When I started training with Josh, I was 10 months- post surgery for a meniscus tear, including several months of physical therapy. My primary goals were to be able to play tennis with my husband again and to walk without pain, so that we could resume our post-retirement travel plans.
Josh has more variations on “squatting” than I ever knew existed and I started out hating them all! Lots of grunting! The grunting has now subsided and while I may not “love” doing them, I love having done them and how much they have done, and continue to do, for my knee. I am more pain free than not, at this point. And looking forward to lots of long walks in the hill towns of Tuscany in this Fall. That is thanks to Josh!
Working with Josh has been one of my most successful training experiences! Even though my desire to be pain free was high, I came in with a spotty record on consistency and a little pessimistic that this could be achieved. I give Josh credit for the interesting and challenging regime, his contagious enthusiasm, and his confidence that my knew would improve with focused strength training. This weekend I did a 2-3 hour walking tour of Boston with visitors and did not feel a twinge! That was a first, in a long time!
Client, Age 61
I trained with Josh for over a year and he was always consistent in his training, attitude, and humor. Every workout was challenging, while finding that balance between too difficult and too easy. Josh would always check in with me on my current goals, and would even offer suggestions as to what my future goals could be. I was able to notice real and lasting results in strength, fat loss, and confidence.
Josh is someone that is not afraid to bring his personality into the session, which is good because it’s one that allows the training time to be enjoyable and successful each time. He knows how to bring out the best in each client and is always ready to either listen to or offer a funny story, drawing, or musical interlude.
Client, Age 33
I just finished training with Josh for a few months. Prior to starting with Josh I’d been training at the Weymouth Club on my own for the better part of a year with the goal of losing a lot of extra weight, mostly doing a circuit routine with smaller dumbbell and bodyweight movements. I had been interested in powerlifting for a while, but was unsure that I could start it on my own in a safe way.
Josh made barbell work approachable, making sure I had the right skills and flexibility for the big lifts. He taught me how to front and back squat, how to deadlift, and perfected my bench press. He also taught me a few basic kettlebell swings to build even more strength, and got me closer to being able to do an overhead press with a barbell as well.
When I started trained with Josh I was at 5’10” and 206lbs, and at a time where I might have started plateauing in my fitness journey, I continued to lose weight – losing another 12lbs training with him.
Now I have the fundamental powerlifting skills I’ll be using in the gym for years to come, and a renewed confidence and ambition with my physical fitness. Now I plan on losing even more weight to achieve a decent amount of leanness, at which point I’ll start to *gasp* actually build muscle! Josh’s knowledge, confidence, and sense of humor makes him worth his weight in gold! If you’re thinking about working with him, just do it. You won’t regret it!
Client, Age 29
I have lost 25 lbs. and a number of waist sizes. Lower back pain has improved with increased core strength. Overall improved energy level and healthiness.
Josh provides a comprehensive training session yet at a pace that allows for proper instruction. Josh also has a flexibility to his programs that keep the participant engaged in the training. Josh also provides a solid knowledge base on daily nutrition. Oh course his singing is a plus.
Client, Age 44
I have always been very interested in weight lifting, and now that I have put my fitness goals as a major priority in my life, I want to learn how to work out – both in terms of being able to do exercises in proper form but also in terms of learning which exercises pair with one another so I can make workouts for myself and become independent in a gym, or at least relatively so.
After five sessions with Josh, I have worked a lot on my form with many different exercises, and now that I have reached a level of comfort with these exercises, I am slowly adding weight to my exercises to push my limits and build my strength and stamina.
The circuit format of the training has kept the sessions interesting and exciting – I don’t get tired or bored of any of the exercises and love how many different exercises I can do in just one hour.
Josh is incredibly personable, and we spend most of my sessions conversing, mostly with Josh talking and I trying to talk, because the high intensity sessions take my breath away. I am very happy with the sessions so far, and will be re-upping my package of sessions once I use my last one.
