Trainer & Instructor Brandon Monin: Professionally, Brandon is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and he is a certified Golf Fitness Instructor (CGFI) by the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI).
One Up Sports Performance (Founder and Director)
Finish First Sports Performance (Performance Specialist)
Gannon University Wrestling (Strength and Conditioning Coach)
Born and raised in Lancaster New York, Brandon grew up playing a variety of sports. At a young age he learned the value of working hard to be successful in athletics. The discipline he learned through sports carried over into his academics and life.
He began organized sports at age 5 playing baseball, football, lacrosse, soccer, and wrestling. Brandon is the second oldest amongst his siblings, he has an older brother and two younger sisters. His father was a high school wrestling coach and Brandon never missed an opportunity to go to practice or competitions with his father. It was those experiences that sparked his interest in coaching.
At an early age Brandon learned the values of persistence and dedication when it came to training. He was constantly reading to educate himself about better training methods to help him become a better athlete.
At age 13, Brandon's parents bought him a membership to the local gym. It was there where he became passionate about weight training. He used the advice and knowledge from the owner of the gym to learn how to properly weight train and diet to improve his athletic performance.
Brandon began playing varsity sports in the seventh grade, when he was given the opportunity to be on the varsity wrestling team. He credits his dedication in the weight room and proper nutrition that allowed him to be successful against the older more physically mature wrestlers.
Throughout his athletic career Brandon suffered two major injuries. At age 15 he suffered a broken femur during a football game. He had to have a screw put in his leg and was in a cast for eight weeks. After the cast was removed he immediately began physical therapy and working out to get ready for the remainder of the wrestling season. Four weeks later he earned his spot back in the lineup and helped his team to finish second in the state.
During his senior season of football, having a great year starting at inside linebacker, Brandon had another set back. In the third game of the season he tore his ACL (Anterior Cruciate Ligament). He was told he wasn't going to compete in sports for six to nine months.
Brandon was the favorite to win the state championship that year and that was not what he wanted to hear, but his doctor told him that he wasn't going to deny him the opportunity to try and come back sooner. Immediately after the surgery he began physical therapy. In order to get his knee ready to wrestle his therapy was accelerated. Just one week post operation he was doing exercises that patients typically don't do until the fourth or fifth months of therapy. Brandon was able to make it back for the last month of the wrestling season after just three months post operation. He went on to qualify for the state tournament and place sixth.
"My ability to come back from such a major surgery so quickly was because I was willing to work hard and push through the pain. I did physical therapy five times a week and spent every day icing and stretching my knee to manage the swelling and get my range of motion back. I did whatever I could to stay strong and in shape, I biked, swam, and even went to the gym on my crutches."
After High School, he went on to Gannon University where he majored in Exercise Science with a concentration in Physical Therapy. He graduated from GU with a Bachelor's Degree in Exercise Science and went on to earn his Master's Degree in Exercise Physiology from the University of Pittsburgh.
While in college, Brandon was given a wrestling scholarship and competed at 141lbs his freshman year and 157lbs for the rest of his career. He went on to be a four-year starter, two time national qualifier, a three-time East Region place winner, and served as a captain his senior year. Brandon was one of the first true freshmen in GU history to qualify for the national tournament.
Upon graduating from the University of Pittsburgh, Brandon was given an incredible opportunity to work for Finish First Sports Performance (www.finishfirstsports.com) and study under Jeremy Hoy. Jeremy is the owner of FFSP as well as the head strength and conditioning coach for Robert Morris Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Team and the Youngstown Phantoms USHL Hockey Team. He is also the official trainer for the Miss Pennsylvania Scholarship Pageant Organization.
Professionally, Brandon is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), and he is a certified Golf Fitness Instructor (CGFI) by the Titleist Performance Institute (TPI).
Brandon was also the strength and conditioning coach for Gannon University's wrestling team and specializes in evaluating and designing programs for golfers, and athletes participating in lacrosse, soccer, basketball, hockey, football, baseball, softball and/or volleyball. Through his advanced formal education and hands-on experience, he is trained to study sport movement and analyze the performance needs for athletes of any sport, level, and age.