Before I pursued my passion for fitness I was a weldor for 15 years.
Manual labor takes a toll on even the hardiest of men and women. By the end of my career I had the beginning stages of carpal tunnel. Numbeness in the hands and arms, weakened grip, constant pain in wrists and hands. Spending long hours in the same position squeezing the trigger on a MIG gun will do that.
In addition, working long hours, often 12 and 16 hour days, I gained a significant amount of weight. When I finally realized what was happening I had already ballooned up to 215. It wasn’t the weight so much as I was probably sitting at 40% body fat and all the things that go along with that.
High blood pressure, high cholesterol, and I was getting into the prestages of type 2 diabetes. I was only 35. The Dr. Told me to start taking a bunch of these meds to help, but at the time I felt like I was still too young to go down that road so many other guys I was around were on so I asked, “What else can I do doc?”
He kinda laughed, “well you could start a workout program and eat better but…”
I wasn’t ready to give up and I was fortunate that I wasn’t in seriously bad shape before I made a change and that’s the point of this message-
Blue collar guys are often the worst at taking care of themselves. Most of them work their asses off to feed their families or make money or whatever and then by the time they get around to looking after themselves they are in a bad way.
If you’re not in a coma or layed up in a hospital it’s not too late. You can start to reverse all the damage you have done.
It’s not easy. In fact it will be one of the hardest things you ever had to do. You will have to sacrifice a little sleep. You will have to cut back a bit on the Friday night beers, you will have to eat a little less pizza and fast food, and it will all be worth it.
Our program at ION S and C is tailor made for those who’s lifelihood depend on their physicality. Weldors, electricians, plumbers, laborers of all types benefit from building strength and fitness.
I know your job is demanding. And to perform your job at your peak you need to be fit. We can help. It worked for me and thousands of others. It will work for you.
If you would like to find out more how we can help contact me at