Vincent’s personal training career began in 1990 when he earned his first of many nationally accredited personal training certifications. During his tenure as a personal trainer, he logged over 25,000 hours of session time by 2008. Since 1991, Vincent has owned, managed, developed, worked with and consulted for many personal training facilities, schools, and nationally recognized health and fitness organizations in the areas of exercise biomechanics, PT staff and facility development. In 1996, Vincent co-founded the Academy of Applied Personal Training Education (APTE), an education, continuing education and nationally accredited personal training certification organization. He has maintained his position as president, director of education and resistance training exercise biomechanics instructor since APTE’s inception.
Vincent continues to direct his time toward education, curriculum development, mentoring, and presenting professional development courses for personal trainers, educators and health professionals. He has presented nationally for APTE, IDEA Health and Fitness Association and the New York State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance (NYS AHPERD) and guest speaks for colleges and universities in the area of resistance training and exercise biomechanics.
He is the U.S. authorized Resistance Training Specialist (RTS) Level-1 instructor for the delivery of the Resistance Training Specialist Level -1 Course. The perspectives and biomechanical concepts he teaches are based on years of research, application and often challenge the common and generally accepted ‘rules, guidelines and practices’ related to resistance training exercise, theories of exercise preparation and human performance.
In 2008, he created a two-year, nine hundred hour, Exercise Medicine- Personal Trainer curriculum, approved by the New York State Department of Education for high school juniors and seniors, which is offered at Joseph M. Barry Career and Technical Education High School in Westbury, New York. This unique program prepares students for a career in the emerging field of personal training and ensures college and career readiness. In addition to being frequently featured in media outlets, Vincent has also been a contributor industry publications and educational textbooks. In 2015, Vincent was nominated for New York State Teacher of the year for 2016. Vincent holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Health Science and Human Development, and a New York State Professional Teaching Certification and has earned personal training credentials from several accredited organizations, which include:
Resistance Training Specialist RTS2*
American Council on Exercise (ACE)
Certified Resistance Equipment Analyst (CREA)
National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)
Aerobics and Fitness Association of (AFAA)
The National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA)*
Physical Fitness Specialist: The Cooper Institute for Aerobics Research
Advanced / Master Fitness Specialist: The Copper Institute for Aerobics Research
American Aerobic Association International / International Sports Medicine Association (AAAI/ISSA)
(*maintains current certification)
International Dance and Exercise Association (IDEA)
Guest Presentations - Media:
IDEA 2013 Personal Trainer Institute East, Alexandrea, Virginia
Hofstra University, Health Studies and Kinesiology Dept. Guest Speaker "Functional Assessments -Training. How Functional are They?"
Presenter for the National Association of Physical Education "Stretching a Myth and Truth a Biomechanical Perspective" / "Challenging Common and Accepted Theories and Practices of Sport Specific Training, Resistance Training and Standardized Fitness Assessments"
Bio-Molecular Sciences Inc. Marina Del Rey, California; Served as scientific advisory board member. Presented “Integrating the Allied Health Science of Personal Training to the Restoration Phase of Wellness.”
Long Island Learns Radio Show — "Personal Training as a Career"
Guest Speaker - The Long Island College Consortium for Drug and Alcohol Abuse, Dowling College
Guest Speaker — East Meadow High School — "Myths and Misconceptions of Resistance Training"
CFS Radio Show, with Dr. Roger Mazlin: "Resistance Training and The Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Patient"
Guest Speaker Islip Terrace Junior High School, Health Department– "Fitness and Wellness for Today and the Future"
Hofstra University, University College, "Most Popular Course Award" – Health Fitness Instructor / Personal Trainer Certification
Guest Lecturer – Hofstra University Athletic Department "Myths and Misconceptions of Sport Specific Conditioning in the Weight Room"
1998 Newsday Business Edition – featured article "The Health and Fitness Business on Long Island" Noted as: "The Company to Watch" "Body Works 1to1 Personal Training"
Elements Magazine, Winter 2005 “Who’s Training Your Trainer?” (contributor)
Long Island Woman Magazine November 2001 “Sorting Things Out At The Gym” (contributor)
Long Island Woman Magazine March 2008 “Functional Fitness” (contributor)
Long Island Woman Magazine June 2011 “Finding Balance in Health & Wellness” (contributor)
The Patch - East Meadow - "Choosing a Personal Trainer"
Kinesiology - The Skeletal System and Muscle Function 2nd Edition - Musculino - Elsevier (reviewer Ch 19-20)
The Complete Diabetes Organizer - S. Weiner, L. Josel (reviwer Ch 10)
Theresa Cordova is a Certified Personal Trainer, Resistance Training Specialist and a Muscle Activation Techniques practitioner. Theresa holds a Master's of Science in Physiology from Adelphi University; and a Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sport Science from Hofstra University. As the Director of Certification, Theresa is responsible for the development, implementation, reliability and validity of the APTE certification examination.
Her training concentration is working with clients of special populations: i.e. Orthopedic and cardiopulmonary limitations, hypertension, and metabolic disorders. Her specialization is in assessments, structural integrity training, strength training, cardiopulmonary function, injury prevention, and performance enhancement.
Affiliations; National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), IDEA Health and Fitness Association, American Council on Exercise (ACE), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), and Clinical Exercise Physiology Association (CEPA).
Carla started her fitness career in 1999 when she became a Spinning Instructor. She currently works as a Personal Trainer, Health Coach and Melt Instructor. She has gone on to earn several certifications in the field of Health and Fitness.
In 2006, Carla joined the AAPTE team and became one of the Lab Instructors. Working with the students and helping them grasp the concepts of resistance training is something Carla takes great pride in.
Carla became the Administrator of AAPTE in 2011 and holds the title of Director of Student Services.
Carla maintains certifications in the following Health and Fitness organizations:
Certified Spinning Instructor-Mad Dogg Athletics Inc.
Certified Pilates Instructor-Power Pilates
Melt Instructor-Longevity Fitness
Certified Holistic Health Coach-Academy of Healing Nutrition
Cancer Exercise Specialist-Cancer Training Institute
Carla is a member of the following Professional Organizations:
American Association of Drugless Practitioners
International Dance and Exercise Association (IDEA)
Joshua serves as the APTE’s Director of Operations.
Joshua began his fitness industry career in 1990 at Philadelphia's premier exercise facility, as a volunteer, cleaning machines and putting away weights in exchange for a free membership. Through his dedication and commitment he eventually became the Fitness Director of that facility.
Joshua attended Temple University and graduated Cum Laude as the Outstanding Senior from Temple University's Physical and Health Education Program in 1994.
In 2012, Joshua chose to pursue a third accredited personal training certification.
After much research, he chose The Academy of Applied Personal Training Education (APTE). It was far and away his favorite and most rewarding education experience relating to the personal training profession. "The unbiased, myth-busting, loyal only to science and fact lens through which APTE views exercise and personal training is what appealed to me the most." Joshua is quoted as saying, "By preparing and educating the trainer with the knowledge, understanding and tools to make the best decisions for their clients this opens up a world of training options. This is in stark contrast to the typical ‘Do this my way' approach that seems to be pervasive in the certification space."