Weightlifting Coach John Coffee Suffers Stroke, Improving and Recovering in Hospital

Last Saturday, American weightlifting coach John Coffee suffered a stroke. The founder and owner of Coffee’s Gym in Marietta, Georgia, Coffee is currently recovering in the hospital. Check out the posts below from Coffee’s colleagues and athletes Kelly Rexroad Williams and Edward Baker.

From Williams:

And Baker:

Coffee is a well-known figure in American weightlifting and has been lifting and coaching for over half a century. His athletes include Olympians, a World Champion, and dozens of Pan American and World team members representing the USA.

This 2010 profile from Patch.com gives a little more insight into the history of Coffee and Coffee’s Gym. Coffee’s Gym has been open in Marietta — at various locations — since 1980, well before many of his current athletes were born.

If you’ve never seen Coffee coach (or had the pleasure of being coached by him), check out the video below, where he puts a weightlifting beginner through the paces in learning how to snatch.

We’re wishing John Coffee a speedy recovery and quick return to the gym.

Featured image: @coffeesgymmarietta on Instagram

David Tao

David Tao

BarBend's Co-Founder and Editorial Director, David is a veteran of the health & fitness industry, with nearly a decade of experience building and running editorial teams in the space. He also serves as a color commentator for both National and International weightlifting competitions, many through USA Weightlifting.

David graduated from Harvard University and served for several years as Editorial Director/Chief Content Officer of Greatist.com. In addition to his work in the health & fitness industry, David has been a writer for Fortune and Fortune.com, as well as a contributor to Forbes.com, Slate, and numerous other outlets across the web and in print. He's especially passionate about the intersection of strength sports and quality, professional media coverage — overlapping interests shared by the BarBend editorial team and which drive their content strategy each and every day.

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