The Squad

Our Squad

We are highly skilled, industry-recognized professional Strength & Conditioning, Fitness, and Sports Performance Specialists with access to industry-network medical, physical therapy, and chiropractic resources possessing over a century of combined athletic development, fitness, and preventive intervention experience that design relevant programming to assist you to excel in your sport, work, and life!

 

Greatness is forged, not fabricated

Guy Massi

Guy Massi

SSC, SCS, CES, CFSC, CTBS, CSSN (Director of Operations, Athletic & Curricular Development)

Guy Massi is a former competitive athlete, and as a father, brought up a household of competitive athletic boys of his own. Nearly thirty years have passed since receiving the very first certification that jump-started his journey of individual performance coaching for athletes and clients as a part-time means to supplement his income. Now, he is now a locally, nationally, and internationally recognized speaker, trainer, and coach to elite athletes and workforce clients, as well as upper-tier corporate, military, and emergency personnel.  In his more than three decades in the field, he has been developing athletes and fitness clients of all ages and levels under his training methodology, which set the trajectory for his becoming a highly respected coach, subject material expert, and industry resource to professional athletes and teams from all sports, local, collegiate and national athletes, as well as institutions and organizations including yet not limited to; World Recording Holding Sprinter Dedrick Clark, NFL player agent Kevin Fitzpatrick, the Hong Kong National Ice Hockey Team & Academy program director, German Olympic Field Hockey Team, Adler-Manheim German Professional Ice Hockey Team, Bundesliga Academy & Soccer Team, German Olympic Lifting Coaches, Tsunami Barbell Flexible Barbells, Boditrak & Swing Balance Velocity/Force/Balance technologies, and many others. More than merely understanding the physiological requirements associated with developing performance in athletes and clients, he is truly a master of recognizing and nurturing the emotional component. Suffering the loss of both of his parents by the time he was eighteen, Coach Massi has turned various challenges into victories and has learned the art of perseverance. Guy said, “Due to seemingly insurmountable challenges in my teenage years, I once ballooned to over 300 pounds – and it was all emotional!  I had two options; 1) either succumb to defeat or 2) overcome and serve as an example to others. – I chose option 2”.
Author & Facilitator

He is the author and keynote facilitator of the HyperNova Athletic Development & Functional Fitness System© bearing inclusive curricula for speed, strength, power, agility, balance, mobility, functional fitness, explosiveness, proprioception, and energy system training. Guy also received a publishing contract to write the “off-topic” book called, “We Are gods!” (Small “g” of course) This book is essentially a handbook for gaining critical insights of ourselves and others as it pertains to the first steps in unlocking sustainable personal and professional change. (He is currently and steadily fulfilling his obligation to his second and third book engagements, while maintain focus on M2, its systems and methodology.)  Guy is a pioneer in maximizing fitness and athletic development within systematic and programmatic time constraints (and budgets) thru the use of signature progressions and protocols.  He is a persistent learner and routinely works with doctors and physical therapists in rehabilitating athletes and clients, and specializes in medically indicated and supervised Return-to-Play programs, as well as proactive mitigation programs for injury resistance. He is hungry for knowledge (and the application thereof), and maintains industry relevance thru continuing education and writing for peer review. Coach Massi states, “I’ve learned from my own on-the-job practice (a.k.a. mistakes) and failed experiments and thusly remain in a constant state of learning and thriving for insights and truth, whether within or outside of the textbook. I believe in experience and application and have found what foundationally works for building superior athletes and clients. My colleagues and myself, meet people where they currently stand, and quickly, safely, and efficiently push the envelope in challenging them above and beyond what they ever thought they might accomplish. One thing that is constant, however; nothing substitutes for persistent, diligent effort – also known as HARD WORK!  Really, at the end of the day, we are developing future moms, dads, husbands, wives, and professionals and/or reinforcing one’s current responsibilities and obligations. The performance development aspect is second nature at this point, while the greatest challenge can be the primary goal of; actively lending to the physical and emotional development of contributory members of society who love and excel in sport, work, and life.”

