We offer the best track and field training in the entire state. We have trained over 20,000 athletes of all ability levels from all over the country. Below are testimonials from some of our athletes as well as some the most respected coaches in the area!
I have been working with Brad for about 5 years now, since I was a freshman in high school. Brad started working with me during cross country season, giving me strength exercises and showing me the proper way to lift. When winter and spring came around I worked with Brad still continuing to lift and build strength, and he also helped me to improve my running technique. Because SCI is so fortunate to have the track, it was easy to get running drills in and learn the proper mechanics of running. Thanks to Brad and the other staff at SCI who helped me improve my ways of running I dropped 2 minutes from my best cross country times, and shaved 7 seconds off my 400m time since freshman year. The SCI staff is extremely motivational and helpful, training there was exceptionally beneficial as well as fun.
Indian Hills HS 400 record (57.87). Ran track for TCNJ.
My sons and athletes have been training with Brad, Kyle, and the (SCI) staff for two years now. As a former track athlete and current track and field coach for youth and high school athletics, I found it hard to locate someone I could trust my athletes with to train correctly. The (SCI) staff has been spectacular with introducing and modeling best practices for various events within the sport of track and field. Their patience and expertise have been invaluable to the performances of my athletes, especially my sons. They have made enormous strides since beginning their training in all of their events (LJ/HJ/TJ/HH). Training with the (SCI) staff has enabled my boys to qualify for the last two USATF-Nationals in both their indoor and outdoor seasons. I feel very confident that they are developing the skills necessary to be very successful high school athletes.
Coach Walter King
Hackensack Junior Comets
My son and I met Brad and the S.C.I. staff when he was a high school sophomore 3 years ago. We were impressed by the training methods used at S.C.I., STRENGTH, FLEXIBILITY, BALANCE AND INJURY PREVENTION. Already being a talented track athlete I knew that S.C.I. would be the right place for Jon improve. Training at S.C.I. would require a 75 minute commute each direction so we had to had to make a careful decision. At the beginning of Jr. year Jon began training. This turned out to be a great decision. After long days at school and track practice we traveled to S.C.I. weekly for training. Training helped Jon improve in his best events, the triple and long jump. Jon set new state and county records in long and triple jump. I know that he would not have met his track goals without S.C.I. Training went beyond building him up physically, he received valuable advice from Brad and staff that built him up mentally; this is something no one can ever take from him and will keep with him for life. Universities called on Jon and was fortunate enough to receive a scholarship from LSU to be a part of their talented track team. This is a school he has dreamed about going to since middle school, a dream come true! He was so pleased with his S.C.I. experience he decided to major in kinesiology so he can one day do the work that is done at S.C.I. I am so grateful to Brad for all his wonderful work.
on behalf of Jon Pitt, II - State Record Holder in indoor triple jump - 49'7" and current jumper at LSU. PR triple jump - 51' 7.25"
Lindsey has been training with Brad (SCI) since the summer of her freshman year. Lindsay wanted to do some training over the summer to stay fit and healthy. She met Brad and had a free training session; she was very pleased and wanted to continue working with him.
Brad has been a great trainer and friend to Lindsey. She has stayed healthy her four years of running and began to lower her times (cross country, winter track and spring track). She continued to train with him all year long. He was more than a trainer, he was a good listener. Running is more than being physically fit it is a very mental sport too.
SCI was the right training program for Lindsey. She is now running for a Division 1 program and will be back this summer to train with Brad again.
On behalf of Lindsey Lucas - One of the best distance runners in Paramus HS history, and current varsity runner at Sacred Heart U. 18:18 PR at 5K
Thanks for all you've done, Brad. Aside from teaching him to jump you've played a big part in teaching him to BELIEVE! Before you can, you have to think you can. And he finally does!
ESPN anchor Jay Crawford
On behalf of Corey Crawford - NJ state champ in long jump and owns 2nd longest jump in state history. He is also the best jumper in Rutgers history. PR long jump - 26'11"
When I started working with Brad at SCI, I was struggling with chronic ankle injuries that stemmed from instability, weakness, and improper running form. With years of technique work and strength training, I set multiple PRs and became a more well-rounded athlete. Brad, Seth, and Kyle were extraordinarily knowledgeable about the physical and mental sides of track and field. Without this highly competent and skilled team, I would definitely not be running collegiately. They helped me believe I could be great and, more importantly, fall in love with the sport again after a year of crutches, ice baths, and x-rays.
Thank you to the entire SCI staff for all the work you do. You’re a positive influence in the lives of every athlete that walks through your doors!
Caity Ubl - Ran for Old Tappan and now runs for Williams College. She has run 59 seconds for 400 and 19:59 for 5k XC.
After much searching for a track and field training program, we decided to bring our daughter to train with Brad at SCI. The facility is one of very few in the area that trains athletes for a specific track and field event. Although the commute to the gym was a relative long one, the hour ride was worth the time. My daughter was trained by a very supportive and highly competent staff. She felt very comfortable with her trainer and was able to ask him about various concerns she had. Brad was always willing to help in between sessions via phone or email if there was a question or concern about her performance at meets. During her private sessions, she worked on not only strength and conditioning but technique for her jump. I credit Brad with keeping my daughter strong and injury-free during her track and field season as well as her being the top long jumper at her school.
Kathy Winters (Daughter Annie is a long jumper at Somerville High School)
I just wanted to let you know that I made our teams 4x800 relay, and yesterday ran a 2:11 split when we ran 8:29 in our first meet of the year. I just wanted to thank you because as I won the time trial and then ran yesterday I thought of the things you taught me. I think I am now becoming confident in myself and I just wanted to thank you for what you have taught me.
