Who Is Coach Joseph Arangio?Feb 17, 2021
Coach Joe here.
After reviewing many applications and learning about the things over-40 men and women are struggling with (feeling old, having too much bodyfat, feeling depressed), I knew I needed to share my story with you.
I struggled too.
Just like you might be struggling right now.
When I turned 40 years, things got harder.
But, honestly, it was tough until I finally took my own advice and implemented the smart training, mindful nutrition, and accountability strategies I share in this coaching program.
Because these are the things that actually deliver your results.
Results are the most important thing.
Of course you need to stay safe and have fun too.
But who is this Coach Joe guy?
Who Is Coach Joseph Arangio?
If you want to learn more about my professional experience, feel free to check out my fancy LinkedIn resume.
But if you want something less formal, here's the fun Cliffs Notes version:
I was born to help you get leaner, stronger, and happier.
Hard to tell, but I was tensing my abs and holding a side-plank in this photo.
My mom and grandmother were providing extra resistance to make the move more challenging for me.
Seriously, I've been interested in this fitness-and-nutrition stuff since middle school when my dad introduced me to exercise as a way to get in shape for athletics.
Our first workouts together consisted of Dad jogging and me pedaling my 10-speed bicycle next to him, keeping his pace.
In truth, I was researching and writing workouts from a very early age.
My first foray as a strength coach was designing a training plan, in middle school, for my middle-school "Cathedral School Wildcats" football teammates.
We did the workouts in my parent's garage gym, complete with a wobbly squat rack and cement-filled dumbbells.
For conditioning we did hill sprints in our neighborhood.
This picture features me, my brother, my dad, and and my fellow Wildcats.
My passion for coaching and helping folks get healthy grew throughout high school, college, and graduate school.
I officially became a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist in 1996.
The step-by-step system I teach is best-practice and clearly supported in the scientific literature.
I'm merely a servant messenger presenting the proven plan.
Helping to keep you accountable and on task... keeping you on deadline.
I collaborate with the world's top athletes.
In my 20s with Bo Jackson in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA.
One of my clients saw this picture and said, "Bo Knows Joe."
I thought that was a good one.
In my 30s, back in May of 2002, I spent some time with world-boxing champ, Evander "Real Deal" Holyfield.
I was invited to his camp, in Houston, Texas, about a month before the Hasim Rahman fight.
For boxing historians reading this, Holyfield beat Rahman after a technical decision.
(Headbutts from Holyfield caused a nasty swelling on Rahman's forehead, ending the fight.)
Needless to say I spent a few days in the "Lone Star State" with Evander and his team as he prepared for the fight.
I remember how he preferred to train later at night, beginning around 9:00PM.
So after his session, around 11:00PM on a Monday, Holyfield, myself, and two burly bodyguards loaded into a fancy black SUV and headed to his house.
You can say whatever you want about him, but his work ethic and durability is undeniable.
He reigned as the undisputed champion at cruiserweight in the late 1980s and at heavyweight in the early 1990s, and remains the only boxer in history to win the undisputed championship in two weight classes.
Now I'm not the kind who gets star-struck but, for a moment, sitting in his kitchen, I marveled at his plate of post-workout food.
Piled high was the most glorious helping of crispy chicken, creamed green beans, and cornbread.
On the side, a small slice of sweet potato pie.
I'm thinking to myself...
One of the best athletes on the planet is eating sweet potato pie. At 11:45PM on a Monday night!
So I asked him about his nutritional habits.
He smiled wide, put down his fork, and shared this knowledge bomb...
What people don’t realize is that when you work as hard as I do in the gym and in the ring, it would take a lot more than ice cream or apple pie to mess you up. That is the beauty of hard training; one bad meal will not hurt you. If you spend 20 years of your life on the sofa, then one piece of cake may cause trouble.
And the next day, after his strength-and-conditioning session, Evander was back at his house enjoying a turkey sandwich, on... wait for it... wheat bread.
