Nick Tumminello

Nick Tumminello was born on May 6th, 1973 in New York City. His father was a police officer and his mother worked at a bank. Nick’s family lived in the Bronx, but he grew up mostly around Manhattan and Brooklyn. He attended Stuyvesant High School where he played football, basketball and baseball. After high school he went to Columbia University where he majored in political science. While there he studied international relations and sociology. He then transferred to the London School of Economics where he earned a master’s degree in public policy.

Tumminello later became a staff writer for The New Republic, which is when he met his wife, Laura Dern. They married in 1996 and had two children together: daughter Francesca (born 1997) and son Jacob (born 1999).

In 2007 Nick left Columbia to become an independent consultant. He began working with the Obama campaign. During the 2008 presidential election he wrote several opinion pieces for The Washington Post, including one titled “The Case for Barack.” In 2009 he joined the Clinton Foundation as its director of foreign policy.

In 2010 he founded Global Zero, a group devoted to ending extreme poverty through development work.

He has been described as a “global warming skeptic” and has criticized President Obama’s climate change policies. Tumminello has also been an advocate for Ghana, and in 2012 he founded a non-profit organization called the Global Soil Initiative.

From 2004 to 2008 he was a member of the board of directors of the non-profit PMC Group, which provides medical care to the underprivileged in countries such as Haiti and Sudan. His company Think Strength offers content promoting exercise to muscle gain for men and women in their 20s and 30s. His company also works with organizations such as the American Heart Association and the American Cancer Society.

Tumminello’s training system has been described as a cross between the “high-intensity” training style of Arthur Jones and Charles Atlas, with the traditional heavy weights and low repetitions associated with bodybuilding. In this video, Tumminello describes his training philosophy.

His training method is called “Power Explosion Training”. He designed Power Explosion Training while in graduate school at Columbia University. In his book “Strength Secrets”, Tumminello explains this training system and lays out a 12-week program for people who want to improve their strength and fitness. The program has three training levels:

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The first level, called “beginner,” is for those who have been working out less than six months. This level lasts four weeks and emphasizes heavy weights and low repetitions (four to eight). Next comes the “challenger” level, which lasts two weeks. This level focuses on increasing weight and lowering the number of repetitions (six to eight).

The final stage is “advanced,” and it lasts two weeks. In this level you reduce the weight while increasing the number of repetitions (12 or more).

The way to structure this program depends on your fitness level and your goals. For example, if you’re a bodybuilder then you could just perform the four-week “beginner” program and then move on to a different routine. If you’re a powerlifter then you could perform the four-week “beginner,” two-week “challenger,” and two-week “advanced” programs in that order. The point is, you can structure the program in any way that works for you.

Tumminello has also created specialized programs for specific sports, such as wrestling and mixed martial arts. In all cases you perform a five-day split routine. Tumminello suggests performing the Power Clean as part of your routine. Here’s a video of him performing a slow and controlled clean and jerk.

Not much is known about Tumminello’s childhood, but he was raised in New York City and graduated from the University of Rhode Island with a master’s degree in exercise science. He runs a company called Athletic Development, which specializes in personalized fitness plans. He also hosts a popular exercise blog called “Joints & Gains”.

His website says:

Nick currently resides in New York City. He is a police officer in the Arson and Bomb Squad and is an avid adventurer. Nick has a passion for mixed martial arts and Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu. He also enjoys reading, traveling and spending time with his daughter.

The diet for Nick’s program is similar to that of the “beginner” program, except you should consume around three grams of carbs and one gram of protein per pound of bodyweight daily. You can eat as many calories as you want, as long as you don’t go over your carb and protein limit.

Sources & references used in this article:

Nick Tumminello by N Tumminello, J Silvernail, B Cormack – Personal Training Quarterly, 2017

Strength Training for Fat Loss by N Tumminello –

Building Muscle and Performance: A Program for Size, Strength & Speed by N Tumminello – 2014 –


Principle-Based Program Design—A Practical, Step-By-Step Guide by N TUMMINELLO – PTQVOLUME 3, 2016 –

Low back pain—Is motor control exercise superior to general exercise? A review of the research by N Tumminello – Personal Training Quarterly, 2015 –

Resistance exercise programming: A mixed-training approach by N Tumminello – Personal Training Quarterly, 2016 –

by Nick Tumminello| 12/28/18 by N Tumminello – Personal Training Quarterly, 2015 –