MARC MEGNA: From the NFL Stadiums to the Milestones of the Fitness World


Publication: Natural Muscle Magazine – 2009 ©

By Carolina Gonzalez

Photography by Alex Gonzalez

MARC MEGNA: From the NFL Stadiums to the Milestones of the Fitness World

Being part of a National Sports League like the NFL is a dream that thousands of very athletic minds and bodies have embraced since childhood. Still, only the chosen ones get to enjoy it for a few years while training really hard and devoting themselves to the sport.

It is not a secret that getting back to everyday life after years of playing sports at a professional and demanding level can be challenging. Some names get lost among the crowds, and others become TV stars. Several continue to have the athletic lifestyle that empowers them while teaching others to conquer their goals and pursue their sports dreams. Others retire from the sport but continue to be athletes and leaders of dozens of bodies and minds that want to have an overall healthier lifestyle, despite not being part of a sports team. The latter is the case of Marc L. Megna, who played as a linebacker for groups like the New York Jets and the New England Patriots.

Currently, this former football player focuses on helping others stay healthy. “My interest in sports began when I was a child,” Mark explained.  In 1999, the New York Jets selected him as a Richmond University linebacker. After playing for the Jets, he joined the Bengals and the Patriots. But in 2005, Mark had to find a new career path because of physical injuries. “I became a certified personal trainer to help others maintain an active lifestyle as well as improve their exercise routines.”  

As a well-educated and well-prepared trainer, Marc provides more than exercise routines, diets, and supplements that most Personal Trainers provide. Mark’s natural interest in the optimal conditioning of the body has become an essential component of his technique and a valuable contribution to his students. 

Five-Step Program

Marc has developed a Five-Step Program that he tailors to every individual. He helps each person identify personal issues that need proper resolution to complete the entire training process and achieve the goals that suit their needs.“First, explained Marc,  I evaluate the levels of endurance, flexibility, and strength that a person can accept and respond to, along with a body composition analysis. Second, I customize a program that responds to the individual’s needs and goals. Third, we implement the program under constant supervision and evaluation, alongside cardiovascular conditioning. Once the program is in progress, the fourth step is a re-evaluation. This phase evaluates what is needed to re-test the program vs. the achieved results. The fifth and final step I called ‘Restructure’ is where the exercise routine and complete program is adjusted to achieve the set goals.”  All these steps are necessary, he added, because any physical change is a process that requires not just dedication but a complete understanding of the body’s reaction to physical activity. “It is crucial for any physical program to modify the mind in order to modify the body. If an individual has a personal problem that becomes a barrier that does not allow them to progress and conquer an improved lifestyle, that barrier must be identified and demolished; otherwise, any physical program will not provide the results desired,” he added.

“It is crucial for any physical program to modify the mind in order to modify the body.”


Marc, who was born in 1976 in Fall River, Massachusetts, lives and works in South Florida. Although his list of achievements while playing professional football is quite impressive, what comes as a surprise is to find out that as part of his education as a personal trainer, Marc became Pre/Post Natal Certified! “Pregnancy is an integral part of life that requires special preparation, and because I have learned to combine different techniques, I can help pregnant women to start or continue an active lifestyle; moreover, when the body is undergoing so many changes. Mark is a well-rounded personal trainer who believes in balance. He embraces athleticism from the inside out.

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