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Behind-the-scenes look at a hot NY fitness center

Ever wonder who's running the show at your gym? They might look like they're all brawn, but personal trainers have extensive training and experience that your average gym rat couldn't shake a stick at. Joel Dowdell and Jay Wright run Peak Performance, a top notch New York gym with picky celebrity clientele whose careers depend on looking great. How did they get there? Dominique Hall gives us the scoop.

Personal trainer and strength coach Joe Dowdell, founder and co-owner of Peak Performance, is one of the most highly sought-after fitness experts in the world. His motivating teaching style and unique expertise have helped transform a clientele that includes stars of television and film, musicians, pro athletes, CEO's and top fashion models from around the world -- an association reflecting his own former career in front on the camera.

A regular expert contributor to national publications as diverse as Marie Claire, Cosmopolitan, Men's Health and Women's Health & Fitness, Dowdell also serves on the Advisory Boards of Muscle & Fitness and Fitness magazines. Additionally, Dowdell recently authored a chapter for the upcoming book "Secrets of Celebrity Fitness Trainers" and is working on an upcoming television series incorporating exercise strategies into the most exotic vacation locales, entitled "Fit To Travel."

As one of the country's premier strength and conditioning coaches and a life-long athlete, Peak Performance co-owner Jay Wright is driven to achieve optimal results for both himself and his clients. He empowers his clients by evolving their attitudes beyond their limitations and helping them believe in and achieve their real athletic potential. He incorporates a breadth of scientific knowledge in his training, which provides his clients with an understanding and appreciation of their bodies to help them achieve maximum results.

With over 20 years of experience in strength training and an extensive background in kinesiology, Wright is a recognized expert in today's fitness industry and has been featured as one of the nation's top fitness trainers in several top magazines including Shape, Allure and Self. In addition, Wright recently appeared on "The Today Show" to discuss the effects of exercise on the aging process.

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