Max Hawthorne was born in Brooklyn, NY. He worked in the fitness industry for twenty years. He is a nationally certified personal trainer whose background includes boxing and martial arts, as well as studies in anatomy and kinesiology. In addition to penning Memoirs of a Gym Rat, his writing has appeared in a variety of outdoor magazines and periodicals. He is an avid sportsman and conservationist. His hobbies include fishing and the collection of fossils and antiquities. He lives with his family in the Greater Northeast.