Jeff Cavaliere may not be a movie star or singer or even a pro athlete but he has achieved celebrity status thanks to his expertise in the fields of fitness, sports performance, rehabilitation, and sports medicine. A well-trained physiotherapist and certified strength and conditioning specialist, Cavaliere uses his knowledge of physio-neurobiology to improve all aspects of human performance.
He has since served as the assistant strength coach and the chief physiotherapist of the Major League Baseball franchise, New York Mets; a team he has been a fan of since childhood. He has also lent his expertise to and helped improve the performances of elite athletes such as David Wright, Billy Wagner, and tennis great, Rafael Nadal. Cavaliere now sits atop a fitness empire but his meteoric rise has not been without some controversies. Some persons have accused him of using fake weights in his fitness videos.
Arnold Schwarzenegger Inspired his Love for Body-Building
Jeff Cavaliere’s career achievements did not come about by accident but as a result of a well-honed passion that dates back to his childhood years. As a little boy growing up in Connecticut, Cavaliere loved watching movies with the likes of Arnold Schwarzenegger in it and soon developed an admiration for the buff physique that the Hollywood star was carrying. He resolved to be like that someday and threw himself into sports and physical activities.
The young Cavaliere spent much of his high school days participating in soccer, weightlifting, and baseball. His father also set up a punching bag in the family’s basement and he used it for solo boxing sessions. Soon after his completion of high school, Jeff Cavalier went to the University of Connecticut and obtained a bachelor’s degree in Physioneurobiology. He then went on to receive a Master’s degree in Physical Therapy from the same college. Other qualifications that he gained along the way include strength and conditioning specialist by the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA).
He was the Chief Physiotherapist of the New York Mets During their League-Winning Run from 2007-2009
The highly-trained physiotherapist landed his first gig in 2004 as a writer for Men’s Fitness, which he is still actively doing. He then went on to practice as a physiotherapist and a strength and conditioning consultant for several years, training many professional baseball players in the process. It was one of these trainees – Mark Johnson – that eventually notified him of a physiotherapist opening in his team, the New York Mets.
Through Mark’s recommendation, Cavaliere got the job in 2006 and became the vice strength coach and the chief physiotherapist of the famous MLB franchise, New York Mets. He would retain the position for about four years during which the team clinched three consecutive National League East Championships (2006-2008) under his physical drills.
Jeff Cavaliere indeed had a blossoming career with the Mets but there was a snag. His position demanded numerous man-hours and this left him with little time for his newly-married wife. This made him tender his resignation to the New York Mets in 2009. Following his resignation, Cavaliere began looking for a venture that would allow him to be the boss and dictate his hours. He, therefore, came up with the bright idea of founding a training program, called ATHLEAN – X, in 2009.
His ATHLEAN-X Program has Received Praise for its Emphasis on Safety and Injury Prevention
ATHLEAN-X is a 90-day workout program that includes a highly-structured and easy-to-follow nutrition plan and workout schedule. It can be completed at the gym or at home and is guaranteed to help athletes maintain an awesome body build. It also helps ordinary folks who dream of having an athletic body build to actualize it. Some of the packages in the ATHLEAN – X program include a stripped home gym 90-day training program, full gym 90-day training program, 90-day meal plans, Xercise companion guide, edge nutrition investigation, and home gym blueprint.
Ever since it was first unveiled in 2009, the ATHLEAN – X program has attracted massive patronage from both in and outside the U.S. It has also increased Cavaliere’s fan base on social media. The Connecticut native first opened his YouTube account in December 2006 and garnered a minimal following. However, with the success of ATHLEAN – X, his followership on the site has ballooned to about 10.8 million subscribers and his videos have been viewed about 1.6 million times. Cavaliere also has a huge fan base on Facebook and Twitter and has published many books on fitness including Bicep’s Black Book, and The Teen Sports Nutrition Blueprint, etc.
Many people have for years wondered what makes Jeff Cavaliere special and the reason is multi-faceted. Unlike other fitness trainers who don’t have a college degree, he is a qualified physiotherapist and as such, has abundant knowledge about biomechanics, muscle anatomy, and function. This enables him to create very effective programs. Another peculiar thing about Cavaliere is that he places emphasis on safety and injury prevention thus reassuring fans have that his programs will not harm them. Finally, Cavaliere is a walking, talking advert for his program. He boasts of a buff physique comprising of triceps, six-packs, the height of 5 feet 10 ½ inches, and weight of 173 lbs with a body fat of just 5.8%.
Cavaliere Has Faced Backlash Over Use of Fake Weights in Some of his Videos
Jeff Cavaliere has certainly achieved a lot in his career but it hasn’t come without some controversy. Back in mid-2020, some people examined his videos and alleged that he was using fake weights. According to them, he would claim to be lifting a weight of about 495 lbs. while in actuality, the weight is not that heavy.
This discovery led to some fans bashing the physiotherapist and one of the most vocal was fellow fitness YouTuber, Scott Herman.
Herman disclosed that his biggest grouse was not the fake weight, as he understood that people can often use them for the purposes of making videos, but the fact that Cavaliere was pretending to be actually lifting such weight. He, therefore, called on the Connecticut native to apologize.
Cavaliere has yet to do so but some ardent followers have come out to defend him. According to them, it is okay for him to use fake weights for the purpose of shooting videos as that is not his real gym workouts. They have also pointed out that the simultaneous advice he gives on injury prevention and rehab are top-notch and as such, he can be cut some slack for not wanting to kill himself with weights while shooting videos.
How The Bodybuilder and His Wife Are Raising Two Rambunctious Sons
Jeff Cavaliere is very private when it comes to releasing information about his personal life as he has kept the name of his wife under the wraps. However, he has revealed that he got married in 2008. The family-oriented couple expanded their small circle after eight years of their marriage with the arrival of their twin sons, Xavier, and Jason in 2016. The coming of the boys wasn’t easy for the couple as it meant lots of stress associated with taking care of infants.
For instance, in November 2017, the physiotherapist shared a picture of himself and his better half in Halloween costumes and revealed that they hadn’t had a decent sleep in weeks. Thankfully, the boys are now grown, and Jeff and his wife have been able to settle down into a normal routine and get some breather. Meanwhile, Jeff doesn’t restrict his definition of family to just his wife and kids. According to him, anybody who is part of the fitness community with all the sweat, tears, and blood involved is his family.