Trainer Spotlight – Meet Jojo
Posted in #MADlifestyle on January 15, 2015
When we opened in Charlottesville we opened with a lean staff roster. We knew we needed more coverage, but we weren’t willing to compromise what we were looking for just to fill class times. In the first month we were open Dar coached something close to 100 classes, and still, we kept to our feeling that ‘if we build it, they will come’. And it worked.
I don’t remember exactly when Jojo walked through our doors — not because it wasn’t memorable, but more because I think time stopped for a moment as the skies opened up, the sun got brighter, and we had our own victorious Shawshank redemption moment.
Joe brings high energy and absolute positivity to all that he does, and is such a tremendous part of our community. He’s one of the most proud husband’s and fathers on the planet and an absolute work horse. His smile and energy are contagious — even at 6am — and his deep and growing knowledge of form and fundamentals have been invaluable in helping us educate and transform our community.
What more can we say? Big daddy Jojo is a pillar in our MAD family and we could not be more thrilled to not only have him as a coach, but to have him as an inspiration in our lives on the whole. We love you man. -Val & Dar
How did you discover MADabolic Inc.?
I met Dar Malecki (aka #TheMayorofMADville and Owner of MADabolic C’Ville) through a mutual friend/training client. During our training sessions, our friend was so excited about going to this place called “MAD” and said that I had to meet this lady named Dar. After I met with Dar and took one class (Terrible Twos), I was instantly hooked! The rest is history.
What drew you to MADabolic Inc. and how do the concepts fit into your lifestyle?
The programming. It’s unique and designed with great purpose and intent. In today’s world of fitness, you will not find programming that comes close to what takes place between the walls of MADabolic. Why? Because the workouts are never the same! Ever. Every day, MADabolic presents a new challenge. When we walk through the door, we know that today will be different than yesterday, and every day moving forward will be different than today. It challenges us to ‘Bring It’ each day. Life is the same way. Forrest Gump said it best – “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
What is your fitness routine?
My fitness routine consists of 4 days of Compound lifts (Barbell Squats, Deadlifts, Push Press/Military Press/Jerk Press, and Power Cleans.) and 3 days of MAD intervals. It is not uncommon for me to work compound lifts and do a MAD workout. The compound lifts allow me to work on my form and move some heavier weight. MAD helps to condition (strength and endurance) my muscles. I try to take Wednesdays and/or Sundays off, but it usually doesn’t happen. My body does not like to sit still. It’s all a part of #myMADness!
What activities do you like to do outside of the gym?
Outside of the gym, I enjoy spending time with my wife, 16 month old daughter, and our dog Busta. I also enjoy cooking and grilling. Before I participated in #28toLife, I would eat any and everything I could get my hands on. Today, I am more conscious and cautious about the food that fuels my body. I spend a considerable amount of time in the kitchen prepping meals and researching healthy meal options that will give me the most bang for my buck.
What keeps you motivated?
My wife and daughter. They are my heart and soul. They motivate me to be better in all aspects of life. I am really motivated by progress. I once saw this quote that read “A little progress adds up to big results.” It reminds me that each day matters and every moment counts. When I wake up in the morning, I look at it as another opportunity to get better mentally, physically and spiritually.