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"Are you Hawaiian?" Koji Jagust is often asked. Actually, no, it's Japanese and Croatian blood running through his veins. He’s the strong, silent type, clobbering the ground with a giant medicine ball without uttering a word, or grunt. Koji doesn’t have to: his strength does most of the talking.
His clients at Equinox Union Street are happy to put in a good word, too. "Koji goes beyond beauty and brains—he's a great trainer who's resourceful and efficient. He sees the potential in you, and personalizes your workouts to target your weaknesses and pushes you to a level that you never knew you could perform," says one fan.
In one sentence, tell us about yourself.
Cool, calm and creative.
What inspired you to become a trainer/fitness instructor?
I love the teaching aspect of training, but also the feeling I get when making another person stronger, fitter, and more confident in movement and their own body.
What advice would you offer to someone who is just starting in your class?
Stretch your hip flexors and take a cold shower after.
I collect boxers with different prints. Current rotation includes pineapples, igloos, lemons, watermelons, shrimp, origami fox, paper planes and flying fish.
If you weren’t in fitness, what would you be doing?
What are your top three workout jams?
"Commas" by Future; "2014 Halloween Mix" by RL Grime; and "CoCo" by Lil’ Wayne.
Follow Koji on Instagram: @koji_kun