Certifications
  • Undergraduate Studies at SUNY Westchester & Cortland State University
  • Certified Specialist in Strength & Conditioning
  • Certified Sports Conditioning Specialist
  • Certified Corrective Exercise Specialist
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach
  • Certified Tsunami Bar Specialist
  • Certified Specialist in Sports Nutrition (Prescriptive Performance Nutrition)
  • Certified Athletic Development Coach
  • Adaptive Agility & Keiser Sports Movements Specialty
  • Tsunami Bar Sports, Board of Directors/Board of Advisors & Lead Consultant for the application and utilization for speed, agility, fitness, and athletic performance
  • Various Phases of Football, Baseball, and Hockey coaching & playing experience
  • Martial Artist & Creator of Awareness & Preservation Training © (A.P.T.)
  • Creator and keynote facilitator of the HyperNova Athletic Development & Functional Fitness System ©
  • Former Physical Training Director & Consultant to the United States Air Force Auxiliary-033
  • Regular Article and Education Contributor to Perform Better/MF Athletic, StrengthCoach.com, On Target Publications & Paramount Hockey
  • Keynote Speaker engagements for Perform Better and Tsunami Bar Sports
  • Formula creator R-VIMCRE (Range, Volume, Intensity, Magnitude, Concentration, Ratio, Exposure) Performance & Training Risk Management Matrix
  • Subject Material Contributor to research articles concerning performance and training thresholds for athletes
  • Boditrak/Swing Balance Velocity/Force/Balance technologies Subject Material Expert
Craig W. Machado

Craig W. Machado

NASM-CPT, NASM-CPES, CFT, CPNS, CFSC, CTBS, CFMS (Assistant Director of Operations, Director of Fitness Programming)

With a reputation as one of the go-to motivators in Westchester County, and a diverse and far reaching online client-base, Coach Machado continues to be a rising star in the Strength & Conditioning, Sports Performance, and Fitness industries. He is a Certified Fitness Trainer, Certified Personal Trainer, Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist, Certified Functional Strength Coach, Certified Nutrition Coach, and Certified Functional Movement Screener. Formerly a competitive Mixed Martial Artist, his work ethic and commitment to his own training caught the eye of his mentor/personal strength and conditioning coach, Guy Massi, leading to the two forming M2Strength. On his own since his teens, Craig has turned his experience in surmounting life’s challenges towards lending to the development of clients and athletes. Coach Machado is a key part of our collegiate and professional on-location travel team, and has a particular specialty in MMA conditioning.  He has spent clinical hours working with doctors and physical therapists rehabilitating clients and athletes of all ages and levels.  Coach Machado has also spent time training in Thailand, where he was exposed to different perspectives on fitness, performance, and functional training. He remains dedicated to serving our clients and athletes through programming, classes, and individual performance coaching, while developing programs to better serve our people.  

Systems & Programing

Coach Machado coordinates programming for the in-facility and online training of both Home & WorkForce Fitness.  His collaborations with Coach Massi have yielded an industry-leading Movement Quality Rating System © (MQRS) and Movement Risk Assessment Matrix© (MRAM).

Certifications

  •  NASM-Certified Personal Trainer
  • NASM-Certified Performance Enhancement Specialist
  • ISSA Certified Fitness Trainer
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC)
  • Certified Tsunami Bar Specialist (CTBS)
  • Precision Nutrition Certified Coach
  • Certified FMS (Functional Movement Screen)
  • Experienced Mixed Martial Arts, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing & Kickboxing Instructor
  • Sports Movements Certified

Industry-Network Resources

This is a list of industry-network resources that are immediately accessible and regularly consulted in an effort to maintain industry relevancy, integrity, and accountability.

 

Matthew Massi

Matthew Massi

CSCC, CSSC, CTBS (Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach, Certified Tsunami Bar Specialist)

Having served as a captain on a Carmel High School football team that amassed both State and Section offensive and defensive accolades, he was named NY North Linebacker of the year.  Coach Matt then deferred the proposition of a Division I collegiate playing career having felt called to serve and coach others rising through the same ranks, and in all sports.  He became a fully certified Strength & Conditioning Coach and continues with online collegiate studies for further professional development.  He has been in the ranks of the M2 system since he was 11 years old as part of pre-teen training groups, then began to live and breathe the system progressions as he moved into the higher-level training protocols.  Coach Matt is the Community Outreach & Recruitment Director for M2 Athlete Prospects (an IG subsidiary) that identifies collegiate prospects and helps to track them towards attainable collegiate recruitment, selection and scholarship objectives.  He is also the lead examiner for Massi Training Concepts (Material X Performance), persistently testing for developmental relevancy and providing proof of concept within the HyperNova© training methodology.  Coach Matt is one of the youngest coaches ever to demonstrate and/or present both nationally and internationally on the subject matter of Speed, Agility, Strength, Power and Flexible Barbell Training.  Coach Matt develops home-force, work-force and of course; student-athletes.

