Meet the Model: Justin Palopoli
Justin Palopoli is District Manager for 24 Hour Fitness’ San Francisco clubs, and he has fond memories of his days as a personal trainer. We asked him our burning questions when he agreed to demonstrate a workout.
24Life: Why did you become a personal trainer?
JP: My mom always thought I’d be a great teacher, but that was never an ambition of mine. When I fell in love with health and fitness and realized I could turn training into a career, it felt like an opportunity to combine the two, and in a lot of ways, it is. Thanks, mom!
24Life: Favorite and least favorite workout move?
JP: Favorite: pull-ups. Least favorite: curls—they burn!
24Life: Finish the sentence: “When I’m not working out, I am …”
JP: … dancing around the house with my 5-year-old daughter and 2-year-old son.
24Life: Your favorite fit tip?
JP: Keep it simple. With so much new available fitness knowledge, it is easy to get overwhelmed or do things that are not necessarily practical or functional but look “cool.” Pushing, pulling, squatting, bending—stay committed to the basic movements and you will see and feel the rewards.
24Life: Your power/pump-up song?
JP: This is the hardest question! Future is a go-to artist. Some all-timers would be Maino – “All the Above,” Rick Ross – “Hustlin’” and for a throwback, Phil Collins – “In the Air Tonight.”
24Life: Favorite memory from your time as a trainer?
JP: Living in NYC at the time, I worked with a client who was an avid and very skilled skier who had a traumatic lower-body injury. He had a lifetime goal of going down a particular slope in Wyoming that you need to be helicoptered into. Even prior to the injury, he never believed he would be capable of performing such a feat. It was pretty terrifying in the videos he’d show me! Over time, we eventually built up his strength and confidence and he conquered his ultimate goal successfully. I was so proud of him when he gave me the news. We often used to talk tennis over our sessions as we are both fans of the sport. He showed his gratitude by taking me and my wife to the U.S. Open Finals, which was a special moment I won’t forget.
24Life: Finish this sentence: I love 24 Hour Fitness because …
… of the unique communities each one of our locations offer, the countless success stories that we get to witness firsthand and the awesome career growth opportunities.