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 in the first place. 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.

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 10 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 8 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 it.

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.