Function & Fitness

Tips and knowledge in strength training, fitness and physical therapy to help you build a better you!

Meet The Coach & The Doctor

Coach Cesar, Founder of The Strength Center NJ

Coach Cesar is a passionate, energetic health & fitness coach. His mission has always been to pass on the life-changing benefits of a fitter, stronger, healthier mind and body. Throughout childhood, Pop-Tarts and Video Games were his life, but after being sick, overweight, and balding at a young age, his priorities shifted to living a healthier, stronger lifestyle.

Coach Cesar began his fitness journey at the early age of 6 with martial arts, but didn't take it seriously until the age of 12 when he realized how it impacted his confidence, well-being and social presence. After several years of being a student and experiencing his own transformation, Cesar began his personal training journey right out of high school at the age of 18.

Coach Cesar brings a unique blend of experience and knowledge after working with high-level athletes in the East and West Coast, providing rehabilitative care at one of the top Sports Medicine offices in the Tri-State and helping everyday people transform their lives through fitness and nutrition.

Coach Cesar loves food, fitness and anything fun that will get the heart pumping and bring a big smile to his face. He believes that challenges are what bring us the experiences and wisdom we need to learn and grow both mentally and physically. He understands that motivation is not always ingrained within us all and often times, we need that extra push to make the leap into greatness.

You can catch him running stairs/hills, lifting heavy weights or at a hole-in-the wall restaurant enjoying some good food. Coach Cesar has a daughter named Sofia and lives happily with his girlfriend Natalie in Fort Lee, NJ.

Dr. Katherine Cano, PT, DPT

Dr. Katherine Cano is a highly motivated and dynamic Doctor of Physical Therapy with a wealth of experience in orthopedic physical therapy. Dr. Cano's unique approach to patient care includes combining skilled manual care with alternative therapies inspired by myofascial release such as cupping, gua-sha and yoga, tailored to fit each patient’s needs. Patient education is very important to Dr. Cano, and she works one-on-one to help patients understand their condition and feel empowered throughout their recovery. Dr. Cano has a special interest in Sports Rehabilitation. To add to her multifaceted variety of expertise and experience, Dr. Cano plans to pursue Board Certification as an Orthopedic Clinical Specialist (OCS) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS), along with furthering her studies in the Sports PT field.

Dr. Cano graduated from William Paterson University with a degree in Biology, and then earned her Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Seton Hall University. Dr. Cano was a co-researcher on an important project involving extensive research in the areas of spinal cord injury and bone mineral density.

Sports, travel and food are Dr. Cano's favorite hobbies! An athlete at heart, she grew up pursuing basketball, softball, and competitive cheerleading. Constantly active, Dr. Cano loves all fitness activities, especially CrossFit and aerial yoga. Her passion for food means you’ll often find her exploring new restaurants near and far. Dr. Cano can talk to you all day about traveling, food and her Pitbull rescue named Mason.

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Friends & Family Center for Health
4309 Liberty Ave
North Bergen, NJ 07047
Office  (201)583-1355
Fax  (201)583-1350

Hoboken Business Center
50 Harrison Street, Suite 316
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Office (260)222-6678