Superhuman Physique

Doug Fioranelli Interview – Progressive Overload for Top Performance

For my buddy Doug Fioranelli, mentally and physically pushing his body to the limit has always been a major part of  his philosophy. Before he was running one of the He was a promising high school athlete with dreams of playing college soccer. Unfortunately, he was forced to give it all up due to multiple injuries sustained on the field resulting in a series of complicated surgeries.

Unwilling to abandon his dreams entirely, he shifted his focus towards helping others achieve their goals. He thought if he could understand what happened to him and how to overcome it, he could train other athletes to reach their maximum potential while reducing their risk for injury through proper strength training and conditioning. 

In college he spent much of his time in the Exercise Physiology Laboratory conducting research on different effects various training equipment has on muscle activation, strength and endurance. He hold a Master’s degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Exercise Science from San Francisco State University.

Doug’s Master’s thesis, “The Influence of Bar Diameter on Neuromuscular Strength and Activation: Inferences from and Isometric Unilateral Bench Press,” was published in the “Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research.” 

With over 10 years of experience in athletic rehabilitation and strength training, he’s have helped coach thousands clients from Jr. High to Olympic and Professional athletes at all levels.

His Certifications Include: 

Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) 
through the National Strength & Conditioning Association (NSCA)
Certified ProExtender High School Strength & Conditioning Specialist 
through the The International Youth Conditioning Association (IYSA)
Certified Russian Kettlebell Instructor Level II (RKC II) 
under Pavel Tsatsouline – DragonDoor
Certified Kettlebell Instructor Level I 
through the International Kettlebell Sport & Fitness Academy (IKSFA)
Certified Olympic Weightlifting Club Coach 
through the USA Weightlifting Association (USAW)
Certified Sports Nutritionist 
through the International Society of Sports Nutrition (CISSN)
Certified Fascial Stretch Specialist Level III 
through the Stretch to Win Institute

With the latest in sports and nutritional research, Doug vouches to help you get stronger, faster, and healthier by personally developing a program that WILL help YOU RISE ABOVE! 

Here are 7 notable takeaways from this episode: Doug Fioranelli Kettlebell

  • Injury prevention and performance go hand-in-hand with fitness
  • Proper assessment is crucial in order for progressive overload to be effective
  • Three greatest principles for strength training are assessment, establish a solid foundation and utilizing a complete program (proper technique, correcting imbalance and focusing on the entires body).
  • The solid majority of people need to improve hip flexibility and strength.
  • Get creative with exercise pairing to prevent exercise boredom.
  • Pendulum exercises are great for shoulder injuries.
  • Start your workouts with mild mobility to prevent injury and maximize performance. 

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Doug’s Number 1 Health Tip

Keep Moving. Putting your body in motion is the best way to stay in motion. Your quality of life will be better.



Twitter: @RiseAboveGym

Health by choice, not by chance.

-David Aston

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David Aston

Hey I'm David, founder of WhyAmIUnhealthy. I help people all over the world dramatically improve their health, safely and naturally, without breaking the bank.


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