Xavier Dolino Day

On the 24th Sept 2012 the Hour of Power Fitness community worldwide remembered Xavier Dolino (Senior Hour of Power Trainer) who sadly passed away exactly one year ago to that date, after fighting a recurrence of Leukemia for the third time.


But the way Xavier was remembered was not through raising a glass in his name, but rather in a way he’d have wanted – by raising some dumbbells to ‘get busy getting fit’ .  In many ways it would be most fitting to describe Xavier as a fitness Crusader. He didn’t just exercise for himself – he was determined to influence everyone around him into exercising…and into recognising that ‘the body is not a garbage dump’ (as he said in his last interview). We should take at least the same care of our bodies as we do of our cars (!) where we use the best fuel, the best oil, the best accessories…  Xavier was not shy in sharing this passion for taking care of the body through exercise, and when he discovered Hour of Power workout in 2005, he felt that he’d discovered a fitness approach that he could wholeheartedly stand behind as the ‘real thing’.

On Xavier Dolino day, hundreds of people around the UK and around the globe, gathered together to either complete an Hour of Power workout or a Fitness4x4 Endurance Lifting session – some in groups, some alone…all with the same desire to properly honour our friend Xavier.

Yorkshire class for Xavier

Class founder Dragan Radovic, overwhelmed by the positive and heartfelt response to Xavier Dolino Day, has asked that we extend the memorial for the remaining week ahead – to allow everyone to be part of this global community exercise.  The Hour of Power fitness community is a relatively small community, but one thing is certain:  wherever you find the Hour of Power Class, you always find genuine, good people who recognise the value of ‘mindful fitness’ and self challenge. Xavier was one of those. Perhaps one of the best of those.

Wherever you are this week, join in as many Hour of Power classes as you can. If you only have the workout DVD, invite a friend or family member to do it with you. Make this week an extension of Xavier Day by honouring your own fitness and the fitness of those closest to you.

Rajko Radovic

Hour of Power & Fitness4x4
National Director
United Kingdom

Xavier Dolino DAY Facebook event page
Xavier Dolino Memorial Page
Xavier Dolino Memorial page

Xavier Dolino

As I sit and write this blog, halfway home from this weekend’s Hour of Power Certification Course…late at night in a quiet Service Station café, somewhere on the M1… it is strange to think that just two days ago one of our most inspirational and dedicated Instructors died unfairly of Leukemia. Xavier Dolino, aged 37…one of the most passionate health and fitness crusaders I will probably ever meet.

Xavier and Rajko

There are some people who stumble their way casually through life, taking for granted their health, their blessings and their chances in life. Xavier was not one of these. He worked tirelessly in everything he did. He was passionate about the things he did. Sometimes perhaps too passionate – sometimes he cared too much. He didn’t just want to teach fitness…he wanted to let everyone experience what it meant to feel vital and feel alive.

Why leukemia strikes a person down I have no idea. Is it stress? Is it genetic? Is it bad luck? Is it due to the environment we live in?  Honestly I have no idea – perhaps it is all of these things. But what I know is that Xavier tried his damned best to do things the right way. To honour his body…to challenge his body…to do it to his best…and then to encourage everyone around him to do the same thing. And in this process twice he was hit with Leukemia. Twice he was told he was dying. Twice he recovered!  But the third time he did not .

Xavier and RajkoSometimes around Xavier I didn’t know what to say – it was like he wanted so much from life that even I couldn’t suggest any more! Sometimes I had to tell him to stop and breath…and take it a bit more laid back. But you can’t really control a person’s passion …the whole point is that passion is often ever so slightly out of control. That’s why it’s called passion. IF it was completely calm and laid back it would be called wisdom or simply ‘purpose’…but passion is that something more.

When I wrote the song ‘Time’ I was thinking of my Grandfather wanting a little more time with his family… a little more time on this earth. I was thinking of my father always wanting a little more from his goals and his ideas. I was not thinking of Xavier…but now as I think about the words of the song – I realize that it was about someone like Xavier too. He just wanted a little more from everything he believed in. Mediocre was not enough.  When he first recovered from Leukemia and extreme Chemotherapy his goal was not just to start exercising again…it was to be back on stage at the national endurance lifting finals in Birmingham. And he did it.

Today is Xavier’s funeral. And although life doesn’t stop for any man. Wheels keep turning, appointments still have to be kept. Clocks keep ticking & schedules stay busy… although all this is true and perhaps not many people will physically be at his small funeral in Verona, Italy. Something else is also true. Xavier’s life impacted a lot of people and when his life stopped a few days ago, it did not go unnoticed. And though his life stopped, his spirit and his goals will never stop. He dreamed of running a fitness retreat using the principles of Fitness4x4 training – that will happen, and when it does, his name will be attached to it firmly..as a visionary, as a loyal friend, as a fighter and as someone who truly lived this short life.


Visit Xavier Dolino Memorial Page

Xavier Dolino Memorial page

HOP® in National Media

In the next 10days the Hour of Power finds itself featured in two major fitness magazine… a 6 page article at the start of April’s Muscle & Fitness Magazine (in shops now!) and on the 29th March a full review of the Hour of Power workout in Ultrafit Magazine.

Both articles are really great and shed a very positive light on the Hour of Power – which is, of course, a relief 🙂   Because no matter how effective and how great many of us know Hour of Power to be, it is still a fitness class that is very different to the norm; it still can be highly demanding and almost awkward to the first-time participant – all those upper body muscles not used to being used to that extent! – and it still is one class amongst many fitness classes trying to find their way in a busy industry.  But, as I said quite honestly to Susan from Ultrafit, the Hour of Power was here 25 years ago…and believe it will still be here in 25years – It’s just that kind of class. It has staying power…

And with any luck, as more and more people start to experience the class (or the DVD version of the class!) and see for themselves the energy and value it brings, then I think we’re going to see Hour of Power popping up on studio timetables, at local halls, in schools…and maybe even on people’s tv screens – all across the country.



It’s a busy but exciting period for Hour of Power. In the 25 year history of the class, we have never had so many active classes, and so many busy classes! Last week I personally taught and enjoyed classes at two of the UK’s leading universities, where there is almost no more space to take attendees. And the London classes are popping up thick and fast – with two more starting at Gymbox clubs tomorrow, and Club Kensington, NuYuu and Flex clubs always at capacity.

So as we approach this next HOP® Certification Course at the end of March, it’s fantastic to see that this revolutionary approach to cardiovascular training is really starting to make it’s mark…mostly because of a whole new wave of great instructors. My father started things off…I’ve done my best to take it forward another small step…and now it’s the turn of the new instructors to take it a giant leap forward. (and I’ll maybe take myself a little rest 🙂

Rajko Radovic – National Director Fitness4x4 Ltd