Vince Gabriele, M.S., CSCS, IYCA, ACE
In September 2008, Vince Gabriele achieved a lifelong goal when he opened Gabriele Fitness and Performance, LLC in Berkeley Heights, NJ. Vince’s mission was to create a premier Fitness and Sports Performance Training Facility in the area he was raised — dedicated to the health and wellness of adults and the passion and success of athletes to achieve their best.
Vince and his Elite Team work with adults in new, innovative and results driven strategies and systems that he has created and have led to a large and growing group of followers in Fitness Coaching and Fat Blast Boot Campstm, In addition, his work in Middle School Athletic Development and High School Sports Performance Training has a substantial following.
His vision to change the way adults and athletes train has created new, successful programs to not only accomplish goals but surpass them, and to protect against injuries. These reflect, in part, Vince’s athletic experiences and his own struggles with injuries during his football career. Whether it was fighting through a broken leg or recovering from shoulder and finger surgeries during his playing days, Vince knew that there had to be a better way to help adults and young athletes excel and not only prevent injuries, but to help recover faster and more effectively from them. This experience and his passion brought Vince back home to New Jersey after a long and successful stint in San Diego where he honed his training skills and began to develop and perfect the systems that he would implement once he opened Gabriele Fitness and Performance. Through his many years of education and hard work, Vince has not only found that “better way” of helping adults and young athletes prepare to meet the challenges necessary to achieve their goals, he has spent his career perfecting it.
From 2003 to 2007, Vince was a Personal Trainer and the Director of Football Development at Fitness Quest 10, a nationally-recognized sports performance facility and personal training center in San Diego. During his tenure at Fitness Quest 10, Vince had the privilege of working with NFL players, youth athletes as well as both male and female personal training clients. His ability to relate to all types of people enabled him to develop a large following from several different walks of life.
Vince has been the personal trainer to – Luis Castillo, San Diego Chargers Defensive End; Donnie Edwards, former San Diego Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs Linebacker; Quentin Jammer, San Diego Chargers Cor
nerback; Will Demps, former Houston Texans Safety; Jacques Cesaire, San Diego Chargers Defensive End; Jeremy Czapinski, 4th Place in 2006 World Firefighter Combat Challenge as well as several other former NFL players. Vince even had the opportunity to train former San Diego Chargers and current New York Jets running back LaDanian Tomlinson for a worldwide print ad featuring Nike sneakers while he was at Fitness Quest 10, contracted by the sports apparel giant to work with the future Hall of Fame running back on the advertisement.
Vince, a graduate of New Providence High School, received a football scholarship to Division I Temple University where he played all positions on the offensive line. After four years of Big East Football he transferred to complete his degree in Business from the University of San Diego. He continued his education and studied motor learning, applied kinesiology and anatomy at San Diego State. In July of 2007 he received a Master of Science Degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion with an emphasis in Performance Enhancement and Injury Prevention from the California University of Pennsylvania. He is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), an ACE Certified Personal Trainer, and a Youth Conditioning Specialist with the IYCA. Vince is also CPR and AED Certified.
Vince has worked with athletes, both male and female, in nearly every sport – football, lacrosse, field hockey, basketball, baseball, track and field, golf, tennis, firefighter challenge, body building, figure skating, ice hockey, wrestling and soccer. He regularly works with the area coaches teaching the specifit warm up and conditioning protocols to be used with their athletes. Over 100 coaches have come through GFP for this training. Since opening the Gabriele Fitness and Performance facility in late-2008, Vince and his team have already worked with nearly 400 area athletes and their coaches.
Vince has worked hard from day one to create the go-tofacility for Fitness and Sports Performance Training in the area with a commitment to the community, as well. Vince orchestrated a Charity Dodgeball Tournament to help the family of a local child with leukemia and another Dodgeball Day to raise funds for the Haitian Earthquake Relief Effort. Vince and his Team, along with over 100 Gabriele Fitness enthusiasts, have participated each spring in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure to end breast cancer and also participate in the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life. Gabriele Fitness and Performance also sponsors many area teams and events.
Vince regularly speaks to the Master’s Program in the Exercise Science Department at Kean University. He also addresses local high school and middle school students at various career day functions. Vince has given seminars to the parents of local high school student-athletes on subjects ranging from injury prevention to nutrition.
Vince’s work has been featured in various publications including The Sporting News and the San Diego-Union-Tribuneas well as local newspapers and websites in New Jersey including thealternativepress.com. The facility at Gabriele Fitness and Performance was also featured in the 2009 calendar published by Perform Better, an industry leader in fitness equipment.
In 2006, Vince co-created with trainer Todd Durkin an in-depth, 15-DVD box set Training the High School Athlete which includes over thirty hours of footage. Vince has also written articles about training and the business of sports performance that have been featured on several sports performance websites around the country including strengthcoach.com andelitefts.com. In 2009, Vince was named Trainer of the Week by the International Youth Conditioning Association (IYCA) and has been a contributor to their website, IYCA.org.
