Marc Megna has evolved into the foremost strength and conditioning coach in Miami. The former NFL football player is certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and has years of experience in this field. Megna works with a wide variety of clients, from celebrities, professional athletes and novices. Marc develops individualized training programs for his patrons, focusing on long-term goals and results. These objectives are achieved through creative design and unconventional programming. Marc is also a sponsored strength and conditioning coach for Iovate Health Sciences and endorses their Muscletech supplement line.
As a former professional athlete, Megna is an expert on proper training methods, working through injuries and attaining competitive goals. Megna played football at the University of Richmond (where he majored in sociology) and was a two-time All-American athlete. After college, the New York Jets drafted him in 1999. His gridiron career spanned several seasons in the NFL and CFL for the New York Jets, New England Patriots, Cincinnati Bengals and Montreal Alouettes. He was coached by NFL greats like Bill Parcels, Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll and Dick Lebeau.
After retiring from football, the Massachusetts native settled in Miami, where he began inspiring others with his demanding fitness regimens and, more importantly, the impressive results of notorious hard work. Megna trains clients from every walk of life, and can tailor a program for the most serious athlete to the motivated beginner. He writes about fitness, exercises, and training tips for Muscle & Fitness, Inside Fitness, Fitness RX, Train Magazine, Dr. Oz, and Elitefts.com.
From Last Picked to NFL and Fitness Great – This is my story
As a child, I wasn’t very athletic; let’s face it I was never picked to play on any teams. I was lazy, very out of shape and had the self-esteem of a wallflower.
One summer my grandfather took me to the local boys and girls club to teach me how to weight train. It was strange but I felt better after each training session, I was hooked on the feeling. The next summer I begged my mother for 1 thing as my birthday gift, a 1-year membership to the local gym.
To this day I will tell you that decision changed my whole life (way to go Mom!). From then on, fitness and health became a top priority. It became my ultimate escape. My freshman year in high school something happened and my body caught up to my work ethic. The rest is history. With my newfound confidence and athletic ability, I wanted to play every sport I could from football, Ice hockey to baseball. I loved to move and staying active. Eventually I focused on just one, football. I was offered a full scholarship to play ball at a great school and became a two-time All-American athlete. I ended up getting drafted by the New York Jets and played in the league for a few years. I was coached by NFL greats like Bill Parcels, Bill Belichick, Pete Carroll and Dick Lebeau. Toward the end of my pro career I was training with a group of teammates based on programs I had designed. One of my teammates turned to me and said you should be getting paid to do this. It was like the light bulb turned on. I thought, “I can continue to do something I love and get paid to do it! SWEET!” I went on to get certified by the National Strength and Conditioning Association and evolved into the foremost strength and conditioning coach based in Miami. I have been fortunate enough to have trained and studied under some of the top strength coaches in the world like Mike Woicik, John Lott, and Pete Bommarito.