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Meet Joe Decker | Fitness Professional & Event Director

We are thrilled to be connecting with Joe Decker again. Joe is a Fitness Professional & Event Director and is also a content partner. Content partners help Voyage in so many ways from spreading the word about the work that we do, sponsoring our mission and collaborating with us on content like this. Check out our conversation with Joe below.

Hi Joe, thank you so much for sitting down with us again. For folks who might have missed our initial interview, can you start by briefly introducing yourself?
I am a Guinness World Record Holder for Fitness and US ARMY Vet that has overcome depression and drug addiction. I enjoy sharing my story to hopefully inspire others that are dealing with life’s struggles as well. Plus, my wife and I own and operate Gut Check Fitness which is an international Outdoor Fitness and Event company that hosts workouts and events around the world with the primary goal of motivating and hopefully empowering those that we meet along the way. Gut Check Fitness has been named one of the Best, Toughest and Most Creative in the World. We’d love for you to come see why for yourself.

We know that Gut Check Fitness offers world class Outdoor Fitness training but what other fitness services do you offer?
In addition to group outdoor fitness, we now offer world class one on one online training with world record holder Joe Decker via the TrueCoach app. Plus we offer killer one hour virtual streaming ZOOM classes as well.

In addition to fitness services, do you host other fitness related events or races around the area? Nationally?
Outside of fitness services we also host 5k All Terrain races in CA, TX and IL. Besides these, we host a 4-hour GUT CHECK, 12-hour SUCK and the 36-hour Ultimate SUCK, that has been named One of the Most Extreme Tests of Fitness in the Nation.

I’ve heard that Gut Check Fitness offers an event named one of the Most Extreme in the Nation, called the Ultimate SUCK. Could you tell us more about this event and why you created it?
Having completed many of world’s toughest endurance events, I wanted one that would truly test a competitor’s overall fitness, including cardiovascular, muscular endurance and strength. Since I couldn’t locate such an event, I decided to create it. Using my military background, college degree in Exercise Physiology, farm boy upbringing and ultra-endurance background, I created the Ultimate SUCK. I picked 36 hours as that was my average to finish many of these events plus, I knew it’d be a great test of mental and intestinal fortitude. The primary goal is not to demoralize but to inspire, motivate and empower. I believe that if it doesn’t’ challenge you it doesn’t change you.

Why would you recommend working outdoors rather than a crowded indoor studio?
There are so many reasons to work outdoors than inside. Currently because it’s so much safer. There’s been very few cases of COVID traced to the outdoors and it’s easy to stay distanced. It also lowers blood pressure, reduces stress, helps ward off depression, anxiety and so much more. It’s hard to beat a sunrise or set while working outdoors.

If someone wanted to become a Gut Check Fitness affiliate, what would they have to do?
If they wanted to join our national Gut Check Fitness affiliate team, all they would have to do is contact  Nicole@gutcheckfitness.com for more information. We currently have a few around the nation but our team is growing. The beauty of becoming a Gut Check Fitness affiliate is your business is conducted outdoors and you do not need an expensive brick and mortar.

Alright, so before we go, how can our readers connect with you to learn more and show support?
They can find our class and event schedule online at https://gutcheckfitness.com/ or on FB https://www.facebook.com/gutcheckfitness. Please feel to email info@gutcheckfitness.com if you have any questions as well.

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