I’m Duarte Monteiro, founder of ZenSport, and helping athletes improve their speed, agility and strength is my passion.
I practice cutting edge athletic performance training with a focus on biomechanics to enhance human movement qualities on the field or court.
I’m always striving to stay current in the world of athletic performance, an academic pursuit that keeps me constantly learning and always growing.
As a former competitive martial artist and soccer player, I know the risks of athletics. I minimize those risks through movement literacy training, functional conditioning and corrective exercises that help mitigate injury and improve athletic performance.
My passion for helping others stems from my youth. My father began a professional soccer career in the Portuguese European FIFA League as a teenager, but it all ended prematurely several years later when he tore his ACL.
I grew up seeing the crushing effect his injury had on his aspirations firsthand. It inspired me to prevent that kind of personal tragedy for others. Even as a young promising martial arts combatant, I suffered the effects of improper training.
On a few significant occasions, I failed to take into account the importance of peak physical and mental preparation while competing at the national level. If I had a better understanding of effective strength and conditioning modalities, I know I could have gone farther than I did.
I aim to right that wrong every day by giving my clients the best physical and mental training knowledge possible. I serve best by helping to protect and empower young aspiring athletes with every session taught.
Education and certifications include:
Athletic Performance Specialist – EXOS
This world-recognized organization continues to successfully train professional athletes from the MLS, WNSL, US Men’s & Women’s Soccer National Teams, German Men’s National Team, German Bundesliga, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, and UFC.
Certified Speed & Agility Specialist – International Youth Conditioning Association
Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist – International Sports Science Association
Certification in Applied Functional Science (CAFS) – Gray Institute
Advanced functional movement screening (3DMAPS) and exercises to identify & correct muscular and neurological deficiencies required in human movement & athletics.
Foundation Speed Coach Course – ALTIS
This world-recognized organization is responsible for producing world-class track & field athletes at the International & Olympic level.
Running Gait Analysis Course: ACE – Association of Clinical Excellence
Youth Athletic Assessment Specialist (sport battery testing, postural & muscular deficiencies) – IYCA
JrFit Youth Fitness Specialist – The American Academy of Health & Fitness
Certified Fitness Trainer (adult population) – ISSA
Fitness Nutrition Specialist – ISSA
Certified Kettlebell Instructor – IYCA
MMA Level 1 Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach – Institute of Human Performance
Brookbush Institute of Human Science – Active Student. This organization focuses on rehabilitative and corrective therapy strategies for chronic movement-related injuries.
Athletes’ Acceleration – Active Member. This relatively small, yet progressive organization continues to focus heavily on youth athletic performance amongst field sport athletes in the areas of strength, speed & agility.
Speed & Agility Mentorship Program – Parisi Speed School (domestic franchise)
I’m Reese Valcich, Strength & Conditioning Coach at ZenSport. Helping athletes improve their strength, power, & conditioning is what I live for.
My journey began as a young, overweight, and unathletic kid through my elementary and middle school years.
With guidance from my brother, I eventually followed a mediocre program comprised of two machine exercises and a medicine ball. I skipped meals often and did not know how to eat properly to fuel my goals.
Over the course of my high school years, I tried to educate myself with magazine articles and adapted a very generic bodybuilding program with a slightly improved diet plan and started to see a noticeable difference.
Throughout my high school years of working with Coach Duarte as an ice hockey player and bodybuilding on my own, I began to narrow down my goals and evolve as an athlete. I shifted away from bodybuilding and became infatuated with strength and performance training.
Watching the human body perform at such high capacities with competitive weightlifting became a newfound passion. After I hung up the skates my senior year, I found a new sport in powerlifting. This path led me to want to help young athletes become the strongest versions of themselves to support their athletic ventures.
Fast forward to the present, I love what I do. I enjoy being able to play a role in shaping the lives of young and older clients by building their confidence levels with each and every session taught.
I’ve adopted the mantra of ‘always learning, always growing’. As a result, I’m dedicated to furthering my education with each passing year to ensure that our clients get the best and most current training possible.
Education and certifications include:
Certified Fitness Specialist-
Adult functional strength education keying in on recovery strategies, mobility, stability, and nutrition among the general population from the world-renowned EXOS Organization
Certified High School Strength & Conditioning Specialist-
Triphasic Certification (expected completion-Winter 2020)
Cutting edge periodized programming to optimize peak performance amongst competitive and more mature and/or seasoned athletes.