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Conditioning Classes:

Warrior Cardio Class:

Warrior Cardio uses a variety of different modalities of fitness from barbells and kettlebells to using your own bodyweight this class is sure to burn fat, improve strength and build confidence.

Hurricane Class:

The Hurricane is the main form of Metabolic Training used in the TFW System.  The Hurricane Class will create a stimulus that will burn fat and build muscle. Each Hurricane is developed around some form of sprinting.  The level of difficulty of a Hurricane is dependent on which of the five Categories is being performed.

Energy Circuit Class:

This class will improve you conditioning as well as burn fat and improve power.  During an Energy Circuit Class there are a number of exercises that you will perform back to back with little rest for a set amount of time.

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Total Body Strength Training:

Strength is the base of the Training for Warriors System. This class is designed to increase your overall body strength in both your upper and lower body.

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History of TFW Program

Following graduation from the Medical University of South Carolina, Martin Rooney, becomes a member of US bobsled team. The driver of his team is MMA documentary "Choke" star Todd Hays. Martin gains an interest in the new sport of MMA and Hays begins to teach him.

Martin returns home to New Jersey and starts training with Renzo Gracie at his new academy in New York City. Martin is asked to train fighters for physical performance and the TFW system is officially born. Martin becomes the first sports performance specialist to prepare fighters for MMA. His client list includes Renzo, Ryan and Rodrigo Gracie.

Training For WarriorsMartin is brought to Abu Dhabi in United Arab Emirates and commissioned to demonstrate the TFW system for founder of the ADCC World Championships.

The name "Training For Warriors" is officially coined and initial logo created.

Training For WarriorsMany fighters, most notably ADCC and UFC veterans Ricardo Almeida and Sean Alvarez begin training in TFW to prepare for major competitions around the world.

timeline-04Martin becomes official fitness writer for Gracie Magazine and named to editorial counsel. The TFW system is featured in monthly articles in the magazine.

Ricardo Almeida gets submission of the night at UFC 33. Martin corners him at the event and begins cornering numerous fighters at major events around the world.

Santana seminar 025Martin travels to Japan to physically prepare and corner fighters at numerous Pride FC events.

The Gracie family defeats the best of the Japanese fighters in events events such as Pride and Pancrase with Martin handling the physical training.

timeline-05As interest in MMA begins to grow, Martin performs a series of lectures on the physical preparation for MMA fighters across the United States.

Training For WarriorsMartin returns to Japan numerous times and helps prepare and corner the Gracie Family at Pride Bushido 1

The first Training for Warriors seminars are offered across the United States.

 "Training for Warriors: The Team Renzo Workout" is released. This was an overview of the TFW system at that time. This book, to date, has sold over 30,000 copies.

Training For WarriorsMartin helps prepare and corner the Gracie Family at Pride Bushido 2 in Japan.

Celita Schutz trains in the TFW system for the 2004 Olympics in Athens and she makes the Olympic team.

Training For WarriorsTo deepen his knowledge of other martial arts, Martin starts training in Muay Thai and with the Judo Club at the prestigious New York Athletic Club.

Martin begins using the TFW warmup at both facilities with all the athletes, and the warmup spreads to hundreds of dojos.

Ricardo Almeida becomes the first Brazilian fighter ever to win the King of Pancrase title over Nathan Marquart with Martin in his corner.

Roger Gracie trains in TFW leading up to the event and becomes first man to submit all 8 opponents on way to winning his weight and the absolute division at the ADCC.

Training For WarriorsMartin performs the first Training for Warriors seminar outside of the US in Rio de Janiero, Brazil at world-famous Gracie Barra.

Kyra Gracie prepares for and sweeps the ADCC and World Jiu Jitsu championships.

The Training for Warriors DVD is produced. This popular DVD opens up the system around the world and proves that this training is not just for combat athletes.

Martin is named the martial arts consultant for the NY Giants. He uses aspects of the TFW system to apply aspects of martial arts to football.

Martin begins to train other athletes of sports outside of fighting in TFW like triathlon, swimming, baseball and soccer.

TFW client and then 60+ year old athlete Dr. Arthur Canario wins the Masters World Judo Championships

Pride FC Champion Kazuo Misaki travels from Japan to experience and train in the TFW System.

The TFW website is launched to include an online warrior community. The community grows to over 15,000 members.

Martin is named the conditioning coach for the IFL team the NY Pitbulls. The Team wins the 2007 World Team Title. (Team members including Fabio Leopoldo, Marcio Feitosa, Delson Heleno, Jamal Patterson, Daniel Gracie all train in TFW system).

Renzo Gracie Defeats MMA legends Pat Miletich, Carlos Newton and Frank Shamrock.

TFW-trained Shintaro Higashi wins US National Judo Title.

Roger Gracie and Kyra Gracie win gold at the ADCC and TFW'ers Rolles Gracie and Flavio Almeida win Silver.

Teimoc Johnston-Ono wins both the Masters World Judo and Jiu Jitsu Championships.

Martin achieves his purple belt in BJJ under Ricardo Almeida. He studies and competes in the art to develop a better understanding of physical preparation.

Martin is named martial arts consultant to the NY Jets and works with the entire team using aspects of the TFW system.

Martin is again asked to be martial arts consultant to NY Jets

Harper Collins publishes "Training For Warriors: the Ultimate Mixed Martial Arts Workout." This book goes on to sell over 40,000 copies in its first 2 years of print.

TFW is featured in two back to back issues of Men's Fitness and is featured on the cover page.

TFW is also promoted on Spike TV's UFC Countdown, Sirius Satellite Radio,, Fighter's Only, and

The second International TFW seminar is given in Helsinki, Finland for over 200 athletes, coaches and fitness enthusiasts.

