Franklin Miller is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist through the NSCA with a master’s degree in Exercise Science and Nutrition coming from a lifetime in and around the game of baseball. He played 4 years of college baseball at the Junior College, Division II, and Division I levels, beginning his college playing career right here in Troy at HVCC. Franklin saw first-hand the value in a quality strength and conditioning program throughout his own playing career, because as he became stronger and more well trained, he was able to continually advance into a higher level of competition within the NCAA. Because of this, he developed a deep passion for strength and conditioning and everything it has to offer. While pursuing his master’s degree, Franklin participated in three internships to further his knowledge and gain experience in the field. He worked in the Pioneer Performance Center at Sacred Heart University assisting with research and athlete testing and monitoring in their biomechanics and human performance labs. Also at Sacred Heart, Franklin interned in the weight room assisting with training of the 32 Division I varsity teams at the University. In his free time, Franklin shadowed at Advanced Therapy & Performance in Stamford, Connecticut, a prestigious performance center that specializes in increasing performance and reducing injury risk in athletes. In his time there, Franklin had the opportunity to learn how to apply his degree to specific sports, work with athletes from the youth to professional level, as well as take part in research looking at how the weight room can be utilized to decrease UCL Reconstruction Surgery rates in baseball players. Following his graduation, he moved to Virginia Beach where he was an Assistant baseball coach in the Virginia Beach Collegiate Baseball League (VBCBL), as well as the Head Strength and Conditioning Coach for the 10 teams in the league. Franklin comes to Uncle Sam Athletics with experience in personal training, as well as experience in group training through coaching and training teams and HIIT classes, with a burning desire to help members at USA achieve greatness not only in the gym, but in everything they do in life.
Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist – NSCA
M.S. Exercise Science and Nutrition – Sacred Heart University
I have been coaching since 2008. My passion for fitness developed when I learned of CrossFit through a friend and realized my true potential as an athlete and trainer. Before that, I focused primarily on running and signed up for every road race I could get myself into. I had a membership at a local gym where I would spend an hour a day, 5 times per week and never saw any results. Once I started CrossFitting, I had an entirely new appreciation for fitness. I opened Collar City Athletics in 2011 with a vision of changing the way people felt at the gym and about their bodies.
When I'm not at the gym, I am home with my husband and 2 young sons and our dog!
CrossFit Level 1
Precision Nutrition Level 1
IKFF Level 1
Group Exercise Certification
CrossFit Goal Setting Course
CrossFIt Mobility Certification
I got my first taste of CrossFit in November of 2008. Prior to starting CrossFit, I would occasionally get to the YMCA to use the circuit machines or lift light weights.
After my first CrossFit workout, I was immediately hooked. CrossFit not only helped me to commit to a fitness regime, it also helped me commit to a healthier lifestyle. I saw results in a few short months-weight loss, increased strength, and overall positive energy. CrossFit is unlike other fitness programs-it gives a person confidence, creates a community of great friends, and gets you in great shape. As a mother of 3 young children, it was exactly what I needed.
Within a year of starting CrossFit, I became certified as a CrossFit Olympic Lift trainer. At that time, I began to dream of opening a CrossFit closer to my home in Troy, NY. I wanted to coach and expose CrossFit to as many people as possible. I love the challenges it presents and love seeing new people reach goals they once thought unattainable. I cant wait to teach my passion to as many people as I can.
CrossFit Olympic Lifting – November 2009
CrossFit Level 1 – December 2010
CrossFit Mobility Certification
I started CrossFit in the fall of 2012. Prior to that I had lifted weights in the gym and beat up my living room doing P90X, but I really had no idea what functional fitness was or why it was important.Once I got a taste of my first WOD I knew CrossFit was going to work for me.
I had always struggled to come up with diversified programming for myself in the gym. I avoided exercises I wasn't good at, and over-did the ones I was. This lead to unbalanced and incomplete conditioning, and ultimately a lot of inefficient work. CrossFit solved this problem for me, and helped me to develop a well rounded base of conditioning. As this base developed I began to notice that physical activity of any kind became easier, and I had a lot more energy in general. By then the transition from new interest to passion was well under way.
CrossFit is now a major passion of mine and one of the things I enjoy most is the ability to share it with others. My goal as a coach is to enable others to continue to improve so they can get the most out of what CrossFit has to offer, and enjoy the benefits of their hard work. For me that has been better health and fitness, getting to be part of a great community, and continuing to learn and share new things.
IKFF Level 1 CKT – August 2013
Prior to joining Collar City in 2011, most of my physical activity had been focused on running, cycling, and rec soccer. Over the years, I had faded in and out of the YMCA for swimming and strength training, but was not able to find a routine that worked for me. I was immediately hooked on the variety of movements and programming Collar City offered, as well as the integration of powerlifting and Olympic lifting in the workouts. I was also very happy with the coaches, members, and the community that surrounded the gym.
I have been an active member of Collar City since I joined, and have continued to pursue cardio-oriented goals outside of the gym. As someone who was not an athlete as an adolescent and did not engage in regular physical activity until I was in my twenties, Collar City has provided a platform for me to reach fitness goals I never imagined I would have. I’m an active runner, cyclist and triathlete. I regularly participate in races, from 5ks to marathons, and triathlons of various lengths. Every summer I take part in a two-day long-distance charity bike ride across MA. I’ve been running obstacle course races since I joined Collar City and I love to hike.
My decision to start coaching was grounded in my own evolving experience with fitness, my background as an educator, and the desire to help people attain goals they may never have thought possible. Collar City has been an integral part of my life since 2011 and has contributed immensely to major improvements in my level of fitness, my physical abilities, my strength, and my overall health and general well-being. I look forward to helping others find their own positive experiences as they work toward their goals for health and fitness.
CrossFit Level 1 Certification – March 2017
I have been involved in the fitness industry in some form for my whole life and have been coaching for 6 years. My passion is in Obstacle Course Racing and Kettlebell Sport. I've completed over 15 Spartan/Tough Mudder Races, 1 summer completing a triple Trifecta. I love to help people overcome their fears of obstacles and breaking down movements to explain how to tackle them.
Spartan SGX Coach
IKFF Kettlebell Coach