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Martin Rooney is an internationally recognized fitness, business leadership and martial arts expert with a Master of Health Science and Bachelor of Physical Therapy from the Medical University of South Carolina. He also holds a Bachelor of Arts in Exercise Science from Furman University.
Martin was a member of the United States Bobsled team from 1995-1997, 2000 and a four-time All Conference, and four-time MVP performer in Track and Field at Furman. Martin has also presented for numerous companies on leadership and teamwork including Fortune 500 companies such as Marriot International and Hasbro. He has traveled as far as Brazil, Finland, Mexico, Japan, Russia, England, Holland, Thailand, Italy, Germany, Austria and the Middle East to train, compete, and conduct seminars and help prepare world class athletes for competition. Martin has been the martial arts consultant to the NY Giants and the NY Jets and coach of the 2007 IFL World Team Champion New York Pitbulls. Martin is currently a purple belt in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu under UFC fighter Ricardo Almeida and a black belt in Kodokan Judo under Olympian Teimoc Johnston-Ono at the prestigious New York Athletic Club.
Martin has been featured on ESPN, ESPN2, Spike TV, Sports New York, Fox Sports Net, Fox Fight Game, the NFL Network, HDnet, NBC.com, Bodybuilding.com and in the New York Times, Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Men's Journal, The Sporting News, Runner's World, Stack Magazine, Fight Sport, Fighters Only, Grappling and Sports Illustrated for Kids. Martin has lectured for the American College of Sports Medicine, the College Strength and Conditioning Coaches Association, the National Strength and Conditioning Association, the UK Strength and Conditioning Association, the Finnish Coaches Association, American Fitness Professionals and Associates, Perform Better and has been commissioned by Nike to run speed testing camps at a number of major universities. He has written four books called "Train to Win", "The Team Renzo Gracie Workout", "Training for Warriors", and "Ultimate Warrior Workouts", the latter two published by HarperCollins. Martin is also on the editorial council of Brazil's Gracie Magazine.
In addition to training many world champion martial artists, Martin has also been a speed and conditioning consultant to the New York Giants, Cincinnati Bengals, Arizona State University, University of Alabama, Oregon State University, Rutgers University, Montana State University as well as other athletes from the NFL, MLB, NBA, WNBA and numerous top Division I colleges across the country. He has also trained numerous Olympians including one gold, four silver medalists, and one US Olympic Trials champion.
Over the last 10 years Martin has helped to develop one of the top NFL Combine training programs in the country producing the fastest athlete at the 2001, 2004, 2005 and 2006 NFL Combine and first place finishers at ten different positions, including five all-time records. 130 athletes Martin has trained have been drafted to the NFL including the #2 pick overall Chris Long in 2008.