Joseph “Joe Fight” Hsiung is the CEO and Founder of Fight Fitness, a company with a passion to help women and men burn fat, tone up and learn to kick butt, literally!
Joe believes that blending martial arts philosophies with western training methods will help people not only improve their physical well-being, but ascend them to higher levels of greatness in their lives.
Joe has worked in the fitness industry as a personal trainer, fitness equipment salesman and in physical therapy clinics before starting Fight Fitness over 5 years ago. Since then, it has grown to 2 locations, over 300 members and over 20 team members to help support its mission of transforming people’s lives through fitness.
He and his team hold decades of experience together but they still hold high standards for each individual team member. Along with nationally accredited certifications for each team member, Fight Fitness has developed it’s own instructor certifications which require all participants to not only demonstrate proficient technique and knowledge but also pass a physical test to be able to join the ranks of being a certified instructor at Fight Fitness.
Joe completed his B.Sc. in Kinesiology and Health Science with honours from York University and continues a life-long pursuit for knowledge by attending various industry events around the world. He is a sought after leader in the fitness business world and actively presents at various events to help share business best practices.
"I found Fight Fitness through the internet as I was just browsing nearby for kickboxing and found out about fight fit. I attend all the classes Erika teaches unless I'm busy with school or work or recovering from an injury 😉
I enjoy the finishers she has set up for us but most importantly the dedication she has towards her clients and how she executes us to have an outstanding class and feel the burn!
It's helped me realize to feel good about myself and push myself to the limit unless again if an injury arises and I have to listen to her telling me "you okay? Take it easy girl!"
Yes I would recommend Erika's classes to others because she is by far the most intense and caring person you will meet! For a tiny lady you get a lot out of her and she gives you so much motivation. Every time I'm lazy I think of Erika in my head and remember that if I go to her classes I know I won't regret it and it'll be better than watching Netflix!
- Nicole L.
I found out about this awesome place through a Groupon that I bought for a few trial classes and now I attend as often as I possibly can which is usually 2-3 times a week.
Erika's kickboxing classes are very motivational. She really cares about her students as she often walks around and gives suggestions on how to improve your technique. She brings a huge amount of positive energy to all of her classes. She is very motivational by coming around and making comments on how well we are doing or by giving us all high fives at the end of a round.
Her nutritional sessions were very positive and encouraging as well. She always started our sessions by stating what she liked about how my eating was going. She gave some great tips and suggestions that helped me to lose over 30 lbs.! She is absolutely amazing and I would recommend her to anyone who is serious about losing some weight.
Erika has provided me with lifelong skills that I am so thankful for. These skills include:
I would absolutely recommend Erika's classes/coaching sessions. She really cares about her students. Her passion for assisting others to achieve their goals in evident in everything that she does. She is so motivational, energetic and positive. I am truly so thankful for all that she has done for me. She's awesome!
Josh is one of the rock star trainers at Fight Fitness. He blends his passion for fitness and engineering to deliver fun & tailored workouts.
Josh is a life-long learner, seeking out masters in their disciplines to bring the best training experience to his fellow Ninjas. His journey so far includes:
In his spare time, he loves to make (and drink) coffee, draw stick figures, and explore the world. One of his favorite quotes is: "In the beginner's mind there are many possibilities, in the expert's mind there are few." --Shunryu Suzuki
"I was having lower back issues which made classes difficult for me, it was recommended that I take a few Personal training sessions with Josh. I explained to Josh my situation and that I wanted to strengthen my lower back to help with everyday life. Josh came back with strengthening exercises and explained each exercise and what it was helping me. He didn’t force me to continue something if it was hurting but he would change up the exercise.
He helped me focus on my movements with each exercise as well. Each week he added new exercises to help. Josh listens and guides your sessions to your needs, he also makes the sessions fun. I would recommend Josh for personal training session (his classes are fun as well)."
"I first started at Stouffville's Fight Fit in the fall of 2015 thanks to a reference from two friends who were already attending and knew it would be something I'd love. I haven't stopped since and I have all the amazing coaches to thank for that, but one in particular, coach Josh.
I attend 4 evening kickboxing classes a week (on average) among other classes and always look forward to Josh's the most.
Josh is truly talented in both the martial arts and coaching and it shows in each and every class. He teaches and demonstrates all moves with patience and skill to all individuals. His ability to help guide any individual regardless of their level is obvious and greatly appreciated. I personally enjoy being pushed past my limits and critiqued and coach Josh comes through every time. Nothing makes me happier than waking up in good pain the next day. THAT to me is success. THAT is what keeps me going and wanting more.
