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Alexandria's Bodybuilding Dad

Posted on Jan 03,2020
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JEFF BINNS
Source Alexandria living magazine

BY MARY ANN BARTON

ALEXANDRIA, VA. -
As Jake VanWoerkom flexed his muscles in his first-ever body-building contest, Tom Petty's "Runnin' Down a Dream" was blaring and his spray tan was dripping.

Runnin' down a dream that never would come to me. Working on a mystery, goin' wherever it leads.

"I'm a sweaty mess at this point," he laughed during a recent interview at Grounded Coffee Shop off of Telegraph Road. "You're under these bright lights and the tanning stuff is sweating off of me. My wife was taking a video. You could hear my son ask, 'Is Daddy bleeding?'"

Working out wasn’t new to VanWoerkom - he had routinely worked out at home starting in his late teens (he’s now 36), but life got in the way about three years ago and he stopped. After that, the Alexandria family man had trouble re-starting a fitness routine while handling the daily stresses of family life with a toddler and a new job.

Source Alexandria living magazine



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