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Andy Petranek

I & #x 2019; continues to be coaching and inspiring individuals in and about fitness and health more than 20 decades, although I could hardly believe it! Many people find it really hard to believe that I had a lifetime before fitness , but the fact is that until age 18, athletics and fitness couldn & #x 2019; t've been further from my lifetime. I was raised in a family of classical musicians and from the time I'd played almost every instrument in the orchestra. The trumpet was always my first love (I started when I was five), and also during high school, became an accomplished artist… playing professional gigs, in honors bands and orchestras. As a senior, I auditioned for two music college applications and got into equally – Eastman School of Music and Northwestern. I picked Eastman.

That first year of college, I was a dual major – trumpet and chemistry, that meant I was attending classes on two campuses – both Eastman and University of Rochester. Living in the U of R, college life became a significant priority – fraternities, ROTC (I was a scholarship student), athletics, and women… and by the end of the calendar year, my music important was a distant memory. Focus changed quickly into the Marine Corps – along with my physical fitness moved into the forefront... Daily workouts at school became the foundation for my own conditioning for the remainder of my lifetime, and allowed me to undergo the rigors of Office Candidate School after my junior year. After graduating in 1988, I had been commissioned by a 2nd’ lieutenant from the USMC.

The very first year at the Marines was probably the most physically challenging. In college, I had been for the majority of this year, learning about everything related to becoming a Marine – battlefield tactics, shooting weapons, land navigation, communications and leadership. I became an expert shooter, learned how to tie things backwards and forward, became a Navy diver, even repelled helic off

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