COACH DOM

                                                                                                                                                                                  Dom Arioli is the owner and operator of ROC Boxing & Fitness. While the gym is primarily focused on and teaches boxing, it is also focused on strength and endurance conditioning of many athletes for many different sports. For over 25 years Dom has been referred to as "Coach Dom" by the hundreds of youths and adults that he has trained, coached and inspired.

As a certified Boxing Coach, a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association, a Certified Kettlebell instructor, as well as being trained in C.P.R. and First Aid, Coach Dom has unique experiences and training that has established him as a credible Coach and Trainer with passion and results. So much so, he was inducted into the Italian Sports Hall of Fame in October of 2011, and recieved an award in October 2012 to recognize him for his over 40 years of effort in an 80 year boxing program at Aquinas High School.

Coach Dom is well versed in conditioning, strength training and program development for boxers, boxing enthusiasts, and individuals interested in fitness in general of all ages and abilities. In the late 60‘s and 70‘s he boxed for and trained under Ossie Sussman, Al Brocutto, Sgt. John Denaro and the legendary Frankie Verna, some of the top trainers and coaches of that era.

Coach Dom is always looking to improve his knowledge of physical conditioning techniques. One such technique is the use of Russian Kettlebells, which the Coach learned about through his long time training partner Robert Urtis. Together they saw the benefits of using kettlebells and began to work together developing their own abilities with the kettlebells, noticing improvements in both strength and endurance. In 2004 Coach Dom attended an intense training seminar with some of the top RKC instructors in the USA and further honed his skills. In 2005 he attended a similar seminar in San Francisco. To further his knowledge of kettlebell training, in 2006 he attended a 3 day Russian Kettlebell instructor certification seminar/exam in Montreal, Canada. The certification was made up of a physical test, individual demonstration of proper form and technique, and a written exam. This was all carefully critiqued and scored by nationally recognized Canadian kettlebell expert and founder of the Agatsu form of self defense Shawn Mozen (www.agatsu.com). Since his certification, Coach Dom has provided individual and group kettlebell programs where he has had success with students passing the same certification. Also, in May 2009 he attended and passed his AKC Level 2 Kettlebell certification. Then in 2010, Coach Dom trained and participated in the IKFF National Kettlebell competition where he gained tremendous experience about Kettlebells competition style. In October 2012, he recieved another certification with Jeff Martone for CrossFit Kettlebell.

Coach Dom has trained all levels of athletes. He has led the very successful Aquinas Boxing Program ("Mission Bouts") as Director and Head Coach. Under his leadership he has taught hundreds of boys and girls on proper conditioning, the sweet science (boxing) and most importantly, lessons in life. The boxing program at Aquinas Institute is one of the only organized high school boxing programs in the country. Coach Dom has also trained professional athletes - most notably Ryan Callahan who signed with the New York Rangers of the NHL, Ela Nunez, World Featherweight World Champion (2008), as well as promising young MMA professional Don Carlos Claus.

He has also created many different group programs for sports conditioning including the Men's Soccer Team for Nazareth College, Women's Rochester Football, Rochester Yacht Club Junior Group, the Rochester Knighthawks, and has created a training program with Adventure Out, a local business which is committed to providing a safe and social adventure for women of all abilities http://www.adventureoutny.com .

Coach Dom is heavily involved in the Rochester community and his dedication and commitment has been recognized through a number of awards. In 1988, he received the Rochester Boxing Association's "Distinguished Service Award," and in 1992 he was awarded the prestigious "Pete Provenzano Award" by the Rochester Boxing Hall of Fame for his contribution to the sport of boxing.

In 1997, Coach Dom was inducted into the Aquinas Institute Hall of Fame. Since 2007, he has also volunteered his time organizing and preparing boxers for a local charity event called the Josh Bouts to raise money for the Josh Rojas foundation. He has also been an active committee member in the "Girls Hit The Ring" charity event, an effort to raise awareness and money for the care of breast cancer patients. His focus and goal in these types of events is to ensure the boxing exhibitions are run safely - and please the fans. He has also facilitated many different special programs including conditioning camps for St. Joseph Villa and children with behavioral challenges. In addition to his many newspaper and television interviews, he is sought after by groups in the community to hold fitness seminars and provide coaching.