Andrew Clinton (Runs XC and Track at Ramsey HS)
I want to thank you for the fine work you have done in training the track athletes of Holy Angels who have gone to your training center. Your dedication and hard work have helped our athletes improve their performance. Keep up the good work.
Head Track Coach Howard Schuman
Saddle Brook H.S. - 35 years The Academy of Holy Angels - 10 years Columbia University - 2 years N.J.
NJ Coaches Hall of Fame Inductee - 2000
The Sports-Conditioning Institute has had a measurable positive effect on the Track athletes on my team. The strength training program helped my premier 800m runner avoid injury in his spring season. The specific hurdle training helped my intermediate hurdler win League, County Group, and State Sectional titles. Both of these athletes are now competing at the Division I Collegiate level. I would definitely recommend the Sports Conditioning Institute to any Track and Field athlete.
Head coach Bruce Benny
Ridgefield Park - 20 years, Emerson - 10 years and Bergen County Coach of the Year
Ultimate Track has been like a second set of coaches. They have been able to provide additional training in skill events, develop strength and flexibility, as well as help athletes who are hurt return to form quicker than they would with just our own trainers. Our coaching staff has learned to treat SCI as an extension of are own program.
Pat O'Hagan - Head Coach of XC and track at Waldwick HS
The one thing that allows Brad Vaccaro to connect with his clients and have them elevate to their highest potential is his ability to have his training program become adaptive to the athletes need, or levels of skills and abilities. In other words, Brad can train an athlete who is new to the sport to become competitive for an upcoming championship, while at the same time training a more advanced athlete with the same program. Instead of one hot fit all training program, his style of training is adaptive for the beginner or even the more advanced athletes.
Coach Horace Taffe
MySprintClub Track Club
Last winter I came to Brad in hope to better my technique and hurdle form for the 400 meter-Intermediate Hurdles. As an inexperienced hurdler Brad re-taught me the basics of hurdling, correct running form, how to come out of the blocks, and injury-prevention lifting. After a couple months of training I saw significant improvements in the beginning of the spring season(more than two second decrease in time compared to my first race the previous year). I continued training with Brad over the spring season, improving the consistency of my steps between hurdles which I struggled with the most. Soon I was able to hurdle consistently with my correct leg over the first eight hurdles of the race. Compared to my radical times the previous year, I was able to hit the same time or better every race (dropping an average two seconds from the last year). Brad ultimately made it possible for me to medal in the State Meet of Champions and because of my success in that season I was able to attend the college of my choice. The working environment at S.C.I. made it possible for me to reach my full potential and the trainers here treat everyone with attention and respect, as they would with a professional athlete. Any committed Track and Field athlete should consider training here if they want to improve in their event and desire to move on to the next level. I look forward to training here and continuing the friendships here at S.C.I.
Erik Moutenot - 400IH Personal Record (53.99) Mahwah HS 800m (1:56.49) and Running Track at TCNJ
I just wanted to send a quick note to thank you for working with Heather. She really enjoyed training with you. I wish I was able to have her come more often. Heather has been doing well this track season, she even broke her school record in the 600 meters. She mentioned you today, so I thought I'd let you know how much we appreciate all you have done. Hope your holidays were great and you have a great 2011!
Laurie Larsen (Daughter Heather runs for Kinnelon HS)
Hands down the most knowledgable, safe, fun, and effective strength and coordination training for athletes. Simply cannot do without once you've tried it.
Ian Clarke - 2nd place at Bergen Meet of Champs, with 5k PR of 15:51
I just wanted to say thanks for everything that you have done and all of the time that you put in to make me a better athlete. I really appreciate it and I've began to realize once I got to UConn how much all of the OT coaches prepared me and set me up for success, and you were a big part of that. So I really just wanted to say thank you. Maybe you will be able to see one of my races at Van Cortlandt!!!!
Taylor L. - UConn Track
Thank you for all you are doing to keep Brian competitive. This has been a great experience for him and we are all looking forward to the upcoming season. You have been an excellent trainer and Brian feels he is getting stronger. Thank you also for the college advice you have been giving him.
On behalf of Brian Psota - Winner at Bergen Meet of Champs in 110HH - 14.86
My son has been training at SCI for about six months. I cannot say enough about Brad Vaccaro and the entire staff. We feel lucky to have found them. Anyone can tell you what you need to do to improve but at SCI they actually teach you how to get better. This is one of the only facilities in NJ to offer indoor, year round high jump, long jump and throwing clinics. The trainers are all very accomplished in their respective fields so you are being taught by someone who has "walked the walk" and understands the specific needs of you sport or event. With a focus on preventing injury SCI has helped my son get bigger, faster and stronger. His technique and confidence have improved and he looks forward to every workout. He has also received great nutritional and motivational advice here. This is a special place where they really know what they are doing.
On behalf of Pete Chan - State champ in pole vault with PR of 14'6" and current vaulter at UPenn
Our son started training with Brad and Kyle at the end of his sophomore year (June 2013)in order to improve his speed and stamina while running Cross Country and during the Track and Field Season as a long distance runner. Our son is now a senior, Captain of his XC and Track & Field teams, and being recruited by several Division I Colleges. Our son was a member of the 4 x 800 Relay Team that broke several school records last year and participated in Nationals in North Carolina this past spring. Sports Conditioning Institute is definitely the most knowledgeable, safe and effective training available for athletes. We recommend training at SCI to anyone who is seeking guidance and experience.
On Behalf of Ryan Dritschel - One of the best distance runners in Westwood HS history and current varsity runner at div 1 Rider College. PR 1500m - 4:07