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‘I stated to myself: Preserve pushing, do not quit’; SI couple opens new 7,000-square-foot health club

STATEN ISLAND, NY — When Michael Cuciniello, 53, graduated Tottenville Excessive College, his mom requested him what he wished to do along with his life. He stated, “I wish to open a health club,” which wasn’t a well-liked concept within the late Eighties.

However his mom, who died shortly after he graduated, stated: “Then do it.”

Regardless of being the proprietor of a worthwhile Boar’s Head supply route, Cuciniello — who has been coaching because the age of 13, and started competing in pure bodybuilding competitions at 19 years previous — gave all of it as much as not solely personal a health club, however to construct a model the place everybody from individuals who wish to get match to skilled bodybuilders may obtain a personalised health and diet plan.

Having previously co-owned PowerHouse Health club in Huguenot, Cuciniello alongside along with his fiancée, Teresa Stramandinoli, 40, have teamed as much as broaden their model, “Uncommon Breed,” right into a 7,000-square-foot mega health club. Utilizing health disciplines, akin to CrossFit, powerlifting and bodybuilding, the pair opened Uncommon Breed Compound of their house neighborhood of Eltingville in the course of the first week of 2023.

Having previously co-owned PowerHouse Health club in Huguenot, Cuciniello — who through the years has developed his personal private coaching and diet system — alongside along with his fiance’ Teresa Stramandinoli, 40, have teamed as much as broaden their model, “Uncommon Breed, ” right into a 7,000-square-foot mega health club. Utilizing health disciplines, akin to CrossFit, powerlifting and bodybuilding, the pair opened Uncommon Breed Compound of their house neighborhood of Eltingville in the course of the first week of 2023. (Courtesy of Nick Thierry)

“When COVID hit in March 2020, we had no health club to coach ourselves or our shoppers. We slowly acquired weights and gear and skilled in our yard for eight months with no roof or partitions,” stated Stramandinoli, who’s a licensed well being coach, Professional-Determine competitor and bodybuilding competitors choose.

“In November 2020 we rented a tent to take cowl for the winter. We skilled our shoppers on this 450-square-foot house for two.5 years all of the whereas trying to find the right location to broaden. We have now by no means been completely happy coaching in huge industrial gyms so we sought to create the type of health club we’d wish to prepare in. We additionally wanted an area the place we may construct out the fitting coaching space for our particular model of group coaching,” she added.

Since then, the pair have been engaged on their model and stayed decided to make their imaginative and prescient of a health facility — that mixes courses, a full-scale work-out room, diet counseling and bodybuilding coaching multi functional — actuality.

“I simply stated to myself, ‘preserve pushing; do not quit.’ And I simply by no means gave up. And when Theresa got here in, we joined forces. That was it. It was like a fuse was lit, and we each simply went for it,” stated Cuciniello.

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A glance inside Uncommon Breed Compound. (Courtesy of Nick Thierry)

CREATING CHAMPIONS

Cuciniello and Stramandinoli prepare folks of all ages — from youngsters to these of their 60s — to compete in regional and nationwide bodybuilding competitions.

“Many individuals begin as way of life prospects. We begin coaching them and doing their diet. Many occasions they make a selection do a present, and so they find yourself doing rather well. I feel we gained 103 exhibits in the previous few years,” stated Cuciniello. “We have now conditions the place folks come to get in form and so they find yourself trying like a professional bodybuilder.”

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Michael Cuciniello and Teresa Stramandinoli have teamed as much as broaden their model, “Uncommon Breed,” right into a 7,000-square-foot mega health club. (Courtesy of Nick Thierry)

Cuciniello additionally works with many highschool athletic groups to assist them with power and endurance coaching.

“I’ve a sports activities efficiency program the place I prepare soccer, baseball and hockey gamers from St. Joseph-by-the-Sea, Tottenville Excessive College and different faculties — I supply diet for them too. It covers the whole lot, together with conditioning,” stated Cuciniello.

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A glance inside Uncommon Breed Compound. (Courtesy of Nick Thierry)

PERSONAL AND SMALL GROUP TRAINING

Along with private coaching, Uncommon Breed Compound affords small group courses of eight to 10 folks with two trainers per class.

“We provide bodybuilding, CrossFit, powerlifting and conditioning multi functional,” stated Cuciniello. “We goal sure physique elements day by day. Most individuals are available in three days per week to work with the trainers after which prepare in a health club space the opposite two days.”

Whereas Stramandinoli trains each men and women, she has many feminine shoppers who come to the health club “to raised themselves,” she stated.

“More often than not, I am coaching a life-style shopper who’s simply trying to higher herself, be sturdy and actually construct her confidence. That is why I really like what I do. Many occasions, when girls are available in to coach with me, more often than not at first they’re a bit not sure of themselves,” she stated. “To start with they are going to are available in, in dishevelled health club garments, however once I see they really feel comfy in only a sports activities bra or crop prime that makes me actually completely happy, and exhibits they now have extra confidence.”

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A glance inside Uncommon Breed Compound. (Courtesy of Nick Thierry)

PARTERS IN AND OUT OF THE GYM

Cuciniello met Stramandinoli when he began coaching her. Previously within the style trade, Stramandinoli grew to become increasingly within the health area as she began to coach and enter bodybuilding competitions.

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The workforce at Uncommon Breed Compound, Type left: Michael Cuciniello, Teresa Stramandinoli, Albi Marke, Paul Spano, Aimee Colletti, Paul Colletti and Chris Gias. (Courtesy of Uncommon Breen Compound)

“She had stopped competing after which she got here out from New Jersey to coach with me as a result of she noticed me on-line. … After coaching her, I instructed her she was going again in, and she or he gained on her first present again,” stated Cuciniello.

The couple have put a lot of their “all,” into the brand new facility, that when Cuciniello proposed he knew there was no higher place to do it than on the new Uncommon Breed Compound.

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The couple have put a lot of their “all,” into the brand new facility, that when Cuciniello proposed he knew there was no higher place to do it than on the new Uncommon Breed Compound. (Courtesy of Uncommon Breed Compound)

RARE BREED COMPOUND AT A GLANCE

Deal with: 75 Putnam St., Eltingville

Web site: www.rarebreedcompound.com

Instagram: @Rarebreedcompound

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