At Custom Performance, ALL of our staff are specially trained to work with runners of all abilities
Running Analysis with Optogait
VO2 Max & Lactate Threshold Testing
We offer a one hour comprehensive biomechanical Running Analysis to evaluate your movement patterns and stride using video analysis. Real-time results help us create a tailored plan to increase efficiency and decrease injury.
Along with filming your gait, we collect Optogait Data which provides us with personalized information about your:
This information assists us in developing a custom plan for you as well as injury prevention.
This gas exchange test measures how well you utilize oxygen which is directly related to your endurance. You will be working at your maximum effort on our Woodway Treadmill at incremental changes of speed and incline.
The revolutionary AlterG Pro utilizes NASA technology to enhance your training experience by drastically reducing weight impact while improving performance. Athletes use the AlterG to get performance results faster and more effectively.
Custom Performance is one of the few centers in NYC who has this advanced treatment available for your use.
Chris Forti, Running Coach:
Chris grew up just outside of Boston where he competed at the high school and collegiate level. In Boston, he coached athletes with varying objectives - from youth to high school to adults - and went so far as to marry his favorite athlete. Moving to NYC in 2013, he joined the Dashing Whippets and, in 2016, was named team coach. He is a certified coach via USATF (Level 1) and RRCA and certified USATF official working meets from youth to professional. He works at Siggi's yogurt in New York City as a demand planner and can be found playing "catch the red laser dot" with his favorite kitty, post-run. He calls himself "40" because "Forti" is evidently too many typeface characters to handle and can be found on Facebook, Twitter (@chris40runs), and Instagram (@chris40runs)
Tara Mardigan, MS, MPH, RD/N, Sports Nutritionist:
Tara is a NYC-based nutritionist, also known as The Plate Coach. She works with athletes and clients through her virtual practice, where her work is focused on lifestyle modification for optimal health and performance. Tara guides her clients to seamlessly integrate better food choices into their busy lives. In addition to her nutrition coaching practice, she consults with various sports teams, companies, schools and restaurants for workshops, employee wellness programs and menu/recipe development. She is the co-author of Real Fit Kitchen, a cookbook for athletes, fitness enthusiasts and weekend warriors. The Plate Coach is a firm believer that 'good for you should taste good, too.'
Greg Laraia, ATC:
Gregory Laraia ATC is an Athletic Trainer and running consultant at Custom Performance. Greg graduated from East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania where he was a student athlete competing all four years on the Cross Country and Track teams. During his time at East Stroudsburg Greg interned in a variety of settings from middle school all the way up to division 1 collegiate athletics performing injury assessments, rehabilitation exercises and therapeutic modalities to all types of athletes. He also has experience working with patients from an orthopedic outpatient Physical Therapy clinic where he educated patients on proper rehabilitation techniques. Greg is also FMT Rocktape Certified, a competitive runner in the New York area as well as a running coach with clients of all ages. With a passion for helping patients and athletes alike, Greg joins Custom Performance providing the highest quality care to help patients reach their goals.