I have and continue to tell people about this place I call my second home. I talk about how welcoming it is for anyone wanting to keep or get into shape, and I talk about the amazing coaches. As long as coaches like Josh are there, my second home it will be."
-- Shay M.
"I have been a Fight Fit member for over 2 years. My motivation for starting a consistent workout routine is similar to most; more energy, manage my stress level (mommy of 3), better health, weight loss….we all know the advantages of being active. What I love about the journey down a healthy road is how quickly it becomes an addiction; a way of life of which the benefits spill over into so many other areas….making you a better version of YOU!
ightFit has offered me the opportunity to push what I thought I could physically do. It’s an environment rooted in support and positivity, a true family of where some of my most precious friendships began.
Though all of the FF coaches are fantastic, I make it a point every Wednesday night to attend Josh Wang’s Stouffville class. Josh’s classes NEVER disappoint. It’s an hour of kooky fun all the while continually perfecting form, working muscles, burning calories and pushing limits… I mean where else can you fly through the air and superhero slam!!!! Ka-Pow!!! I love how Josh goes back to the basics, where we really focus on pivoting and turning the right way to truly execute a combination to the full potential. There’s always something new, an unexpected twist, whether it’s a killer ab finisher or maybe a spinning kick burnout?
A FF beginner or a more seasoned member Josh easily tailors the class and makes it work for everyone, all the while delivering a KILLER WORKOUT! He takes the time to properly stretch at the end of each class (as much as I hate to do it), after working through one of Josh’s stretches I feel fantastic. During 2016 I set out to push my fitness limits and signed up for a few long distance runs, with one being the Scotia Bank half marathon in October. Throughout the training leading up to the runs, Josh offered advice for stretching, nutrition and recovery of those running muscles….thanks Josh for sharing your knowledge ☺
Josh consistently pursues and perfects his skill as an athlete. This spark and love of fitness spills over into his classes, where you have no choice but to be motivated to “PUSH”. Watching Josh execute a combination just naturally makes you work harder…..working towards a goal to make it look as “EASY” as he does (I know, I know, but a girl can dream… ;-))
I love my “hump day” Wednesday at 6:30. As my 9 year old daughter Elayna would say “Mom is Josh teaching tonight, cause if he is I’m coming to FF, his classes are so much FUN”.
Thanks Josh for all you do."
- AnnaMaria Scrofano
Marci Lall is a Weight Loss & Body Sculpting Specialist who coaches and teaches women how to decrease their body fat and increase their metabolism.
Marci has been active in the fitness industry as a personal trainer since 2002. Prior to that time he spent most of his time instructing and participating in karate classes, and sharpening up his skills in, boxing, Muay Thai, Jiu Jitsu, judo and wrestling.
Marci specializes in solving weight loss issues that directly affect women, and is passionate about helping them achieve their desired goals.
“Women work mighty hard at not only providing for their family but also making sure that chores are done, meals are cooked, homework gets done... the list can go on and on. It’s very rewarding for me to help keep these women fit and healthy so they’re able to accomplish their daily activities with ease, feel better about themselves and look amazing!”
Marci has extensive experience in personal training and coaching. A fitness ‘force of nature’ he is proud to say he:
"I found Fight Fitness through a Facebook ad. I attend classes as least twice per week I wanted to say that it has been evident how much coach Laura's confidence has grown from teaching her very first class on her own until now. As her confidence in her ability to teach has grown her classes have become more challenging. Her classes are always fun and provide a great workout and she always adds an element of something new. I would definitely recommend her classes to others.
Thanks Laura for kicking my ass!"
"I started at Fight Fit as a friend is a member in Markham and she bugged me to try it. I attend Laura’s classes once a week, sometimes 2. I really like her classes as there is good variety. Laura is very encouraging and quickly adapt an exercise when it is not possible to do it. I always feel that I have had a good workout after I leave her classes. I would recommend people to attend Laura’s classes. I wish she taught more of them at times I can attend."
I live very close to Fight Fitness Stouffville location. I drove by many times and saw the sign back in 2016. In March 2017, I decided to walk-in to get some information in one of my day-offs. Mid-September marks my half year journey fighting with Fight Fitness. I attend Laura's class on Fridays and some Thursdays.
