Episode 002 Interview with Joe Sansalone, Not your Average Personal Trainer

Joe is a trainer extraordinaire and a coach of coaches. Joe is the owner of Optimum Performance Training Institute in Columbia, MD, as well as a Senior StrongFirst Instructor. We were lucky enough to have Joe join us in person for this interview! Joe offers so much to learn on this episode including some valuable information about the new method of human restoration he is pioneering with his co-worker Corey Beavin. Hear about Joe’s interesting 20-year journey in the world of movement for himself as well as using movement for improving human performance. Joe talks about his philosophy for optimal living which includes psychology, nutrition, recovery and movement restoration. Joe talks about how the development of empathy has helped him in his career to affect more people for the better and learning more about himself to improve his ability to help others. Mindset and the trust developed in the coach/student relationship are both the game changer that sets Joe’s practice and techniques apart from the crowd. He shares his mistakes that have been learning opportunities as well as some moments he is grateful for that have come from his focus on process rather than outcome. You don’t want to miss this one! Listen in on the vulnerable conversation regarding the real art of changing lives!

Valuable Quotes from the Episode:
Les says to Joe as his movement coach “I’ll never forget a turning point in my process, where you pushed me to the edge. You forced me to choose either basically giving up on you as a coach or growing forward.”

Joe says all he wants to do is to “change lives for the better. I’m trying to affect people at a very deep personal, even professional, all aspects level, to optimize their lives.” “I’m always pushing to go forward.”

“The only way, in my opinion to ever really have a breakthrough with a human being; get them to make change is to keep meeting them where they are, but constantly challenging them.” ~ Joe Sansalone

“To be really what I want to be for other people, I have to take that long hard look at myself and figure out how I’m going to be able to do that better. And then, help other people that are coaches as well learn that.” ~ Joe Sansalone

Mindfulness, according to Joe is “To be focused on or have attention to and awareness on what you are doing.” “It’s an awareness of how you as a human being interacting are affecting other people.”

This episode was recorded before the referenced workshop occurred in November—OPTI System Level 1: Movement Restoration. Stay tuned for the next workshop that Joe and the OPTI team will be presenting in the Spring of 2017.Check back to his website for updated information.  http://optimum-performance-training.com/


About the author, Sara

Sara is the founder of The Mindful Movement and the owner of Coreworks Fitness, a Pilates and Yoga studio in MD. Sara is also a Master Pilates and CoreAligh instructor with Balanced Body.

Sara is passionate about helping others grow and live mindful, fulfilled lives. She helps others move better, feel better, live with a deep awareness, gratitude and their whole heart. She strives to inspire others live authentically and passionately in love and abundance.

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