Joe Dowdell, CSCS

Title: Contributor
Education: University of Richmond, B.A.
Expertise: NSCA-Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, NASM-Certified Personal Trainer, Advanced Olympic Weightlifting Certification, EXOS Performance Mentorship — Level 4, Poliquin International Certification Program — Level 5

Personal trainer and strength coach Joe Dowdell is one of the most highly sought-after fitness experts in the world. His motivating teaching style and unique expertise have helped transform a clientele that includes stars of television and film, musicians, pro athletes, CEOs, and top fashion models from around the world. Joe was the former founder and CEO of Peak Performance; a 10,000-square-foot private training facility in NYC, which was voted the #3 gym in America by Men’s Health Magazine. In January 2018, Joe launched his new global brand, Dowdell Fitness Systems, which offers a wide variety of smartly designed training programs that can either be done at home or in the gym depending on the program.

Over the last 27+ years, Joel has earned many of the top certifications in the varied disciplines (biomechanics, physiology, etc.) that constitute fitness, and his ability to articulate that knowledge has made him a regular expert contributor to national publications as diverse as Marie Claire, Vogue, Men’s Health, Women's Health, Allure, Muscle & Fitness, and Fitness Magazine.

Joe has contributed to the following books: The A-List Workout (McGraw Hill), Mario Lopez’s Knockout Fitness (Rodale Publishing), Men’s & Women’s Health’s The Big Book of Exercises (Rodale Publishing), Men's Fitness Exercise Bible (Galvanized Books) 50 Cents' “Formula 50” (Penguin Books) and his own best-selling female fat loss book entitled “Ultimate You,” (Rodale Books) which is available on

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