Name: Joey Swoll
Location: Jersey City, NJ
Weight: 235 Lbs
Occupation: SHREDZ sponsored athlete
When did you get started with fitness?
As far back as I can remember, I’ve been active and have excelled in sports. I lead my high school football team to multiple championships and played quarterback and receiver in college. A guy my height has to be something special to succeed at that level. Bodybuilding didn’t come until later.
I turned fitness into a lifestyle when I noticed that I was getting into fights for no reason and didn’t have a healthy outlet for those emotions. Someone suggested that I start lifting weights, and the rest is history.
I started going to the gym late and night so I wouldn’t have to be bothered by people’s judging gazes. I’d be in there for hours, letting out anger that had been pent up inside me for years. I loved the changes that I saw in myself, physically and mentally.
How do you stay so motivated? What drives you?
I view bodybuilding as an art form – painters have a canvas, musicians have instruments and voices, and bodybuilders have their physiques. I feel like I am creating art when I sculpt my body the way I want it. The desire to create art keeps me motivated.
Also, people who tell me that I inspire them are a HUGE motivation for me. I love it when people hit me up on Instagram or Kik (JoeySwoll30) and tell me they like what I’m doing. It lets me know that I’m doing this for more than just myself. They hold me accountable and I would never want to let any of my amazing followers and fellow gymrats down.
What has been the hardest obstacle for you to overcome?
Eliminating all hate and negativity from my life was tough for me. Not only did I rid my heart and mind of emotions and thoughts, I had to let go of people brought me down as well. Some of the people I let go were people I loved and had been close with my whole life – even family members.
What does your current training schedule/program look like?
To be honest I don’t have a very regimented routine. I go to the gym with an idea of what muscle group to focus on, but I always end up doing more because I LOVE TO TRAIN. I train 6 days a week. I HATE DAYS OFF!
Give us a breakdown of your daily diet.
About 75% of the time I’m eating clean meals: lean meats with vegetables over white rice (brown rice is a myth… white rice is healthier). I have a cheat meal once or twice a week. And when I cheat, I have some EPIC cheat meals.
Do you take any supplements to reach your fitness goals
I take the Alpha Male stack from Beyond Genetics. That is SHREDZ Maximum Strength Fat Burner which is a thermogenic that helps burn fat all day long, CREAZINE Maximum Strength Creatine (self explanatory), DIEZEL Maximum Strength Testosterone which is a natural test booster that allows the body to better utilize the testosterone it already produces, and VITAMIN Z, a daily cleans that rids the body of lipolysis, lactic acid and other toxins that build up when working muscles.
I take a probiotic to help regulate my digestion, too. This helps give my body what it needs and get rid of the leftovers.
What is your single biggest “Fitness” related accomplishment?
I can list so many things here — from being featured in just about every fitness magazine to winning shows, to being sponsored and working for one of the best supplement companies and CEO’s in the industry. Those are all things that I’m very proud of, but my greatest accomplishment is still a work in progress. Through my name, our company, and social media, I have been able to inspire thousands of people and create two huge, no-hate, anti-bullying movements: #FlexYourHeart and #TrainHarderThanMe. My ultimate goal is to help people to be more loving and kind-hearted as well as physically fit. I work hard every day to get closer to accomplishing that goal.
Is there anyone in the fitness industry you look up to?
As you can tell by my physique, I’m a real old school fitness guy, so I love Arnold Schwarzenegger. He’s really the O.G. of this whole fitness industry. Without Arnold, a lot of us wouldn’t be able to do what we are doing. Also, I love Steve Reeves, Bob Prince, and some of the other old school bodybuilders who really define aesthetics to me.
Name a fitness “Myth” that just isn’t true no matter how many times you hear it?
Calorie counting is a big deal these days. I don’t believe in that at all. People will tell you to take in a certain amount of calories each day or each meal if you want to gain weight, lose weight or maintain weight. I don’t buy that. I just eat what I want and train every day. If you want to lose weight, train vigorously every chance you get and be smart about what you’re eating. If you want to gain mass, eat lean meat and push your muscles to their limits. Don’t let anyone tell you how many calories you have to eat. Train your body to reach the goals you’ve set for yourself.
Tips for our readers to achieve their fitness dreams?
Never, never, never, never quit.
“If you’re going through Hell, keep going.” Churchill