Name: Joshua Warren
Hometown: Knoxville, TN
Business: ATB Performance
Social Media: Instagram – @joshua.warren_
XPT: Tell us about yourself:
Joshua Warren: I completed my Bachelor’s degree at Maryville College in Physical Education where I played college football and coached Strength & Conditioning for softball in one season. Afterwards, I relocated to Southern California to pursue a Master’s Degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Strength & Conditioning at California State University, Fullerton. I have since competed in CrossFit and Weightlifting and have been coaching for three years in both CrossFit settings and Weightlifting Clubs. I use my experiences as an athlete, coach, and student to serve others and bring a holistic, evidence-based approach to building a lifestyle that facilitates the highest performance possible.
XPT: What’s your favorite XPT related tip, discipline, activity, etc. to teach your clients?
Joshua Warren: My favorite XPT related discipline to teach my clients is movement. Movement is a practice that I can teach immediately, regardless of where I’m working, who I’m working with, or what equipment I have available. Movement is fundamental to health because the opposite is what leads to an insurmountable amount of complications. Many people have heard “if you don’t move it, you lose it.” I really enjoy teaching clients different ways to move, challenging them in various ways, and showing them what is truly possible with their body.
How has XPT impacted you and/or your clients?
Joshua Warren: XPT has impacted many of my clients. Breath work has been huge for my clients, and XPT has impacted my ability to coach them safely and effectively through these sessions. I have had multiple clients tell me how drastically the breathing that we practice has carried over into their regular day-to-day work in their office. They tell me about how they are learning to manage their stress and control their responses to the unexpected. I have also had a few clients report that they have felt a huge improvement in their performance in their endurance races that they compete in, and we’ve only worked together for one month!
XPT: Anything else you want to tell us? A quote you remember from the Certification? A cool client story? A personal story as it pertains to XPT in your life?
Joshua Warren: My favorite quote from the XPT Coach Certification was “Don’t be a liability.” The word liability must be defined to fully explain why I love this quote. Liability is defined as: a person or thing whose presence or behavior is likely to cause embarrassment or put one at a disadvantage. This has a two-fold implication. As a coach, I cannot be a liability to any of my clients. I work my hardest to ensure that I am not putting any of my clients at a disadvantage or hindering their life or performance at all. As an athlete, or healthy human being, I cannot have a hole in my health and fitness. If I have a disadvantage in my health and fitness as an athlete, my performance will show that and when I compete, it’s a straight forward implication. If I have a hindrance in my health and fitness as a healthy human being, this is where the implications are often foggy. A liability in my health and fitness could put me on the couch when I would want to be outside hiking with friends. A liability could put me in the hospital instead of being able to take care of all my responsibilities. A liability could give me a constantly sluggish state of living to where I grow accustomed to it and am unaware how I’m treating others because of it. A liability can show up in several ways as an athlete or a healthy human being. Liabilities are what I am here to highlight, assist with, and work out as a coach.