Welcome to my blog. My name is Joe, I’m 23 years old and I’m from Westfield, NJ. I’ve played sports my entire life and have always been fascinated with fitness. I began my undergraduate studies at Bucknell University where I majored in Biology and worked in a research lab. After a few weeks at school, I felt that something was missing so I decided to walk on to Bucknell’s football team. Unfortunately, my collegiate football career quickly came to an end due to some medical concerns. Without football, I found myself yearning for both a physical and mental challenge and that is exactly what I found in the weight room. I found myself constantly in the gym and I quickly fell in love with fitness. After my sophomore year I realized that molecular biology wasn’t my passion and I decided to change course to go after what I loved. I decided to pursue a degree in exercise science by transferring to Rutgers University where I completed my Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Applied Kinesiology in 2016.
While attending Rutgers, I interned and then worked with my high school athletic trainer, Chris Flores, at his sports performance and personal training facility – Flo Fitness. While working with Chris and fellow trainer Johnny Rodriguez, I learned more about fitness, exercise and movement than I had in almost a decade of lifting weights. While working at Flo Fitness I had the incredible opportunity to train youth athletes of all ages, including high level high school and collegiate athletes. Working at Flo Fitness afforded me valuable coaching and training experience that I will carry with me throughout my career. My coaching experience at Flo Fitness has given me a deep coaching skill set as well as a unique perspective on training for sports performance and injury prevention.
I am currently pursuing my Doctorate Of Physical Therapy (DPT) at Drexel University in Philadelphia and plan to graduate in March of 2019. When I’m not at the gym or studying, I enjoy staying up to date on some of my favorite sports team (Yankees, Giants, Knicks) as well as practicing video editing and cinematography.
I enjoy combining my passions of photography, cinematography, fitness and physical therapy to produce content on my Instagram page (@joerinaldi.spt) – you should check it out! I’m a total nerd when it comes to all things physical therapy… well, I’m just a nerd in general – especially when it comes to motivational quotes. Above all else, I enjoy motivating others and spreading positive vibes.
Quick side note:
One of the main reasons I chose the profession of physical therapy is because it would provide me with a tremendous opportunity to touch the lives of others each and every day.
As a future physical therapist, not only will I have the chance to help people physically, but I will repeatedly have the opportunity to help people mentally and emotionally as they battle out of the vulnerable depths that can accompany physical injury and pain.
Despite choosing physical therapy as a career, I don’t need to be a physical therapist to spread joy and help others. In fact, while I will be spending my career as a physical therapist, that doesn’t and won’t define me.
What defines me is my genuine drive and desire to make a true and positive impact on the people in my life and that’s the contagious attitude that I want to spread.
One of my goals is to move through life just radiating positive energy hoping it’ll reach out and impact those around me. I want to walk a through life and improve the life of every single person who crosses my path. I want to be a beacon of light in someone’s darkness and I want to use my struggles to light a path to show others that with hard work and the right attitude it (anything) can be done.
I am always open to feedback, suggestions, and constructive criticism, so don’t hesitate to reach out! If you have any questions, comments, suggestions or you just want to get in touch, please feel free to contact me via Instagram or through the contact page.
Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy!
Joe Rinaldi, SPT