Tommy Ardito on Side Hustles, Perseverance and Diversification

Tommy Ardito has a no-nonsense approach when it comes to fitness training and life.

He started working early in his life, and by taking jobs to get himself through college, Tommy eventually completed his Nutrition and Exercise Science degree at Queens College.

Today, Tommy is the founder and Head Strength & Conditioning Coach of Brooklyn Fitness, an inclusive and supportive training gym based in South Slope, Brooklyn, NYC. At Brooklyn Fitness, Tommy and his team deliver bespoke workouts to ensure clients’ success.

Tommy joins me today to discuss how he kept Brooklyn Fitness going throughout the coronavirus shutdown.

He explains how digitalization and taking his fitness software online supported his gym through the crisis.

He highlights the importance of cultivating connections and relationships with clients and gym members, especially in the time of the pandemic.

And he also explains why diversification is both a blessing and a curse when it comes to running a business and illustrates the power of diligence in trying times.


Think of your gym as a contributor to the on-going body of research in strength & conditioning. Every client that walks through those doors is an experience for your fitness coaches. – Tommy Ardito


This week on the Physical Preparation Podcast:

  • How Tommy transitioned from being a training manager in a private gym to opening his fitness facility
  • Getting started in the world of physical preparation and how working in a pizzeria inspired Tommy to become a business owner
  • What makes running a gym in New York different from other places
  • Tommy’s response to the coronavirus shutdown and how he kept his gym’s momentum up despite the quarantine
  • The importance of maintaining a relationship with gym members and clients
  • Tommy’s “pandemic pizza pick-up” and the importance of diversification in business
  • The challenges and hurdles of running a gym in New York City
  • Learning to trust yourself, the value of sharing knowledge, and why the fitness industry loses experience
  • Tommy’s advice for young trainers about coaching in 2020


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