About Mark Pieciak
He is the second child of his Polish-immigrant parents. Born and raised in New Jersey, USA. He has an absolutely amazing girlfriend, whom he loves very much. He’s a dog-lover. His favorite dessert is New York-style cheesecake with ice-cold milk.
Mark is a strength & conditioning coach and professionally teaches others to use their bodies properly and become stronger. He’s a certified personal trainer.
Along with his blog, www.MarkPieciak.com, he also runs www.IronAnchorStrength.com, which is the website for his local coaching website.
“A wise man should consider that health is the greatest of human blessings, and learn how by his own thought to derive benefit from his illnesses.” – Hippocrates
I started this website to share the views and knowledge that I’ve acquired over the past few years regarding strength and injuries.
For quite some time I’ve dealt with a number of physical injuries – most of them preventable. I was deeply frustrated with myself, and had all of this “free” time because I wasn’t training (which didn’t feel so free to me). I was just coasting through the months and years of my youth feeling bad for myself.
The negative energy brought on by unfortunate events in one’s life can be transformed into a positive energy – a driving force for meaningful change and empowerment. Slowly but surely, I began to accept that my shoulder, wrists, etc. were not going to be strong or functional in the meantime, but wanted to make sure that one day I’ll be a physically powerfully and robust person.
So, for quite a few years I’ve been reading, and reading, and reading. Lots of hours have been spent pouring over walls of text and information. On top of that, I’ve been messing around with various forms of exercise and movement, learning what works, what doesn’t, and so on.
More recently, I began strength training, and seeing how nutrition, various programs, different schools of thought, etc. affected my strength. I’ve gained valuable insight regarding training, not only through self-experimentation but through coaching others.
Honestly, the entire journey has been eye-opening. I discovered everything the hard way, so that’s why I started this blog to help spread what I’ve learned. No one needs to suffer a dozen-or-so exercise-related injuries first to learn about how the body works, nor do they have to be stuck using an inefficient strength program for months to realize it isn’t working.