[PROfile:Sean Hyson] Walking The Walk And Writing The Talk


When thinking of fitness-industry “rock stars” to feature in The Cup, one of the first names to pop into my mind was none other than Sean Hyson.  He’s the guy responsible for mining nuggets of fitness wisdom from knuckleheads like me and melting it down to a readable format which also fits the space requirements of a printed magazine.

Plus, he’s a good guy to know when you’re looking for someone to choke down a pastrami on rye with ya’!

So let’s all put our hands together and give a warm Morning Cup Of Joe welcome to Mr. Sean Hyson…  (insert crowd noise here)

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Best known as… Fitness editor of Men’s Fitness magazine and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (C.S.C.S.). Former fitness editor of Sly (now defunct) and Muscle&Fitness Hers magazines.

[JS: I should note, Sean does some killer impressions, too…his Arnold Schwarzenegger and Christopher Walken are second to none!]

Name dropping… “The best thing about my job is the fact that it enables me to correspond and even form friendships with some of the best trainers/strength coaches in the world. I’d count Alwyn Cosgrove, Cameron McGarr, Jason Ferruggia, Zach Even-Esh, and many other top fitness pros as friends. Wait, I feel like I’m leaving somebody out… Oh, yeah, my ol’ buddy Joe Stankowski!”

[JS: Joe Sha-what-ski?  Who ‘dat?]

A day in the life… “A typical day for me involves waking up at 7:00, drinking some green tea, eating a bowl of oatmeal, and hitting the gym. After I’m done putting Arnold to shame, I pause Olivia Newton-John’s “Physical” on my iPod and change out of my headband and legwarmers and head to the office.

“Over the course of the day I will call and e-mail back and forth with various trainers, asking them for exercise tips I can use in stories (and, admittedly, my own workouts), write those tips up into articles, and worry about whether soy or whey protein should be in my next shake.

“Of course, I’ve also been known to call Joe in the middle of a work day and break into song, replacing the lyrics to classic rock tunes with poetry about Joe’s life and abilities as a trainer.  But seriously, Joe is one of the smartest guys I’ve met in the field, and that’s why you can read his advice on a regular basis in MF.”

[JS: All of a sudden, I’m feeling a little verklempt.  Obviously, Sean knows what he’s talking about.  Now talk amongst yourselves…  Do I really need to give you a topic?]

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