          Certified Strength Coach (CSCC/CSSC)

          Certified Tsunami Bar Specialist (CTBS) Flexible Barbell Training specialist

–          Key member of M2 Elite Performance team, preparing rising professional athletes for tryouts, camps and combines

          Community Outreach & Recruiting Director

          Multi-sport playing experience; football, baseball and hockey

          Fullback, Pulling Guard, Inside Linebacker (Play Caller)

          Football and field sports Hybrid Skilled Movement & Performance Training Specialist

          Regular demonstrator – Perform Better International Training Platform Series “Move Your Feet”

          Demonstrator/Support Presenter “Create to Compete” Perform Better Webinar

          Concentrations in Speed and Agility protocols, Football Skills, Drills and “Blackboard” Strategy

Matthew Cascioli

Matthew Cascioli

Physical Therapist

Matthew is a licensed Physical Therapist and the owner of Haven Physical Therapy, PLLC.  He and his practice are an industry-network resource who provide any necessary collaborative insight and/or guidance in matters concerning the crossover into return-to-play, throwing, return-to-work, or any other specialized programming not of a direct physical therapy treatment nature.  He is a recognized movement and kinetic function specialist with particular knowledge of Kettle Bell Programming and Neuro-Muscular Demand training. Matthew has more than 20 years of experience working in physical therapy, rehabilitation, and sports medicine; treating high school, collegiate, and professional athletes. Within his own practice, he serves to rehabilitate patients with a variety of functional impairments resultant from congenital disorders, surgeries, accidents, injuries, general deconditioning, and/or neuro-muscular degradation. He is also a competitive, multiple medal-winning arm wrestler.

 

  • Bachelor of Science, Pace University
  • Master of Physical Therapy. Chapman University
  • Certified Tsunami Bar Specialist
  • Certified Instructor of Progressive Fighting Systems
  • Competitive Arm Wrestler and Referee
  • Competitive Martial Artist & Hockey Player
  • Physical Therapist to The American Academy of Ballet
  • Physical Therapist to Extreme Force All-Stars competition cheer teams
  • New York Arm Wrestling Practice Director
Konstantinos (Gus) Sofos

Konstantinos (Gus) Sofos

Doctor of Chiropractic DC

Dr. Sofos is a licensed Chiropractor and the owner of Sofos/KGS Chiropractic, PLLC.  He and his practice are an industry-network resource who provide any necessary collaborative insight and/or guidance in matters concerning the crossover into return-to-activities phases of training not of a direct chiropractic treatment nature.  Dr. Sofos is a recognized chiropractic and wellness practitioner with particular knowledge in functional movement, motion palpation, and body system balance. He has spent more than 20 years in a therapeutic and sports medicine environment helping and rehabilitating high school, collegiate, and professional athletes. Within his practice, he rehabilitates athletes and patients suffering from a variety of functional and/or spinal impairments.

 

  • Life Chiropractic College West
  • New York Chiropractic Council
  • Nationally recognized wellness speaker
  • Motion palpation specialist
  • Certified Tsunami Bar Specialist
Casey Cassone

Casey Cassone

LMT, CFSC

Casey Cassone is the Owner of Massage-2-Motion. After years as a Mechanical Engineer, Casey decided that he would rather be helping people hands-on. Now an “anatomical engineer” Casey states, “Luckily, I got injured in a Martial Arts class and this led me to start directing my engineer-style analyzation techniques towards fixing the human body”.  After graduating from a university for massage, Casey discovered how competent he was at truly helping people through a combination of massage, stretching, and exercise. After becoming certified in the most scientifically based Manual Therapy system available, obtaining a Certified Functional Strength Coach designation, and receiving elite personal mentorships; Casey continues to develop a results-driven style that incorporates sports and orthopedic-type modalities.

