Joe has been a Muay Thai student of mine since the early 2000’s when he moved to Los Angeles from New York . He has trained with me at two other gyms before joining F5 and before that he trained at Five Points Academy in NYC with some excellent coaches who are friends of mine.

Joe has trained Muay Thai on and off for the better part of fifteen years now. Recently, after his son was born, he was inspired to take things up a notch and get back into “fight shape.”  

Since he returned to train with F5, he has lost over 40 lbs!

Joe continues to make strength gains and improve his skills. You’ll find him training most days in the noon Muay Thai and Strength classes and he spars on Saturday in the Level 2 class.

This Friday Joe will be taking the Advanced Muay Thai Team test o earn his F5 patch!

The team test is a grueling test of skill, conditioning, and heart – which tests even the most advanced and in shape Muay Thai students.

We are so proud of Joe and his dedication to his training. He is a shining example to all that you can be a new father, work a full-time job and still make time for your fitness and hobbies. We can’t wait to see his accomplishments in action Friday.

Those of you who train with Joe regularly probably know he has a fondness for jokes, is extremely tall (a Muay Thai advantage), and is often bringing in bottles of booze as presents (thank you for keeping the staff in good spirits, Joe).

– Coach Roxy

We asked Joe a few questions for this spotlight so that everyone could get to know a little more about him….

1) Where are you from?
New York

2) Occupation?

I’m the SoCal market manager for the 86 Spirits Company.I I sell good booze and make tasty drinks.

 

3) What’s your favorite movie?

Kickboxer, duh! (kidding, it’s actually a tie between Bloodsport and Roadhouse)

4) Where were you in your life before you joined and became a student at F5? How were you feeling? I had a bad breakup with fitness a couple of years ago and was struggling to rekindle the flame. I was feeling pretty low-energy and bummed to be a bit thicker around the waist. wasn’t getting punched in the face, though- that was the one bonus.

I had a bad breakup with fitness a couple of years ago and was struggling to rekindle the flame. I was feeling pretty low-energy and bummed to be a bit thicker around the waist. wasn’t getting punched in the face, though- that was the one bonus.

5) What was your turning point that you decided to take action and come train with us? was reminded of how freaking happy I was when I was in shape. also, i played one of those kinect dance games with a young family friend and didn’t stop sweating or wheezing for _literally_ 15 minutes after a single song. (side note: kids can be super mean)

I was reminded of how freaking happy I was when iI was in shape. also, I played one of those Kinect dance games with a young family friend and didn’t stop sweating or wheezing for _literally_ 15 minutes after a single song. (Side note: kids can be super mean).

6) What happened after you joined? What surprised you about the training and the gym?felt like

I felt like I had to start from the beginning all over again- was super-humbling and I’m grateful that everyone at the gym was supportive and positive. That’s what surprised me in a very good way – the absence of bullies and fitness snobs.

7) What keeps you motivated to train?

I would really like to know what my abs look like before I die.

8) Loves:

Cats, espresso, darts, the wife & kid, sci fi and really abrasive techno.

9) Hates:

Jerks, sitting in traffic, adulting, people who don’t floss, cats.

10) Fav move/strike or exercise:

Knees, teeps and anything having to do with the clinch (i call it “struggle hugging”).

11) Post workout snack or meal:

Ideally something healthy but i hear an in-n-out is going in on pico just east of la brea this year.

12) Go to anthem (your walk-out song)”war pigs” by black sabbath or “overkill” by motörhead. everything else i like is just way too dancey to be intimidating.

“War Pigs” by black sabbath or “Overkill” by Motörhead. Everything else I like is just way too dancey to be intimidating.

 

Questions? Call us!

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805 S La Brea Ave Los Angeles, CA 90036