Champion Athletes

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In 2009 Dan and Mathew Wernikoff started Champion Athletes. Champion Athletes is a sports performance company located in Kenilworth, NJ. We also have offices for sports nutrition in Mahwah, NJ and Monroe, NY.

In four years Champion Athletes has become one of the premier facilities providing sports nutrition  sports performance training and much more. We develop programs and packages which form the foundation for success at all athletic levels for our athletes.

Did you know that maximizing flexibility, strength and endurance, and nutritional habits are the best ways to improve your performance and at the same time prevent injuries? At Champion Athletes, we utilize the latest techniques used by Olympic Athletes to maximize flexibility, strength and conditioning, speed and agility and increase overall fitness. Each program is based on a Comprehensive Athletic Assessment. Athletes are trained one-on-one or in small groups of no more than 6 students. These smaller groups ensure that we can provide an truly individualized program for everyone.

Our proven system is based on individualization, evaluations and the most modern training methods.

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You can follow Champion Athletes on Twitter or on Facebook. You can also visit Matthew Wernikoffs Youtube Channel for lifting tips and technique videos as well as his wrestling videos.

Champion Athletes ShirtSports Nutrition

Champion Athletes provides sports nutrition plans for athletes looking to lose weight, maintain or gain weight, or who just want to provide their body with the best possible nutrition to maximize performance.

Our sports nutrition program will optimize your diet and nutrition so that you can achieve your ideal competition weight and maximize performance. Nutrition and ideal body composition play an essential role in achieving your performance goals and maximizing your success.

Each program is tailored to meet the specific needs of the individual athlete through a comprehensive assessment and continuous reevaluation. For those athletes who are still developing we also take into consideration when they are going to hit a growth spurt and how tall they are going to be through our Growth Analysis and Projection Evaluation. Whether you are a first time wrestler or martial arts competitor or an athlete of elite status, the Champion Athletes Sports Nutrition Program has the capacity to meet your needs.

To read more about our Sports Nutrition Program visit our Sports Nutrition Website:

Champion Athletes 2Sports Performance Training

Champion Athletes Sports Performance Programs are designed to help you achieve both your short term and long term fitness goals. We emphasize proper form and technique. Each program is designed around the individuals unique needs and goals. Through a carefully developed program not only will you get stronger, faster and more agile, you will decrease your risk of injury and increase your recover time.  We offer free trial workouts for anyone who is interested in one of our sports performance training packages.

IMG_3499Strength and Conditioning Program 

Our Strength & Conditioning Programs are personalized 1hr. sessions based on our comprehensive assessments. Athletes are placed in small, semi-private groups of between 2-6 athletes based on skill, age, goals and the individualized program. The first 40 minutes of each session are general movement and strength or conditioning exercises. The last 20 minutes is devoted to exercises for each individual in the group based on their individual assessment.

To read more about our Sports Performance/Strength and Conditioning Programs as well as our speed and agility and other training programs visit our website at:

Injury Management and Treatment

Champion Athletes provides re-hab services for injured athletes for a variety of injuries. We also provide treatments including flexibility enhancement, stim and ultra sound soft tissue treatments, and sports chiropractic care to help our athletes recover from injuries faster.

Current and Former Client Schools and Programs

  • Chertow Camp Systems
  • National High School Coaches Association
  • NY-USA Wrestling
  • David Brearly Wrestling Program
  • Don Bosco Pre Wrestling Program
  • Monsingor Farrell Wrestling Program
  • Condors Swimming Club, NY
  • (A USA Swimming Level 3 Program)

Some of our Current Clients:

  • Anthony Ashnault: 4X Undefeated NJ State Champion, 2X Super 32 Champion, 4X Fargo All-American- Rutgers University Scholarship Wrestler Class of ’17
  • Alexander “Lenny’ Richardson: New Jersey State Champion and 2012 Senior National Champion, 2X NHSCA National Champion- Old Dominion University Scholarship Wrestler Class of ’16
  • Tony Pafumi: 3rd in NJ in 2012, 5th in NJ, 3X NJ State Qualifier, 3X NHSCA All-American- Rutgers University ScholarShip Wrestler Class of ’16
  • Connor Burkert: 7th in NJSIAA Wrestling Championships in 2013, 2X State Qualifier
  • Ryan Burkert: 8th in NJSIAA Wrestling Championships in 2013, 2X State Qualifier
  • JP Christiano: Captain and NJ State Qualifier, Cranford Football and Wrestling
  • John Stramiello: 6th in NYS in 2012 and 2013, 2X NY Section 9 Champion
  • Gavin Murray: NJSIAA Wrestling State Qualifier in 2013, Cranford Wrestling Team Captain
  • Christian Bassolino: 2013 NJSIAA Wrestling State Qualifier, Starter Hanover Park High School in Wrestling and Football
  • Joe Oliva: , 6th in 2013 NJSIAA State Wrestling Championships, NHSCA All-American
  • Steve Ramos: 3rd in NYS, NC State Scholarship Wrestler
  • Alex Moreno: NJ State Qualifier, Stevens Institute Wrestler
  • David Gerity: Varsity Goalie, Bergen Catholic Hockey
  • Ben Villarett: NYC All-times Wins Leader
  • Cameron McLauren: 2010 NY Section 9 Champion
  • Chris Lantz: 5th in 2010 NJ State Championships
  • Matt Digiovanni: Captain Cranford Wrestling Program, Region Champion
  • Devin Geoghegan: 2011 NJ State Runner-up
  • Dillon Geoghegan: NJ State Qualifier, NJ Freestyle/Greco Place Finisher
  • Dan Ries: 8th in 2010 NJ State Championships
  • Khusen Tamarov: 5th in 2010 NJ State Championships
  • Joe Giaccio: 2010 Region 3 Champion
  • John Balboni: 2010 State Qualifier
  • Tony Carlo: 4X NY Catholic State Champion, 2nd in 2010 NYS Championships
  • Vinnie Fuchetti: NHSCA All-American
  • Mike Ferinde: Captain, Nutley High School
  • Mike Vespa: 3x NY Section 9 Champion, NYS Place Finisher
  • Joe Cummings: NY Section 1 Champion, Appalachian State Scholarship Wrestle

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