Chief Fitness Officer – President of FitnessBank
Home town: Clearwater, FL
Home base: East Cobb, Atlanta, GA
Work life: Chief Fitness Officer & President of FitnessBank
Ed Cooney is a former college baseball player, yet that’s a world away from his current life as a busy executive and father of triplets. Getting in steps isn’t as easy as it used to be — “I’m more of an on-and-off active person. But these days, I’m more on.”
Part of what’s keeping Ed “on” is a commitment to running coach Jeff Galloway’s run-walk-run training program. Now up to a 45-minute run/walk/run, Ed’s got his sights on an August Tough Mudder.
“The busy lifestyle is a challenge for just about everybody in today’s world. It’s important not to compromise our health by getting caught up in the kids’ day and not paying attention to our own day. It’s tough, but I’m on track.”
How do you get your steps in?
“I can get in an extra 1,000 steps by walking through the parking deck at the office. I also walk down the stairs from my 9th floor office. I generally just try to find ways to move, from walking during work breaks to staying active while at my son’s baseball games. My wife and I do walks at home, and I’m also getting in several of Jeff Galloway’s run/walk workouts each week.”
As a coach, I’m sure moving around a lot.”
When did living a healthy lifestyle become important to you?: “It’s always been important, it’s just gotten more difficult as our family’s life got busier. Baseball has always been an important part of my life. I played youth baseball, college ball at Stetson University in central Florida, and was selected to play on the Jr. Olympic Baseball Team. I also played in the Cape Cod Baseball League, and have coached youth teams for years.”
Who’s in your Fitness Tribe? “That’s easy — it’s my family. All three kids live active lives. My daughters are figure skaters, my son is a baseball player, and my wife and I enjoy walks together. Fitness is a family affair for us.”
Three Ways to Get Your Steps in:
- Watch the Braves game while on the elliptical
- Ditch the golf cart
- Get to the kids’ practices early and get moving
- Favorite running shoe: Brooks. It’s the most comfortable shoe I’ve ever worn.
- Favorite spot to walk/run: Kennesaw Mountain
- Favorite workout song: Any live music. There’s lots of energy in live music. Favorites include Shinedown and Thirty Seconds to Mars