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Tony Villani

Tony started his education at Clemson University in South Carolina and attended graduate school at The George Washington University in Washington, D.C. It was there that he received a Masters Degree in Exercise Physiology and graduated in the top of his class. His thesis was published by The European Journal of Applied Physiology and dealt with the benefits of exhaustive interval training. During this time, he interned with NHL’s Washington Capitals and was set to help the Washington Wizards prior the NBA lockout. From Washington, D.C. Tony moved to Orlando, Florida and quickly obtained a job helping the Head Strength Coach of the Orlando Magic for a basketball season. From there, his experience led him to Boca Raton, Florida where he became the Director of Human Performance at Cris Carter’s FAST Program. While at FAST he focused on sport specific speed, agility, and strength training. He helped prepare numerous NFL Combine athletes and professional athletes from all sports for their particular needs. During the spring of 2002, Tony utilized his experiences and created XPE, Inc. while relocating to Atlanta, GA. In the fall of 2009, Tony relocated XPE Sports to South Florida.

Since XPE and Tony Villani has relocated to South Florida, he is building an even more impressive client list than he had in Atlanta. The likes of Super Bowl Champion WR Anquan Boldin, 2XPro Bowl S Eric Berry, 2XPro Bowl OL Maurkice Pouncey, 1st Round Pick OL Mike Pouncey, WR Pierre Garcon, and Hall of Fame WR Cris Carter are all regulars training day after day just like Jamal, Hines, Takeo, Wayne, and Osi did with XPE in Atlanta. Going into DECADE #2 of the XPE Sports business has led Tony to start a nationally recognized certification program for trainers wishing to learn the most effective speed and agility techniques along with releasing a full patented XPE SHREDmill and XPE SHREDsled equipment line.

Andrew Spruill

Originally from Kansas City, Kansas, Andrew Spruill relocated to South Florida after serving four years in the United States Air Force from 2006-2010. Andrew received his Bachelor’s Degree in Exercise Science from Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, FL. While at FAU, Andrew interned with Tony Villani and XPE Sports.

Since then he’s been responsible for assisting Tony in NFL combine prep, NFL off season training and XPE Sports High School training. Since 2010, Andrew has trained close to 100 NFL draft picks, including 23 1st round picks, multiple NFL Pro Bowlers and Super Bowl champions, athletes from the NBA, NHL, MLB, WTA, ATP and over 300 high school athletes in Palm Beach County.

Matt Gates

Matt was born and raised in South Dakota and made the move to South Florida in 2003 and has been training elite and amateur athletes ever since. As one of the most sought after performance coaches in the country, he has trained and consulted with some of the most well-known athletes on the planet as well as more than 10,000 youth and high school athletes.

Matt has an extensive background in all areas of sports performance but particularly excels with an athlete who is looking to build strength and speed. With his unique programming, he’s able to increase these measurables in almost any athlete in a very short period of time.

Prior to joining XPE, Matt started his training career at Cris Carter’s FAST Program in Boca Raton, FL before creating Fit Speed Athletic Performance and building it into 3 locations and a national powerhouse in NFL Combine Prep Training. Over the course of his, NFL combine prep training career he’s seen average increases in 40 yd dash times up to .31 seconds in some of his draft prep classes. Several of his athletes are ranked in the top 3 ALL TIME in various events at the Indianapolis combine.

Matt also has experience as a fitness and performance coach traveling on the WTA and ATP tennis tour while helping Russia’s Vera Zvonareva reach #2 in the world in women’s singles. His training has been featured in several media outlets including ESPN, CBS Sports, NFL Network, Esquire TV and various local and national print publications.

Matt’s very excited to bring his extensive training background and methods to XPE Sports.

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