Jose A. Morejon
Head Fitness Coach
N.A.S.M.- CPT, CES, PES, FNS
Jose A. Morejon is the Founder and Head Fitness Coach of Rise Beyond Fitness Inc. He is a Certified Personal Trainer (CPT), Corrective Exercise Specialist (CES), Performance Enhancement Specialist (PES) and Fitness Nutrition Specialist (FNS) under the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM). He is also a Functional Movement Specialist and a qualified TRX Group Instructor. Jose is a 2nd degree black belt in Japanese Small Circle Ju-Jitsu, and is experienced in several combat disciplines and in their fitness training applications. Jose's specialty is in corrective exercise science, weight loss, performance enhancement, and post rehabilitation training.
"As an adolescent I struggled with my weight and was the center of constant bullying. In my family, love was communicated through food. By the time I was 12 years old there was a lot of me to love! I was classified as obese, diagnosed with high cholesterol, and was on the path to becoming diabetic as a young adult.
In middle school I became active in sports and in the martial arts. I developed a love for exercise that helped shape me into the person I am today. By age 18 I was a black belt in Ju-Jitsu and in peak physical condition. I worked as a full time self defense instructor while going to college, and loved empowering others through the sharing of the art.
On June 17, 2010, I suffered an injury that threatened to end my martial arts career. Every disc in my Lower back, and several discs in other places of my back were herniated and bulged. Doctors were quick to strip me of any hope I had of returning to training, and the only option I was given was major surgery. Stricken by grief and physical pain, I turned to an old emotional support system; Food. Standing at 5"7 and weighing in at a hefty 230 pounds, I gained over 80 pounds in less than a year! I was unable to walk short distances without crippling pain, was borderline diabetic and saw no escape from this nightmare, but God had a plan for me.
I found myself in a position where I was able to learn about anatomy, and restoring functional movement. I studied to become a Certified Personal Trainer, and Corrective Exercise Specialist through the National Academy of Sports Medicine. Utilizing N.A.S.M's Corrective Exercise Continuum, and Optimum Performance Training Model I was able to rehabilitate and stabilize my body in a way that doctors said I'd never be able to achieve, WITHOUT surgery! Through faith, determination, and the emotional support of my wife; I Lost 60 Pounds in 11 months and gained 15 pounds of Lean Muscle Mass. My mission is to empower ANYONE in ANY situation where they think they CAN'T and show them that with the proper training and guidance You CAN achieve goals that you thought were Impossible!"