Mark A. Turnipseed
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Fitness as a Recovery Tool

In a quest to train for a triathlon, Mark A. Turnipseed focused on fitness. That’s when he had the epiphany that he could no longer run away from his problems and fears. Instead, he had to run WITH them. Using the tactics taught in fitness training, he began building up the inner strength that he ultimately needed to change the course of his life.



Checking-In on Sober Health

When Mark A. Turnipseed got sober, he realized that he really could do anything. Mark shares the details of his inspirational story of overcoming addiction. He explains how others can use the 4-phase model of Integrity Endurance that helped him build new levels of sober health, feel less shame about his past, and become more present and aware in the relationships that matter most.



When Good Health and Personal Wellness Means Coming Out

As Mark A. Turnipseed bravely faced his addictions, he discovered that hidden shame about his sexuality was jeopardizing his life. Mark shares his harrowing story about the trauma of coming out that included suicide attempts. With clarity and deep compassion, he explains how he embraced his own truth with himself, his family, his friends, and his faith. He offers details about the steps he took to tap into his true identity and accept and love himself. 


Mark A. Turnipseed is passionate about sharing experience, strength, and hope. His topics include addiction recovery, sober life, fitness, childhood trauma, and LGBTQ Identity. In addition to public speaking, Mark is available for Radio, TV,  Podcasts, and Print interviews.


Fitness coach and LGBTQ addiction recovery advocate
Mark A. Turnipseed is the author of My Suicide Race: Surviving the Trauma of Addiction, Recovery, & Coming Out.


Exercise and fitness helped Mark A. Turnipseed discover how to become his best gay self—and learn to genuinely love himself.


Addiction, sexual trauma, and thoughts of suicide were three big barriers that prevented Mark A. Turnipseed from focusing on wellness.  Then, everything changed.


The world of fitness offered Mark A. Turnipseed the tools he desperately needed to manage the trauma of addiction, recovery, and coming out.


After 15 years of addiction, Mark A. Turnipseed reclaimed his life. What he learned about sober health is now helping others in recovery.