Strength-Power Hour Radio Show and Podcast Guest Interviews with Cassandra Forsythe and Mike Varrato
Cassandra Forsythe, PhD, CSCS, CISSN is a graduate of Exercise Science and Nutrition from the #1 Kinesiology doctoral program in the U.S at the University of Connecticut (2009). Her research specialty is low-carbohydrate ketogenic diets, dietary fatty acids, resistance training, and their relationships to diabetes, heart disease and body composition. She also holds a M.S. in Human Nutrition and Metabolism and a B.S. in Nutrition and Food Science from the University of Alberta in Edmonton, Canada. With her certification as a Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) and a Certified Sports Nutritionist (CISSN), Cassandra coaches women of all ages and sports at her personal training studio in Connecticut, or online, to attain their athletic and body composition goals. She also is a well-known author. She has authored two popular books for women: “The New Rules of Lifting for Women”, co-authored with Lou Schuler and Alwyn Cosgrove (2008), and “Women’s Health Perfect Body Diet” (2008); in addition to two textbook chapters: “Creatine Metabolism”, from Essentials of Creatine in Sport (2007), and “Very Low-Carbohydrate Diets” , from Essentials of Sports Nutrition (2008), and numerous online and peer-reviewed nutrition and exercise articles. Currently she is working on her dietetic internship through the University of Massachusetts Amherst to become a Registered Dietitian by July 2009. In her spare time, Cassandra loves to mountain bike, rock climb, hike, lift weights, cook, garden, and walk with her three dogs.
Mike “Vinny” Varrato, MS, CSCS is currently a Strength and Conditioning Coach at Tenafly Racquet Club in Tenafly, NJ just outside New York City. Mike works in an elite tennis player program called CourtSense where he trains players from children to professionals. Mike previously started his career for the Philadelphia Phillies and their Double A affiliate Reading Phillies. Mike received a Master’s degree from Florida Atlantic University in December 2006 and is a former roommate of co-host Anna Lepeley (His biggest claim to fame). Mike has worked and interned for/under Florida Gulf Coast University, Perfect Competition, David Sandler/Strengthpro, Florida International University, Providence Bruins, Mike Boyle Strength and Conditioning, and various football, hockey, and tennis camps.