Martin is commissioned to train the Rutgers University Wrestling Team. The team trains in the TFW system and Rutgers goes on to have greatest win total in school history (20).

UFC fighters Frankie Edgar, Dan and Jim Miller as well as Shooto Champion Shaolin Riberio begin training in the TFW system.

Martin achieves his black belt in judo under Sensei Matsumura and Teimoc Johnston-Ono.

TFW workout is featured in March Issue of Men's Health. Over 1.5 million subscribers. Martin becomes a regular contributor to Men's Health as a result.

Pushup-WarriorMartin travels and trains at the Fairtex Muay Thai training camp in Bang Phli, Thailand. Also travels to Russia, Holland, Brazil, Japan, England, to train and deliver the TFW system and research training for an upcoming book project.

Warrior Cardio FinalMartin is commissioned for third year to be the MMA consultant for the NY Jets

seminars are presented in Copenhagen, Denmark and London, England. These seminars are no longer geared toward just the fighter, but how anyone can use the TFW System for results.

The third book in the TFW system, Ultimate Warrior Workouts: Fitness Secrets of the Martial Arts is released. It goes on to sell over 15,000 copies in its first year.

Martin is named MMA Consultant for the NY Jets for the 4th consecutive year.

TFW is featured in FIGHT Magazine, Men's Health, Men's Fitness and Martin appears on Spike TV to host the Playbook Movie.

The TFW system is presented in Copenhagen, Denmark, Padova, Italy, Helsinki, Tampere and Turku, Finland.

Frankie Edgar wins the UFC Title. Jim Miller is 8-1 in his first 9 matches at the UFC. Jim and Dan Miller become winningest brother team in UFC history.

TFW begins to sell Affiliate licenses.

 Official Training for Warriors Affiliate Locations are sold in 7 different US states and Canada.

New version of the TFW website is launched.

11 TFW Certifications are given throughout the world including: US, Italy, Scotland, and Finland.

Over 250 Instructors are certified in TFW Level 1.

The TFW Certification is given at Ft. Benning for the US Army Rangers.

The Pushup Warrior App featuring the TFW bodyweight training is launched for iPhone, iPad, & iPod.

TFW is featured in Muscle and Fitness, Men's Health, Men's Fitness, Train Hard Fight Easy,, and

TFWarriors1 Youtube Channel gets over 2 Million views.

Training for Warriors grows to over 35 affiliate locations in 10 different states and 7 countries.

Total number of TFW Certified Instructors grows to 700 worldwide.

TFW Courses are given in the Dominican Republic, China, Finland, Germany, England, Iceland, and Scotland.

Martin is honored as an advisory board member for

Warrior Cardio, the fourth book in the Training for Warriors series, sells 10,000 copies in the first three months of release.

The first-ever Level-2 Certification is held and 25 certified instructors attend.

The TFW system is presented for the training staff of the Carolina Panthers.

TFW'er Jim Miller becomes the UFC's winningest lightweight in history.

TFW is featured in UFC Magazine, Details, and on Fox TV.

Martin Rooney is named one of the top 100 most influential people in Health and Fitness for 2012.

The TFW Affiliate Network grows to over 60 locations in 18 different US States and 10 countries world-wide.

TFW Level 1 Certifications are performed across the United States in Washington, California, Nevada, Missouri, Ohio, Vermont and New Jersey.

The number of TFW Certified instructors reaches 1,000 worldwide.

The first ever TFW Certifications are held in Iceland, Germany and Denmark for over 200 participants.

The third version of the website is launched.

After a two year process, Rooney's Rules, Martin's eighth book is released.

The TFW System is featured again on SPIKE TV as an adult training program.

TFW is presented at IHRSA, one of the largest health and fitness shows in the world.

The TFW System is featured in Men's Health, Muscle and Fitness, and in magazines in Germany, Denmark and Finland.

The online version of the TFW Level 1 Certification is created to allow trainers in distant countries to experience the system

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What is TFW?

The Training For Warriors system is a physical and mental training program originally created for fighters by Martin Rooney more than 10 years ago. This training program utilizes ongoing evaluation and feedback to adapt specific strength and conditioning protocols to best fit a warrior's needs.

After over a decade of use by many of the top fighters in the world, we have realized that you do not have to be a fighter to use the TFW system, but you do have to be a warrior. A warrior is defined as anyone that is prepared to work hard and develop oneself in an effort to battle against his or her particular challenges in life. The TFW system was designed to develop the muscular strength and mental fortitude to take on those challenges. Today, many top athletes in a number of professional sports are using the TFW system to bring their fitness to another level.

What separates the TFW system from other training programs is its holistic approach to training. TFW encompasses detailed warmups, speed training, strength training, endurance training, flexibility work and nutrition all of which are based on a comprehensive evaluation process. These training modalities are all applied based on the 12 guiding principles that are the philosophical foundation of the TFW system. As a result of this principle-centered approach, the TFW system offers endless variety while still focused on producing constant gains.

If you want to build strength, improve conditioning, lose fat and or gain muscle, Training For Warriors will deliver results. Take the Warrior Challenge today and start on your own personal fitness journey specific strength and conditioning.

The Training for Warriors program has been used by thousands of athletes (NFL, Olympic, NBA, MLB, UFC) to help them excel through their sport. TFW is not just limited to athletics; we work with the weekend warrior, someone looking to get back into working out, or anybody that is looking to channel their inner warrior.

We also publish a Training for Warriors newsletter which outlines the methodology behind the system, includes workout tips, and provides valuable insight into our program.

We offer seminars, certification courses, affiliate opportunities, and also regularly consult with UFC, NFL, military personnel and various other sports.

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