Joe D'Almeida

I've been an active person most of my life, playing sports and riding horses. I played basketball for many years including one year in Italy while I attended veterinary school there. Eventually, my family history of chronic back problems caught up with me and I finally had to give it up.

Then I started cycling, which I did for a few years until I lost interest. After that I was just puttering around the YMCA, not motivated to do much of anything.

In the meantime, Sandy had joined 212 and had been trying to convince me to join, but with my hectic work schedule I didn't think it would be feasible. I knew she really enjoyed working out there so one night around the holidays I went into 212 to extend her membership for a Christmas gift. The gym was so packed with people swinging kettlebells and the music was so loud you couldn't hear yourself think. I wondered how anyone could workout there. Little did I know that as a Christmas gift she gave me a five week trial to 212. So, as not to disappoint her, I reluctantly decided to go.

Surprisingly, all the trainers really motivated me and I actually enjoyed working out again. I rearranged my entire work schedule so I could attend as many classes as possible and now, two and a half years later, I am still as motivated as ever.

 I've been told that my biggest problem now is my diet. I eat lots of Oreos, Pop Tarts, and donuts. Kerry always says that you can't out-train a bad diet. My goal now is to try to prove him wrong.