Pumping Iron

You may or may not know the old fable about the scorpion and the frog. Long story short, the frog dies in the end because it’s the scorpions nature to sting.

My stinger is Iron. I’ve been lifting heavy things since I was in the 7th grade. Can’t say that I always enjoy it, but I can’t NOT do it. It’s my nature.

Starting in the early 90s’, I competed in powerlifting and strongman which led to my ‘accidental stumble’ into the fitness industry giving me the opportunity to teach others to lift heavy things, too. My professional services range from private and corporate fitness coaching/consulting, freelance writing, my own twist on group classes (they’re info-actionable) and a variety of other ways for well over 20 years. While I’ve worked with everyone from pageant competitors, actors/models, fitness/figure/bodybuilders, and the occasional aspiring powerlifter, the vast majority of the 1000+ individuals I’ve had the pleasure to work with over the years can best be described as everyday ‘soccer moms’ (and dads) who don’t particularly enjoy training and want to LOSE extra pounds, not lift ’em! Hard to believe there are actually people who don’t wake up every morning with the goal of ripping 500+ pounds off the floor, isn’t it? ;-)

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I also coach girls track at a local high school. My Iron-girls don’t just lift heavy things, but they attempt to throw them as far as they can, too. (Read: I coach shot put/discus with a TON of emphasis on off-season preparation).

All this being said, if you peruse my blog, you’re sure to come across many posts regarding all-things-exercise. While that’s always going to be “my nature”, with this new-and-improved incarnation of “MorningCupOfJoe”, I’m going to attempt to stretch things even further. After all, there’s only so many ways one can write about “how to do the bench press” and not completely lose their mind. So whether you’re here for serious training-talk or are just a bit curious about what’s going on in my head at any given time, feel free to let me know if/when my own twisted thoughts give you a reason to think a bit deeper, too.