78 McGraw St, Shirley, NY 11967
Chris is a lifetime martial artist and professional MMA fighter. He was on The Ultimate Fighter season 13, and made it to the semi finals as a part of Brock Lesner’s team (third place out of 16 contestants).
He has studied karate, Tae Kwon Do (black belt), boxing, kickboxing, judo, wrestling, Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (purple belt), and more.
He is an NFC welterweight champion and IKF Light Cruiserweight Amateur Muay Thai Kickboxing Champion. Hes trained Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and Muay Thai kickboxing in Phuket, Thailand.
Head Boxing Trainer – Strength & Conditioning Trainer
27 Years Boxing Experience
Shirleys Hometown Boxing Champion
Elite Trainer Since 2004
2 Time NY Golden Gloves Champion
Back to back 2 Division Champion
125lb Nov & 132lb Open
2006 Bronze Medalist National Golden Gloves
Amateur Record 77 Wins – 12 Losses
Pro Record 1-0 with 1 Knockout
Youth Programs, Adult Boxing, Bootcamps, Competition Training and more. Get in the best shape of your life with consistant training!
Joe D’Arce started training with the legendary Renzo Gracie at his New York City academy in 1997 and had the honor of being promoted to black belt in 2003. Through the years Joe competed in over a hundred submission grappling and Jiu Jitsu (BJJ) competitions winning many titles. Joe is a veteran of the Pancrase fighting organization in Japan most notably representing team Renzo Gracie in July of 2004 when they went head to head with team Pancrase. Joe is also well known for a technique known as the Darce choke which has become widely popular in both Jiu Jitsu and MMA competitions.
Some titles include:
2000 Pan American gold medallist.
2000 Mundial world championship silver medallist.
2002 Pan American gold medallist.
2003 Grapplers Quest 8 man tournament (pro division) middle weight finalist.
2004 Grapplers Quest 8 man tournament (pro division) middle weight national champion.
2005 Grapplers Quest 4 man tournament (pro division) finalist.
4 time NAGA superfight champion.
Master Personal Trainer
I am a seasoned veteran when it comes to working with great people in the fitness industry. I bring knowledge and expertise to the table when it comes to creating programs that suit my clients individual needs. All of my clients are treated as priority. I’ve acquired several different certifications in fields that allow me to offer value, quality and effectiveness.
I am a Corrective Exercise Specialist, Sports Performance Specialist, Sports Nutrition Specialist and Certified Personal Trainer. I have well over 15 years experience and have worked with a wide variety of clients. There is no better time than the present to get started on your fitness journey. Allow me the privilege to join you reach your goal!
I have been a personal trainer at Unique Fitness Xtreme for three years. I’m a ISSA Certified Personal Trainer and I’m constantly reading and researching new training methods and nutritional data to keep up to date with the latest in the fitness industry.
I’m also a WNBF Men’s Physique Pro and have been competing for two years. I try to help clients achieve a balanced lifestyle that encompasses all dimensions of health and wellness. I absolutely LOVE what I do and I am very passionate about helping others.
-Sport specific/athletic training
Has 2 years of experience professionally, and many years training as a kid. He completed his course work and certified through the National Academy of Sports Medicine specializing in rehabilitation / Calisthenics and functional movements.
The desire to be a trainer came about when life happened and lost my older brother. Fitness created the space to put the pieces back together and saved my life. In the same way fitness created the space for me, as a trainer I create the space for clients to rebuild themselves.
Vincenzo is Unique Fitness’ Head Personal Trainer, and has been personal training for 3 years. He is a nationally qualified super heavyweight bodybuilder who has won 1st place titles and took the men’s open overall at the NPC John Kemper classic.
My style of training is always based on my client and their goals. I specialize in weight loss, muscle building, toning etc. I also offer 12, 14 and 16 week contest prep programs for anyone with the passion for bodybuilding. I am ISSA Certified and have a passion and a love for fitness and everything about it.
I love the fact that you’re taking the time to read a “trainer’s bio.” That tells me that you’re interested in health & fitness! I’m always interested in hearing people’s stories about how they got involved with working out, eating healthy, and just becoming conscious about their overall health. Over the last few years I have been fortunate enough to work with teens, adults, athletes, and even semi-professional motor cross racers from upstate, New York. The world of fitness has given me opportunities I never would have thought of, leading me to become a specialist in fitness nutrition, physical fitness, supplementation, a men’s physique competitor, and have lead personal training seminars for student bodies in exercise science programs. Before coming to Unique Fitness Xtreme, I spent a great amount of my time as a personal trainer working with college students at SUNY Potsdam… Go Bears! I wasn’t always someone who was naturally athletic, fit, or in shape so I find it easy to relate to those who are struggling to improve their lifestyle and health! I want to help other’s achieve what I have been able to achieve, and then some. Whether you are brand new to the gym, or a seasoned veteran, I am more than happy to answer any questions that you have and get you to the next level!
“Physical fitness is not only one of the most important keys to a healthy body, it is the basis of dynamic and creative intellectual activity.” – John F. Kennedy
My name is Stephanie Balabanick and I’ve been in the fitness industry for over 10 years. I started with my first certification through SMART at Dowling College in 2006, then re-certified with ISSA in 2010. I then received certification through AFAA for Group Instructor in 2015, and re-certified with NASM for Personal Training. I have pilates and yoga training, have been barre and stretch therapy certified, and have experience working with Physical Therapists, as well. I absolutely love being part of the fitness, health, and wellness industry, and improving the health and wellness of others through fun, effective workouts!
I use my experience to help clients achieve the goals they have set for themselves. I believe the key to this success is by building a solid foundation in the beginning. I am passionate about using correct form, proper breathing technique, and injury prevention. I believe that we all, regardless of our current conditioning, are able to achieve the goals that we have for ourselves. With consistency and perseverance, anything is possible.
I am excited to be part of the team at Unique Fitness and look forward to helping others live happier and healthier lives!