Motto: Knowledge Built from Failures. Character Built from Adversity.
Joel Metzger was born in the beautiful city of Flint Michigan, to a single mother whom taught him from an early age that determination and perseverance are qualities which overcome obstacles. Joel’s deep love and respect for his mother has sustained him through whatever life has thrown his way. He retains a positive “always looking forward adventurous attitude”.
After high school, Joel dabbled with various career choices. Realizing he was a bit lost and unable to commit, he turned to the military. His dream was to be a Navy Seal, but admits honestly, that due to a lack of understanding concerning the world of nutrition and exercise he was “dropped on request” after only three weeks. He also admits his mental capacity to withstand pain for a better outcome had not been sufficiently developed to endure the rigors of Seal Training. Still, he was given the opportunity to stay in the Special Warfare Community as a Rescue Swimmer. He did not take his duties seriously because of issues surrounding poor attitude, and alcohol. Consequently, with only a few weeks left to graduating Aviation Warfare School, he lost his chance to become a Rescue Swimmer. This was the pivotal moment in his life which would change his outlook and focus permanently for the better.
Stripped of his rank, he remembered his upbringing and focused on one mission, to earn another chance at becoming a Navy Seal. He set about on a 12-month transformation, which included a healthy, active and intense lifestyle. His physical screening test scores were phenomenal. With only six months left on his enlistment, his application was refused. Yet, he had by then learned not to let disappointment or adversity get him down, so he prepared for civilian life.
Joel had sustained injuries which he had ignored in his quest to become a Navy Seal. He had multi-lumbar disc problems and arthritis in the hips. This along with the fact that his dream had led to him helping others along the way, made his civilian career choice an easy one. After being honorably discharged from the Navy in September 2011, he immediately attended the National Academy of Sports Medicine and became a personal trainer. He followed up by enrolling in the Human Performance Undergraduate Bachelor Program at The University of Tampa.
During his educational years, everything Joel did surrounded nutrition, human performance, injury prevention, and pain management. He worked alongside the muscle guru, Dr. Jacob Wilson, absorbing information like a sponge. He was further mentored by a pain management queen and athletic trainer Kim Morris. Due to the extensive knowledge he had gained and his life experience, even before graduation, Joel had hundreds of devoted clients.