Owner of COre Fitness

Jo Jo Polk


Personal message

“For those of you that don't know me I'm a former arena football player who suffered a horrific neck injury leaving me paralyzed. Through determination, intensity, and guts I fought back from paralysis to not only walk again, but to play football for another 9 years.

When this happened I needed something. So I created a mantra; taken in part from a former coach who always yelled, “Dig!” “It really motivated me but I had to figure out how to make it my own, so I came up with Determination, Intensity, Guts. That really embodied what I was going through at the time.” There were days where I wanted to quit. I didn’t think I could work toward recovery anymore – it was just too hard. DIG kept me going.

“No matter what you want to do in life you have to have the determination to start and the intensity to keep your dream alive. But the key, are guts. It’s going to get hard, there’s going to be times where you don’t want to do it anymore but are you going to have the guts to push through it?” Today, I carry this message to every person who I come in contact with!!!”


– JoJo Polk


JoJo is the Owner of CORE Fitness Studio in Raleigh, NC and a former professional athlete that has more than 12 years of experience in the fitness industry. From 2001 to 2009, he played arena football for the Grand Rapids Rampage, Columbus Destroyers and Georgia Force.

He was awarded Most Inspirational Player after a neck injury left him paralyzed from the waist down in 2000. With the same hard work and dedication he instills in his clients, JoJo made a miraculous comeback to not only play again, but also to win an arena championship!

JoJo’s enthusiasm for healthy living is contagious and we hope you all have a chance to train with him in the near future.


Certifications and Awards

Professional Athlete, Lululemon Ambassador, 2017 Classpass Trainer of the year, Bachelors in Health and Human Performance, Associates degree in Communications, TRX certified, Vipr certified, IFTA Personal Training and Group Fitness Training Certified