About

I’m Duarte Monteiro, founder of ZenSport, and helping young athletes improve their speed and agility is my passion. I practice cutting edge athletic performance training based on the latest in sports science, with a focus on kinesiology and biomechanics to enhance human movement qualities. 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 proper movement training, functional conditioning and corrective exercises that help mitigate injury and improve athletic performance.

In an effort to make this fun and accessible to the youth population, I infuse “purposeful play” into all of my programs.  As a result, young athletes take stronger meaning from the exercises and drills while increasing their mental retention.

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 strength and conditioning modalities and sports psychology, 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 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

Speed & Agility Mentorship Program – Parisi Speed School

Athletic Assessment Specialist (postural & muscular deficiencies)  – IYCA

Certified Strength & Conditioning Specialist – International Sports Science Association

Certified Fitness Trainer – ISSA

Fitness Nutrition Specialist – ISSA

JrFit Youth Fitness Specialist – The American Academy of Health & Fitness

MMA Level 1 Certified Strength & Conditioning Coach – Institute of Human Performance

Kettlebell Instructor – IYCA

BrookBush Institute/Human Movement Science – Active Member/Student