Vince is an Alumnus of the Goldman Sachs 10000 Small Businesses program
Name: Michelle McCabe
Title: Lead Coach/Stretch Therapist
Credentials: BS in Exercise Science, The University of Scranton
MS in Exercise Science, Syracuse University
Certified Fascial Stretch Therapist
Born in: Germany but grew up in good old NJ
What does the GFP Culture mean to you: it means everything! The GFP culture is family. Family sticks together 100% and that is what we do here. We support each other, motivate each other and we give each other a swift kick in the pants when we need it. GFP culture is transformative in so many ways but most of all it gives people the strength and confidence to live better lives outside of the gym.
Favorite Exercise: Bulgarian Spilt Squats
Least Favorite Exercise: Band Pull Parts 🙁
Favorite Cheat Meal: Pizza and PB&J
When I’m not at GFP: I love to play with my daughter Ella and hang out with my husband Todd. And also… workout. 🙂
Biggest influence in your life and why: My Mom and Dad. They are my biggest influence in my life because they’ve taught me everything I know about being a strong women, how to be kind and how to love. They showed me how important it is to be a team player and what a strong team looks like. They were my first and best coaches!
If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, alive or dead, who would it be and why: Michelle Obama because she is a strong, kind and smart woman. OR Mia Hamm because she’s inspired me ever since I was a little kid!
Name: Karen Nitti
Title: Customer service leader
Credentials: University of South Carolina
Born in: Scarsdale NY
What does the GFP culture mean to you: Gabriele fitness means positive energy and family! I love coming to work
Favorite exercise: any
Least favorite exercise: The bike
Favorite cheat meal: my husband homemade pizza
When I’m not at GFP: I love to play tennis
Biggest influence in your life and why: My mom is my biggest influence in my life. She told me be nice to everyone you never know who’s going to save your life.
If I could have dinner with anyone dead or alive who would it be: It would be family.
Name: Matt Carbone
Title: Lead Coach/Sports Performance Director
Credentials: B.S. Kinesiology, CSCS
Born in: Summit New Jersey
What does the GFP culture mean to you: To me the GFP culture means family. Being raised with the importance of family first it is my goal to make every adult member and athlete feel like part of our family not just with us coaches but with other members/athletes as well. Being part of a community where everyone has each other’s back is inspiring.
Favorite exercise: Front Squat
Least favorite exercise: Planks
Favorite cheat meal: Pizza
When I’m not at GFP: I love to go to the beach
Biggest influence in your life and why: My father for always instilling the value of working hard and doing your job, my mother for teaching me the importance of good communication and my grandmother for teaching me the importance of family.
If you could have lunch with anyone in the world alive or dead who would it be and why: Derek Jeter, he is a true master of his craft, he demonstrates what leadership is all about in an extremely humble way, it’d be fun to pick his brain, and I’m a huge New York Yankees fan.
Name: Scott Forsstrom
Credentials: BS Rutgers University
Born in: Westwood NJ and raised in NY
What does the GFP culture mean to you: For me the GFP community is a family of amazing coaches and people who show up every day to better each other. I couldn’t imagine any other place having more of a positive impact on my life than GFP. It gives me something to look forward to every day and has helped me grow both as a coach in this industry and as a person.
Favorite exercise: Rows
Least favorite exercise: Chin-ups
Favorite cheat meal: Bagel sandwiches
When I’m not at GFP: I love to play with my dog and spend time with my family
Biggest influence in your life and why: My two cousins who have been like brothers to me and have helped me become the man I am today.
If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, alive or dead, who would it be and why: Will Ferrell because Step Brothers was a great movie and I feel it would also give me the opportunity for some quality chill time with Mark Wahlberg
Name: Bryann Ricci
Title: Lead Coach
Credentials: BS Rutgers University: Exercise Science, CSCS
Born in: Oxford, NJ.
What does GFP culture mean to you: GFP has become a home away from home for me. I feel like I have adopted a new family, one that is strong and driven, that supports each other, yet challenges and encourages everyone to continually grow
Favorite exercise: DB Snatch & Turkish get-ups
Least favorite exercise: Battle Ropes
Favorite cheat meal: wine. Haha extra cheesey cheesesteak w/ onions peppers and curly fries
When I’m not at GFP: I love to be surrounded by nature, whether it’s kayaking, hiking, swimming. I also just love to lift.
Biggest influences in my life: My parents. My Dad was an extremely hard worker and my mom was a fun, free spirit, and both taught me how to be unselfish and love unconditionally.
If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, alive or dead, who would it be and why: Neil deGrasse Tyson because I would be fascinated by everything he said!
Name: Kelly Seccamanie
Title: Director of First Impressions
Credentials: Ph.D. Candidate, Licensed Professional Counselor, Student Assistant Counselor
Born in: Summit New Jersey
What does the GFP Culture mean to you: The GFP culture means positive energy! Everyone is so welcoming and works together to become the best they can be!
