About

Rochester, NY's Premier Performance Center

Elevate founder Nick Mancuso is a highly motivational strength and conditioning coach with years of experience in training. He has worked with a variety of populations, stemming from personal training, group fitness, amateur athletes, and professional athletes. Nick's journey to becoming a premier strength and conditioning coach started while studying Dietetics and Nutrition at Buffalo State College. He would later earn a bachelor's degree from SUNY Fredonia in Exercise Science, and a master's in Applied Physiology with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning from Canisius College. He is a well-rounded professional who takes a unique approach with each athlete and individual client by identifying movement patterns necessary for optimal performance.

Nick began his professional career as a volunteer strength and conditioning coach for Salisbury University under Matthew Nein, who received the vote of National Strength & Conditioning Coach of the year award from the NSCA. Here, he helped implement training programs for women’s soccer, men’s baseball, and men’s football, and completed his CSCS certification. While completing his master's, Nick accepted an internship opportunity at Cooper Sports Performance In Tampa, Florida. Here, he studied under world-renowned performance specialist Dr. Josh Cooper while assisting in the NFL combine prep. During this time, Nick worked with dozens of professional and D1 athletes, including several top Dominican league baseball prospects. While finishing his master's at Canisius, Nick worked as head trainer and strength coach at a private facility, Jadablitz. He would then take this knowledge back to Rochester where he would personally build the first-ever Sports Performance Department as Director working alongside Sam Owens at Midtown Athletic Club. During this time, Nick completed his EXOS Performance Specialist certification under Dr. Nick Winkleman, Director of The Irish Rugby Federation and former head performance specialist at EXOS, his USAW1, and provided several public speaking events including his very own NSCA conference. Nick is a role model for the youth athletes of Rochester, building personal relationships with all clients and families. He currently resides in Chili, NY, with his wife Julie, chocolate lab Lucy, and three cats; Malu, Nala and Nutmeg.
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Nick Mancuso

Owner/Head Strength Coach

Nick prides himself in continuing education, staying current in the constantly changing fields of strength and conditioning, nutrition, and health and wellness. With a giant personality and an extreme passion for what he does, Elevate welcomes all skill levels of fitness. Whether you’re simply trying to get in shape, increase your knowledge of performance and exercise, nutrition, rehab and injury prevention, sports performance, or health and wellness, come join us and elevate your game on and off the field.

Areas Of Expertise

  • Nutrition
  • Sports Performance Training (All Levels)
  • Seminars and Education
  • Individual & Group/Team Training
  • Positive & Motivational Gym Culture

Certifications

  • EXOS 1 Performance Specialist
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) - NSCA
  • DBC Level 1 & Level 2
  • USAW1 Sports Performance Coach
  • PTA Global-Advanced
  • FMS (In Progress)

Interests

  • Foodie
  • Traveling
  • Listening to Music
  • Pittsburgh Steelers Fan

Meet The Team

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John Day

Strength Coach

Areas of Expertise

  • Sports Performance Team Training
  • Olympic Lifting
  • Small Group Training

Certifications

  • B.S. Exercise Physiology from SUNY Brockport
  • Masters degree in Movement Studies with a concentration in Strength and Conditioning
  • USAW1 Sports Performance Coach
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) - NSCA

Interests

  • Traveling
  • Working on Cars
  • Playing Video Games
  • Spending Time with Friends

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Chris Ryan

Strength Coach

Areas of Expertise

  • Nutrition and Body Transformation
  • Mindset and Neurological Activation
  • Competitive Exercise Programming, Coaching and Data Driven Performance

Certifications

  • Masters Degree in Exercise Science with Concentrations in Performance Enhancement and Sport Psychology from California University of Pennsylvania
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) - NSCA
  • USA Track and Field Level 1
  • USA Weightlifting Level 1
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach (PN1)
  • Reflexive Performance Reset (RPR) Level 1+2

Interests

  • Camping
  • Barbecue
  • Sunshine
  • Dad Jokes

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Derrick Burgess

Director of Group Training

Areas of Expertise

  • Group Training
  • Sports Performance
  • Military/Combat Style Training

Certifications

  • B.S. Exercise Physiology SUNY Brockport
  • Certified Exercise Physiologist (ACSM)
  • PTA Global Personal Training Certification
  • PTA Global Advanced
  • Precision Nutrition Level 1 Coach (PN1)

Interests

  • Martial Arts
  • Real Estate
  • Good Food

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Kyle Gravino

Strength Coach

Areas of Expertise

  • Sports Performance Training (High School and Collegiate)
  • Individual and Group/Team Training

Certifications

  • M.S. Exercise Science and Nutrition (Performance Track) from Sacred Heart University
  • B.S. Exercise Science from SUNY Brockport
  • Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) - NSCA

Interests

  • Sports Enthusiast (Go Yankees, Jets, and Knicks!)
  • Playing Summer League Baseball
  • Working Out
  • Spending Time with Family and Friends

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Omari Henderson

DIRECTOR OF YOUTH SPORTS PERFORMANCE & STRENGTH COACH

Areas of Expertise

  • Sports Performance Training 
  • Personal and Group Training 
  • Olympic Lifting

Certifications

  • B.S. Kinesiology from SUNY Brockport
  • Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) - NSCA
  • ACE Certified Personal Trainer 
  • USAW L-1 Coach 
  • Pn1 (ongoing)

Interests

  • Watching Sports (Go Colts!) 
  • Working Out 
  • Playing Golf 
  • Being with Loved ones 

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Hillary O’Sullivan

Personal Training Director & Wellness Coordinator

Areas of Expertise

  • Small Group Training
  • Sports Performance Training and Injury Prevention
  • Women's Wellness, Pre and Postnatal Training
  • Mindfulness and Meditation

Certifications

  • B.S. Exercise Science, Medical Sciences Emphasis from Ithaca College
  • EXOS 1 Performance Specialist
  • ACSM Certified Exercise Physiologist
  • Pivotal Mentorship L1 and Pivotal Group Coaching

Interests

  • Live Music
  • The Beach (anything outdoors!)
  • The Bills and Red Sox
  • Good Food and Craft Beer

*All Coaches CPR/AED Certified

Noteworthy Athletes

Our team has trained dozens of athletes ranging in various sports, including hundreds of professionals, amateurs and Division I student athletes. His advanced training style has attracted professional athletes from the NFL, MLB, as well as Olympic athletes.

NFL

  • Kion Wilson

    Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Mike Smith

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Charlie Hughlett

    Cleveland Browns


OLYMPIANS

  • Nate Nammour

    Olympic Track and Field

  • Robson Moura

    Professional Mixed Martial Arts


MLB

  • 15 Current MLB Players

    All signed to MLB teams

Noteworthy Athletes

Nick has trained dozens of athletes ranging various sports, including as hundreds of professionals, amateurs and Division I student athletes. His advanced training style has attracted professional athletes from the NFL to MLB as well as Olympic athletes.

NFL

  • Kion Wilson

    Pittsburgh Steelers

  • Mike Smith

    Tampa Bay Buccaneers

  • Charlie Hughlett

    Cleveland Browns


OLYMPIANS

  • Nate Nammour

    Olympic Track and Field

  • Robson Moura

    Professional Mixed Martial Arts


MLB

  • 15 Current MLB Players

    All signed to MLB teams