The Faces of Ponte Vedra, FL

Cara Ferreira/ February 21, 2022 / The Faces of Ponte Vedra, FL

Passionate about all things strength, fitness, health, and coaching people of all levels, ages, and abilities. Everyone has something extraordinary inside of them and to get them to realize and bring out their abilities and talents drive me to be a better Coach. I love spending time with my family, going on road trips, and attending Las Vegas Raiders games.

Q: Please tell us a little bit about your family.
Blessed to have 4 beautiful children Mya 10, Ava 7, Keira 5, and Derik 3, and my best friend and gorgeous wife Erika

Q: Please tell us about your current, past, or future career. What do you love most about what you do? I am the Head strength and conditioning Coach and owner of Training For Warriors Ponte Vedra Beach. My wife and I are owners and I Coach Girlpower NFL flag football in Ponte Vedra. I’m also the head strength and conditioning Coach for Varsity boys and girls lacrosse at Bolles. In addition, I am also partners with SISU supplemental company and our very own pre-workout formula. What I love most is doing what I love, with the people I love most. When you love what you do you never work a day in your life!

Q: What are a couple of your favorite restaurants in our community?
Cowford Chophouse and Valley Smoke

Q: How long have you lived or worked in our community?
9.5 years

Q: If you could travel anywhere in the world right now, where would it be and why?
Fiji Islands. Why Not?

Q: What is one of your favorite movies? TV shows?
Varsity Blues. Yellowstone and Cobra 🐍 Kai

Q: What advice would you give to people?
Always give your best, your best will NEVER fail you

Q: What is your favorite thing or something unique about our community?
The community, weather, and all things golf carts

Q: Where do you see yourself in 5 to 10 years?
Doing the same thing… continuing to make a positive impact on other people’s lives.

Q: What would you rate a 10 out of 10?
The DREAM in which I’m living in.

Q: Finally, what 3 words or phrases come to mind when you think of the word HOME?
Family. Love. Laughter.


Ponte Vedran of the Week: Phil Squatrito

People who exude passion and drive for what they do are like unicorns. This week’s Ponte Vedran of the Week is a unicorn recreated as an incredible husband, father of four, fitness coach and an inspiration in the Ponte Vedra community.  Phil Squatrito, also known as “Coach Squats,” has a vigorous passion for fitness and thrives on seeing people of all ages become the best and healthiest version of themselves.

His love for the Ponte Vedra community extends into sports with the Ponte Vedra High School boys and girls lacrosse and coaching i9 Sports Girl Power Flag Football.  He not only supports but leads fundraisers to help locals in need and is an icon on what it means to “pay it forward.”  In the Dojo and out he’s his student’s biggest cheerleader with words of encouragement and celebrations of success.  He has this energy that gets people excited about ALL THINGS … including Halloween!  Once you meet him you will grow to love and respect all his crazy energy, all things TFW, a pimped out golf cart and maybe, just maybe, even the Las Vegas Raiders!  Say hello to Phil Squatrito.

Name: Phil Squatrito (Coach Squats)

Occupation: Owner/Head Strength and Conditioning Coach at Training for Warriors Ponte Vedra Beach

Where I grew up: Fairfield, NJ

A Ponte Vedran since: 2012

Other Places I have lived: Just NJ

My favorite thing about Ponte Vedra: It’s a hidden paradise

My least favorite thing about Ponte Vedra: becoming not so hidden

In my spare time I like to: Spend with my family, train, coach girls flag football, relax!!!

Ponte Vedran you most admire: My wife, Erika Squatrito

If I could invite anyone over to dinner – 2 Ponte Vedrans and one famous person – who would you invite and why: Athletic Director of Ponte Vedra High School to help make girls flag football a sport. Raiders Quarterback, Nathan Pederman, because I’m a die hard fan and season ticket holder. My famous person would be Raiders Tight End Darren Waller. His story of hitting rock bottom, turning his life around to become the person he is today is inspiring and incredible.

