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Joel Harper is a New York–based personal trainer whose clients include everyone from celebrities and Olympic athletes to ten-year-old children. He is also a speaker and the creator of the FitPack DVD and YOU series DVD workouts. He has been featured in multiple publications and television shows, including The Dr. Oz Show, ABC News, PBS specials, Fox News,, Esquire, Runner’s World, and O. (

the interview

When I started asking people about their greatest epiphanies, Joel, being one of my closest friends, was one of the first people I asked. His epiphany totally took me by surprise; he had never so much as mentioned this astonishing experience before! He simply doesn’t talk about it, he said. His story made me curious about other people’s epiphany stories, and why people often internalize them so deeply that they don’t speak about them unless asked to. You could say he “fueled the fire” for this project early on. We conducted his official interview for the book about a year later and then shot the interview you see here a few months after that in his mid-town apartment in New York City.