Frank Savino


Dr. Ken Leistner


94 Union Street, Mineola, NY 11501

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Experienced Personal Trainers

Learn more about the staff members who will put you through your paces at Gridiron Inc. Contact us to find out how we can help you transform through fitness at our gym.

A former All-New York State and All-New York City defensive lineman at Holy Cross High School, Frank Savino knew he needed to get the most out of his 235-pound frame to cut it in collegiate football at Hofstra University.


Using high-intensity training, he developed into an All-American defensive tackle and nose guard. At 285 pounds, he had a brief professional career with the Orlando Thunder of the World League of American Football (which became NFL Europe), and he had an invitational tryout with the Cincinnati Bengals.


Frank worked with NFL, Olympic, and collegiate athletes from a number of sports at Dr. Ken Leistner’s facility for 4 years. In this role, he prepared top-level competitors for the rigors of their respective careers.


Frank completed postgraduate degrees in counseling and higher education administration, and then served as an associate dean of student affairs for 15 years at St. John’s University. He left the field of college administration in 2004 and founded Gridiron Inc.


Gridiron Inc is a strength and conditioning facility that specializes in high-intensity training. Frank directs program development and supervises the training of many top high school athletes in the New York Metropolitan area – as well as professional and amateur athletes from around the sports world.

The force behind Gridiron Inc - Frank Savino

Director of Recruitment and Marketing.

Former High School and College Wrestler.

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and MMA Competitor.

Former High School Wrestling Coach for Long Beach, Uniondale and Farmingdale.


Former Strength and Conditioning Coach at Villanova University, University of Cincinnati CW Post (football) and Hofstra University (wrestling).

Craig Portee

Training Hours:

Monday – Friday

5:30 AM – 8:00 PM



5:30 AM – 2:00 PM


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John is the manager of Gridiron, Inc where he oversees the daily operations. He is a graduate of Adelphi University where he received a Masters Degree in Education with a concentration in Physical Education. He has worked for the New York City Department of Education for 12 years where he was part of a team that received a "Fit For Life" grant for District 23 in Brooklyn.


John has attended two Hammer Strength Clinics (2004-2008). He has recently competed in two Strongman Competitions. John has trained with Dr. Ken Leistner for five years.

John Panto

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Nicholas has been training at Gridiron as a client since he was 12 years old. He is currently a Freshman at Queens College majoring in Physical Education. Impressively, Nicholas has been responsible for training the Garden City High School Football team's Offensive and Defensive linemen.


In the Spring of 2016 these linemen won the Big Uglies Lineman Challenge. He has competed in 5 strength competitions. Finishing as high as 3rd place in the 2015 Titex East Rockaway Powerlifting Classic.

Nicholas Loizos