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Worth the Weight

Local author promotes fitness for everybody

July 28, 2012
By RENEE PRUSI - Journal Staff Writer ( , The Mining Journal

MARQUETTE - Jeff Hauswirth included a special thank you in the first book he has written.

That thank you went to Dr. Randy Jensen, a health and physical education professor at Northern Michigan University.

"When I started writing the book in January 2011, I thought about the seeds of proper movement with resistence exercise and those really started in his class in 1995," Hauswirth said of Jensen. "The kinesiology/physiology stuff he taught really got me to thinking about proper lifting. Lifting had been part of my life for a long time, but what he taught really made it all clear to me."

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Jeff Hauswirth, right, the author of “What are you Waiting For: A Beginner’s Guide to Weight Training,” poses with his former student Paul Mohler, an Airman First Class in the U.S. Air Force currently stationed in New Mexico. Hauswirth helped Mohler with weight training in the past and is now, through his book, reaching out to people of all ages who want to increase their fitness levels.

A 1998 NMU graduate, Hauswirth is author of "What are you Waiting For? A Beginner's Guide to Weight Training," a book that will be available at bookstores nationally in August.

Hauswirth will be selling and signing copies of the book from 9 a.m. to noon today at Motions Personal Training in Marquette, a gym that had a different name when he worked out while an NMU student.

"When I lived on campus, I went there. The hours suited me better," said Hauswirth, a native of Houghton. "This was before the PEIF expanded, when all Northern's athletes were using the same weight room."

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And this gym also was nearby the first employer Hauswirth had in Marquette.

"I worked at the Wright Place Deli as a bottle sorter. It was in the day before can crushers so I had to be in this room, sorting bottles and cans for hours," he said, adding with a laugh, "There were a lot of people who spit their chew in the cans. You cannot imagine how gross that smell was, especially if the cans had sat for a few days."

After graduating from Houghton High School, Hauswirth joined the U.S. Navy, going active duty from 1987-1992 and serving in the reserves from 1992-2009. He did a tour in Iraq as a reservist in 2006.

He attended NMU after his active duty time and once he earned his degree, began his teaching career at Houghton Middle School, working with many young people on the proper way to weight train.

"I had an epiphany," Hauswirth said. "It hit me one day while I was at school that I should put what I know into a book. That became I am going to write a book. I sat down and did an outline, then I started writing it. In talking with my students about fitness, i told them I was writing a book. They all were 'hmmmm.' But when I kept on writing, they really got interested.

"And now it's being nationally published."

The commonly held misconception that weight training is only for those who want to be body builders is something Hauswirth is combatting with his book.

"Resistance exercise in general, weight lifting in particular, is needed by everyone for total body fitness," he said. "Cardio training is needed, of course, but fitness also should include resistance exercise.

"That can be intimidating to someone who's never done it before. I remember my first trip to a weight room was with my older brother Bill when he was playing college football at Michigan Tech. That was intimidating to me as a young guy, a room full of college football players," Hauswirth said. "But everybody has to start somewhere. They have to get past their initial fears toward the goal of total fitness."

The book he has written, Hauswirth said, is a "let's get started" guide for anyone of any age.

"It's never too late to get started, no matter your age or your fitness level," he said.

The 160-page paperback book, issued by Tate Publishing, will hit bookstores around the country Aug. 21, but can also be ordered through

His website also includes a blog, photos and a list of upcoming events.

Renee Prusi can be contacted at 906-228-2500, ext. 253. Her email address is



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