about gary

Gary Blackledge is a devoted health and wellness professional with an extensive background in fitness and sports performance. While obtaining both undergraduate and graduate degrees in Exercise Science (from East Stroudsburg University), Gary completed internships with the Strength & Conditioning Department at Lehigh University as well as serving as a Strength & Conditioning Graduate Assistant at ESU.

Blackledge began his professional career with Equinox Fitness in 2013.  In his seven years with the company, he was a regular top-producing trainer.  Gary was awarded the 2014 Equinox Trainer of the Year and was also a finalist for the 2014 Master Instructor of the Year award (for Equinox’s in-house education department). Throughout the rest of his time at Equinox, Blackledge received multiple promotions. In 2016, he was promoted to Tier X Coach, and in 2019 to Tier X Regional Development Manager in NYC. Throughout his time in Tier X, Gary also served as an educator and lead mentor for candidates.

In 2020, Gary took the next step in his career and formed Blackledge Fitness & Performance.

a career learner

A career learner, Gary currently holds certifications with the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA), Titleist Performance Institute (TPI), Precision Nutrition (Pn), Functional Range Conditioning (FRCms), and many others. In addition to his continued learning, Gary also holds a seat on the College of Health Sciences Advisory Committee at East Stroudsburg University, where he provides insight on the current landscape of the fitness industry

outside the gym

When not in the gym or at a seminar, he can be found spending quality time with his wife, Kelly, and their dog, Theodore.