Jose (A.K.A JeLs) was born and raised in Washington Heights, New York. Even as a child, José has always been full of dynamic energy. Being the third of a six children household and living in a tight three bedroom apartment, he yearned to take advantage of the more spacious outdoors. A favorite childhood place was the local park in which he honed his abilities on the jungle gym to climb and fall/tumble safely. This was one of the first times Jose learned to face his fears head on. Taking advantage of his innate physicality, he channeled his developing skills into a variety of sports such as; parkour, mountain biking, skateboarding and rollerblading/ice skating.
While growing up in the 90’s, Jose was inspired by the action films. The action scenes and stunts performed drove he to begin practicing martial arts. Starting at the age of 8, Jose found a local Tae-Kwon-Do Dojo and began his journey. Jose's enthusiasm coupled with his high level of discipline resulted in quick advancement. Mastering complex combination and self-defense forms, he branched out into other arenas of fighting like Greco-Roman wrestling, Amateur Wrestling (WWF style), Capoeira, Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Kick-boxing and a few weapon based forms.
While attending SUNY Purchase College (graduating with a B.A. In visual arts) José was able to feed his curiosity about understanding the human body. He fed that intellectual hunger by taking courses in Anatomy, Kinesiology, Dieting and Weight Management, Resistance Training, Functional Mobility and Injury Prevention. He applied what he learned in the laboratory of his body. While in college José also explored Swimming, Rock/Mountain Climbing, Gymnastics and Yoga.
After college, José concentrated his energy on building a career in a variety of professional environment such as; hospitality, medical administration and graphic design. Varied as these industries are, they yield no substantial success nor satisfaction, but they did give José the opportunities to refine his social/communication, listening and attention-to-detail skills. This gives Jose the unique ability to connect with others in any given circumstance with compassion and understanding. This ability is what serves him best as a personal trainer. His clients benefit from his personal physical experiences, his ever-continuing education and mostly importantly his ability to see what others truly need. Supporting his clients throughout the process of achieving their goals.