Kenny was born and raised in the rough and tumble town of Newark, New Jersey in a big Italian family full of personalities. It’s his heritage and his hometown that he attributes his full head of hair, charm, and of course, love of a home cooked Italian meal. Not to be outdone by his two brothers, he made sure to love his mother’s cooking more than anyone. By his freshman year of high school, Kenny weighed 220 pounds, while standing at only 5’8”. His doughy exterior earned him the affectionate name “The Cup Cake Kid”. As an avid comic book fan, he quickly realized that this was not the superhero name he had hoped for and sought to make a lifestyle change.
Refocused, Kenny enrolled at the prestigious St. Peter’s Preparatory High School, where he competed on the wrestling team. During his final season, he earned the title of district champion. He continued his education at Montclair State University pursuing a degree in Fine Arts and continuing to wrestle competitively.
In the fall of 2005, MTV set out to find new on-air personalities. A recent college graduate, Kenny auditioned for a spot. His charisma and charm lead him to beat out over 500,000 applicants to earn a spot on ‘MTV’s The Challenge. During his time on the show, Kenny earned 3 first place finishes and 3 second place finishes. His up-beat personality and infamous one-liners made Kenny an instant favorite and lead to other hosting roles including “Jersey Shore Hook-up,” “MTV GEEKS Comic Con” coverage and the “MTV Challenge Launch Special.” and many others. He also became the spokesperson for brands Like Under Armour.
When Kenny’s time on MTV came to a close it was time to find the next phase in his career. Having always struggled with weight, Kenny has a passion and empathy for helping others address the same struggles. He decided to couple his love of fitness with his take no prisoners attitude and make fitness his full time focus. From personal training to owning and operating a premium CrossFit facility, Kenny has immersed himself in the fitness community. Now a fitness professional for over a decade, Kenny has established himself as a force within the industry. He is a regular contributor to publications such as Men’s Journal, Shape, and Men’s Health as well as a master trainer for industry titans Techno Gym and Reebok. Kenny can be found full time at Solace New York, a boutique CrossFit gym, where he developed the Body by Solace HIIT program as well as on YouTube hosting shows for Askmen.com and FitAid.
Certifications, Training and Licenses:
- CrossFit L2
- CrossFit Endurance
- CrossFit Mobility
- CrossFit Strongman
- Kettlebell Certified
- CPR & AED Certified
- TRX Certified
- Reebok Ambassador
- FitAid Host and Ambassador
- Triathlete & Ironman
- Greg Everett Weightlifting Seminar
- Steve Swistak Weightlifting Seminar
- Dmitry Klokov Weightlifting Seminar