Joe's mission is to inspire his clients and give them the skills and tools to go strong in the gym and in life. He has experience working with individuals and athletes at all levels. In addition to being a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist he holds certifications in CrossFit and Precision Nutrition.
What makes your training style unique?:
I am continually learning. I don't believe there is a one size fits all approach to training. I try to incorporate what I have learned from my own training to help my clients reach their goals. In addition to my training for baseball I have competed at the University National level in Olympic weightlifting, local CrossFit competitions, the St. Jude marathon, and Spartan races.
If you could change one behavior you see in your clients, what would it be?:
Don’t settle for being average! The people that see great results are those that put forth the effort required to earn those results. As a trainer I am here to support and push you when you need it, but if you give your best effort in everything that you do you will achieve new heights.
What is your favorite exercise? Why?:
It is tough to choose only one, but if I had to pick one it would be the kettlebell swing. Kettlebell training can be used to get a wide variety of training effects. It is the one piece of training equipment I own, so I can get in a great workout at home if I can't make it to the gym. The KB swing develops strength endurance (think resistance cardio), builds strength in your posterior chain (backside), upper back and core, and engrains the hip extension pattern, which is critical for developing power.
Briefly describe your weekly workout schedule. Is it seasonal? How many rest days do you take each week?:
I like to try and do something active everyday, however, this doesn't always mean an intense workout. I try and workout 5-6 times per week. My workouts will usually include some form of lifting and conditioning. For the days I don't lift I'll stay active by taking a yoga class or going for a long walk.
What is your favorite outdoor Washington D.C. activity? Do you have a favorite hike or run?:
The last couple of summers I have done the sprint Spartan Race. It's a fun challenge, and you get to run around in the mud like a kid again. I recommend doing it with a friend so you can push and encourage each other.
How do you recover from a tough workout?:
Nutirition and sleep are crucial for recovery. I try and eat earth grown nutrients and get 8 hours of sleep per night. If I am really beat up I'll do some foam rolling and light stretching/yoga. I never really take a day completely "off", so I like to do some form of active recovery like a long walk or bike ride.
What is your favorite place in DC to get a healthy meal?:
I enjoy going to Union Market on the weekends. There are bunch of healthy options. My go to lately has been getting a half and half (slaw and rice) bowl from Takorean and washing it down with a kale juice from Goshen.
Do you have anything on the horizon you would like to share?:
I train out of Balance Gym Glover Park and to set up a training session with me visit my blog at gostrongtraining.com.