Joe Palagyi started personal training with me when he first came to Norcal Strength and Conditioning in November of 2011. When I first met him I could already tell that he was in pretty good shape, but was he in Norcal shape? I put him through a series of ringers and tests to see how fit he was and how tough he was. Needless to say he was an amazing athlete when he first came in, and now he is pretty much superhuman. I have a nickname for him…”Wolverine…” based off his regenerative capabilities. It’s very hard to get this guy sore, and he recovers like the comic book character when you throw him through the grinders. I asked him a few questions about himself and his experience so far and here is what he has to say:
How were you introduced to NorCal Strength and Conditioning?
I found NorCal Strength and Conditioning about two years ago while doing a random Internet search for CrossFit based gyms in the Chico area. In truth I have been looking for a Gym like NorCal for most of my life! So glad I finally found it!!
Favorite movement/skill you have learned at NorCal:
This is a tough question to answer. There are so many great movements that I love to choose from! So many I haven’t learned yet. I suppose if I have to choose just one it’s gotta be ring dips!
I have always wanted:
To beat my dad at scrabble. The mans vocabulary is astounding and he is quite possibly the most talented bullshitter I have met.
One word people use to describe me:
I thought about asking my mom this question, but thought better of it when I had visions of her responding with something cheesy like ” o, you’re special honey” as I watch my fiancee Carrie’s eyes roll back in her head. So, I asked my Dad and two good friends that I happen to work with. All three of them were stumped and these guys are straight shooters, the kind of guys that have no problem telling you exactly how it is. I’m not exactly sure what this means? Maybe I’m hard to define in just one word. Then again, I think most people probably are. Right? I don’t know. If I ever find that one word I’ll let ya know.
Outside the gym I like to:
EAT FOOD!!! I’m a huge foodie
Three things you would ALWAYS FIND in my fridge:
Eggs, Broccoli, Fuji’s
Something nobody knows about me or would be surprised to know about me
When I was four or five years old (circa 76,77) I used to play my mom’s Earth Wind and Fire records and dance around the living room in my onesie PJ’s. BAAH DEE AAHH!!!
Favorite Physical activity outside of NorCal Strength and Conditioning:
Well, in the interest of keeping this P.G…. Lets go with my second favorite physical activity. Riding dirt bikes and bicycles (mountain and road).
Favorite place to eat a Paleo-ish meal in Chico:
Right now its probably breakfast at Sin of Cortez. I usually get Nirvana which is a few eggs any style, bacon and seasonal fruit. I always order a bowl of fruit to add to the side that already comes with the dish, and a cup of black coffee….or two!
Song that gets me pumped up for a workout:
I love having music playing in the background while I’m working out but its kind of a zen moment when you’re doing a movement and the music usually fades into the background anyway so as long as it is something that won’t lull me to sleep I’m happy! Really I’m not as boring as that sounds!
The last thing you ate:
Four fried eggs spiced up with some cayenne pepper and olive oil, half of a cantaloupe and a glass of coconut milk. YUM!!!
Proudest accomplishment at NorCal:
The look on Matt Brown’s face when he puts together a workout that crushes me and I come in the next day fresh and not sore at all!! It’s priceless!! I don’t know if that’s an accomplishment, but it makes me smile! Joking aside I’m pretty proud of passing the level 1 testing.
Outside the gym:
Through my job with Cal Fire I’m involved in a camp for teens called F.A.S.T. Camp (fire and safety training). The camp is intended for teens who have been in trouble, who don’t have much support at home or who may be interested in a career in Fire or L.E. but all teens are welcome to apply. During their six day stay campers are exposed to the Firefighting and Law Enforcement careers and learn skills like situational awareness, team work and accountability to name a few, as well as physical training every morning. To see the positive changes that happen with some of these kids during their stay is super rewarding and it makes me proud to play a role in this process. I look forward to it every year!
6 month goal:
400lb dead lift, 400lb back squat, 205lb shoulder press, muscle ups.
If you could invite ANYBODY (currently alive or not) over for dinner, who would you invite? Why?
I Have an uncle named Scott Powell who passed away some time in the 60’s at the age of 26 while driving home on leave from the military, he was driving a corvair and fell asleep at the wheel. Family members speak of him fondly and have mentioned that we have similar personalities. Over the years I have seen lots of pictures and heard lots of stories but to meet him in the flesh would be a cool experience!
Favorite workout attire:
loose fitting shorts, light cotton or non cotton t-shirt, and asics shoes have been my favorite for a while.
P.S. Here is a little Video I put together of some of the training Joe has been doing.