GYM TAPS SCIENCE

Pro­fes­sional ath­letic trainer opens per­sonal fit­ness fa­cil­ity in Mid­town.

Palm Beach Daily News - - TODAY - By ALEESE KOPF

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.

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