 

  • Licensed Massage Therapist
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC)
  • Functional Range Release Therapist (Full Body)
  • Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist
  • Functional Range Assessment Specialist
Kevin Kernan

Kevin Kernan

CFSC, Affiliate Coach

Kevin Kernan was born and raised in Mahopac, NY, and played baseball at the youth, high school, tournament travel, and collegiate levels. Kevin was a left-handed pitcher who amassed All-League, All-Conference, All-Section, All-State, and All-American honors on various occasions at the high school level. He went on as a scholarship athlete playing Division I baseball at Stony Brook University for four years. He played off-season, collegiate summer league competitive ball in the NECBL and was promoted for a stint in the coveted Cape Cod Prospect League. (A known MLB feeder league) Kevin spent his off time in both high school and college developing youth-high school players and now continues to develop those levels as well as collegiate players, and those wishing to turn pro. Having spent his High School and Collegiate career as an M2 athlete, he has now entered his coaching journey as a Certified Functional Strength Coach (CFSC) developing and training athletes of various sports and levels in functional fitness, and strength and conditioning. Kevin has an affinity for mobility and injury resistance and is under an elite-level industry mentorship.

 

  • Decorated High School Baseball Player
  • 4-year Division I Left Hand Pitcher
  • NECBL and Cape Cod Prospect Leagues
  • B.S. Stony Brook University
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach
  • Concentration in Mobility & Injury Resistance
Christopher Vozzella

Christopher Vozzella

BS, CFSC, Affiliate Coach

Chris Vozzella was raised in Carmel New York and is a product of the M2 methodology.  Formerly a two-sport athlete (baseball and football) he settled into football and enjoyed an illustrious high school football playing career at Carmel High School.  Playing and starting at both the Fullback and Inside Linebacker positions, he held impressive offensive and defensive statistics that yielded team, district, and section honors.  Known as a punishing force on both sides of the ball, Chris was recruited by a number of prestigious football programs/colleges and decided to pursue the more modern major of Health & Fitness Management found at Alfred University in upstate New York. (A degree designed to prepare graduates for all aspects of strength and conditioning, clinical exercise, fitness, personal and athletic development, sports operations, and related business minutia).  While playing at Alfred, Chris once again proved to possess the skill set required to get utilized on both sides of the ball at the Fullback and Inside Linebacker positions, enjoying a four-year “Iron Man” collegiate career.  He also joined his team in winning an Empire 8 Championship and coveted “ring” while on the road to their National Championship run.  While completing his degree, Chris interned with the University’s Strength and Conditioning department working with both athlete and non-athlete populations.  Upon graduation, Chris completed an internship at Stony Brook University working with Women’s Basketball and Lacrosse, Football, Baseball, and other integral competitive sports teams.

 

  • Accomplished High School Football Player
  • Four-year player at Alfred University
  • Empire 8 Championship title
  • National Championship playoff appearance
  • B.S., Health Fitness Management Alfred University
  • Certified Functional Strength Coach
  • Concentration in Strength and Power, Field Angles of Approach/Play, Agility
Marella Verde

Marella Verde

CSCC, SSC (Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach), BS (Sports Biology/Nutrition Sciences)

Having been in our methodology since eighth grade, Marella is truly an M2 “product”. 

She is a Mahopac High School, National Honor Society, and M2 Player Development Program graduate. Having played Women’s Lacrosse at Mahopac High School, she was recruited by and played for Springfield College.

Having completed her undergraduate studies, Marella currently serves as our Programming and Professional Assisting Intern, as well as a fitness and athletic performance associate coach. She is currently enrolled at New York Medical College pursuing a master’s degree in Medical Sciences, tracking to be a medical doctor.   

While at Springfield College, Marella played four years on the Women’s Varsity Lacrosse team, is a two-time recipient of the Springfield Women’s Lacrosse Strength & Conditioning Athlete of the Year, and also won the highly prestigious National Strength & Conditioning Association’s All-American Strength & Conditioning Athlete of the Year award. While at Springfield College, she also received the IWLCA Award (Intercollegiate Women’s Lacrosse Coaches Association), was a Three-time Academic All-Conference, posted four years to The Dean’s List, and graduated Magna Cum Laude. Marella is also a New York, and Nationally Registered Emergency Medical Technician.   

She is an asset within the M2 family and currently offers fitness, athletic performance, and lacrosse skills Instruction.

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