Located right here on Main Street, Joltin' Jabs is a national award winning boxing workout gym, and has been named "Best Boxing Workout in America" by SELF Magazine. We stopped in to meet owner Joey DeMalavez, and learn his story as well as see what all the hype was about. Joey is a high-energy, passionate, and inspirational person -- this has been definitely one of the most memorable one-on-one interviews that we've conducted. His explosive personality reflects the workouts he provides for his clients. He trains celebrities such as Charles Barkley and Steven A. Smith, professional athletes like the Philadelphia Flyers, and many more! He strives to not only improve physically, but mentally as well. He is dedicated to improving your overall quality of life, and helping you every step of the way! Learn more about Joey and his gym right here in Manayunk -- Joltin' Jabs!
What does a typical workout look like at Joltin' Jabs?
"A 50 minute boxing workout with core exercises, animal movements, and upper body strength"
How do you differentiate yourself from competitors?
"I always say what makes people come to me is my personality, knowledge, and wisdom. Anybody can make you tired and put you through a workout. I am motivated to inspire you, and I give you a mental workout too. My persona -- mental and physical."
What was the most challenging thing about starting your business?
"The sacrifice. Giving up my comfortable job. I was wasting my time. The hardest thing was the people in my ear telling me I was crazy. I had to take the risk and believe in myself."
Have you had any previous business experience?
"Nope. I never had college. Boxing has helped me balance my life -- you just couldn't pay for this in college."
What is the most satisfying thing about owning a business?
"Besides the recognition, all of the phone calls, texts, emails about how I changed peoples' lives for the better. How I influence them through everyday life."
Why is Manayunk the home to Joltin Jabs?
"I'm a native. I grew up here!"
Give me one characteristic to describe yourself?
"Passionate" We can highly agree with this.
Is there anything else you want our readers to know specifically about your business?
"This business is something that I started from the ground-up. Nobody believed in me. Now I have a business that SELF magazine voted #1 boxing workout in the country! Follow your dreams, believe in yourself, and push and trust yourself through the struggles. The struggles will come, it's up to you if you want to surpass them."
Joey is definitely one-of-a-kind, and he is extremely passionate about what he does. His credentials are extremely impressive, and they reflect the quality of work he provides for his clients. If you're looking to get your sweat on and improve your overall quality of life, stop by Joltin' Jabs and meet Joey for yourself!
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Office: 4312 Main Street, Philadelphia, PA 19127