JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – A recently retired military veteran who served his country by turning young men into U.S. Marines has a new mission.
Joseph Adcox has two passions: the marines and fitness. w he is using his passions to serve his community by turning civilians into physically and mentally healthy people.
A native of Florida, Adcox served in the United States Marine Corps for more than 20 years – initially as a combat soldier who took him around the world to Japan, Iraq, Afghanistan and Jordan.
"Lots of overseas times and lots of time in the field," said Adcox. “I generally found being a Marine easy. I mean at the time all you had to do was be on time, put on your uniform, shine your boots, and do what you were told. Easy."
Joseph Adcox served in the U.S. Marine Corps for more than 20 years. (United States Marine Corps)
Adcox eventually switched from infantry to training and developing young Marine recruits on Parris Island, South Carolina. Adcox said this was the only military job he enjoyed the most. But he said he knew it was time to start a new phase in his life, so he retired a few weeks ago.
"I've turned young men and women into marines for the past few years," Adcox said. "But now, as a civilian, I can do the same, but help local people change mentally, physically and emotionally."
Adcox was hired as the Head Personal Trainer at Lakewood Anytime Fitness in Jacksonville. As a civilian, he uses what he has learned and used in the military to help others achieve their fitness goals.
"All I want is for these people to achieve their goals. If I can make that possible, I will," said Adcox.
Joseph Adcox uses what he learned and used in the military to help others achieve their fitness goals. (WJXT)
"You won't make it easy for them?" Asked News4Jax.
Adcox replied, “Well, it depends. It's a little hard love I'll be completely honest with you, that's what we need. "
Although Adcox is enjoying life as a civilian, he said he would not hesitate to return to the Marines if Uncle Sam calls and said that Adcox's services were needed all over again.
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