Laura is a great motivator, coach and fitness instructor. She is always clear about all the moves and show you ways to improve your efficacy. I am always afraid of the big black tractor wheel. I tried to lift it before but I could not even move it an inch forward. Last night's class I tried it again, Laura encouraged me and she said "Amy, you can do it!" and she lift it with me and showed me how to use my legs to push forward and engage my muscles. We flipped it a few times! I understood most of the strength was from Laura, however, I appreciate how she helped me changing my "can't attitude" to a "can attitude". I know one day I can flip that big black tire all by myself.
My schedule won't allow me to join the weekend classes, so if I want to join Laura's class I need to come on Friday night. That helped me escape my Friday wings, beer, heavy dinner outside. I usually feel energized, tired, inspired, motivated, exhausted, awesome and sore after Friday's class with Laura. What a great way to start my weekends!
I recommend others to go to Laura's class because she is a no nonsense coach. She reminds me of G.I. Jane; I need to kick, punch and work within that hour in class with a non-stoppable attitude. She is not just a voice yelling at you to keep going but a force to drive you to push your limits and achieve your goals.
"May brings a friendly and lively environment to every class. Always willing to incorporate new ideas keeping ninjas on their toes.
Whether it be setting chin up goals, or leading us through an extended stretch session, her creativity and passion keeps things refreshing. Keep up the good work!"
- Clinton Seto
"Sessions with May are amazing, especially Friday night. May incorporates cardio as much as possible, which I hate at the time but find that it is necessary for me to reach my goals. She keeps the circuit time short during afterburn because it keeps me interested in what I am doing instead of doing the same exercise for an extended period of time. She’s a constant motivation, if needed, which throughout a workout is something I really appreciate because I am someone who needs external reinforcement to keep me going and I find that she does this in a positive way.
Her kickboxing classes are fun and I enjoy that they involve many basic combos, as I am not someone who has done kickboxing before starting at Fight Fit. She is quick to correct issues in my form, which I appreciate as I want to make sure I am getting the most out of my workout and not risk injuring myself."
- Casey Baker
"May is very engaging, upbeat and personable. She brings a lot of creativity, variety and energy into her workouts. You just know she put in a lot of thought and care into designing her workouts at Fight Fit. May's workouts are fun and anyone at any level would have a great "oh my XXX" workout. It's one thing for a coach to give you a great workout but even more important to make each class a positive experience with encouragement and support for every single person during class. You have so much fun in May's classes that time flies by fast! What inspires me about May is that she is so approachable and she too, has physical goals. Keep up the great work and thanks for making my quads just burn!"
- Gina Lam
It's very easy to give a testimonial for Sean as has a enthusiastic personality. Sean approaches coaching the same way he does his own training, all out. Being a coach I know how hard it is to get people engaged time after time and class after class. One could say it takes a lot out of you but the beauty of what Sean brings is that each class is like it's it's first for the day. He is excited to see everyone and to work with everyone, no matter how many classes he has done and no matter what time of day it is. That's a rare quality.
Personally Sean has helped me in that he pushes me and he challenges all with encouragement. Sean puts thought into his training sessions, they are well planned out and organized. He meets all at their needs, from the person who is in their first class to the person that has been there for many. Often times the person who has been to many doesn't receive they same attention as the person in the first, but not with Sean. As I said he finds new ways to challenge you, for you to bring more. He finds ways to encourage and get the class motivated. It's very easy for an athletic person to to be left to their own and assumed that they will find their own way to challenge themselves, but while this is often the case Sean's approach is one in the same with how he would like to be coached - pushed an challenges so that soon you find you are doing things you didn't think you still had in you.
Like I said, it's very easy to write a testimonial for Sean he brings a passion to what he does and it translates over to each class. Well done Sean, I'm happy to attend any class that I can of yours, no thinking twice because I know I will be motivated once I get there.-Sarah
Rebecca Crupi is a 40-year old mama of 5 boys: 23 years to 4 year old twins, and a wife.
Rebecca is constantly trying to balance and fine tune her work life/mama duties as well as her own personal fitness goals to keep herself happy and healthy - body and mind for herself as well as her family.
She has been in the fitness industry since 2011 as a health and fitness consultant and is passionate about helping others find the time they deserve to achieve their goals.
She began her own personal journey after a knee injury and several repair surgeries. They left her unable to walk and in a wheelchair for six months and required the use of a cane forone year after having her third child. She struggled to not only to find the time, but also the motivation to make time for herself, subsequently "letting herself go". She recalls the feelings of hitting an all time low, and it was up to her to pick herself up!
Rebecca joined a reputable Boxing Gym in 2010 and her love for everything fitness was kickstarted !
