“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is Strength.” - Arnold Schwarzenegger
My name is Joshua Toloza and I study Kinesiology with an emphasis on teaching Physical Education at San Jose State university. I am a strength athlete, powerlifter, part of the SJSU Powerlifting/Olympic Lifting team as well as the powerlifting gym, Backyard Barbell. I have been exposed and experienced many phases of the fitness industry under the wing of my brother, Austin Toloza. These include martial arts, crossfit, functional fitness, olympic lifting, powerlifting, strongman, and bodybuilding. I have competed in three powerlifting competitions that consisted of bench only and full power at the San Jose State Spartan Open and the California State Championships. I specialize in the exercise movements of the squat, bench, and deadlift. For my future, I plan to: become a top-notch Physical Education Teacher that has a strong influence on students and the environment around them, achieve the status as an elite powerlifter and become a well respected individual within the fitness industry, and become a strength coach that helps develop others to become the strongest versions of themselves.
My training philosophy has been strongly influenced by these individuals: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Elliot Hulse, Bart Kwan, and Tom Rath. It is not a saying, but a list of characteristics one must have developed in order to become the strongest version of themselves. When these characteristics are developed, the person and the people around them become stronger.
1. Resilient - One must be willing to fail and must constantly fail in order to become the strongest version of themselves. No matter how many times they fail, they must always have that will to fall forward and learn from the experience of trial and error.
2. Infectious- One must be willing to develop energy not only for himself/herself, but so much that it leaks into the individuals around him/her. They must be willing to develop an aura that infects everyone in the area around him/her so that everyone has a sense of will to put in the time, effort, and work to become the strongest version of themselves.
3. Versatile - One must be willing to adjust their life when something goes wrong. What can go wrong, will go wrong and one must be able to be willing to go through the hardships through learning new skills that will only help one become the strongest version of themselves. It is in these hardships when one decides not to give up but to adapt and develop new skills that will take them to a level that most people claim they want to be at but blame other things for their misfortune.
4. Courageous- One must be willing to do things without the care of the world of what people think of them. They must let go of all social norms and expectations and develop their own standard that strengthens themselves and the people around them. They must be willing to feel fear, but have so much courage that the feel of fear gives them an adrenaline rush to become and perform so much better.
5. Genuine- One must be honest and sincere with themselves that makes them relatable and approachable to anyone. They must develop a vibe so that the individuals around them are willing to share the weaknesses they have and be honest with themselves in order to find the true reason on what they need to work on to become the strongest version of themselves. They must mean what they say and say what they mean in the best interest of the individual.
In my recent past, I believed that I hit the most lowest point of my life. It got to a point where I was reduced to something I, myself, considered below nothing. That cycle of constantly beating myself up. The feeling of being ignored because I literally didn't have anything to offer. The feeling of judgement from others of how I was in such good shape a few years before but was a total fat slob years after. The feeling of being hopeless and useless and having no sense of guidance when wanting to make a change in lifestyle . I am here to help members who have those feelings overcome them. I’ve been there. I’ve done it. I’m here to be that guidance that will help anyone overcome those feelings by motivating and inspiring them to get out of their slump and to begin their new journey of being at their new prime. Through my passion of fitness and seeing people hit new PR’s, I’m here to help anyone develop and build a new foundation both physically and mentally in an attempt to revamp their whole lifestyle in order for them to become the strongest version of themselves.