SINCE I STARTED, I’VE LOST OVER 20LBS OF FAT, WENT DOWN 3 PANT SIZES, LOWERED MY CHOLESTEROL AND BLOOD PRESSURE, STARTED EATING HEALTHIER FOODS AND GAINED BACK THE WEIGHT, BUT IN MUSCLE INSTEAD OF FAT.
BIG BACK GRIPS USER PROFILE INTERVIEW: JOE MORICI
A short time ago Joe Morici went to BigBackGrips.com and ordered a pair of grips and a Big Back tank top. Off it shipped. A few weeks later we see the following post by Joe on our Facebook page:“Gloves? We don’t need no stinkin’ gloves!! I’m using Big Back Grips at my gym now! BOOM! Best investment made! Huge diff from gloves, and just as comfortable, if not more. Much better handling for sure! No more gloves for me.” He included a picture of himself wearing his tank top and holding his Big Back Grip to camera like Con Demetriou on our packaging, in a pose we call, “Talk to the Grip!” But we preferred to talk to Joe and here we are.
BBG: Joe, first we have to ask: You obviously have been training and training hard for a good long time. How did you come across Big Back Grips? But more importantly, what was going in your workouts and with your gloves that you needed to look for something new to train with?
JOE: When I first got into weightlifting, I started training without lifting gloves and, of course; after awhile, it was taking its toll on my hands. I hate chalk, so I invested in some gloves. They worked rather well, so I stuck with them; but eventually, they would always break down and I would end up buying one pair after another. I was actually planning on buying a new pair, just before I made the decision to go with Big Back Grips.
Initially, I heard about Big Back Grips through friends made on Facebook who also have the same obvious passion about bodybuilding. They kept on mentioning them in their posts and vids. At first, I wasn’t really sure what they were exactly, but after further research on www.BigBackGrips.com and hearing the good testimonials from my Facebook friends as well as at the website, I knew I had to get myself a pair.
BBG: How have your workouts changed with BBGs?
JOE: Unbelievable! The moment I started using them, it was like my hands went on a vacation. It seemed as if most of the pressure my hands were enduring from using gloves was gone! I used to think that pressure I felt was just a normal thing and I had to deal with it. They are so comfortable, they handle great on everything I use them on and I feel more intensity on the muscle group I’m working on, rather than on my hands. They are just amazing!
BBG: Ok, so, tell us a little about yourself: your name, background, where you grew up, where you went to school and for what. What do you do professionally? A mini-bio, if you will.
JOE: My name is Joe Morici. I was born and raised in Lyons, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. I attended Morton West High School in Berwyn and then to Triton College in River Grove, both in Illinois. I’m still living in Illinois, but more to the west in a smaller ‘hickerbilly’ town called Polo with my wife and two kids. But regardless, Chicago will always be ‘home’. My ambition was to go into radio broadcasting, producing, and DJing. I DJ’d the clubs back in the day and had a blast doing so, but unfortunately life didn’t take me in that direction to make a career out of it. Now, I’m currently working as a pressman for a printing company.
BBG: What about your bodybuilding history: how long have you been training, what are your main accomplishments, what got you into it, what are you goals long or short term?
BBG: Tell us about your gym – what kind of place is it?
JOE: I am an avid member of the Dixon Family YMCA in Dixon, IL. I had two gyms to choose from over here and chose the Y because I like the fact that (between the two) there was a pool area, but mainly because their free weight room and their wellness area (machines/cardio area) were in separate rooms. Smaller crowds means more time on the weights you want to be on.
BBG: What is your workout schedule like?
JOE: My work schedule plays a big part on my workout schedule. Being in the industry I work in, I work three day, 12hr shifts. The days I work (and Sundays), are my rest, recover, recoup days. The remaining three days I hit it hard:
BBG: What about your diet?