COACHES

JOHN BUZINKAI

HEAD COACH


My name is John Buzinkai I am the Head Coach and owner of Training For Warriors, Bayonne. I have over 10 years experience in physical fitness, and have helped coach and motivate tens of thousands of people to lose fat, build muscle and feel great about themselves again.

I BELIEVE that with the right coaching, culture, community, and training environment it’s impossible not to see extraordinary change and results. “It’s bigger than me, it’s bigger than you, but it ain’t bigger than US.” Together as a FAMILIA we can achieve so so much more!!

I BELIEVE now more than ever the world needs more great coaches; leaders that can help bring out the best in people to ignite change from the inside out. Through positive encouragement, enthusiasm, and passion for helping others, there are few obstacles too great to overcome.

I BELIEVE that strength, conditioning, and fitness is for EVERY age, EVERY level and EVERY ability. It’s never too late to start your journey towards a stronger, healthier version of you!

I have a passion for fitness and tend to get people a little bit excited about training and eating broccoli.(Ask me about my broccoli tattoo) Bringing out the best in people through positive encouragement and enthusiasm are some of my greatest strengths. I’ve always felt that building strength improves mental fortitude, a stronger body and a stronger mind leads to a stronger spirit. Life is full of challenges and in order to overcome many of them we need to arm ourselves with the proper tools of physical and mental strength, which improves through training. If you make time for your fitness, you will have more energy and time for everyone and everything else in your life. Outside of TFW, I enjoy traveling and seeing the world with my amazing wife and three beautiful daughters.

Life is a journey, not a destination” – Ralph Waldo Emerson.


Jonathan JONATHAN
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STRENGTH COACH


It’s hard to find good quality trainers. You look at them on paper, and they meet the qualifications, but those qualifications have to come to life. The practical application is the challenge.

I consider myself a fitness coach but market myself as a personal trainer for search engine optimization reasons. I prefer not to identify myself as a personal trainer. It’s what I do, of course. In my 8 years of training I have logged thousands in training sessions in commercial facilities, and small studios in New York and Mexico. Yet as a coach of mine has said on numerous occasions, "Your friends are incredibly powerful in determining your future. Choose your associates wisely for when birds go to sleep with bats, they wake up upside down too."  I like that attitude. It sets the precedent that your environment and the culture that’s around you helps shape your future in an industry that sometimes lacks it.

Now, there are hundreds of “trainers” in the North Jersey Area that are capable of safely executing an exercise program that leads to some sort of desired result for the paying client.  Yet often these individuals don’t problem solve well, are easily distracted by tricks and new equipment, and aren’t capable of providing the 360 degree support that many clients often require. They’re not coaches.  For exercise physiology or physical therapy you need to be accepted into advanced education programs and perform years of studying, research, and clinical application before you can earn the title.  Becoming a professional fitness coach, however, is a bit more abstract. Sure you can become a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through NSCA or NASM or a Certified Functional Strength Coach Those are all top training certifications.  But those are just letters after your name and not a representation of your ability level.

I have had the privilege of working in many kinds of facilities. I’ve often met new trainers who were focused and eager to make an impression. New certification, new uniform, and tablet (clipboard) in hand they take their new client to the floor. They did everything they were *supposed* to do:

•       Vocally count every repetition
•       Use every variation of good, great, and awesome that exists
•       Throw science around like a basketball.

Add in the motivational phrases, and “this is your moment to change your life” speeches and you found yourself a trainer. I love the enthusiasm. I remember being that guy myself. I remember always explaining energy systems because I felt people needed to understand why it was important to lift slow and heavy, sprint hard and fast, and everything in between.  I also remember having those blank stares being sent back at me, and the feeling of confusion when they weren’t as excited as I was.  Then one day I learned that I can accomplish much more by silently observing my client while they move, speaking only when necessary and appropriate.