Client, Age 22
Working with Josh was the perfect next step from physical therapy back to the world of moderate physical fitness training after hip replacement-related muscular and alignment issues. My core and leg strength have definitely improved along with knowing “what to do” and “when to do it” so that I can now continue to train and improve on my own.
Josh paid attention and worked with my issues as well as my ability to execute tweaking what needed to be tweaked. His upbeat, pleasant and easy-to-get-along-with personality combined with his professional knowledge to keep the training interesting and relative with a variety of uncomplicated exercises and stretches specific to my ability and yes, coordination!
Client, Age 62
My goals at first were to have better control of my blood sugar and to gain more muscle tone in general. Working with Josh has helped me to work towards both of these goals so far!
Working with Josh I have learned exercises to target specific muscle groups. Josh takes the time to explain which muscle groups we are working on with the training programs that he designs. Although the sessions that I’ve done with Josh are usually in a small group, he also takes the time to make sure that each person in the group is performing the exercises correctly to prevent injury and to benefit from the training as much as possible.
I have also noticed the positive effect that the training sessions have had on my blood sugar control. On days that I have training I don’t require as much insulin because the workout itself helps to lower my blood sugar. My A1C (long term measure of glucose control) has also improved since starting training with Josh.
I also have enjoyed the sessions because I am getting guidance from an experienced professional about which exercises will benefit me the most based on my goals. Starting an exercise regimen on your own can be overwhelming, especially if you’re not even sure if you’re doing the exercises correctly!
Client, Age 31
I was never one to do a lot of weight training, and always fell into a rut when it came to getting toned and losing weight. Josh has given me a lot of motivation to start lifting on my own more, and I can see a huge change in my strength. Over the last few months, we have gradually been able to work up in weight with squats and deadlifts, and I can do a pull up now!
Josh has a great personality and is very motivating. He has a great knowledge of body mechanics, and never tries to push you to do something that could hurt you. He is great at progressing along at a safe pace, and takes the whole body into consideration.
I have been training with Josh for the last 5 , almost 6 months. At first I was skeptical that I did not need it and I knew how to work out in the gym on my own. Boy, was I wrong. I weighed in at 200 hundred pounds and I now weigh 177.
I had a total foot reconstruction and my body was immobile for 1 year! Josh looked at the areas that I needed to strengthen and had me work hard on them! I am back to work full time now and I no longer walk with a limp! I played my first round of golf in 2 years last week and I felt good!
I realize that I worked hard on my own but if I did not have his leadership, I would not be where I am today! I would highly recommend him to anyone that wants to go to another level of training and working out! He is a young man with a great future! Thanks for helping me get my life back!
Client, Age 57
In addition to losing weight and improving my overall physical fitness, my main goal has been to have productive, pain free work outs.
I had success during the Lose Big program with Josh, losing over 6% of my weight. My greatest achievement, however, has been the fact that I have been able to participate in exercises that I NEVER thought I’d be able to do with my knee and back pain. The workouts have helped me just as much, if not more than going to the chiropractor and physical therapy combined.
Josh has a great sense of humor and an easy going personality, as do the other people in his groups. Lots of laughs!
Client, Age 34
I have known Josh for over 4 years and throughout that time he continues to impress me with his knowledge base and attention to detail when it comes to elite training, corrective movement, and removing pain from an individual. In 2011 we started collaborating at Northeastern University as personal trainers while I was beginning school for physical therapy. Throughout that process Josh was very helpful in assisting my education outside of the classroom. I was able to interact with him on many different levels because he understood a lot of the physical therapy “language” and knew how to apply that to personal training clients. Josh has a great way of simplifying complex subject matters to deliver an effective message and slow down the pace for someone who may have difficulty learning a new movement.
However, he also knows when to just “train” and get things done versus becoming too caught up in the “functional/movement training” world that exists. As a physical therapist, personal trainer, strength and conditioning specialist, and competitive powerlifter, I have not hesitated to refer any of my clients or patients to Josh. I am very confident in his abilities to help anyone return to sport, enhance physical performance, and prevent pain. Most of all I would even refer myself to Josh because I trust his perspective and experience.