TESTIMONIALS

Mario Lopez - Actor

“You’re like a symphony conductor with exercises”

Jimmy Fallon - Actor/Comedian

“Joe keeps me in great shape, so much so that, at the gym, people sometimes confuse me for Hilary Swank.”

Anne Hathaway - Actress

“If Hollywood has a best kept secret in New York, it is Peak Performance.”

Chris Botti - Musician

“Life on the road as a musician can be pretty grueling. Fortunately for me, I found Peak Performance and my trainer, Joe Dowdell. Under his guidance and their care, Peak Performance has become the perfect antidote to my hectic lifestyle and I always look forward to returning to NY and my workouts. Oh, and by the way, I have to disagree with Claire, the chocolate-peanut butter protein shakes—kick #*%!!!”

Josie Maran - Actress

“I began training with Joe Dowdell at Peak Performance in preparation for my photo shoot for the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue. Because of the high profile nature of the Swimsuit Issue, I wanted to make sure that I was in the best shape possible for the shoot. So, at the suggestion of my agency, I met with Joe and we began working together 3 days a week. In addition to our training sessions, he referred me to a nutritionist, which was also a tremendous help in my preparation. By utilizing a combination of strength training, interval training and proper nutrition, I was extremely pleased with my photos for the issue.”—

John Leguizamo - Actor

“Since July 1998,I have had the pleasure to train at Peak Performance Sports & Fitness Center. During this time, I have worked with Joe Dowdell to prepare myself for several feature films. Joe has taught me a great deal about the importance of proper exercise technique and in the process has helped transform my physique. I felt so comfortable and confident in his abilities as a trainer that I even sent my mother to train with him”

Annie Morton - 1 Model Management

“I have been working out with Joe for about two years. I really like training at Peak Performance because it is smaller and more private than most gyms. Each client is with their own trainer, which makes it so much easier to be focused on the exercises. Also, since I travel frequently, he designed a specific workout program for me for when I’m on the road. Now, when I’m traveling, I can go to the gym and feel more confident that I am performing my program correctly. In fact, he has taught me so well that I’m even teaching my boyfriend how to perform some of his exercises better.”

Eugenia Silva - Next Model Management

“I really wasn’t into training when I first heard about Joe. My friend, Ines Rivero, was working out with him and she convinced me to try him out. I’m a very lazy person and it takes me forever to get myself into the right mood to train. I always seem to find something more important or urgent to do. Now, everything is different! I go to Peak Performance and see Joe 2 or 3 times a week—and I feel great. It’s not just about the shape of my body, but it’s also the way it makes me feel. I can now say that I am a stronger and more disciplined person as a result of training. What I like most about training with Joe is the way he trains me. He is calm and quiet. He explains to me exactly how and why we are performing each exercise. Also, what is important for me is that as I travel a lot and it is quite difficult for me to stay in a routine, but he manages to keep me going.”

Ines Rivero - Ford Model Management

“I began training with Joe Dowdell at Peak Performance in preparation for the Victoria Secret Runway Show in Cannes, France. Since I was going to be wearing the most revealing of outfits in front of a live audience-not to mention the millions of people watching a live broadcast over the Internet-I wanted to make sure that I was in the best shape possible. I’ve always enjoyed working out, but I must admit it was quite different training with Joe. His knowledge and understanding of strength training and conditioning really impressed me. Through our combined efforts, I feel that I was able to exceed my expectations. At one point, I was performing 4 to 5 Chin Ups by myself. I would recommend Joe and Peak Performance to anyone who is looking to take their training regimen to another level.”

Caroline Trentini - Marilyn’s Model Management


“I began training with Joe at the suggestion of my agents, Carol and Kwok (Marilyn’s Model Mgmt). I was going to the gym everyday; doing nothing but cardio and wondering why my body wasn’t changing. After watching Joe’s clients lifting weights, dragging sleds, hoisting Kettlebells and performing various other exercises, I decided it was time for a change. Over the last year, I have trained several times per week with Joe and both my agents and myself are extremely happy with the results.”

