Matthew Brzycki

Part-Time Lecturer

Area:  Strength and Conditioning
End Degree:  B.S., Health and Physical Education
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Fitness Management

Courses Taught

01:377:170   Principles of Strength and Conditioning

Educational Interests

Strength and conditioning, fitness and nutrition.

Professsional Background

Matt Brzycki, BS, has more than 34 years of experience at the collegiate level as a coach, instructor and administrator. This includes work as a Health Fitness Supervisor at Princeton University (1983 to 1984); Assistant Strength and Conditioning Coach at Rutgers University (1984 to 1990); and a variety of positions at Princeton University including Strength Coach and Health Fitness Coordinator (1990 to 1993); Coordinator of Health Fitness, Strength and Conditioning (1993 to 2001); Coordinator of Recreational Fitness and Wellness Programs (2001 to 2007); and his current role as Assistant Director of Campus Recreation, Fitness (2007 to present).

He served in the US Marine Corps from 1975 to 1979, earning various distinctions including the Leatherneck Award (for rifle marksmanship), meritorious promotion to the rank of sergeant, Meritorious Mast, Good Conduct Medal, Certificate of Merit, Drill Instructor Ribbon and rifle expert badge (three awards). After completing his four-year enlistment, Matt enrolled at The Pennsylvania State University where he earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education in 1983. In college, he was a competitive powerlifter and bodybuilder.

Matt has authored eight books, co-authored seven books and edited two books. In addition, he has authored more than 530 articles/columns on strength and fitness that have been featured in 48 different publications. Matt has given presentations throughout the United States and Canada including the American College of Sports Medicine’s Health and Fitness Summit and Exposition; Athletic Business Conference and Expo; Michigan State University Strength and Conditioning Clinic; Tampa Bay Buccaneer Strength and Conditioning Seminar; NSCA Strength and Conditioning Conference for Football; FBI Law Enforcement Executive Development Seminar; and Operational Tactics National SWAT/Sniper Symposium. In addition, he has given presentations to the Central Intelligence Agency; US Customs and Border Protection; and US Secret Service Academy.

He has been a part-time lecturer for the Department of Kinesiology and Health at Rutgers University from 1990 to 2000 and 2012 to the present, teaching Principles of Strength and Conditioning. He taught a similar course for the Department of Health and Physical Education at The College of New Jersey from 1996 to 1999. Matt was appointed by the governor to serve on the New Jersey Council of Physical Fitness and Sports (2004 to 2005) and the New Jersey Obesity Prevention Task Force (2004 to 2006). He co-developed two certification courses: the SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) Fitness Specialist certification and the Youth Fitness Instructor/Trainer (YouthFIT™) certification.

Awards and Achievements

Developed a popular formula (“the Brzycki formula”) for predicting a one-repetition maximum from repetitions-to-fatigue that has been used in numerous research studies.

Ranked #73 in the US, #86 in North America, and #176 in the world among men aged 55 to 59 in the 400-meter dash in 2014.

Selected Publications

Brzycki, Matt (1993). Strength Testing – Predicting a One-Rep Max from Reps-to-Fatigue. Journal of Physical Education, Recreation & Dance, 64:1, 88-90.