I focus less on filling the space with numbers, words, and random cues. Instead, I coach external applications such as “push through your heel” or “crunch your rib cage into your pelvis” when my client needed reminding.  I’ve gotten to a point now where I quickly rehash the major cues within the ten seconds before they perform their next set, if necessary.  I’m not that guy who counts every rep out loud, or you can count on to motivate you. I simply let you work and provide direction. If I’ve done my job to teach you the exercise, you won’t need my voice booming into your skull.  I save the motivation for the days you might actually need it. I keep the science to myself unless you ask for my reasoning. I don’t congratulate you on every repetition, rather saving an emphatic response for when you actually do set a personal record, or demonstrate excellence and all-out effort.  It’s now about putting value in what you say, and not how much I say.

In addition, as an avid athlete and competitor, I have mastered movement patterns to adequately coach exercises. Through the process of trial and error over the years I have prevented people from losing motivation, and wasting time with exercises that don’t work. I have incorporated 8 years of my experience and knowledge of nutrition, exercise, and sports-specific training towards my own goals and achievements. I’ve made the mistakes so you don’t have to.

The program I deliver, by design, broad, general, and inclusive. My specialty is not specializing. Healthy living requires that we push, pull, run, throw, climb, lift, jump, and decelerate movement effectively and safely regardless of whether or not you play athletics. Athletics is a specialized pursuit. My goal is to support the specialist, but reward the generalist.  I use a fitness approach designed for universal scalability making it the perfect application for any committed individual regardless of experience. I’ve used the same routines for elite athletes to grandparents. I scale load and intensity; I don’t change programs unless I am approached by a client with orthopedic, injury, and rehabilitation concerns. Otherwise, the needs of our grandparents and elite athletes differ by degree not kind.  The basic premise is that it does not matter what your goals are or what you need, we will work hard as a team to make sure you reach those goals now rather than later. I realize that getting results is the only thing that matters.

In addition to my 8+ years of practical training experience, I have achieved multiple certifications and Bachelors of Health Science degree. The certification groups (the National Academy of Sports Medicine (N.A.S.M), and Training for Warriors (TFW) offer courses and testing in subjects including anatomy, exercise physiology, kinesiology, biomechanics, range of motion, structural integrity, fitness screening and testing, training principles and techniques, understanding equipment, sport nutrition, sports injury, physician interfacing, sport psychology and motivation, safety and injury prevention. To be certified by these organizations requires rigorous study, participation in courses, hands-on training trials, and passing examinations.

When you hire me you’re not paying for my time, you’re paying for results.

•       Bachelors of Health Science Mercy College
•       NASM Certified Personal Trainer
•       Training for warriors certified
•       BJJ Brown Belt
•       10+ years training Martial Arts
•       BJJ Instructor with 3 years experience
•       Boxing Trainer Specialist (trained former WBO super middle weight champion Gilberto “zurdo” Ramírez)

ABOUT US

WE HELP YOU GET FIT



The TFW system began as a fitness program originally created for some of the best combat athletes in the world more than 18 years ago. Today, the training methods of the TFW system can benefit anyone looking to lose fat, build muscle and feel good. TFW is taught by a global network of affiliated coaches and trainers that run the TFW system at licensed TFW locations. Now with over 275 affiliate locations in 30 countries, thousands of people per day are using the TFW system to bring his or her fitness to another level in order to fight this battle called life.

Whatever your current fitness level, TFW can help you. Even though TFW once increased the performance and self-esteem of the world’s top athletes, anyone can benefit from the TFW system. At TFW we believe you are a warrior too. TFW defines a warrior as anyone prepared to work hard, develop oneself and take on his or her particular challenges in life. The fun and exciting workouts of the TFW system are designed to help you develop the muscular strength and mental fortitude needed to take on those challenges and reach your fitness goals.

WHY PICK TFW?

Any gym can have equipment and offer workouts. What separates the TFW system from other training programs is its culture. Although TFW encompasses signature warm ups, speed training, strength training, endurance training, flexibility work and nutrition all based on a comprehensive evaluation process, the most important component of the system is its motivational approach and family environment. At TFW, we know if you don’t have fun and enjoy the training, you won’t do it. TFW is not designed as a sport or competition, but focuses on you competing against and bettering your body, mind and spirit.

