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Body Chemistry Fitness was founded by John Wardell in 1988. For over three decades we have been changing the way people relate to fitness. We promote a lifestyle that goes beyond weight training routines or nutrition programs. Our stellar team of trainers see life changing results on a daily basis. Whether from our patented Evolution Nutrition Program or our 30-minute ultra-efficient training sessions, we deliver a fitness experience that is second to none. 

Meet John 

For over 25 years, John competed on a National and International level. He set 26 world records in powerlifting and won numerous World and National titles. At the age of 35, John became the second person in the world to officially squat over 900lbs and bench press over 700lbs at a bodyweight under 230lbs in National and International competition. In 1995, he was one of the first pioneers in the Conjugate Method, better known as the Westside Principles; and has been educating athletes and coaches ever since.

John graduated from the National Academy of Sports Medicine (NASM) in Chicago in 1991 under founder Dr. Bob Goldman.

Some notable training clients and patrons of club:


Darrelle Revis–NY Jets. Best Player in NFL 2010

Devin McCourty–Rookie of the Year 2010. Pro-Bowl 2010 NE Patriots 

Jason McCourty–Tennessee Titans

Kevin Haslam– Jacksonville Jaguars

Kenyon Martin–NJ Nets

JR Inman–European pro basketball player

Bill Murray

Mitchell Modell, Owner of Modell's Sporting Goods                                        

"The central focus is always helping people achieve their fitness goals. I founded Body Chemistry over 30 years ago and it has grown into a full service facility occupying over 16,000 square feet. We train high school athletes, high profile executives, seniors, actors, fitness models, professional athletes and dedicated stay-at-home parents."


Accomplishments Include:

  • 1st Place. Iron Man Bodybuilding/Powerlifting in San Francisco, CA.

  • 1st Place. Mr. Continental USA in Detroit MI. Heavyweight.

  • Won 1st Powerlifting Competition in 1980 at age 12.

  • AAU New Jersey State Bench–180lbs at 114lbs bodyweight, age 11.

  • Best Lifts, 900lbs squat at 220 bodyweight.

  • 854lb squat at 198lbs bodyweight - Ranked 5th all-time highest squat by bodyweight.

  • John was the second person in the history of the sport under 230lbs to officially squat 900lbs and bench press 700lbs in International competition.

  • Ranked in Top 3 in the American PowerLifting Federation Nationals from 1995-2000.

  • WPC World Champion Powerlifting; Best Lifter Award at 242 (226.5 bodyweight) with a men’s world record bench at 705 lbs in Calgary, Canada.

  • Winner WPO Bench Bash for Cash, Orlando, FL.

  • 2nd Place World Champion Powerlifting, Helsinki Finland.

  • IPA National Champion Powerlifting and Best lifter.

  • Featured on CBS “Under Cover Boss” 2013.

  • Finalist Arnold Classic, just missing 740 World Record Benchpress.

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