Welcome to Irons Fitness


Welcome to Irons Fitness

Hello and welcome to the very first Irons Fitness blog posting.  If you are anything like me, you have probably read many blogs in the past.  When I go to a blog for the first time, I wonder two things:

1) What is the blog all about?

2) Why should I trust the blogger?


Let me answer these questions for you.

What is the Irons Fitness blog all about?

It’s all about health and fitness. Quite the broad topic wouldn’t you say?  More specifically, my goal is to help you, the reader, learn what it takes to reach your health and fitness goals. This might just start with figuring out what your goals are.

What I can promise you is this:

  • What you read here will be based in science.
  • We will have fun.
  • You will be inspired.


Why should I trust the blogger?   

Fitness has been a part of my life for close to 30 years.  In 1994, I was flying from my home in Los Angeles to visit my parents in Washington DC.  We flew over the Mississippi River and for reasons I will never understand, when I looked down at that river, from 30,000 feet above, I imagined myself swimming it. But I let that idea flow away as crazy ideas do.

When I got off the plane in DC I was greeted by my parents. I was troubled seeing my dad having a hard time walking, using a cane for the first time in his life. My dad has Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and has had it since I was a little kid.

When I flew home a couple weeks later, I again looked down at the Mississippi and once again, the idea of swimming it popped into my head, but so did the image of my dad struggling to walk.  I realized on that American Airlines flight that I could swim the River to help my dad. By raising awareness about MS and funds for MS research, maybe he could get better. And that is what I did.

After eighteen months of preparation and four months of swimming, on September 26, 1997, I made national headlines when I became the first person in 70 years to swim the length of the Mississippi River and the first to swim it with the locks and dams of its “modern” form.  My historic journey, four months, 1550 miles, and more than a million strokes from Minneapolis to Baton Rouge.

I followed up my swim with a 10,000-mile bike ride around the perimeter of the United States, also to benefit multiple sclerosis research. The two events raised over $500,000 for research and brought months of invaluable national awareness to the disease.

I went on to get the top certification in the fitness industry and founded Irons Fitness, a personal training studio in Bethesda, MD. As a Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist, (CSCS), I have trained busy executives, athletes, former athletes, health care professionals, retirees, and those with MS and other chronic conditions.  Many clients train to maintain a healthy lifestyle, but I have prepared others for cycling tours, marathons, triathlons, mud-runs, backpacking trips, and treks of Everest and Machu Picchu.

I hope you get what you are looking for from future Irons Fitness blog postings.  I am always happy to answer any questions you may have, just leave a comment and I will work it into a future post.