When athletes, corporate executives and weekend warriors want an integrated, scientific approach to fitness, they call Mark Diaz at Physiqology. His experience in strength training and physical preparation spans over 25 years. Mark’s specialty, in his own words, is “breaking fitness barriers”.
Mark began strength training with weights in the 6th grade for three reasons: he wanted to be bullied less, he wanted the girls to like him more, and he wanted to be able to compete in sports. He soon fell in love with weight training as an end unto itself, and used it as a springboard for participation in other athletic disciplines.
Mark played football and participated in track and field throughout high school for the Sawyers in Saugerties, NY. He graduated in 1989. After his discharge from active duty service in the Navy, he walked on to the football team at College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA. There, he played strong safety under the tutelage of Defensive Coordinator and Defensive Backs Coach Kevin Coyle, and Head Coach Mark Duffner from 1990 to 1991.
From 1991 to 1992, his coaches were Defensive Backs Coach Bill McGovern and Head Coach Peter Vaas. Obligations to the United States Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps, academics, and the painful reality that he was not going to be a professional football player ended his football career in 1991. His career as a coach was yet to begin.
In 1994, Mark graduated Holy Cross with a Bachelors of Arts. He also graduated with an insatiable desire for knowledge of sports performance enhancement. In 1994, he became a certified personal trainer through the American Council of Exercise (ACE), and in 1995, a Medical Exercise Specialist (MES) through the American Academy of Health, Rehab, and Fitness Professionals (AAHRFP).
Mark’s first job as a personal trainer was in his adopted hometown of New Paltz, NY. He soon produced top numbers in training at his local club, and was hired as a part-time strength coach for the baseball and swim teams at State University of New York at New Paltz.
Mark moved to New York City in 1996. He worked as a personal trainer at both Crunch Fitness and Equinox, and became a top producer and leading authority at both clubs. Also in ’96, Mark became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) from the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), the only internationally accredited certification in the industry. Mark held this certification until 2010.
He formed his first company – Triskelion Strength – in 1997, and worked as an independent personal trainer until approximately 1998, when he met Charles Poliquin. From that time on, Mark decided that he would become a strength coach.
Mark interned with Charles Poliquin four times in three years from 2001 to 2004. During that time, he received a formative education in top level sports performance enhancement.
Under the auspices of the Poliquin Performance Center, Mark worked with top-level athletes in the NFL from the Arizona Cardinals, Green Bay Packers, and San Diego Chargers. From the NHL, Mark met and trained players from the St. Louis Blues and Boston Bruins. He also coached PGA pros. In the Olympic disciplines, he garnered experience with competitors in bobsleigh, hockey, long jump, luge, pole vault, shot put, and sprinting.
In the summer of 2004, recognized as a leading authority in the training methodologies of Charles Poliquin, Mark was hired to collaborate with Integrated Edge to produce Stronger Online. The online application was billed as a virtual program writer and workout performance tracker based on the training methodologies of Charles Poliquin and the Poliquin Performance Center (PPC).
For his work at the Poliquin Performance Center, Mark was designated as a Level II, or regional coach, in 2006. As his level of theoretical training knowledge was now much higher than his track record of performance in the world of sport, Mark became the only Level II coach allowed to teach the Poliquin International Certification Program curriculum during its early development.
Poliquin International Certification Program Level IV
Mark currently holds several high-level certifications. The PICP Level Four designation qualifies him as a world-class strength coach. The Level Four PICP certification is earned when an athlete coached by the candidate succeeds in competing in either a World Championships or an Olympics in that athlete’s respective sporting discipline. This level of coaching expertise is reached by less than 1% of 7,000 candidates.
Biosignature Modulation Practitioner
Mark has been a certified Biosignature ModulationTM practitioner since the program’s inception in 2001.
Soma Training and Applied Somatherapy
During 2006 and 2007, Mark studied with French Doctor of Osteopathy Guy Voyer, and became one of the first people in the United States to earn an official designation in Soma Training. The Soma Training degree is equivalent to a physical therapist designation, though it carries no official license in the United States.
Comprehensive Physiqology Assessment Creator
In 2009, Mark completed a six-month post-doctorate level course in clinical nutritional evaluation and diagnosis – Integrative Assessment Technique™ – with IAT founder Loren Marks, DC. Mark took this training, along with his experiences working with other doctors, and with clientele from all walks of life, and created the Comprehensive Physiqology Assessment.
The Comprehensive Physiqology Assessment is the only assessment in the personal training industry today that creates a needs-based hierarchy of training programming, and marries it with needs-based nutritional programming using the discipline of applied kinesiology.
Results-Based Personal Trainer and Strength Coach
In 2006, Mark produced his first world champion in the discipline of Seido karate. Since that time, his athletes have produced nine National Championship medals in two countries across six Olympic sports. Mark’s athletes have been to the World Championships and to the Olympics. In 2016, Mark was hired by the Washington Nationals to consult with the team’s medical staff in the realm of sports performance.