So you made weight.  Congratulations.  Now it’s time to do what you actually came here to do: the whole lifting of the weights thing.

I weighed in a whole kilo under what I needed to be last weekend.  and I was comfortable as fuck too which means I did a good job.  It then came time to ingest nutrients and more importantly, fluid as fast as possible so I wouldn’t be bloated and lazy when it came time to actually lift.  Remember, at BEST you only have 2 hours before your session starts.  I ended up with about an hour and a half.  So I took a grocery bag with me to weigh ins containing:

-Pedialyte

-Chocolate milk

-A banana

-Nutella

-Spoon

-Doritos

Remember a few key points from nutrition class: your body’s preferred fuel source is sugar, excess protein will basically be useless in the next 2 hours and fat slows down your digestion process.  So unless you want all this stuff sitting in your gut and not moving, I suggest you take it easy on anything fatty.  I had a spoonful of nutella to make me feel full and I was money.  The Doritos were just something salty to snack on but really served no other purpose.  The chocolate milk should be consumed first followed by you sipping on Pedialyte.  I drink other liquids as I compete, mostly just Redbull and shit like that.

If you start cramping while competing, don’t panic.  Just continue moving around and DO NOT sit down.  Pacing back and forth is preferred.

Once you’re done, go eat something delicious.  Just remember that you’re body will not be happy with you for the next couple days so don’t expect to feel really amazing right off the bat even after getting real food in you.

Hope this helps and good luck out there.

-Ben

I have a message for you,

Nothing bothers you for the next 3 weeks.  Understand?  All your problems that you have right now, and there’s sure to be many because ’tis the season and all that, WILL be there when you get back from Florida.  So relax.  You’ve come this far.  You’ve obviously made weightlifting a priority in your life even if you’re there to get dead last in the J session.  So take it seriously.  Unless you plan on stepping on the podium, you’re going to Florida to lose.  And that’s OK.  Take it seriously and go out there and compete.  That’s how you have fun in this sport.

“But that’s not a balanced or healthy mindset.”

Guess what: neither is peaking for sport; which by definition is not natural or done for health.  You obviously don’t care about that since you’ve gotten unnaturally strong enough to compete at the American Open.  So live it up for the next few weeks.  And when it’s all over, eat too much, have a drink or two with your true friends and take care of the rest of your life.  Don’t go right back to the squat rack (unless of course you ARE one of the top lifters in the country and this is basically your job).

I’m going to eat one last decent meal on Thanksgiving and enjoy my family and friends.  After that, I plan on being as extreme as I god damn want to be.  I’ll see you on the other side.

Big Lifts in LA.

August 18, 2016

I figuratively “hit some dingers” at my buddy, Jon’s meet in LA last weekend.  Snatches were OK. I hit 145kg on my 3rd.  But I went OFF on my clean and jerks.  3/3.  175kg, 180kg, 186kg for an all-time PR.  Footage shot by Rex Flores.  If you live in So-Cal and want some video work done by a pro, holler atchyer boi.

Thanks to everyone’s favorite weightlifting photography crew, Hookgrip.  Here’s some shots of my heaviest clean and jerk of the day.

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Check out my disgusting shoulder vein.

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I short step my front foot like a nOOb.

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Celebration.

I’ll post Emelie’s photos next.  I got some good training footage leading up to Nationals too.  I’ll post a cool video this week.  Stay tuned.

Savannah, GA with Jay, Jet, Zander and Heather.

JR Nationals 2016 Video.

February 25, 2016

Here’s the video from the Philly trip.  Voiceover videos are so 2012.

AO 2015 Part II.

December 17, 2015

Here’s the second featuring the rest of us who competed this year.

AO 2015: Cameron and Zander.

December 14, 2015

I had to break up the video from the American Open into a few different parts.  This one is dedicated to Zander and Cameron.

This track is definitely one of my favorites of the year.  Check out the whole album.  Dope.

 

Caffeine and Kilos 2015 Video.

September 21, 2015

So this is like far less creative than my videos from this contest over the last few years but I’m like . . . busy being a business man and stuff.

Compare this to how fat I was 2 years ago.

I think I was like 265ish lbs in this video.  Oh and that Gil Scott Heron song is still one of my favorites.

Shit, I mean even compare that to last year.  This is the SAME BELT from all the videos.  I’m currently on the very last hole of an ELITEFTS medium and in these videos I’m in hole 3 or 4.

Also, any video with an appearance from my good friend Alex “The General” Lee is going to be one of my favorites.  He’s like a guardian angel, only coming into my life when I need him the most.

Nationals 2015 Video.

August 26, 2015

I finally got around to putting together a video from Dallas.

Hey, so I know I say “thank you” a lot but it doesn’t make it any less sincere.  I am fortunate enough to be the leader of a very special group of people whom I’d die for. I wouldn’t be able to do what I do without their help or without the help of my support system.  The list is long, so I’m just going to leave it at thank YOU.