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.

I had many a LOL while making this video.  Queen and pained grimaces of high reps squats go together like peas and carrots.  I know.  I need help.

The eventful months keep on rollin’ over here with no signs of slowing down.  I should really just hang my hammock in the lair to save myself some time.

The thank you’s are all sincere though.  We are the product of ALL our efforts.  I consider myself extremely fortunate to finally get to live out the dream.  Together, we’re going to make this thing great.

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.

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.

July was the most productive month of my entire life. I will never forget it; both the ups and downs.  I really feel like I’m ready to start acting like the leader that my people think I am whereas before I felt like I was just pretending.

I’ve always been motivated, though for what reason I couldn’t really identify.  Now I have purpose.  And it is through purpose that we find true strength.

Trust the process.

-Ben

Interview Repost?

July 24, 2015

I may have posted this a few years ago.

The nice thing about where I live is that there are plenty of other weightlifting coaches to draw inspiration from.  I’ve learned something from just about everyone over the years.  I’ll often look at guys like Greg Everett, Max Aita, the Doherty brothers (in Doherty we trust), Freddie Myles, Jasha Faye, Dave Spitz and Jim Schmitz just to name a few.

I remember watching this interview a few years ago and some of the concepts that Dave talks about still influence me today.

Biscuitry.

July 3, 2015

Biscuitry: The state of being bigger than average while doing normal activities; In more extreme cases, doing activities that require above average agility or nimbleness.  The juxtaposition results in comedic relief.

PWA Championships 2015.

June 22, 2015

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

“ROOOOOOTS”

June 9, 2015

Honestly, I was just looking for an excuse to use this song.

April was a huge month for me.  Check it out.

Also, this is one of my all time favorite songs.

I love my job.  I love what I do.  But gosh darn it, is it hard to find balance in life sometimes.  Every year has been a learning experience for me.  And every year I get deeper and deeper.  Right now I’m thinking about Nationals.  I’m thinking about coaching my team in the next 3 meets.  I think it’s about time I turned on the gas and really put my head down going into the summer.  If it’s not one of those things chances are it will be on the back burner indefinitely.  I’ve got one more week where I’ll be out of town and then it’s full steam ahead, baby.

If you are a coach as well as an athlete, feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section.