase 1 coaching mentorship. Through EXOS Christian has completed the .10 second difference, Dan Baker advanced strength and power, and the applied neuroscience for peak performance courses. Christian has also completed the apprentice coaching courses, certified apprentice coach in the short sprints and the performance therapy course with the highly accredited ALTIS track and field club. Christian also has the Level One FMS Certification. In fact, RSPF is the only gym certified in the 156 area able to issue this Movement Screen. Christian completed his undergraduate degree at Slippery Rock University in Physical Education with a minor in Sport Management and Athletic Training. Being a highly experienced strength/human performance coach with the educational background as well as hands on experience as a long time college athlete and amateur and professional athlete in; Division 1 College Rugby, Men’s Club Professional Rugby, Uechi Ryu Karate, Catch Wrestling Coach, Shingitai JuJitsu, and Backcountry Skiing.
Chris was mentored and trained under World Class Sport Performance Coaches Todd Durkin and Mike Boyle. His education is an ongoing process looking for a “better way” to improve overall human performance.
Chris started “Rusnock Sports Performance and Fitness in 2004 and has developed a small dream into something much bigger. He stated: “my name is on the business because I truly believe in what I am doing and I’m not afraid to back it up”.
Chris’ degrees and certifications are numerous, but it is his passion, focus, commitment, leadership, and experience that allow him to get the most out of people. As a Division 1 Collegiate Rugby Player and athlete his entire life, he captained the rugby squad at several Rugby Football Clubs and later went on to play professionally in Virginia. It was there that he realized what it takes to play any sport at a high level: hard work, humility, and staying relentless. He then fulfilled his dream by creating a facility that combines elite athletic performance training, personal training, and bodywork under one roof. His philosophy incorporates a holistic approach to performance. He believes one must be aligned physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually to maximize full potential. His staff assists in the mission to offer cutting-edge, personalized health & fitness programs designed to positively impact the lives of people. Through commitment, connecting, and conditioning, Chris and his staff empower clients to transform their lives and achieve great results. What some may call a functional strength and conditioning approach that he now uses and teaches in a brand new state of the art strength and conditioning facility. It is here that he trains his athletes and clients to be strong, powerful, fast, flexible, and balanced.
Zack Ferri, B.S. Kinesiology, EXOS
Zack has been with the RSPFamily since the beginning of his summer internship with the team in May of 2014. He was a member of Greensburg Central Catholic’s Hockey Team where he lettered all four of his years in high school and later went to Miami University of Ohio to receive a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Kinesiology while also playing with Miami’s well-known intramural hockey and broomball program. During his internship, Zack has truly grasped the concept of strength and conditioning in addition to the RSPF philosophy through observation and application with athletes. Zack is educated in the EXOS system.
The difference between a successful person and others is not a lack of strength, not a lack of knowledge, but rather a lack of will. – Vince Lombardi
I want to be the best, so whatever comes with that, I’ll have to accept. -Sidney Crosby
Carmen Sylvania, MS, CSCS, EXOS
Carmen is a graduate student from IUP who received his Master’s degree in Exercise Science. In 2016, he became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Additionally, Carmen has completed strength and conditioning internships at Rusnock Sports Performance & Fitness in 2018. Carmen has worked in the field of strength and conditioning for over the past 6 years.
Growing up practicing strong man, power lifting, football and Track & Field. Carmen has always been a lifelong athlete. Carmen’s first started in physical therapy at Waynesburg, but decide to switch to his passion of exercise science.
Carmen has educated himself in the EXOS training system while at Rusnock Sports Performance and Fitness and uses his years of training experience along with the RSPF system and the EXOS system when he coaches.