Samantha Tannehill - Next Model Management

“For the past four years, I have been lucky enough to train and become friends with Joe Dowdell. Not only has he whipped me into shape for my work as a model, but he has also prepared me for the numerous marathons and other crazy adventures that I like to do. Although I have definitely complained about dragging the sled across the gym floor, and could possibly be one of his most difficult clients, I have to say he is an excellent trainer and I am extremely happy with the results. I would highly recommend him to anyone who is interested in getting into great physical shape.”

Carmindy Acosta - TV Personality

“I rely on Joe Dowdell to keep my butt in shape! His expertise, experience and motivating energy keep me on track and coming back to him religiously. I have tried every type of exercise out there and his combinations of strength training and cardio blasts have given me the results I have always hoped for. There is not a better trainer out there.”

Esther De Jong - Wilhelmina Model Management

“I have been working as a model for 10 years and it has always been a challenge for me to stay in perfect shape. After having my baby, I was anxious to get back to work, but I was also worried about how to get started again. From the beginning, Joe has been a great trainer and coach. Not only did help me get my body back in shape, but he also helped me regain my confidence. He guided me through a mixture of strength training workouts and cardiovascular routines. His advice on how to eat properly was really extremely helpful since I was still breast-feeding during the first three months of our training. Now, my daughter is 19 months and I am a size 4! Ironically, I’m smaller and leaner than before my pregnancy! I feel healthy, strong and happy to be working out with someone of great competence.”

Tara Stiles - Yoga Instructor

“Boxing with Joe is fun if your idea of a good time is throwing punches until you collapse; getting helped up off the floor for some more intense training by kicking the heavy bag until your legs feel like bricks. All the while, the clock seems to stand virtually still. Finally, we finish everything off by pushing an iron structure, called the Prowler, across the gym 4 times as if I were training for the Super Bowl! Fortunately for me, that’s my idea of a GREAT time! And, the best part is I get to return the favor by putting him through an intense Yoga workout.”

Colin O'Rourke - Mixed Martial Arts Fighter Team Renzo Gracie

“My goal was to become a full-fledged Cage Fighter. I had to run, box and study Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu around the clock till I was given the go ahead by my teacher {Renzo Gracie} that I could finally enter the Octagon. It took 4 years to get that call and the one constant in my preparation was my workouts with Joe. Over the last 4 years, he has designed programs that have strengthened my weaknesses and ultimately maximized my strengths. As a result, I am 100 times the athlete that I was four years ago and I owe it all to Joe Dowdell and Peak Performance.”

Sedef Koktenturk - Turkish Olympic Sailing Team (Beijing 2008)

When I decided that it was probably my last chance to fulfill my childhood dream of going to the Olympics for Women’s Windsurfing, I was a 32 year-old investment banker at Goldman Sachs in New York, and I had been away from the Olympic windsurfing circuit for 15 years. I was in decent shape for a wall-street banker, but nowhere close to being an Olympic level athlete in one of the most challenging disciplines for the Beijing Games. Olympic windsurfing requires the endurance level of tri-athletes, tactical skills of sailors, and technical abilities of professional windsurfers.

My extensive search for a trainer that would help me get there physically led me to Joe, who far exceeded my expectations and goals. With a highly customized program of strength endurance training 3 times a week and cardio endurance training 6 times a week, Joe made me look, feel and perform at the top of the world Olympic level women windsurfers in less than 6 months. I was even skeptical in the beginning with the short 45-minute sessions, but the results were amazing… My body fat dropped from 25% to 14%, my sustainable heart rate (85% effort) increased to 175 for 45 minutes (target length one race) and my strength and endurance allowed me to train for 6 hours on the water (I could barely handle 15 minutes when I first started), and most importantly I won my national trials by a significant margin and became a credible competitor especially with my fitness level. I could not have done it without Joe’s unique, creative and efficient training sessions both in person, while I was in New York, and over the mail while I was traveling the world with the circuit training and racing.