Favorite Ponte Vedra restaurant: Valley Smoke 

Favorite Ponte Vedra organization: Ponte Vedra High School boys and girls lacrosse and i9 Sports Girl Power Flag Football

What is Training for Warriors: The Training for Warriors system began as a fitness program originally created for some of the best combat athletes in the world more than 18 years ago. Today, the training methods of the TFW system can benefit anyone looking to lose fat, build muscle and feel good. TFW is taught by a global network of affiliated coaches and trainers that run the TFW system at licensed TFW locations. Now with over 275 affiliate locations in 30 countries, thousands of people per day are using the TFW system to bring his or her fitness to another level in order to fight this battle called life. Whatever your current fitness level, TFW can help. Even though TFW once increased the performance and self-esteem of the world’s top athletes, anyone can benefit from the TFW system. At TFW we believe you are a warrior too. TFW defines a warrior as anyone prepared to work hard, develop oneself and take on his or her particular challenges in life. The fun and exciting workouts of the TFW system are designed to help you develop the muscular strength and mental fortitude needed to take on those challenges and reach your fitness goals.

Favorite thing about being a Coach: The individual victories both big and small they achieve in their lives! Believing in people!!

How is TFW involved in the community with schools and charitable organizations: One of our missions at TFW is to pay it forward! Helping others when they need it most and when they least expect it is one of life’s greatest gifts. We have raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for local schools and charities alike in our community during our 6 years in business.

Tell us about the TFW Guinness Book record: We helped lead our network to set a world record for most pushups performed perfectly for 1 minute straight at the exact same time around the world. More importantly in that single minute we raised nearly $40,000 for the Tom Coughlin Jay Fund!!!

Most embarrassing moment: Washing my hands accidentally with a urinal cake in a port-a-potty (yes, you read that right!)

Is it true your favorite holiday is Halloween? Yes!! I love seeing other people including myself get dressed up and the Halloween Deadlift party we annually throw at TFW, decorating my house and Dojo with my kids in September and the excitement it brings.. I also love golf cart trick or treating in Nocatee!!!

Favorite scary movie: HALLOWEEN ? Rob Zombie remakes

Something most people don’t know about you: When I was young I was overweight, did not eat healthy, and hated to exercise!!! I began training in 9th grade and it changed my life FOREVER.

Written by Jennifer Heller on March 8, 2021.


March Transformation Testimonial

80lbs Down In 6 Months!
How do we spell success? F-A-M-I-L-Y. Our healthy transformation is a family affair.


Ready for New Challenges

Meet Hanna, she has been training with us for nearly 7 years. I hate goodbyes, but I know she will be ready for the challenges and new ventures ahead. The dedication, commitment and sacrifice she has dedicated to her wellness has been nothing short of extraordinary! She is an absolute technician in the weight room, and works the agility ladder like a professional athlete. Her spirit will be certainly missed but her journey is just beginning. Here is the short story of how TFW helped Hanna become the STRONG woman she is today!

“It’s been an amazing 7 years. I remember the first time I started to workout with TFW, it’s like it was yesterday. It’s very difficult to say goodbye to something that has been apart of my life for so many years, but I know that with the physical and mental strength TFW has given me, this isn’t the end of my fitness journey, it’s just the beginning. I want to thank Phil and the entire TFW team for everything these past 7 years. I know I would not be where I am today if it wasn’t for your training, guidance, and continual support. When I first began my fitness journey I was very young and it was rather intimidating to be working out with adults, but thanks to everyone at TFW working out became a way of life, not a chore. Not only did it make me more focused and determined inside the gym but outside the gym as well. It was nice to know I could always count on the fact that once I got to TFW the work would get done regardless of my mood or what was going on that day. Fitness will forever be a priority in my life and that’s because of all of you, so thank you.”


Warrior of the Month Stephanie Cox

5 years ago, at the age of 42, I was in a bad spot both physically and mentally. I never previously had a weight problem, but due to stress, depression and hormonal changes, I had put on over 40lbs. I have always been very active and had some form of workout routine, so it was very hard for me to look at myself in the mirror.


TFW prepares you for the battlefield called LIFE

At TFW we are so much more than just a workout. You see we BELIEVE that permanent change happens from the inside out, not the outside in!