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By Kerry M. Davis
Hey there, my name is Kerry (that’s me in the picture up there) glad you are here. I have been a health nut for a while but never truly realized my passion for it until a few years ago. I have been a massage therapist for over ten years and known ...
Chronicles of an Iron Belle
Hey there, my name is Kerry (that’s me in the picture up there) glad you are here. I have been a health nut for a while but never truly realized my passion for it until a few years ago. I have been a massage therapist for over ten years and known for my ability to ‘torture’ people. The CIA wasn’t hiring so I pursued an Infant Massage Therapy certification in an attempt to figure out when things start going awry as we develop and stopping them before they cause trouble when we are adults. Person after person would come to me seeking relief from their pain and all I could do was iron it out with a massage, the rest of the work was up to them and I soon found that not too many go to the gym and know what to do or have a personal trainer who gives them a good program. A major contributor to this issue is the lack of communication from the client to the professional out of ignorance of their own body all because we are so busy with the other demands of life to even listen to what our body is telling us. This blog will give you that understanding.

All that background stuff brought me to today: a certified personal trainer who LOVES kettlebell training (my fave move is the Turkish Get Up), loves running, and loves acting like a kid (I have three!). I hope you enjoy the journey with me as we tackle understanding our bodies and how to get the most of your time at the gym, beat injury, figure out what muscles are doing what, and have a few laughs along the way. Understand that I am a massage therapist and personal trainer, not a medical doctor so the advice I share here is strictly that: advice. To see the kind of work I do (with my hunk of a hubby) click here.

Please drop me a line though, I would love to hear all about you!

Take care,

Kerry M. Davis LMT, CIMT, CPT
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Frank Beckmann Goodbye
[Ed. Saturday night is of course the final call for longtime play-by-play man Frank Beckmann. I’ve offered up a couple salutes on these pages around the Ohio State game, but this week Dr. Sap shared a few touching thoughts on Beckmann that I wanted to pass along.]
Guest post by Steve “Dr. Sap” Sapardanis
Before Frank Beckmann took over the reigns from Bob Ufer as the “Voice of Michigan Football,” Frankie cut his teeth on the radio broadcasts by doing the locker room interviews.
Take a listen to this one from the Dr. Sap Archives via the original recording made by John Kryk from the 1981 Rose Bowl:
Not only does it capture the proverbial and collective Monkey being lifted off the Michigan Football program’s back, you get to hear the players’ true euphoric joy of finally winning a Rose Bowl for Bo and for Michigan. As a Michigan Fan who grew up with Bob Ufer, I gotta tell ya, I did NOT like Frank’s style initially.
There was no horn blast after every TD.
There was no, “5, 4, 3, 2, 1 TOUCHDOWN MEECHEEGAN!!” call.
Ufer’s passing marked the end of my innocence for Michigan Football. It would never be the same again. Sure, I was 16 years old at the time, but to me, Ufer WAS Michigan Football. Who was this Beckmann guy, anyways?
Frank’s tenure as the Voice of Michigan Football would signal a change in my Michigan fanhood. During Frank’s run I grew up as a person and as a fan. Sure, I would continue to follow the maize and blue, but the result of the games would no longer determine my mood for the remainder of the following week.
That stopped happening when I got to my 30s! When Frank hosted his own “SportsWrap” talk show in Detroit, I can remember how nervous I was when I called in the first time. I couldn’t believe I was on the radio! Over time I got to appreciate Frank’s professionalism and how he created his own broadcast style.
I wasn’t a kid anymore and Frank’s presentation of Michigan Football seemed right for me as a middle-aged man, husband and now as a father.
A few years ago I received the ultimate compliment from Frank – he was an aspiring rec-league hockey goalie and asked me for a few pointers. I couldn’t believe I was showing Frank Beckmann the fundamentals of goaltending – what a thrill!
So, as Frank closes out his tenure as the Voice of Michigan Football this Saturday, I thought I’d return to him the ultimate Michigan fan compliment:
I’m gonna miss ya, Frank! Michigan Football Saturdays in the fall won’t be the same without ya.
- Dr. Sap
[Thanks Sap! P.S., I will be on the pregame show with Frank’s sideline man Doug Karsch before the game, details to come. I will certainly pass along a few thoughts on Frank. And I’ll be doing a live This Week in Michigan Football History with Ira and crew on WTKA 1050AM at around 8 EST. Dig it!]
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