Joe Drake has no shortage of letters behind his name with a Masters in Exercise Physiology and certifications from all of the major training organizations but that’s not what makes him special. Joe has been a certified trainer since 2008 and growing up on a farm in the Midwest has developed a special talent for understanding people and what they need. This has allowed him to develop a fun and creative style of training that is tailored to each client.
Joe moved to South Florida to oversee fitness programs for Florida Atlantic University as the Assistant Director of Fitness Programs while he began building relationships and a reputation in the community. Over the coming years Joe got more involved in fitness education in teaching Personal Training courses for ACE and then NASM, which he still does through the Elite Fitness Institute in Boca. Along with a long list of certifications including NASM, ACSM, ACE, Joe also has his Masters in Exercise Physiology. In 2014 Joe left his full time position as the Fitness Director of Florida Atlantic University to open Gravity + Oxygen Fitness with his partner, Paul Christopher, in Boca Raton, FL.
G+O Fitness as it’s known in Boca Raton, has been open since February 2014 and is thriving with their unique mix of functional resistance training and cardiovascular intervals. They run group classes 7 days a week for the person looking to push themselves and build a strong lean body but not at the expense of getting hurt. “Gravity” represents the resistance training component of what they do with a strong emphasis on mastering bodyweight exercises and then challenging the body with resistance; such as kettlebells, dumbells, bands, trx, etc. The “oxygen” component of their brand represents the high intensity intervals and cardiovascular component of their classes and training. With some pieces of equipment such as the versa climbers and Woodway Curves they use, you can tell a lot of thought went into allowing people to challenge their bodies while saving their hips, knees, and backs.
Joe is not only one of the co-owners of the most cutting edge gyms in Boca Raton but is also a great resource for anyone looking to get more involved in the fitness industry. Through his NASM Prep Course and connections in the local and national industry Joe is definitely someone to look for making an impact in the SOFLO fitness community in the coming years. Follow Joe on his social media accounts to stay up to date on his training.