When I first started following Joe Holder on Instagram, I expected your run-of-the-mill fitness trainer posts: workouts, maybe a few diet-related tips, etc. But what I was shocked (and delighted) to discover was Joe's approach to fitness was much deeper than that. There's definitely plenty of workout inspo, but Joe also prioritizes the mental and spiritual aspects of fitness. He often posts highlighted text from the book he's reading, or excerpts from a recent research study. Sure, he trains Victoria's Secret models and A-list celebs. But his passion and commitment to wellness is what sets him apart.
Tell us a little bit about yourself.
Grew up in South Orange, New Jersey. 1 of 7 children. Dad is a doctor and Mom took time to raise us. Father is an integrative/functional doctor which piqued my interest in wellness and preventative care. Played three sports growing up and eventually just focused on football during my time at the University of Pennsylvania.
What was the inspiration behind the Ocho System?
I wasn't healing from football injuries during my time in college, so I wanted to figure out a system that would spur on my healing. Doctors couldn't really tell me what was going on, and although I was doing everything correctly for the most part in terms of rehab protocols, I was still having pain. Worked back with father then to create the Ocho System to target all aspects of my healing, including mental and emotional. This then lead to me to understanding how this could be extrapolated to applying to others.
Essentially, "one can help others and others can help one."
What's one health practice that you think everyone should be doing?
Meditating and sleeping more (or correctly).
Obsessed with #plantbasedgang. What's your favorite way to sneak in some extra veggies?
Not really about sneaking it in but I suppose smoothies. Simple way to hide fresh greens in your diet and still make it delicious. People just need to reframe the way they think about having unprocessed and fresh foods as part of the diet. It should be he mainstay, not the accent.
What do you love most about your job?
Helping others reach their results.
What do you love most about yourself?
Ability to keep pushing through even when things seem bleak.
Take us through a day in the life of Joe. We want all the deets!
Not very complicated but I'm up between 6-8. Typically always keep the morning to myself so I'm more proactive instead of reactive.
Start with meditation and then make a smoothie.
Working 8 or 9AM - 2 PM
Check in with myself then have meetings and/or get work done behind the computer from 2-6 PM.
Then seeing more clients in personal training from 6-9 PM.
Typically then get my own workout in around 9:30 PM.
And lastly, what self-care practice makes you feel like royalty (king or kween)?
Acupuncture and saunas.