Industry Testimonials

Robert dos Remedios, MA, CSCS, MSCC
2006 NSCA Collegiate Strength & Conditioning Professional of the Year
Collegiate S&C Coach, Author, and Speaker

“I have had the pleasure of knowing Joe Dowdell both as a peer in this field and as a friend for several years now. Joe’s body of work speaks for itself and unlike many fit pros these days, Joe prefers his work to do all of his talking. Joe is a sharp mind, a hard worker, and most importantly he is a passionate and caring PERSON. I can’t say enough about what a great PROFESSIONAL Joe Dowdell is….we need more people like him in this field. Thanks for making us all better Joe!”



Brad Schoenfeld, MSc, CSCS, CSPS, NSCA-CPT
Author: The MAX Muscle Plan

“Joe Dowdell epitomizes the term fitness professional. He combines the ability to synthesize cutting edge scientific principles with the keen insight as to how to apply the information to optimize client results. It is very rare that you find a personal trainer who has such a terrific grasp of both science and art, and rarer still that the person is able integrate these aspects in practice. If a family member asked me to recommend a trainer to help them get fit, Joe would be at the very top of my list. That’s a the highest compliment I can pay to any fitness pro.”



Jon Goodman
Strength Coach/Owner, Personal Trainer Development Center

“Joe and I first met at a seminar he held at Peak Performance in the summer of 2011. It was one of the best seminars I’ve ever attended and I still refer trainers to buy the materials from it. Joe and I have formed a friendship since then and he has been paramount in my development as a trainer. He’s acted as a sounding board for my ideas, provided me resources when I needed them, and introduced me to others. Joe is one of those rare breeds that has achieved success yet still demonstrates an insatiable desire to get better and help others. Anybody who doesn’t go out of their way to work with and get to know Joe is doing themselves and their business a disservice.”



Nick Winkelman MSc, CSCS*D, USAW, USATF
Director of Training Systems and Education/Athletes’ Performance
NSCA State Director of Arizona

“Joe Dowdell has a relentless passion for seeing others succeed. He has learned from the best and is now one of the best, and through Peak Performance NYC has created a world-class environment for trainers to grow and clients to succeed. Joe Dowdell and his team elevate everyone around them and have become professionals at helping others exceed all expectations.”



Rob Sulaver, C.S.C.S.
Strength Coach/Owner, Bandana Training

“Joe D. owns one of the best gyms in the world. That’s not an exaggeration…and it’s distinguished for a reason – because he continuously pursues the latest and greatest training techniques, equipment, and methodologies. Joe is on the cutting edge of body transformation and exercise science and he’s created a mecca in Peak Performance where he can share, coach, and celebrate what it means to train smart. He is unparalleled in his understanding of acute training variables and program design. In fact, he understands training so well that he should teach other trainers how to train…oh wait, that’s exactly what he does. The brains of an armchair trainer combined with every-day-in-the-trenches-experience makes Joe one of the industry’s best.”



Jon Tutolo
President, Trump Model Management

“Joe Dowdell, along with rest of Team Peak Performance, has become a vital contributor to the overall creation of a top model in today’s market. We constantly turn to him for guidance and training in nutrition and fitness for all of our top models. As fashion constantly changes, the one trend that will always be consistent is a healthy, strong body.”



Sean Patterson
President, Wilhelmina Model Management

“Joe Dowdell’s knowledge and experience have allowed me to improve my appearance and overall fitness in ways that I never thought possible. Over the years, I had tried training with trainers at every major health club in New York—always with terrible results. Joe and the gang at Peak Performance show you how to do it and maximize your results without having to kill yourself. I will always be grateful for how Joe’s knowledge has helped me finally get to where I’ve always wanted to be.”



Women’s Board Director, MC2 Model Management

“I have worked with Joe for five years now, first by having him train my models.

The improvements that he was able to make with the girls, where all others had failed, was miraculous. After seeing the results with my models, I deiced it was my turn and I started training at peak performance myself. Within six months, I had dropped fifty pounds. Joe offers hope where there is none. He is a Jedi.”



Jeff O’Connell

“Peak Performance may have one of the nation’s best trainers, in Joe Dowdell, the most impressive array of equipment, the coolest vibe, and the most spectacular facility in Manhattan. Any one of those factors would set it apart from most gyms, but it’s the combination of all four that makes Peak an unparalleled fitness experience. The only thing we like better than shooting there is training there.”



Dr. John M. Berardi
Nutritionist/Owner, Precision Nutrition

“Joe Dowdell and the staff at Peak Performance have done the amazing – creating an exclusive, high end facility that not only looks and feels great but also delivers results. With their everyday experience as well as their high commitment to continuing education, I recommend Peak Performance without hesitation to anyone looking for the best workout in New York City”



Eric Cressey
Strength Coach/Co-Owner, Cressey Performance

“Joe Dowdell is hands-down one of the brightest minds in the fitness industry today. His educational background in a wide variety of realms is extremely impressive in itself, but the fact that Joe leverages that knowledge so well with an unyielding passion and enthusiasm for helping others reach their goals is even more impressive. He has been a tremendous resource for me, and whenever I want to refer someone to a trainer in New York City, I call Joe immediately.”



Mike Robertson
Strength Coach/Co-Owner, Indianapolis Fitness & Sports Training

“Joe Dowdell is one of the most proven strength coaches and personal trainers in the game today. He’s learned from the best in the business, and modeled these teachings into a unique package that has driven consistent success in one of the most demanding markets in the industry. Joe is a go-to guy for me, and someone whose opinion I value greatly. If you are in the New York area and not training with Joe, what are you waiting for?”




Tony Gentilcore
Strength Coach/Co-Owner, Cressey Performance

“Joe Dowdell and his staff at Peak Performance have undoubtedly put together one of the best training facilities in NYC. To be honest, I was like a kid in a candy store the first time I walked in. However what separates Peak Performance from the vast majority of other gyms is the fact that Joe and his staff have the training experience AND knowledge to help anyone attain their goals in the most efficient and safest way possible. I can say with full confidence that if you’re not training at Peak Performance, you’re missing out.”



Alwyn Cosgrove
Strength Coach/Co-Owner, Results Fitness

“I’ve known Joe for years. When we opened Results Fitness in 2000, Joe was the first person I called for advice, and he’s one of my go-to people in the industry. A professional, a class act and it goes without saying a great trainer. But more important than all of that – he’s a great person and one I’m proud to call a friend as well as a colleague.”

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