Joe Decker is recognized as “The World's Fittest Man,” an ultra-endurance power athlete, renowned boot camp instructor, and motivational speaker who has helped thousands of women and men take control of their lives and realize their true fitness potential.
He believes in leading by example and is a personal testament to overcoming addictions and obstacles. Once overweight and out of shape, Joe transformed his body and his life through an amazing journey from fat to fittest. In 2000 Joe broke the Guinness World Records® 24-hour Physical Fitness Challenge to help inspire and motivate people to get fit.
In addition to breaking the world fitness record, Joe has competed in many of the world’s toughest endurance and adventure fitness events. Some of these include winning the infamous Death Race in 2010 & ’11 and completing the 520-mile Raid Gauloises, the Badwater 135, the 152-mile Marathon des Sables (“The World’s Toughest Footrace”), the Grand Slam of Ultra Running, the Barkley 100, numerous Strongman Competitions and The Tough Guy Challenge in England to name a few
Joe has appeared on The Today Show, Discovery Health, The Early Show, The O’Reilly Factor, and Fox News and has been featured in The Washington Post, The Philadelphia Inquirer, The San Diego Union Tribune, Men’s Fitness, Muscle and Fitness, Men’s Health, and GQ. To his surprise, People Magazine named him one of America’s 50 Most Eligible Bachelors in 2001.
After serving three years in the Army with the 10th Mountain Division, Joe graduated from Western Illinois University with a B.S. degree in Exercise Science. He founded his own high-speed fitness company, Gut Check Fitness, working with individuals, groups, and corporate clients. In addition they organize a King of the Hill Trail Running Series and overnight training entitled the SUCK. Joe is regularly involved in charity work and has established a research foundation for childhood obesity from his winnings on The Weakest Link. He lives and works in the San Diego area.