Marissa Joseph is a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS) in Manhattan. Simultaneously pursuing professional dancing, Marissa started her fitness career in the summer of 2009. She graduated from the Equinox Academy to become a top tier trainer at Equinox. She is certified to train pre- and post-natal clients, kettle bells, and as an Exercise and Sports Nutritional Coach through Precision Nutrition.
In 2012, Marissa founded Working Lines. Her philosophy is to integrate training and other facets of health with lifestyle choices. By pinpointing major imbalances and weaknesses, Marissa has helped her clients to alleviate pain in the knees, hips and back, restore mobility, and bounce back from injury. She guides her clients to successful weight-loss and has even helped one of them to touch their toes for the first time in twenty years! in conjunction with Physical Therapists, Marissa works to restore full functionality to clients who have had hip and knee replacements, herniated or slipped discs, shoulder impingement issues and other post trauma cases.
Marissa has also embarked on a program of strength training for professional dancers. Her training theories capitalize on dancer’s major imbalances primarily in the posterior chain. Her method works combat injury and provide a safe, practical and accessible way to stay strong and healthy. She has trained members of Lydia Johnson Dance, Doug Varone, Mark Morris and more.
Marissa has lectured and conducted workshops on injury prevention and rehabilitation at SUNY Purchase College Conservatory of Dance, Empire Fitness Advantage, Athelta, and at a multitude of dance studios along the East Coast with her workshop for young dancers: Mindful Practice. She has also written and contributed to articles that have appeared on WeckMethod.com, Qinetic.com and Dance Informa Magazine. This past winter, Mindful Practice appeared in Dance Studio Life Magazine’s feature article: Teaching Students How to be Healthy in Mind and Body.
Marissa currently trains privately in Manhattan and attends The Department of Physical Therapy at Columbia University.