WHO IS TFW FOR?

Whatever your current fitness level, TFW can help you. Even though TFW once increased the performance and self-esteem of the world’s top athletes, anyone can benefit from the TFW system. At TFW we believe you are a warrior too. TFW defines a warrior as anyone prepared to work hard, develop oneself and take on his or her particular challenges in life. The fun and exciting workouts of the TFW system are designed to help you develop the muscular strength and mental fortitude needed to take on those challenges and reach your fitness goals.

OUR PRIMARY MISSION

The TFW system began as a fitness program originally created for some of the best combat athletes in the world more than 18 years ago. Today, the training methods of the TFW system can benefit anyone looking to lose fat, build muscle and feel good. TFW is taught by a global network of affiliated coaches and trainers that run the TFW system at licensed TFW locations. Now with over 275 affiliate locations in 30 countries, thousands of people per day are using the TFW system to bring his or her fitness to another level in order to fight this battle called life.

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  • Melissa C.
    I have participated in a variety of fitness programs throughout my life. Before joining Training for Warriors, I’ve always failed or just stopped other programs for several reasons, the main one being lack of motivation. John takes the time to work one on one with me, helping me to understand what it means to balance a healthy lifestyle through nutrition and training. John not only helps me with training but he also takes the time to talk to me about things in my life and helps me work pass them. Through the Training for Warriors program I have discovered a new self –confidence I’ve never had. I look forward to working out now and make it a point not to miss workouts. This program has changed my life in every way. Thank you!
    Melissa C.
  • Katrina K.
    TFW has become such an important part of my life is such a short amount of time!  It gives me the physical endurance and energy to excel throughout the week as a teacher and musician.  It has built a confidence and mental toughness in myself to pursue personal and professional goals for which I’ve previously left alone.  I’ve been in and out of gyms and trainers, but I’m sticking with this program.  The huge variety of workouts and supportive TFW community make it so easy to show up and commit.
    Katrina K.
  • T.Good  aka-Sizzle
    I have exercised on and off most of my life.  I would always join gyms, be really consistent for a short time, and then completely fall off track.  I would get tired of whatever routine I was in, wasn’t sure if anything I was doing made any sense or if it was helping me – I used to just ask some friends what to do or see what others in the gym were doing and maybe try that.  I was miserably over worked at my job at the time, and not happy with myself or where my career was heading.  I did not take care of myself, would go out and eat late meals after late nights of work, I was not enthusiastic about anything when I was home with my fiancé, and too tired to spend time with my family. My brother got married in March 2016 and I was the best man.  When the pictures from the wedding came out and I realized how unhealthy I was beginning to look, I knew I needed to make a serious change.  My brother convinced me to try Training for Warriors for a week, and from the minute I walked in the door of the dojo, I felt like I was beginning to regain control of my life.  Coach Buzz and the other members of TFW Bayonne truly made me feel like part of the “familia”.  I immediately started to feel better, stronger, and no longer gasping for air after walking up the stairs. The sessions are one hour, I show up and I am told exactly what we are doing that day.  Working out in a small focused group is an absolute blast.  I love going to an 8:30pm class completely exhausted from my day and seeing the Familia and getting pumped up and getting a great workout in with them, nothing beats it!  After just a few weeks, I had seen and felt results in the way my clothes fit, how I was sleeping, my overall mood, and confidence.  I began lifting more weight than I had ever thought I could, and doing things like going out to jog a few miles on a Sunday morning.  The coaching is not just in exercise – it’s in nutrition, positivity, and lifestyle.  The coaches talk to us about how to take control of every aspect of our lives.  I decided in the spring to make a change in my career.  My field is extremely competitive, but I feel that with my Training for Warriors, I had the confidence I needed to interview well.  Here I am, working in a dream job and continuing to focus on making myself better for the future.
    T.Good aka-Sizzle
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