Each week, we shine the spotlight on one of our online coaching clients. The simple idea of making ourselves stronger through training brings together people of all different backgrounds and for all different purposes. In sharing our clients’ experiences we hope to share part of what makes our online community of lifters unique.

Andrew Johnson-Lally

Meet Andrew Johnson-Lally. He is a Tattoo Artist in Philadelphia, PA and is coached by Anna Marie Oakes-Joudy, who gets to often remind him “Knees out!” and “Shrug!”. Maybe that’s why his favorite lift is the Deadlift.

He’s really good at never missing training sessions and has a strong dad joke game. Tell us a good one, Andrew:

A grasshopper walks into a bar. The bartender says, “Hey! We have a drink named after you.” The grasshopper says, “You have a drink named Steve?”

Andrew answered a few questions about himself and his training. Here’s what he had to say:

How long have you been training?

with BLOC for about 6 months.

Why did you start lifting?

I have always just wanted to be stronger!

What do you love about training?

I love that it’s something that only I do. It’s for me and is up to me to make it happen. I love the methodical process and the feeling of becoming stronger.

What lifting achievement are you most proud of?

Getting my form dialed in for my lifts. My squat specifically. It’s been the most frustrating but also the most rewarding.

Did you ever think at any point in your life that someday you’d be as strong as you are now?


Describe a time after you started training when someone noticed your gains. What was it like?

I recently had someone tell me that they were used to seeing me skinny and that it was weird to them that I was now “jacked”. Haha. It’s not something I think of much but when someone who I don’t see often remarks on it it’s great to see that byproduct of strength actually showing.

How many shirts and pairs of pants have you torn?


What or who gets you to train when your motivation is really low?

To be honest I don’t have a problem with motivation. I love training even when I’m dreading the heavy squats. I couldn’t think of a time other than being sick or vacation when I wouldn’t want to train.

Pre-workout of choice

Something fancy pantsy

What are some of your go-to lifting songs?

Loudness, “crazy nights”

What is the most embarrassing song you like?

Anything by Stryper…

What’s one of your personal lifting superstitions?

I always place my right hand in the bar first. If I don’t I start over.

What are some of your lifting-related goals for this year?  

I’d love to squat 405, deadlift 500, bench 225 and press 200. Eventually I’ll get there!! 🙂

What have you learned about yourself from barbell training?

I really love training. It might feel like crap or crazy heavy some days but I generally will give it my all.

Who is someone you’d love to try barbell training and why?

My wife. She lifts regularly and is good at what she does but I think she’s be amazing at strength lifting!

Do you have a role model? Who is it and why?

My “role models” are the people that are older than me, have been lifting longer and are strong as heck!

Dead or alive, who would you love to lift with?

Michael Wolf, he just seems like a nice guy and of course Anna Marie! It’d be fun to train in person with my coach!

(Can confirm! Wolf is indeed a nice guy.)

If BLOC made a yearbook, which do you think you’d most likely win?

Least likely to miss a training session

What’s your favorite meal? Please use as much detail as possible.

My wife’s lasagna with 4 different cheeses and homemade garlic bread! It’s not very descriptive but it is delicious!

What was your favorite childhood TV show?

M.A.S.K. and MacGuyver

What are a couple of your favorite books?

The Warlord Chronicles by Bernard Cornwell.

Anything else you would like to share with your BLOC brethren and sistren?  

Hello and pleased to be amongst you all. 🙂

Thanks for sharing, Andrew! How big of a lasagna can your wife make? We all want some now!


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