Josh is a North Carolina native originally from the Concord, NC area. At Ritch’s Personal Training Josh not only does personal training and group classes but also works with young athletes for tumbling/cheerleading. So you may ask yourself, "Why come and train with Josh?"
Josh understands the determination it takes to achieve a fitness goal because of his experience and accomplishments himself. In 2002 he was named the Open Middleweight Champion for Metrolina’s NPC Bodybuilding Competition in North Carolina. While preparing for this competition he trained with professional bodybuilders and along with a vigorous exercise regimen and strict diet he was able to achieve his goal. He also was the North Carolina and Southeastern United States Gymnastics Champion in the late 80's. For 3 years, Josh attended to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO where he was trained by the Country's finest coaches. Only a couple of gymnasts from NC were invited. In 2013, Josh started Team Fit Ritch which is a Bikini/Body building team that competes through the NPC. He has produced local champions and his wife was ranked 7th at Nationals in her last competition. Josh has himself been a champion body builder, gymnast and has coached a very successful bikini/figure team. He will use all of his experience and knowledge to help anyone and everyone reach there goals.
In 2007, Josh began training in BJJ (Brazilian Jiu Jitsu) and is currently a 1 stripe blue belt. Josh himself trains Brazilian Jiu Jitsu at Forged Fitness. Josh is also one of the best tumbling instructors in NC. He started his career in 1980 and worked his way up to be an elite level gymnast. This part of his life included training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado which later lead to Josh becoming the #1 Male Gymnast in the Southeastern United States. Josh understands not only gymnastics, but also the technicalities of cheerleading. In 2002 Josh opened his first gym, Elite Cheer and Tumble, in Concord, North Carolina. At this facility he was able to coach gymnasts, cheerleaders and fitness competitors into achieving their goals. This included not only tumbling skills up to the highest level, but also helping with flexibility and conditioning. Josh believes that a conditioned athlete is the healthiest one and he is happy to report that in his gyms entire operation there was never a serious injury. Josh continues today to work with cheerleaders/tumblers from some of your major cheer gyms from around NC as he travels the state to do private lessons and tumbling clinics.
In 2009 Josh was married to Courtney and they decided as a family to move to Wendell, North Carolina. Together they sold Elite Cheer and Tumble and have decided to open Ritch’s Personal Training. Here Josh can combine all of his personal training talents to work with every age groups who wants to lose weight, gain muscle, or just fit in their clothes better. Josh will never be able to say goodbye to tumbling so he will still be working with those interested in beginner to advanced tumbling and increasing strength and flexibility. Josh is now certified with the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) and is the owner and operator of Ritch’s Personal Training