Christian Rusnock, CSCS, XPS, 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. Christian will be returning to EXOS to complete Phase 2 & 3 of the EXOS & The ALTIS track and field coaching mentorship in the near future. Christian is also has a 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 assist 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.
Josh Dinges, MS, CSCS, EXOS
Josh Dinges is a graduate student at IUP who will be receiving his Master’s degree in Kinesiology this summer. In 2015, he became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) through the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA). Additionally, Josh has completed strength and conditioning internships at the University of Pittsburgh and Saint Francis University.
Growing up practicing Tae Kwon Do, Josh achieved his second degree black belt after 12 years before taking on college life, where he ended up studying and practicing Olympic weightlifting. He also performed a brief run as a wrestler at Greensburg Salem High School.
Josh strongly believes in a strength program that builds a solid movement foundation that will ultimately create a well-rounded, healthy athlete optimized for performance.
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. He continues to get better every day, and it shows through athletes’ attitude working with Coach Zack.
If things came easy, then everybody would be great at what they did, let’s face it. -Mike Ditka
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
Give me six hours to chop down a tree and I will spend the first four sharpening the axe. -Abraham Lincoln
Sometimes all you need is just for somebody to believe in you in order to be able to accomplish maybe what you never thought you could. -Drew Brees