"In April, 2021, I was working out with Joey as my trainer. One day he said, "Nancy, you're so strong, I think you should enter a powerlifting competition". I considered it and decided to give it a try. I started training 4 days a week (up from 2), with the goal of entering a competition in August. With Joey's guidance and encouragement, my training went very well. He insisted on proper form and good breathing technique. I gained strength and confidence under his tutelage. He was always concerned about how I felt and whether or not I thought it was too much for me. Mind you, I am not a young 20-something, but a woman in my mid-70's, so there was definitely risk of injury. He always stressed safety above all. I finished the competition with flying colors, achieving 2 personal records that day. Joey was with me all the way, coaching me and cheering me on. It was a great time in my life, and I will never forget the confidence Joey had in me."
- Nancy D.
“I would trust no one else as much as I do Joey to train me. I would have never gone to state on still rings without his help, I was even lucky enough to have his help recovering through my lung surgeries, even though I didn't ask. I got stronger, and better every day with his help, not only in my athletics, but my health too. The dictionary defines superlative as: of the highest kind, quality, or order, surpassing all else, or others. Supreme. Joey Mandarino is superlative - as a trainer, and as a friend. he is the highest kind, quality, and order. Supreme."
- Joel K.
“I’ve known Joey since 2018 during his time at Strong Box in Glen Ellyn. While I was a client of Strong Box, I was doing an individual design program and Joey was one of the floor coaches. I consistently received a ton of value from his demonstrations and ability to explain the mechanics of lifts and movements. I invested in a garage gym in late 2021 and signed up for Joey’s online coaching and training programming given my great experience working with him in the past. I couldn’t be more pleased with how it’s going. He has done an excellent job of developing a program that both is helping me achieve my fitness goals but is also varying enough to keep me interested and motivated. One of the important things for me given it is remote coaching / programming is communication. Joey has been on point answering questions and checking in at the appropriate times. I highly recommend Joey’s services!"
- Joe C.
“Before I started working with Joey, I felt that I had hit a plateau and that my training was bland. After discussing what I wanted to accomplish with Joey, I had a program tailored towards my goals. The process was very genuine, as he was very attentive to my background and goals for training. Within 8 weeks of training under his expertise, I was able to break through my plateau and achieve positive results."
- Frankie P.
"Joey is someone I reached out to for coaching for the following reasons: His online tutorial "The Truth About the Iron Cross", along with his general mindset towards coaching and training. I didn't think he'd offer coaching for some time (if ever), but I hopped on board immediately (once he did so), as I knew he could help me with my lack of structure in my current programming. Even as a coach myself, I learned a significant amount from Joey, and you can too. Always keep your mind open to new things!"
- Jeremy, owner of Raymakers Calisthenics