MEET THE COACH

Joey Mandarino personal trainer Weighlifter's Guild

Joey Mandarino

Head Coach

Hey everyone. My name is Joey Mandarino, and I’m the owner of the Weightlifter’s Guild. I think one of the first things people want to know before they receive coaching from someone is why they should trust that person to train them to begin with. In case you don’t know, a GOOD coach has the potential to change your life. So, I think it’s only fair that I tell you my story, so that you at the very least trust me to be a COMPETENT coach, but I’ll start off by giving my credentials.

I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Physical Education from Illinois State University, and I also hold a CSCS (Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist) and USA Weightlifting L-1 certification. I have been coaching in some form for the last 9 years, even before high school ended I would coach some of the freshmen on our Gymnastics team and teach them different skills if the actual coaches were busy, we did have 50-60 people on the team every year after all.

Once I graduated, I became a CrossFit coach 6 months later, and would coach at our summer camps for gymnastics. 4 years later, I coached my high school’s freshman team officially, and helped lead them to a State record finish! Helping them get stronger, watching them grow up, being someone they were comfortable talking to about meaningful parts of life; to have any sort of positive impact on those boys, that is my proudest achievement to date.

My own journey through sport has been…interesting, to say the least. I was not athletic ~what-so-ever~, until half-way through freshman year of high school when I joined our gymnastics team. Alas, what was a scrawny, 110lb non-athlete going to accomplish in Gymnastics? Well, I had incredible coaches who shaped me into who I am today. I finished my senior year with a 4th place in State team finish, 6th place in State individual finish on Rings, I was a Sectional Champion, and I had truly grown into a man. Someone who was ambitious, dedicated, in love with life. From then on, I began a new life that put health and wellness at the forefront. I had a year-and-a-half stint in CrossFit, before shifting over to Olympic Weightlifting, where I have stayed for 6 years, pushing as far as I can within this sport. My snatch and clean & jerk have both doubled from where they began, and I will keep going until my body no longer allows. At some point, between all of the coaching and training, I realized I am ready to start my own journey as an owner and head coach. I am ready to help other people develop as far as THEY would like to go. So hopefully, you can trust me to do just that.