About

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 highest division of the Portuguese European FIFA League when he was just sixteen years old, but it all ended prematurely three 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 – E.X.O.S

This world recognized organization continues to successfully train professional athletes from the MLS, WNSL, US Female & Male Soccer National Teams, NFL, NBA, MLB and UFC.

Certified Speed & Agility Specialist – International Youth Conditioning Association

Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist – International Sports Science Association

Youth Athletic Assessment Specialist (sport battery testing, postural & muscular deficiencies)  – IYCA

Foundation Speed Coach Course –  ALTIS

This world recognized organization is responsible for producing world class track & field athletes at the International & Olympic level.

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

Certification in Applied Functional Science – Actively pursuing with Gray Institute (expected July 2019).  Advanced functional movement screening to identify & correct muscular and neurological deficiencies required in movement & athletics.

Brookbush Institute of Human Science – Active Member.  This organization focuses on rehabilitative and corrective therapy strategies for chronic 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)