Can you imagine that? A world-champion athlete fueled by bread.
The "Paleo" and "Keto" and other carb-shunning "gurus" are red-faced with anger right now.
Bottom line: You can enjoy whatever food you choose, as long as it fits within your weekly meal plan.
In my professional opinion, if your meal choices are fresh veggies paired with a lean protein, it will be significantly easier to achieve athletic levels of bodyfat.
Few have ever trained as hard as Holyfield, nor would you want to.
This man is tough as granite.
I work with the world's top strength and conditioning coaches.
In my 40s with Coach Boyd Epley in San Diego, California, USA, arguably the single most important individual in the history of strength and conditioning in college athletics.
I am a subject-matter expert in the field of of strength and conditioning, with over 55,000 hours of study and hands-on coaching experience.
Over that time I've delivered over 100,000 workouts to satisfied clients in the Lehigh Valley and around the globe.
I was born to coach and love it.
Clockwise from top left: On the set of our healthy-home renovation TV show, HomeBody Challenge; Coach Sharon leads by example; on Fox Business News discussing how we help men & women, from around the world, get lean and strong with our Virtual Fitness-and-Nutrition Coaching.
I've written a few books and regularly contribute my teachings to the world's biggest health-and-fitness publications.
Pictured is an article I did with big-wave surfer, Laird Hamilton.
It was very special at the time because not many people were aware of the rigorous strength-and-conditioning program required to surf 50-plus-foot waves.
No photoshopping on this insane picture, by the way.
I have the step-by-step system to help you lose bodyfat, get strong, and slow aging.
And you may have trouble finding another coach, with my level of experience and success, that will guarantee you achieve your goals on deadline...
...assuming you follow my plan.
Read: Guaranteed success as long as you follow my plan.
So ask yourself this: If you continue doing the same thing you're doing today, a year from now, will you be better, the same, or worse?
Because insanity is doing the same yet expecting different results.
What if I said that I guarantee you will achieve your goals, if you follow my research-proven formula?
And just to sweeten the pot, I'll go the extra mile if you're unsatisfied.
In other words, you have absolutely no risk.
There is no downside.
Only the guarantee of lower bodyfat and more strength... which effectively helps to slow aging.
Now, if I may step down from my soapbox for a moment and address this one point:
You must be coachable.
Coachable folks are always successful... and that's exactly why I can guarantee your success.
Because, simply stated, I will weed out the folks who are unwilling to follow the proven plan and do the work.
My program is not magic.
It is not for the uncoachable.
It's not for the cynics.
It's not for the naysayers.
It's for the individual who wants to lose bodyfat and get strong... and wants an expert to shortcut their success and guide them every step of the way.
Because NOTHING matters except that you have fun, stay safe, and get results.
Now let's talk about struggles and many forward failures along my journey.
There was a time, in my junior year of college, when I weighed 205 pounds.
This was pretty bulky for my 5'8" frame.
Bulky is a word weightlifter-guys use instead of "obese."
At the time, my idea of balanced macronutrients was protein, carbs, fat...
...and the "fourth" macro: Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
Simply put, I rarely practiced mindfulness when it came to portion control.
For example, I would make a "protein" shake with the following ingredients:
- 3 raw eggs
- 2 large bananas
- 2-3 heaping "tablespoons" of peanut butter
- 2-3 scoops of whey protein
And I would drink two of these shakes daily, in addition to four full-size meals.
"Feedings" were always heavy on the bread and pasta and other refined carbs.
Rarely calculated my calories. Never used a food scale either.
I would guess my daily intake was 5,000 calories at times.
Maybe higher on "pizza & beer" nights.
Which would explain the college fraternity-party picture from Spring 1993.
Crazy right? What happened to my neck?
My training was always decent because I actually had a strength coach, starting in middle school.
This was especially notable because there weren't many strength coaches back in 1986.
Of course mistakes were made.
But the benefits far outweighed everything else.
If anything, we were overly zealous when it came to training.
We did too much of a good thing.
