Cleon “CJ” Joseph

Certified Under the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM)

  • NASM Corrective Exercise Specialist

  • NASM Performance Enhancement Specialist

  • NASM MMA Trainer Certification

  • NASM Nutritionist Certification

  • NASM Senior Fitness Certification

  • NASM Youth Fitness Certification

  • Founder of the Fitness Syndicate vs. Obesity Program

  • Creator of the Fitness Reality Show Battle of the Bulge L.A. (BOBLA)

  • Author of the Book: Navigating Through the Valleys of Success

CEO of CJ’s Functional Fitness, CJ bases his fitness program from his 30+ years of experience in the fitness and martial arts world.

CJ developed a deeper desire for fitness after completing in an all natural body building show in the early 90’s. In the late 90’s he discovered no-holds-barred trainig and had to make major physical adjustments to adapt to the demands of conditioning. The transition from bodybuilding to mixed martial arts birthed CJ’s concept of functional fitness.

“It’s about life fitness. It’s all about staying well. Functional training is more than just exercising for a moment in a day. There is a spiritual aspect in knowing that every inch of you is fully available to thrive and leave a legacy for your family. From simply getting in and out of your seat or climbing a flight of stairs without breathing hard or just being able to engage in all that life has to offer; there is a pathway to wellness. It does not matter what physical state of fitness you are currently in, you can improve it, and I want to help. This is the gift god gave to me to share to the world”

- Master Trainer, CJ

CJ has work has been featured on:

At CJ's You are family!

Eva Joseph is the wife (20 years) and partner of CJ Her resume is as follows:

  • Awaken Life & Wellness Coach

  • IFAA Certified Group Trainer

  • Health Science Educator for LAUSD

  • Master of Arts in Educational Leadership

  • Co-Founder of The Fitness Syndicate vs Obesity

  • Editor for the book Navigating Through the Valleys of Success

“Being physically fit not only strengthens your body, but also strengthens your mind and should to overcome challenges that life brings to you”

Eva Joseph
Life Coach, Trainer, Health Science Teacher


Nancy Avelar

Nancy Avelar-Blanco was a client of CJ for three years. She started with CJ at 110 pounds. She in now a functional 135 pounds of functional muscle. She was so inspired by her personal journey she became employed as a Master Trainer at CJ’s Functional Fitness.

  • IFAA Certified Personal Trainer

  • IFAA Certified Group Trainer

  • Rejuvenation Boot Camp Instructor

“Working out with CJ changed my life in many different ways. I was on a mission when I started my fitness journey. IT was almost as if I was looking for a purpose. I needed to get in shape physically, mentally, and spiritually. Dealing with anxiety and low self esteem, post partum depression, I wanted to transform into the woman that I know I was meant to be. I quickly learned that I was going to have a couple of challenges that were out of my control.

Dealing with kidney disease meant I had to learn and educate myself in nutrition. With proper guidance from master coach CJ who genuinely cares for each individual that walks in the doors of the gym, I started to morph. AS I became a ‘CJ black belt’ I knew I wanted others to hear my story so I could inspire positive change towards wellness and health. No matter what challenges arise there is a program here at CJ’s Functional Fitness to assist anyone who is serious about improving their health and wellness. We are not trend setters, we are health advocates!”

Below are some of the most notable campaigns and community partnerships with CJFF to date:


Major Events

 Host Trainer for Judge Hatchet's 2010 Fit Family Fun Day

Keynote Speaker at KJLH Women's Health Forum 2010 to 2017

Keynote Trainer Special Needs Networks South L.A. Gets Fit

Keynote Trainer for 2012 Taste of Soul


Media Appearances

102.3 KJLH's Steve Harvey Morning Show

Guest on KLJH Love n the Spirit

Celebrity Fitness Guest on KTLA Channels 5

Celebrity Fitness Guest on KCal 9

The Word Network's The Jazzspell Show

Host of Twilight Talk Radio's CJ's Functional Fitness Show

Host of New Day Talk Radio's CJ's Functional Fitness Show

Celebrity Fitness Guest on KJLH Show Real Life with Pastor Wayne Chaney and 1st Lady Myiesha Chaney


Community Partnerships

Founder of The Fitness Syndicate vs. Obesity

American Heart Association Ambassador

American Diabetes Association Ambassador

Keynote Speaker for Black and Beauty

Special Needs Network

Center for Lupus Care