Nxt Gen Staff
John Cirilo brings over 25 years of industry experience to NXT GEN.
John’s personal journey in fitness started as an undersized, under-coached athlete who found his calling in fitness while serving in the United States Marine Corps. As a highly decorated Marine, John designed and implemented physical training programs for his fellow Marines and after serving honorably in the Gulf War, John continued his passion by serving as the Director of Training at Spine and Sports Care, where he studied and worked with spine, joint and sports physicians and therapists. Realizing that his passion was more in health & fitness rather than clinical, John continued his evolution by working in some of New York’s most exclusive clubs before starting his own personal training service in the mid 90’s.
After starting a family, John realized a lack of proper youth training and coaching in his community and thus began his search for a solution. That search led to Bill Parisi and the Parisi Speed School.
While at Parisi’s, John quickly became one of the company’s most successful performance coaches, servicing over 1,000 athletes to include High School, Collegiate and Professional athletes. Soon thereafter, John assumed the duties as Director of Franchise Development for Parisi Franchise Systems, where he is credited with helping Bill Parisi launch the Parisi Franchise Network and successfully sold over 70 of its current franchise locations worldwide as well as certifying over 500 Parisi performance coaches during his 13-year tenure.
John’s service included the NFL Combine Program where he worked alongside Martin Rooney in successfully launching the careers of over 130 NFL athletes. John was also the personal speed and strength coach to New York Yankee All-Star Dellin Betances.
John is NASM-CPT, CES, FMS and USAW certified.
Favorite Quote:“To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson
Casey was a 2 sport athlete in Baseball & Football at local powerhouse Chaminade. As a 4 year starter,Casey was named the Most Valuable Player 4 years in a row. He received a baseball scholarship to College of Saint Rose where he was a 2 year starter. He is currently an exercise science major at Queens College and graduates in Spring 2015 with plans to attend the Physical Therapy Program at Hunter College. Casey’s experience in athletics led him to work in local youth programs before joining the NXT GEN/Parisi team in 2014. Casey is Parisi and NASM certified.
Favorite Quote: “It’s not the will to win that matters, everyone has that. It’s the will to prepare to win that matters.”-Paul “Bear” Bryant
Casey Cunningham is currently not instructing any classes.
Chelsea was born and raised in sunny California. Like most girls, she began her athletic career with various team sports like softball and volleyball. Chelsea found her passion for coaching while playing softball in High School when she started teaching coaching younger softball players. Success as a player and coach earned Chelsea a scholarship to Georgian Court University where she was introduced to speed training. After receiving her B.S. in Exercise Science in 2012, Chelsea continued her training and education in Exercise Science at Adelphi University in Garden City, NY and completed her Masters Degree in 2014. Although Chelsea has experienced success in athletics, she admits that it was filled with many challenges that could have been avoided if she had proper training as a youth. Chelsea’s passion for athletics and coaching has led her to pursue a career in youth performance coaching. Ensuring her students learn the proper mechanics and technique to be the best athlete that they can be is why Chelsea has joined the NXT GEN/Parisi Speed School team. Chelsea is Parisi and NASM certified.
Favorite Quote: “If you aren’t going all the way, why go at all?” – Joe Namath
Chelsea Long is currently not instructing any classes.
Born and raised in Glen Cove, Michele (Mike) grew up in a very close, traditional Italian family. His strong family bond taught Mike to treat others as family, no matter who they are. Trust and loyalty are the foundations of Mike’s persona, which lead to a love of team sports, most notably soccer. Mike continues to play soccer competitively in a 7V7 league at Hofstra. Mike has a Bachelors’ of Science and Master’s in Exercise Physiology from Adelphi University and studied in Cardiac rehabilitation, biomechanics, and sports strength and conditioning. Mike’s vision is to become a strength and conditioning coach and start his own Superhero Charity, which sends superheroes to those in need and care, giving them strength and hope.
Favorite quote: “Every Champion was once a contender who refused to give up”-Rocky Balboa