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Steve Gourlay

Steve Gourlay - Hammer Human Performance Owner

Stephen is one of the most accomplished and sought after Sports conditioning trainers around. He is a core and deceleration specialist. Stephen was an accomplished soccer player. In High School he was the MVP of the Nassau county Div 1A play offs where he let his team to back to back Div 1A county finals. In college Stephen was All- North East and Runner up All American. He represented NY State in regional u-23 Olympic Development programs for four years straight.

Stephen capped off his Athletic dreams by playing professional soccer in Europe for one of the most historic clubs in all of soccer, The Glasgow Rangers. He is one of four American players to ever play for the club. Unfortunately Stephens soccer career came to a tragic end when severely damaged his ankle while on trial with Millwall FC in London.

Playing Pro soccer is what separates Stephen from other trainers. He not only can train pro athletes, he thinks like one, cause he was one. That helps tremendously in mentally helping his athletes to prepare.

Stephen has over 20 certifications which include NSCA-CPT, ISSA-CPT, Crossfit Level 1, TRX, sports nutrition, sports stretching and flexibility, and the first civilian to become a NSCA Tactical Strength and Conditioning Facilitator...to name a few.

Stephen has a long list of professional and elite athletes that he has trained which include Hanley Ramirez of the LA Dodgers, Yunel Escobar of the Tampa Bay Rays, Jonathan Hamm of the New Orleans Saints/ NY Dragons, Angela Ruggiero captain of Team USA women's hockey, Dawn Riley the first woman to captain an Americas Cup, and designed spring training work outs for the Toronto Blue Jays. He is the current strength and conditioning coach for Oakcliff Racing/Sailing and Sagamore Rowing Program(a complete list of pro and elite athletes trained is on the testimonial page)

Stephen is available for consultations and guest and motivational speaking for schools and corporations.

Rich Armstrong

Rich Armstrong

Rich Armstrong is a long-time trainer of 15 years that has adapted his athleticism and deep understanding of the body, and what it takes for the body to perform in sports and training. Rich was a professional snowboarder for 7 years before an injury forced him to retire and turn his focus to helping others reach their goals in fitness and in athletic competition. Rich has put in his time in the gym over the years and has really come to an understanding of what works and what is a gimmick in the fitness world and he loves to share with his clients some of that knowledge to take them to the next level. Rich has many certifications in fitness and strength conditioning as well as a deep background in Kettlebell lifting. He has earned his level 2 IKFF Kettlebell Certification and is one of the top Kettlebell lifting coaches in the area with the help from his IKFF team. Rich is also training in Kettlebell Sport and will be competing later this year to try and earn his Master of Sport Certification.

Brittany Demetriou

Brittany Demetriou

Brittany received her Bachelor of Science degree from Hofstra University, with a major in Exercise Physiology. Shortly after graduating, she began working as a strength and conditioning coach and got her USA Weightlifting certification. She has worked with athletes as young as 6 years old, as well as older athletes in their 60's. Brittany is passionate about olympic weightlifting, exercise technique, and healthy lifestyle choices. Helping others improve their athleticism and well being are the motivating factors in becoming a strength and conditioning coach.

Elyse Gropper MS, RD

Elyse Gropper MS, RD

Elyse Gropper is a Registered Dietitian and Certified Health Coach. She specializes in Women's Health and Wellness Programs which includes overcoming emotional eating, weight loss and eating for energy. Elyse received her Master of Science degree in Nutrition and Foods from New York University. She received her training and certification in Holistic Health Coaching at the Institute for Integrative Nutrition in New York City. Her practice combines results-oriented, actionable coaching with cutting edge holistic nutrition and scientific training. She offers individual health and nutrition counseling to fulfill her passion for wellness and personal empowerment and to support her clients to achieve a balanced and nourished lifestyle of health and happiness from the inside out.




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