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Dr. Tony Caterisano


Dr. Tony Caterisano has spent the last 26 years as a Professor of Exercise Physiology in the Department of Health Sciences at Furman University in Greenville, S.C. He recently co-authored a book on strength and conditioning for football with Virginia Tech Head Strength Coach Mike Gentry ('A Chance to Win: a complete guide to physical training for football' Sports Publishing, Champaign, Ill., 2004).

He has presented and published dozens of research papers focusing on exercise and resistance training. This includes presentations at both American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) and National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) national meetings, and publications in such journals as The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research, American Journal of Sports Medicine, Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise, and Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness. He has served on the Editorial Boards of both The Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research and Strength and Conditioning Journal (both of which are official journals of the NSCA). He has also been a reviewer for such journals as Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise and The British Journal of Sports Medicine. He holds status as a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine.

He earned his bachelor's degree from the State University of New York ' Brockport in 1974, and his master's degree from The University of Connecticut in 1979. He spent a year at the University of North Carolina ' Chapel Hill in pre-doctoral study in 1980 and completed his doctorate in Exercise Physiology at The University of Connecticut in 1984. He has been certified by the ACSM as an Exercise Test Technologist (ETT), and by the NSCA as Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist with Distinction (CSCS*D).

An avid powerlifter, Dr. Caterisano has continued to compete at the Masters 220 lb. level capturing 14 straight SC state titles as well as national titles in 2001, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008, and 2009. In 2002 he won his first gold medal in the World Championships in the drug-free, World Natural Powerlifting Federation with a 370 lb. bench press. He has since won world bench press titles in 2007 and 2008 in WNPF World meets.