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Joe Stankowski


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Fitness for People Who Hate Exercise; Weight loss and maintenance (aka: Waist Management); Sport/Exercise Nutrition Strategies; Powerlifting; Advanced Training Program Design; Home-based exercise

Experience in the area

When people ask "what do you do?", I often reply, "I'm in the fitness business". Once I was asked if that means I fix treadmills. While I actually have adjusted a few treadmills for my personal training clients, I suppose it would be more accurate to say that I'm more of a practitioner/educator/presenter/writer/coach than a "repairman". I've been called many things (some not suitable for print!) including the "MacGuyver of the Fitness Industry" because of the way I'm able to recognize whatever resources we have available (however limited they may be) and find a way to make 'em work for your fitness goals.


ACE Certified News - American Fitness - CN8 - Delaware News Journal - Delaware Today - Experience Life - Fitness Truth Radio - Fox17 (WXMI, Grand Rapids, MI) - Health Fitness Broadcast - IDEA Personal Trainer - IDEA Fitness Journal - Living.Well - MealPlans101 - Menís Fitness - MensLifeToday.com - Muscle & Fitness Hers - Physique Smart - Post Weekend (UK) - Sly - Strength Radio - WHYY-TV - Womenís Health - Wood Radio 1300 - World Talk Radio - Visions Today


ACE-cpt, NASM-cpt, Precision Nutrition Level 1 and Level 2 "SuperCoach"

Awards and Honors

IDEA Master Fitness Trainer; advisory board member for Menís Fitness magazine; Official Fitness Trainer for Miss Delaware USA 2003/2004; Top-10 Fitness Coach of 2016 on Lessons.com

Past/Present Clients

1000+ people including actors, models, soccer moms (and dads), high school athletes, doctors, nurses, business owners and retirees... and just about everyone in between!

What do you like about this subject?

I've been a personal trainer in Chicago, Il.; England's east-midlands; Wilmington, Delaware and now Grand Rapids, MI. Perhaps the most surprising thing I've learned working with people from so many different backgrounds (and so many different goals!) is that "fitness" always comes back to just a few simple concepts: Appropriate training, goal-supportive nutrition and adequate recovery strategies.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Einstein said it best: "The more I learn, the more I realize I don't know. The more I realize I don't know, the more I want to learn."

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Getting in shape is not really as complicated as most "experts" would have you believe.

Something controversial or provocative about this subject

If you depend solely on the 'calorie-counting' approach, you must still consider Pluto to be a planet, too? Get with the program! There are better ways to lose weight than counting calories (aka: "points" to the WW crowd).

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Kumar04/15/12101010good answer.Thanks for your care
Jim04/11/12101010Interesting, interesting.... Thanks. -J.S.

Recent Answers from Joe Stankowski

2017-01-07 Weight-loss tips wanted:

Thanks for your questions, Gerald, and happy new year!    If you re-read your message, it looks like you're already on track to find the answers you're looking for! ex: "I eat way too much", "I find losing

2013-11-16 workout plan:

Thanks for your question, A.J.    When goals are as specific and time-based as yours, the ONLY way to answer if a workout/nutrition plan is effective is to put it to the test. The key is to recognize the

2013-10-15 Getting fit:

Thanks for your question, Cindy.    "tone" and "build strength and stamina" are incredibly vague terms (ex: one woman's 'tone' is another woman's 'fat' - and vice versa), and without knowing more specifics

2013-01-15 Exercise:

Thanks for your question, Jerry.    While this may seem to be a simple question to which one may expect an equally simple response, I have a few questions to ask right back at'cha. (consider 'em food for

2012-09-27 Omega 3 fatty acids:

***** IMPORTANT NOTE: if you have any blood clotting issues OR are taking any blood thinning medication OR have any surgeries coming up, PLEASE speak to your doctor before taking fish oil supplements *****


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