GYM TAPS SCIENCE
Professional athletic trainer opens personal fitness facility in Midtown.
Anew private gym on the island offers Palm Beachers the chance to exercise with a professional baseball trainer.
Joshua Giles, a former collegiate pitcher and founder of the Pitchharder training program, recently opened PWR ONE FIT on the second floor of 101 Bradley Place. The gym is above Spa Cara on Royal Poinciana Way and overlooks Bradley Park.
Although Giles got his start by teaching baseball players how to improve their game, he now also uses his expertise to help residents get in shape, increase mobility and stay healthy.
What sets him apart from other trainers, the West Boca resident said, is his knowledge of the science behind workouts. He studied kinesiology and biomechanics in college and played for schools nationally ranked for baseball: Hillsborough Community College in Tampa, Surry Community College in North Carolina and Southern Wesleyan University in South Carolina.
“I have a passion for understanding body angles, movements and conditions and how all that plays a role in exercise and improving health,” Giles said. “I assess every single client. I look at their pelvis alignment or their shoulder rotation to structure the workout around their body. It’s not a one-size-fits-all.”
Giles said he began doing “house calls” on the island about a year ago and opened the studio last month.
He enjoys pushing athletes to higher performance levels but working with average clients is just as rewarding.
“I love the interaction and the relationships you build,” he said. “You become like a therapist. You’re helping people, talking to them, encouraging them, giving them constructive criticism ... you’re trying to make a big difference in bettering their lives.”
Resident Marzia Precoda said she feels leaner and stronger after training with Giles. “He is very talented,” she said. “Usually I don’t like to go to a gym, but I have seen great changes, so I go twice a week. I like the fact that he makes muscles defined but not bulky.”
Giles said he got involved in personal training after learning from bodybuilder friend and former Mr. USA John DeFendis.
He said he has trained celebrities, including former Sports Illustrated swimsuit model Ashley Richardson, as well as pro baseball, football and boxing athletes.
He’s currently a pitching coach for the Boca Hitmen, the United States Specialty Sports Association’s No. 1 11-and-under team.
Sessions range from $100 to $120. Giles said he also plans to open a Pilates studio with a masseuse this summer.