Just walking into this Mecca of all things chalky and broken in, you can feel the energy of over a dozen National champions and a hella ton of blood, sweat and tears. Coffee’s is like a ray of sunshine in the shit storm that has become so many of the gyms we see today. One large room filled with squat racks, benches, dumbbells and other assistance equipment is only the side note to the most important space of all; the platform room. It’s crowded, loud and weight is being moved with aggression and intent. It’s like I’ve died and gone to weightlifting heaven. The only thing that could make this place even more boner inducing is strongman equipment….ohhhh wait….THERE IS STRONGMAN EQUIPMENT. Well, shit. I guess this place couldn’t get much more perfect.
Coffee’s has been around for 30 years and John Coffee, the Boss Man, has been involved in the sport of weightlifting for half a century! John found his calling in coaching and, more specifically, coaching women. The pictures of his accomplished athletes hang proudly all over the walls of his gym. As a female athlete, this is nothing short of motivating and inspiring. John Coffee himself is a focused and introspective coach. Watching his lifters with purpose and taking no prisoners while doing so. I’m on my best behavior at all times. This is no small feat considering I have the mouth of a sailor and the attitude of a thousand meat-hungry vegans! Teehee.
|Marc Bevins and I|