Favorite exercise: Rows
Least favorite exercise: Squats
Favorite cheat meal: ICECREAM
When I’m not at GFP: I love to read! Hang out with my boys doing things outside! Playing Softball and paddle boarding
Biggest Influence in your life and why: I have had a lot of great influences in my life the most important is my faith. And then next I would have to say my husband TJ he is my biggest supporter.
If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, alive or dead, who would it be and why: My Brother Bryan died unexpectedly when he was 23 years old just would like to have one more time to hang out!
Name : Christina Hungria
Title : Massage Therapy Director
AKA : Hungria
Credentials : NJ CMT, MA LMT, NCTMB, AMTA, KMI, ART, SRT, OM, PNF
Born in: Boston, Massachusetts
What does the GFP culture mean to you: I picture a place where all people can find the support and encouragement they need to achieve their health and wellness or athletic goals. To me, GFP is a place where I am positively challenged to achieve a higher a standard of living and professionalism than I possess today. It is a place where failure isn’t an end but a beginning and a chance to move beyond myself. A place where I can find kind, caring, professional, and like minded people, both trainers and clients, who encourage each other to be the best that we can be and then reach even higher.
Favorite exercise: Swimming
Least favorite exercise: Split Leg Squats
Favorite cheat meal: Strawberry Milkshake
When I’m not at GFP: I love reading, going home to Cape Cod, hitting the beach, and spending time with my family and friends.
Biggest Influence in your life and why: My mentor, Lou Benson. She taught me to look at the body in 3 dimensions and how to start manipulating the soft tissue structures in truly miraculous ways. She always encourages more study, more reading, and more hands on!
If I could have lunch with anyone in the world, alive or dead, who would it be and why: The Dalai Lama. Life is full of hardships and to speak with a man who has spent his lifetime learning how to abide this with grace would be an opportunity to experience enlightenment, growth, and love.
Name: Emily Beisser
Title: Director of Impressions
Credentials: B.S. Neuroscience Bucknell University
Born in: Berkeley Heights, NJ
What does the GFP culture mean to you: The GFP culture is supportive and transformative. The motivation, high energy, and strong work ethic from both the coaches and clients is contagious and encourages everyone to work a little harder and sweat just a bit more!
Favorite exercise: Kettle bell swings
Least favorite exercise: Bulgarian split squats
Favorite cheat meal: Pizza and Ben&Jerry’s
When I’m not at GFP: I love to run outside, write, and cook!
Biggest influence in my life and why: My three brothers. I have never had someone care for me as much as my brothers do. They are a constant reminder of what is truly important in life: family.
If I could have lunch with anyone in the world, dead or alive, who would it be and why: Clara Barton or Keith Richards. Clara, because she dedicated and risked her life to serve others and our country. Keith, because I love the Stones and I think he would have some great stories.
Name: Bryan Fitzsimmons
Credentials: BA WVU, ACE CPT
Born in: Cranford, NJ
What does the GFP Culture mean to you: To me it means a place to come to where you know you have family. Everyone at GFP truly cares about every person that walks through the doors. Its rare to have an atmosphere like the one created here.
Favorite exercise: Bench Press
Least favorite exercise: Anything Cardio related
Favorite cheat meal: Pizza or Grandma’s Lasagna
When I’m not at GFP: I love to watch movies
Biggest influence in your life and why: My biggest influence is my dad. He taught me how to work hard and to do it with a smile every single day.
If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, alive or dead who would it be and why: Les Brown. He is one of the most inspirational speakers ever
Name: Tom Langton
Title: Head Coach
Credentials: BA Central Michigan University, CSCS, Prescison Nutrition & Biosignature Modualtion
Born in: Westifield, NJ
What does the GFP culture mean to me: To me GFP is a family. It’s a place where people of all different fitness levels can work together, support each other and everyone can succeed.
Favorite exercise: Rowing Machine
Least favorite exercise: Squats
Favorite cheat meal: Penne Vodka
When I’m not at GFP: I love to watch documentaries
Biggest influence your life: My parents
If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, alive or dead, who would it be and why: All of my grandparents together
Name: Vanessa Gabriele
Title: Co-Owner & Director of Pilates
Credentials: BA in Kinesiology at SDSU and MS in Exercise Science, STOTT, FST
Born in: California dude =) The OC
What does the GFP Culture mean to you: A strong team that I like to call my second family, helping others live a better and healthier life.
Favorite exercise: Turkish get ups
Least favorite exercise: Bulgarians
Favorite cheat meal: Chicken parm and maybe some chocolate
When I’m not at GFP: Hanging out with my family and dancing!
Biggest influence in your life and why: My mom because she has the heart of gold and would do anything to help others
If you could have lunch with anyone in the world, alive or dead who would it be and why: Adele, her voice is amazing, but she seems like she would be fun to hang out with