Welcome to my blog.
My name is Joe, I’m 24 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 the direction that I wanted for my life and I decided to change course to go after what I loved. I decided to pursue a degree in exercise science and transferred to Rutgers University where I completed my Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science and Applied Kinesiology in May of 2016. While attending Rutgers, I interned and then worked at Flo Fitness with my friend and mentor Chris Flores. This experience at Flo Fitness afforded me valuable coaching and training experience, provided me with a deep coaching skill set and a gave me a unique perspective on performance training. These are things that I am grateful for and that I will carry with me throughout my career.
Following my undergraduate studies, I attended Drexel University in Philadelphia where I received my Doctorate Of Physical Therapy (DPT) in April of 2019.
When I’m not at the gym or studying, you can find me reading, creating content for my Instagram page (@joerinaldi.dpt), and spending time with my girlfriend (and best friend) Michaela. I like to take pictures, make videos, and invest time into personal development. I’m a New York sports fan (Yankees, Giants, Knicks) and a complete nerd when it comes to all things involving quotes; I’m also just a nerd in general. However, above all else, I enjoy being there for others, lifting them up, building them up 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.
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.
I’m Joe Rinaldi and I’m here to serve people, love people, encourage people, inspire people and leave the world a better place than I found it. I have a 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.
I understand that it’s bigger than me.
I was born with a genetic eye condition (Best Disease) that has been causing me to lose vision since I was 10 years old. While I’ve had my ups and downs, I’ve never let my poor eyesight stop me from doing anything. I don’t feel sorry for myself and neither should you. I choose to view circumstances as a strength (read that again).
What I’ve realized is that as I’ve lost eyesight, I’ve gained vision.
I was put on this earth to make a difference in the lives of others and that’s what I’m all about. 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, adversity and story to light a path to show others that with hard work, the right attitude and some faith, 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, DPT
P..S. – No matter who you are, what you’re going through or whether I know you or not, I care about you and I am here for you. You might not believe me, because most people don’t seem to care, but I’m serious. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with anything at all (908-301-6581).