Gary Sforzo

Gary Sforzo

IC Affiliate

Phone:(607) 274-3359
Office: -
Ithaca, NY 14850

Brief Biographic:

I am a long-time resident of Ithaca with family and roots in NYC - Brooklyn and Long Island.  Ithaca College provides a wonderful place for my career endeavors because it allows opportunities for sharing the latest wellness and exercise physiology information with interested students and colleagues.  Moreover, my position allows me to work with others pursuing research to create new knowledge in these very exciting fields.  Outside of work, I love hiking the beautiful parks in the area with my lifelong partner and wife Colleen.  I also enjoy golfing at the local courses in the summertime.  Running, and 3-4 days/week in the Ithaca College Wellness Clinic, help me with maintaining fitness.  I have two wonderful sons who are living in Los Angeles and Chicago and we visit each other as often as we can.  I am thankful for all these blessings and opportunities.


Ph.D., Physiology of Exercise, May 1984
Support Areas: Biochemistry, Physiology, Psychology of Sport
University of Maryland, College Park, MD

M.S., Physical Education, specializing in Exercise Physiology, August 1980
Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana

B.S., Physical Education, Minor: Education, June 1979
City University of New York, Brooklyn College, Brooklyn, New York

Courses Taught:

ExSS-32100  Exercise Physiology
ExSS-46400  Cardiopulmonary Assessment for Exercise
ExSS-44800  Pathophysiology, Limited Capacity and Exercise
ExSS-64800  Advanced Mechanisms of  Strength & Conditioning
ExSS-47300 & -47400  Internship in Clinical Exercise Science

Research Interests:

I am most interested in maximizing the effects of exercise programming for health, wellness, and performance.  I am currently working on related projects with both graduate and undergraduate students.  Examples of projects, include examining the effects of personal training live v. using a phone app; and examining the effects of foam rolling on subsequent power production.  I am also working on establishing an exercise program for older adults in our Wellness Clinic.  I am also very involved in health and wellness coaching (HWC), working with students to gain certification and consulting with outside agencies to complete HWC research.   With colleagues, I have recently published several  health coaching articles and recent papers highlighting foam rolling and post-activation potentiation during power training.  This is an exciting time for research in health coaching, exercise physiology, and sport performance sciences - with many new projects in the hopper!

Recent Scholarship:

Dayan, PD, Sforzo, GA, Boisseau,N,. OquendoPereira-Lancha, L., & Herbert-Lancha, A. A New Clinical Perspective: Treating obesity with nutritional coaching versus energy-restricted diets. Nutrition 60:147-151, 2019.

Sforzo, G.A. &  Moore, M.  A New Resource for Health & Fitness Professionals.  ACSM's Health & Fitness, 22:36-38, 2018.

Phillips, J.,Diggin D., King DL, & Sforzo GA. Effect of Varying Self-Myofascial Release Duration on Subsequent Athletic Performance. Journal of Strength and Conditioning Research J 2018.  doi:10.1519/JSC.0000000000002751. [Epub ahead of print]

McLaren, T, King D.L.,& G.A. Sforzo. “Sustainability and repeatability of postactivation potentiation,” Sports Med Phys Fitness. 57:930-935, 2017.

Sforzo, G.A. et al.  A Compendium of the Health Coaching Literature.  Amer. J. Lifestyle Med., 2017.

Pryor, JL, Wolf, T., Sforzo, GA., & T. Swensen. The effect of betaine on nitrate and cardiovascular response to exercise” Intern. J. Exercise Science, 10(4):550-559. eCollection 2017.

Hackshaw K.V., Plans-Pujolras M., Rodriguez-Saona L.E., Moore M.A., Jackson E.K., Sforzo G.A., & C.A. Buffington.  “A pilot study of health and wellness coaching for fibromyalgia,” BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 17:457-466, 2016.

Polak R., Sforzo G.A., Dill D., Phillips E.M., & M. Moore. “Credentialed Chefs as Certified Wellness Coaches: Call for Action,”  Eating Behaviors, 19: 65–67, 2015.

Sforzo, G.A., Moore, M., & M. Scholtz.  “Delivering Change that Lasts: Health and Wellness Coaching Competencies for Personal Trainers,” ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal, 19:20-26, 2015.

Sforzo, G.A., Kaye, M., Ayers, G. &  M. Hill.  “Effective tobacco cessation via health coaching,” Global Advances Health & Med. J. 4:38-45, 2014.

McConnel, P., Froelinger, B., Garland, E., Ives, J., & G. Sforzo.  Auditory driving of the nervous system: Listening to theta-frequency binaural beat post-exercise increases parasympathetic activation. Frontiers in Psych. 5:1-8, 2014.

Serviente, C. and Sforzo, G.A. "Waist Circumference: A simple yet complicated clinical measure."  ACSM's Health & Fitness Journal, 17:29-34, 2013.

Wolever, R.Q., Simmons, L.A., Sforzo, G.A., et al.  “The systematic review of the literature on health and wellness coaching: Defining a key behavioral intervention in healthcare,” Global Advances Health & Med. J. 3:34-530, 2013.

Sforzo, G.A. “The study of health coaching: The Ithaca project, research design, and future directions,”  Global Advances Health & Med. J. 2:44-50, 2013.

Sforzo, G.A., M. Kaye, N. Ngai, and D. Calleri. “Free Choice Access to Multi-Point Wellness Education and Related Services Positively Impact Employee Wellness: A Randomized and Controlled Trial“  J. Occup. & Environ. Med. 54:471-477, 2012.

Czapla, R., Sforzo, G.A. & D. King. "Optimizing power output by varying repetition tempo."  J. of Strength & Conditioning Research. 25:3029-3034, 2011. 


Johnson, I.,  .JC. Ives, & G.A. Sforzo. “Components of reactive agility in football players.” N. American Soc Sport and Phys Act Conference, Burlington, VT, 2011. (J. Sport & Exerc Psych, 33:S80).


Sforzo, GA, Dubey, A., & T. Swensen. “Manipulating the Extent of Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness” ACSM  Annual Meeting, Denver, CO, 2011. (Med Sci Sports Exerc 43(5):s1617).


Shah, J., G.A. Sforzo, & J. Ives. "The effect of distraction on exercise steady state."  Abstract presented at American College of Sports Medicine National meeting, Baltimore, MD, June 2010.