In other words, my biggest problem was too much volume and frequency in the gym.
We were taught to train six days a week. Workouts lasted two hours.
Another mistake was lots of behind-the-neck presses and pulldowns...
...which is rough on the shoulder joint.
Plus we did like 24 sets of chest per workout... six days per week.
That's 144 sets of chest every single week!
Can you imagine doing 144 sets of bench presses, heavy dips, and tons of dumbbell presses... weekly?
It was madness and resulted in searing shoulder pain for years.
But I got older and wiser.
Thankfully I'm pain-free now after reducing volume and upgrading my exercise selection.
With much study, plus trial-and-error, I've reduced my total weekly workout time to just three hours.
Yes, three hours per week TOTAL training.
Occasionally I'll do a bit more.
Nevertheless, I'm training much smarter than in my college days.
Another big change is the elimination of alcohol in my life.
I can't stress enough how bad alcohol is... mainly because it's so widely accepted.
Among binge drinkers, nobody is surprised when a friend discusses how they "threw up" after drinking too much...
...or even suffered from memory loss after getting "blind drunk."
Actually, most everybody laughs about it.
Needless to say I was always an all-or-nothing drinker.
But those days are far, far behind me...
...and, thankfully, the experience taught me a good lesson on how NOT to live.
Nowadays, I'm doing my best to lead by example, so there's really no place for bars, boozy parties, or any other situation that involves drinking alcohol.
A few benefits of going alcohol-free...
☀️More quality sleep
☀️Less empty calories
To be brutally honest, the next day, after several drinks, I always felt down-in-the-dumps.
Like there was a dark cloud following me around.
Of course, it's normal to have your ups-and-downs, your normal mood fluctuations; however, booze gave me extreme highs and lows.
I remember, one Sunday morning, maybe a few years after college, I met up with my late Great Uncle Turk Starniri.
Uncle Turk was a burly man and served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.
He was tough as nails, especially after the attack on Pearl Harbor.
At the time, I was just doing what my friends were doing on the weekends... partying and drinking to excess.
He looked at me and said, "You look terrible, Joe. Why are you mad at yourself?"
I'll admit it took me YEARS to truly understand my uncle's comment.
Without getting too deep, I was numbing myself with booze.
Anesthetizing myself from whatever was bothering me at the time.
Never questioning my behavior.
Almost daily I share this story with my client-athletes who struggle with alcohol.
The point of sharing all of this is to let you know EVERYBODY needs to practice mindfulness in all areas of your life.
And to put it bluntly: You are a sum of your habits.
More specifically, you LOOK like your habits.
As I type this lesson, my goal is lean athlete versus fat frat guy.
Lastly, while cleaning up my lifestyle I learned how to be more present with my family and friends.
Indeed weekends are different.
Dedicated to Sharon, Giavanna, and George.
Dedicated to my family.
Dedicated to my client-athletes, who are like family to me.
My head is clear now that I'm not chasing the next party.
That's a vacation picture from 2019.
Nowadays I weigh 175 pounds and feel downright excellent.
Thanks to God and my amazing family, particularly Sharon.
👉 I'm a 100% lifetime natural drug-free athlete. No steroids, growth hormone or other performance enhancing substances. Ever.
👉 You can look at me and everybody else who has achieved strength and athletic levels of bodyfat...
...and you can sit and PRETEND there is a mystery or a miraculous way in which we got lean and strong.
But, reality is, you must follow the proven program.
👉 You must live by a series of daily habits.
👉 You must have grit.
👉 You must play the long game.
I am confident you too will achieve excellence...
...as soon as you make the decision and begin taking imperfect, yet consistent, action.
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To your success,
Joseph Arangio helps 40+ men and women get leaner, stronger, and happier. He's delivered over 100,000 transformation programs to satisfied clients around the globe. If you want to lose weight from home, with the best online personal trainer, or you want to visit the best personal trainer in the Lehigh Valley, you can take a free 14-day trial.