Xavier Dolino Memorial page

This page is dedicated to Xavier Dolino, who passed away with Leukaemia at the age of 37. He was a Senior Fitness4x4 Trainer and an inspirational Health Pioneer.  This page has been set up to honour Xavier in a unique way.

In the last three years, Xavier was hit with Leukemia three times, and three times told he would probably not survive. With massive personal resolve and commitment to fighting the illness with fitness & good nutrition, rather than with drugs, he defied the odds and recovered to full health twice. Not merely surviving the illness, but returning to world-class competition and to a truly inspiring and contagious level of fitness and vitality. The third time it struck his body was not able to withstand it.

However, in his last days in the hospital, he continued to motivate and teach those around him. That was Xavier. He kept lifting his dumbbells and training in the best way he knew, no matter what life threw at him. And to his dying day, he continued to create energy, in defiance of what the disease was trying to do to him. It is this spirit and this commitment to physical vitality that we want to honour on this page.

A short video clip has been put together by Fitness4x4. It features photos & video of Xavier from our recent archive and has been put together over the song ‘Monagri’, which was a favourite song of Xavier’s, written by his friend and fitness colleague Rajko Radovic.

If you knew Xavier the video will remind you of his passion for life, for fitness, for teaching, for his friends and for having a positive impact on the health of everyone he encountered. If you didn’t know Xavier, hopefully, you will still get a sense of the very same thing

His mentor and friend Dragan Radovic has invited everyone who knew Xavier (or would simply like to honour him) to perform 100 continuous lifts of any dumbbell. Wherever you are, whatever you are doing – take 5 minutes from your schedule to do these 100 lifts. To take a minute’s silence to remember the man…then take 5 minutes of physical action to honour what the man stood for. It is absolutely what he would have wanted.

If you would like to be part of this commemoration or share your story of Xavier, please send us your own personal comment and we will add it to this page.

  1. February 14 2019 Another year has gone by… We still think about you daily Xavier and when we lack motivation,…

  2. I left a comment 7 years ago when we all lost a good friend, coach, mentor, all round good guy.…

  3. 6 1/2 years later and still a daily inspiration to so many of us. Still miss you our Dear Friend…

  4. I never knew Xavier Dolino but after reading this post and learning his story, I will make sure I perform…

  5. A great read and great advice, I’am going to focus on tip one this week and see how my body…

  6. Yes, Tennis Ball massage and Magnesium Spray are two additional greats. They’ll both be mentioned in a separate blog about…

  7. I am trying ice after workouts on your advice Rajko and it’s really effective. I do use tennis ball massage…

  8. Love this, the class members love to let me know where they are feeling or have felt the workout, it…

  9. hi Nick, I need to loose weight and am totally unfit. I have had back problems in the past which…

  10. I started HoP a year ago. It’s my strength and core training for the Obstacle course races I do, and…

  11. Thank you all for remembering and honoring our most devoted enthusiast whose presence and a friendly smile I will remember…

  12. I started Michelle’s classes back in August 2014, one of the most challenging things was the change and variation to…

  13. Xavier will always be missed because he was such an inspirational guy. It was a pleasure knowing him and working…

  14. The best class ever! As much fun as you can have exercising! Love it. Everyone should try it!

  15. bonsoir, je viens d apprendre avec beaucoup de retard le décès de Xavier que je savais malade, sa mère m’avait…

  16. Caro amico mio, non passa giorno che tu non sia nelle mie memorie, riposa in pace !

  17. I’ve been going to studio 2 classes run by Julie now for around 2 and a half months. hop is…

  18. j’ai rencontré xavier au college et on est devenu des amis tres proche j’ai été touché par sa gentillesse sa…

  19. Well done Tracy! Glad you are HOP-ing well 🙂 Will come and join in one of your classes one day…

  20. I have been doing Hour of Power for around twelve months now and can honestly say that I have thoroughly…

  21. What a great night it has got to be one of my favourite Hour of Powers ! The best part…

  22. While reefing through the Fitness 4×4 page, I came across the sad news about Xavier. I had the privilege to…

  23. We were friends, in another life, when we were teenagers. I’ll miss you, more than ever

  24. I first Saw Xavier competing onstage at Bodypower in 2009 in the Dragan Challenge and was truly impressed by both…

  25. You’re badly missed Xavier and looking to the challenges of 2012 will be difficult without having you there to keep…

  26. Yes Brian, his parents are both still alive but I don’t think they will be able to read it…………..UNFORTUNATELY……………..

  27. A true fitness great, it was a pleasure to know you Xavier and to lift with you was an honour.

  28. I’m deeply sorry to hear of his passing and offer my condolences to everyone who knew him. I know we…

  29. Xavier, 200 lifts is just the start for you my friend… I sent you a text about a week before…

  30. Dear Xavier, I just wanted to pass my condolences for a departed friend. I have known you only shortly but…

  31. Caro Xavier, è difficile per me credere che tu, così pieno di vita ed allegria, te ne sia andato. Ci…

  32. Xavier, You touched my life in a way where I will always lift up your memory toward helping others.

  33. Xavier took part in a triathalon race down in Belmullet county Mayo (Ireland). It was meant to be fun and…

  34. Questo video lo descrive in tutto e per tutto…la sua allegria…la sua innocenza e il dono particolare che aveva di…

  35. Hi Chiara, I am so sorry for your loss. You dont know me but myself and my husband Jeff heard…

  36. Venerdì notte, sul fondo sabbioso del mare, io e Luca abbiamo scritto il tuo nome dedicandoti la nostra immersione perchè…

  37. With sadness i write this comment. XAVIER during 4×4 or h.o.p you never missed a thing your eyes could nearly…

  38. Dear Xavier did my 100 lifts after football last night [ barely!] and only the thought of you barking at…

  39. Xavier, I completed my 100 lifts in Vancouver on Monday for you. I know you were watching over me when…

  40. Xavier was a truely inspirational guy who was totally dedicated to leading a healthy lifestyle and being fit and healthy.…

  41. Missing a friend is always a hard thing. I am deeply saddened by this bad news. Xavier was such a…

  42. I now my brother have many friend and i want thank you all of you to honour him Thank you…

  43. I briefly met Xavier in the Club Vitae in Dublin, he always came across as a very very nice polite…

  44. Dear Xavier, I completed my 100lifts at the time of your funeral in Italy, on top of a hill near…

  45. I met Xavier in Dublin at this gym classes, and visited him when he had to go to hospital for…

  46. 100 on 22.5kg completed tonight in my kitchen. I first met Xavier at Bodypower back in 2009 and have seen…

  47. Sei entrato nelle nostre vite per insegnarci qualcosa che va oltre la normale attività fisica, tu non ci hai insegnato…

  48. I did 100 lifts last night in your honor, to say my goodbyes and appreciate what my body can do.…

  49. I did not know Xavier for a long time,but in that period of 2 years he managed to capture a…