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Take charge of your life

By Michael O. Cooper

Howdy RealJocks!

I'm Coop, the new life coach for For the past five years, I've been helping people get focused, reinvent themselves, dream big and have a better lives.

My passion is helping people understand why they do the things they do and how it affects them emotionally. We are driven by our emotions. Emotions are our teachers.

In this article series, I'll help you explore techniques and processes that give you greater insight into your life and health to make both really work for you.

As a little background, I grew up on a Southern farm (yep, I've got the accent to prove it!) with a really strong work ethic. I was thin and frail, a stereotypical "98 pound weakling" for most of my teenage years and into my 20s. Add red hair, freckles and braces, and you've got Alfred E. Newman, Jr. I struggled with gaining weight, putting on muscle mass and increasing strength.

Back then, jocks were my friends, but I certainly didn't fit in with them. I had to wait for my metabolism and body to mature to enjoy sports and working out. I struggled with the embarrassment when hitting the gym for years. Some of you may relate to this, while others may have had an easier path. Regardless of how you got to where you are now, you can make significant changes quickly to enhance your athletic ability and quality of life.

In this series, we'll be covering topics like making time to train, improving the mental component of competition, juggling sports and life, and maybe even some advice on relationships. Rather than rambling on about what I think is important, I'd like to hear what struggles you're facing and what topics you'd like to explore together. Write to me at Here's to having some fun, feeling great and looking better.