Cuppa Joe Weightlifting is located in Poughkeepsie, NY.
President/Head Coach: Joe Rodriguez
USAW 2 Coach
USAW National Referee
Former Hudson Valley Weightlifting Chair/Senior Coach for the Empire State Games (2003-2010)
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
20 years experience as a competitor garnering numerous medals/trophies
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.
In the last year or so, I’ve 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:
- Be an ambassador
Educate and inspire others to get into weightlifting
Support other like minds
- Work with a local team
Build and maintain an inclusive local team which includes everyone from juniors through masters
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 Poughkeepsie, look me up to learn, train and have some fun. Wherever you may be, please support the mission. I’ve partnered with a small business to provide some top-quality apparel. Any income is invested in improving training space.