Cuppa Joe Weightlifting is  located in Locomotive Fitness Co, 115 Old Route 9, Fishkill, NY  12524.

President/Head Coach: Joe Rodriguez
USAW 2 Coach
IWF International Category 2 Referee
NY WSO Hudson Valley Representative
Former Hudson Valley Weightlifting Chair/Senior Coach for the Empire State Games (2003-2010)
2022 World Masters Silver Medalist
2020, 2016 Pan American Masters Champion
2015 National Masters Champion
2015 World Masters Cup Bronze Medalist
5 time Empire State Games Medalist
Numerous Masters Competition Medalist.. and counting
Over 23 years of competition experience

Trained under National Coach Jim Hanlon and International Coach/Olympic Team Leader Leo Totten

A Word from Joe
For those of you who don’t know me, I figured I’d share some thoughts about who I am and where I’m coming from.

A few years ago, I had to really think about what I wanted out of weightlifting.  I seriously considered opening a gym with my buddy, Jim Murphy – a great powerlifting and strongman coach.  We figured between his expertise in those realms and mine in weightlifting, we could make a pretty awesome strength focused gym.  It was a great idea, but in the end, after much research on the subject, we decided not to move forward on it.

When I really thought about it, I didn’t get into weightlifting to run a business, I did it because I developed a passion for the sport.  I really enjoy training, competing and coaching.   As an official, I like to give back to the sport.  Especially when I see how thin the ranks are when it comes to officiating.  Without them, there is no competition.

These are my three main goals in the sport:

  1. Be an ambassador
    Educate and inspire others to get into weightlifting
    Support other like minds
  2. Work with a local team
    Build and maintain an inclusive local team which includes everyone from juniors through masters
  3. Innovate
    Think outside the box – but keep one foot in reality
    Always seek to learn more
    Invent – As a tinkerer, I have a few ideas I’m working on…

If you’re in or near Southern Dutchess County, look me up to learn, train and have some fun.  If you’re not, I also do remote coaching/programming.


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