Hey everyone, I’m Dickie!
When I’m not busy getting my ass kicked in Jiu-Jitsu or fostering little dogs, I like to work with wrestlers at my gym, Ironworks Gym.
In fact, I’ve been doing this little “hobby” of mine for over a decade now!
And, as you can imagine, over the years I’ve learned a lot.
Because I’ve been fortunate to work with so many high level wrestlers (check out my Success Stories page), a few years ago I decided to start this blog.
Anyway, here’s a little bit about me and my experience.
I currently live in Binghamton with my wife, Laura, and our army of little dogs.
Here’s a picture of me and Laura at my brother’s wedding last summer.
And here I am with one of the many dogs Laura and I have fostered. This little girl, Elsa, was with us for about 3 weeks before finding a permanent family.
But before all this…
I was a wrestler, just like you.
I started in 7th grade and had a blast from the start. In fact, if I had kept that attitude I would have been a lot better off.
Unfortunately though, as the years went on I put a huge emphasis on winning, and not learning. Ultimately, this slowed my progress and kept me from reaching my full potential.
On top of that, I struggled with finding the right balance between being strong and athletic and making weight.
And, like clockwork, every year by the time the big tournaments came around, I was much weaker and less explosive than I was at the start of the year.
I couldn’t figure it out, but I guess everything happens for a reason. Fortunately, my struggles led me to pursue an education in Clinical Exercise Science at Ithaca College.
But in the midst of learning all about athletic performance enhancement, I became a wanna be powerlifter.
As such, I ate as many calories as possible (mostly bad) in a quest to gain as much mass as I could.
I got pretty strong and really unhealthy.
Here are a couple videos of me “picking things up and putting them down” back in the day.
But a blessing in disguise came a few years ago when I was diagnosed with Ulcerative Colitis (UC).
For those who don’t know, UC is an autoimmune digestive disorder that attacks the Large Intestine. Because of that I was lost quite a bit of weight. Here are a couple of posts about my battles with the disease and how it changed my life:
In a nutshell, since I couldn’t carry the mass around to be successful in powerlifting, I decided to get in shape and give MMA a try. Here is one super intimidating pic from my 3rd fight.
And here’s one with me, Laura and Dick Hoyt from Team Hoyt after my 4th fight.
And of course, what bio would be complete without a picture of me and my dad while I eat a sweet treat! …In case you didn’t know, I love sweet treats which is one of the reasons my brother, Chris, has nicknamed me “Fat Boy”.
Undergradate- B.S. Clinical Exercise Science, Ithaca College, 2006
Graduate- M.B.A., Binghamton University, 2009
Client List- A number of wrestlers use my wrestling workouts including 4X NCAA Champion Kyle Dake, NCAA Division 1 National Champions Troy Nickerson and J.P. O’Connor and All-Americans at all levels, a Junior Greco-Roman World Championship place finisher, State Champions, and State Placefinishers.
Years Of Experience- 10+
Research- 2 Proven Ways To Shoot Faster
If you have any questions on how my training system may be able to help you, feel free to leave a comment below, or just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.