Her self confidence and self esteem were restored and then some, as well as surpassing her goals. She knew this was her journey and her mission to share her experiences, trials and tribulations with others to help them see their self worth as well and to achieve their goals!
In 2011 Rebecca moved to Markham and kept up with her fitness path through her work at Extreme fitness in the Downtown core.
In 2012, Rebecca had her preemie twin boys and decided to leave the industry to raise her new babies, one of which has extensive medical challenges including complex congenital heart disease, as well as to care for her older boys. She decided to put her passion on hold.
In 2014, Rebecca found Fight Fitness, and with her twins now bigger and stronger, her passion for fitness was sparked through the Fight Fit family.
She knew quickly that this was more than a temporary stop for her and more than just a "typical" workout! She realized her love for boxing and kickboxing would continue through coaching!
Rebecca has currently completed her Fight Fitness Kickboxing Instructor Certification, her black band ranking, and CPR training.
She loves meeting new people in different stages and from all walks of life. Rebecca feels she is able to relate on multiple levels as a busy working mom, a wife, and as a member of the over 40 club. She believes she is exactly where she is supposed to be, helping transform people's dreams of a healthy lifestyle to a reality.
Rebecca hopes to continue her journey further by obtaining her Can-fit pro certification and taking her skills to the next level in fitness and nutrition.
Ken Zhang is a fitness professional who works with people from all walks of life. It doesn't matter if you're an overweight individual striving to lose a few pounds or if you're an avid fitness enthusiast looking to take it to the next level. Ken can help you all become a stronger version of "you".
Ken believes that attaining true mental, physical and emotional balance is a lifelong journey. This holistic approach to fitness and health is paramount to success in all areas of life.
Ken has worked at various kickboxing, athletic and rehabilitation training facilities for over 3 years. Over the years Ken has worked with a variety of individuals ranging from people with disabilities (e.g. Cerebral Palsy) to firefighters, paramedics, policemen and elite athletes that play at the national level (e.g. Luke Willson of the Seattle Seahawks NFL).
Ken is certified in Canfitpro Personal Trainer Specialist, Ontario Fitness Council RHEP- Personal Trainer & Group Exercise, Twist Advanced Functional Training and Fitness Kickboxing Canada.
Ken completed his Fitness and Health Promotion program with honours from Centennial College and attends fitness events and workshops to continue his lifelong journey of learning.
Jay Hilario is a fitness professional with a philosophy that focuses on continual life long learning as he works towards enhancing the well-being of his clients. In doing so, empowering them with knowledge, skills, support, guidance and to assist and inspire them on their journey to a healthier life.
At Fight Fitness, he will transform your quality of life through active participation in regular fitness activities and the integration of guided fitness programs, to make your health goals become reality, in a caring, fun, and dynamic environment.
Jay Hilario has worked in the health and wellness industry for over 12 years and has run various gyms and worked in many athletic clinics around the GTA. He is also a proud father of four children, and most recently he is a cancer survivor.
Jay has various certifications such as ISSA trainer, EFI gravity training instructor, Can-Fit nutrition.
Jay holds a degree in electronics engineering and digital media arts from Devry and Seneca college.
Jay enjoys spending time with his children, playing competitive basketball, strength training, cooking and traveling.
Christopher Ching is the Head Coach for the children and young adults’ martial arts program at Fight Fitness. He is continuously striving to enrich the lives of others - especially the lives of the most important people in the world (our kids!).
Chris believes in being a student for life: there are important lessons to learn everywhere! He believes that by keeping one’s mind open and ready to accept any and all challenges, almost any goal is achievable.
Chris began working as a humble dishwasher, working his way up the ranks of the kitchen brigade, while learning and honing new skills at Humber College during his time as a Cook’s Apprentice. Since graduating, he has tried his hand at carpentry, metal fabrication, heavy press operation (800 Ton Metal Press), and even catering. Chris does his best to embody the mindset and philosophy of the Jack of All Trades.
Christopher was certified by Joseph Hsiung - Fight Fitness’ very own Founder - to become an officially trained Fitness Kickboxing Instructor. Chris has practiced Martial Arts for almost a decade - he has practiced Kendo, Aikido, Kung Fu, and Parkour. By having a wide range of skills and experiences, Chris gathers and collects knowledge from everywhere and everyone. All walks of life are respected and cherished. However, he believes his students have made him a far better Martial Artist and person than any schooling he has received so far.
Christopher completed and received his certificate for his Cook’s Apprentice training at Humber College, where he learned not only how to cook good food, but also how to ensure people receive the highest nutrition from their diet.
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