#TeamTuesday – Tony Stitt

How well do you know the NAC Youth Programs staff? Each week we will be highlighting a different instructor, coordinator, or manager from the youth programs department to help you get to know our team! Want to nominate your favorite youth programs instructor? Fill out the form below!

Meet Tony, this week’s #TeamTuesday team member! Tony is a boxing instructor in the KidFit department here at the NAC. Tony is also an amateur boxer in his free time. He recently moved here from Los Angeles, where he lived for 12 years. Tony has his degree from UCLA in screenwriting and worked at Sony Pictures Studios for a decade. His move to Philadelphia was to be closer to family and enjoy the lovely Philly winters.

Get to know Tony!

1. What is your favorite part of your job?

My favorite part of my job is seeing the kids make progress and having fun!

2. What motivates you to succeed?

I believe that working hard is its own reward.

3. If you could have any career, what would it be.

I would like to be a screenwriter.

4. If you choose to do anything for a day, what would you do?

I would spend my day as a Big League baseball player.

5. Would you rather live in the mountains or by the beach?

Definitely the beach. As the song Jersey Girl says: ‘Cause down the shore everything’s alright.

6. What is your proudest accomplishment?

My proudest accomplishment was marrying my wife. It was the best decision ever.

7. If you could travel back in time, what year would you go to and why?

I would go back to 200 million years ago – to see dinosaurs. But then I’d probably get really cranky because I’d have a tough time finding a coffee. Am I right, no Starbucks back then?

Want to nominate a member of the Youth Programs staff for #TeamTuesday? Enter your nomination below!

Fit Tip Friday: Change Up Your Workout this Week with Boxing!

This week we teamed up with our newest trainer, Bryan Blackstone.  Bryan has his B.S in Exercise Science from Towson University as well as his ASCM, TRX, CPR/AED certifications.  During college he became a licensed amateur boxer and started to incorporate boxing into his own work outs along with his clients’.

Boxing / MMA training can be a great addition to your workout regimen. Whether you are looking to spike your conditioning levels or cut weight and trim the fat, this can be programmed for any fitness level. From your initial start of Boxing/MMA training, you are guaranteed to feel the effects of throwing punches throughout your entire body.

It’s not always about how much weight you can push or pull. When throwing a punch, your lower back and abs are the primary areas that are responsible for the power and rotation behind the punch.

Quick example of Boxing HIIT Training:
5-10 Rounds
1:30 each Round
0:30 sec of work

 1. 30 seconds – Flowing


2. 30 seconds – High Knees with straight punches


3. 30 seconds – Power punches

final30 secs

4. 1 minute – Plank

plankBenefits of incorporating Boxing/MMA training in your weekly workouts

  • Weight loss
  • Increased muscle tone
  • Stronger muscles depending on how you punch
  • Core strength
  • Overall cardiovascular health
  • Hand/eye coordination
  • Body composition
  • Decrease stress



Learn more about Bryan below:

1. What is your Name, Education, and Certifications?

Bryan Blackstone ~ B.S. Exercise Science, Towson University



2. How did you first get involved in the fitness industry?

I’ve always dreamt of becoming a professional athlete. I realized, if I can’t become one, I want to do the next best thing- train them. I’ve always wanted to make my body look and feel better.  I might as well help other people achieve that same goal. I want to train people in every way possible to eventually achieve my goal of training professional athletes.


3. What types of fitness do you specialize in?

Basketball, Boxing/MMA, Weight Loss, Core Strength, and Group Training.


4. What do you like to do in your spare time?

Ride bikes, work on my car, draw, travel, and eat Chipotle.


5. What are your favorite motivational tips?

Stop making excuses.


6. Do you have a favorite HIIT workout, or cardio workout you do?

Rower, because it works both lower and upper body.


7. How do you plan to make lives better?

I hope to make lives better by showing people that they can believe in themselves.


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