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 Sports’ National League like the NFL is a dream that thousands of very athletic minds and bodies embrace since childhood, and the chosen ones get to enjoy it for a few years while training really hard and devoting themselves to the sport. But it is not a secret that life after years of playing sports at a professional and demanding level can be challenging. Some names get lost among the crowds, other become TV stars; several continue to have the athletic lifestyle that empowers them while teaching others to conquer their goals and to pursue their dreams; others become leaders of dozens of bodies and minds that want to have an overall healthier lifestyle in spite of not being part of a sports team. The latter is the case of Marc L. Megna who played as a Linebacker for teams like the New York Jets and the New England Patriots.

Currently, this ex-football player is dedicated to guiding individuals towards a better physical condition. “Very early in life, I discovered my passion for sports and decided to play Football. In 1999, while playing for Richmond University, I was drafted by the New York Jets. I played linebacker for the Jets, Cincinnati Bengals, and New England patriots. During the following years, I committed myself even more to the sport; but in 2005, due to a few injuries, I had to find a new profession and became a certified Personal Trainer. I choose this direction because during my years as a football player, and as a team member, I helped others to improve their exercise routines.” The natural interest for optimal conditioning of the human body has become for Marc a key element in his technique and an extraordinary asset for his trainees. 

Personal Trainers are generally well-prepared and educated to teach others exercise routines and complete programs that include diets and supplements, but Marc provides more than these elements. 

Five-Step Program

Marc has developed a Five-Step Program that can be applied to every individual. He helps each person to identify personal issues that need to be resolved to complete an entire training process, and to achieve the goals that suit their needs.

“First, explained Marc,  I evaluated the levels of endurance, flexibility, and strength that a person can accept and respond to, along with a body composition analysis. Second, I customized a program that responds to the individual’s needs and goals; this is followed by implementing the program under constant supervision and evaluation, alongside with cardiovascular conditioning; once the program is in progress, the fourth step is a Re-evaluation; in this phase, we evaluate what is needed to re-test the program vs. the results so far achieved; finally, this is followed by a phase I called ‘Restructure’. This fifth step is where the exercise routine and complete program is adjusted to achieve the set goals.” 

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


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 him or her 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.

Marc, who was born in 1976 in Fall River, Massachusetts, nowadays 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 important 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.” Whomever Marc trains, and whoever wants to be trained by him, can expect to come across a mind that embraces athleticism from the inside out, and a well-educated professional that supports healthiness in every part of the human body.

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