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.

Everybody loves Nat from Hookgrip.

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And for good reason.  He makes us look GOOOOOOD.

I’ll post video this week as well as some updates.

How it Ends.

August 16, 2015

You have a right to re-invent yourself.  Be the best version of yourself.  That person will and should change over the course of your journey, even during the relatively short life of your weightlifting journey.  When you finally get to the void; the unknown.  Don’t just stand there. Jump in.

I lift this evening At nationals in Dallas.  Regardless of the outcome, I’ve got a community at home.  I’m going to show them how I want it to be done; give them a snapshot at my journey through the process.  By my estimation, I’ve got about 2-3 years left of high level competition which makes these last few years my twilight years.  Very soon I dive into a different kind of void, gaining more knowledge of self, further growing the community.

Trust the process.

-Ben

The 2015 Kono Video, Bro.

August 14, 2015

Here’s some video shot from people’s phones with my voice talking over it.  Enjoy if you’re into that sort of thing.

I didn’t get/post video of everybody but I had 11 lifters compete and I’m proud of every one of them.  I’m also proud that the rest of the team banded together and helped out the counting/warm-up process.

HERE is the link for the Nationals webcast.  I thinks’m lifting on Sunday Afternoon.

I’ll see you in Dallas!!!

The team competed yesterday for the first time under the new name, new gym, new life.  Jake took first and Emelie took second overall by sinclair.  Jen took a shot at the AO total.  Alexa and Conor competed in their first meets.  Zander closed in on his goal of breaking the master’s American record clean and jerk for his category.  Sammi hit the AO total at a different weight class.  Paige, Katie, Heather H and Yezmin got out there and represented well.  It was an overall success.  And it wouldn’t have happened without the rest of the team there to support.  I taught a number of my people yesterday how to count attempts and help in the warm-up area.  It ended up being a beautiful symphony of communication.  Thank you Heather, Deb, Alexa, Nick, Paige, and even you, Nile. Together we made it happen.

Counting at the card table.

Counting at the card table.

The photo on the left was taken 9 years ago at the first Kono.  I feel like Tommy has probably aged better than me.

The photo on the left was taken 9 years ago at the first Kono. I feel like Tommy has probably aged better than me.

PWA Championships 2015.

June 22, 2015

Here’s 22 minutes of lifting for you to zone out to while at work.

Home Stretch (Not).

April 15, 2015

The last 2-3 weeks have been incredibly busy for me, as is often the case with small business people.

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I just got back from coaching that the Master’s National Championships.  Two of my athletes competed: Lindsay and Duffy.  Both got themselves some meet PR’s and had a great showing at their first national meet.  Both have been with me for a long time and I’m proud that we made it that far together. I also helped out another athlete from Virginia; a talented one at that.  She also snuck away with some meet PRs.

This weekend I’ll be be speaking at an NSCA conference held at Menlo college.  My presentation is called, “Practical Programming for the Novice and Intermediate Weightlifter.”  I’m actually pretty excited.  I haven’t given a power point presentation since college, but collegiate and high school strength coaches are folks that I don’t normally get to talk to on a regular basis.  I’ll be glad to branch out and exchange ideas with people.

The following day, I’ll be coaching the team up at a meet we’re hosting at our gym.  If you’re in the area, come check it out.  We’ll be there all day.  5 bucks at the door.  BYOB.  You get in free if you bring me a beer.  Just kidding.

Maybe.

Come so you can watch me do a LOT of running back and forth from the warm up area like this ^.

JR Nationals 2015 Video.

February 19, 2015

Here it is.

Great job, Elle.  We’re all proud of you.

Song is one of my new favorites.  Yes, it will also be on the mixtape.

Check out the latest video of us at the Record Breakers meet in SF.  Big thanks to Kevin and everybody from Hassle Free for hosting a great event.