Team MDUSA just boarded our bus bound for Washington D.C. and the 2014 USA Weightlifting American Open. I am super excited to be a part of Team MDUSA and very honored. This group of lifters truly poor their hearts and souls out on the platform day in and day out, and as their coach I am jacked to watch them do battle. We are all blessed to be a part of a company that is willing to invest in the future of weightlifting in America. MuscleDriver USA love them or hate them is the only major company out there that is willing to invest in our young men and women. For that I am very grateful.
Coach McCauley and I talk everyday about how blessed we are to actually get paid to coach the sport that we love so much. Five years ago, I would never have dreamed that this opportunity would surface. My story is a great example for all the people out there chasing their dreams. There are happy endings for people that are willing to go after their passions.
I spent my life with a barbell in one way or another since I was eleven years old. That was thirty years ago! I have heard countless times to stop lifting weights and get a job. I have heard that I was going to paralyze myself. Now people are telling me that they knew all along that I would make it. Yah right! I know the people that believed in me, and there were just a small few. However, I am ok with that. I’ve always enjoyed proving people wrong.
People ask me all the time what I did to become successful in the strength world. The answer is simple! I followed my heart! I know that this sound cliché, but that is what I did. I wanted to pursue weightlifting, so I drove to Colorado Springs and was coached by Wes Barnett. I wanted to be the best Powerlifter in the world, and that is what I did. I wanted to meet and get to know Charles Poliquin, Louie Simmons, Dave Tate, Jim Wendler, Glenn Pendaly, Don McCauley, Barbell Shrugged, Jon North, and all the others, and that is just what I did.
If I had a thought or desire, I followed it. Now I have more opportunities than I have time for. There was no secret or system. There was just passion, and willingness to act on that passion. A lot of people have goals and dreams, but lack the courage to act. I have never understood that fear. You will only be young once! What do you want to say to your children and grandchildren on your deathbed? Personally I want to say that I spent my life loving my family, my God, and attacking the passions that God laid on my heart.
This weekend I am coaching around 40 people that are doing exactly that. They are pursuing the sport of weightlifting while putting several aspects of their life on hold. They are chasing that Olympic Dream! A lot of people would tell them that it is just a dream. I would tell them that they have taken that first step to reaching that dream. The biggest difference in people that accomplish big goals and people that don’t is the willingness to Dream Big and Act On It. You will Never be an Olympian if you don’t dream about it first. No one accidentally accomplishes something that awesome.
To be leading 40 men and women into battle is one of my greatest accomplishments in sport. Accomplishing one’s own goals is amazing, but helping others reach their own goals is even better. It’s a way of giving back, and making the lives of other people a little happier and a little better. Along the way, I attempt to lead a Godly life, and hopefully one of these men or women can come to know something even greater.
This weekend I get to hang out with my Barbell Family from all over the country. Jason and Vinh from the Mash Mafia MN Team will be in the house. I can’t wait to see them. I miss my Minnesota Family everyday. When I see their posts about their new accomplishments, I get so excited. However, I get a little sad because I want to be there as they continue their walk with the Barbell. This weekend is the essence of Barbell Life, lifters from all walks of life coming together with one common bond, the Barbell.
If you are in D.C. this weekend, feel free to come up and meet me. I can then add you to my Barbell Family. For all my Online Mash Mafia Team Members, let’s get ready to crush some weights! I am ready to see my lifters succeed, and hang out with my extended Barbell Family all weekend. I hope that Washington D.C. is ready for the Storm.
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We are hosting a Holiday Olympic Weightlifting Meet December 20th at the Mash Mafia Compound. Come hangout with the Mash Mafia Crew, some MDUSA Stars, Coach Mash, slam some bars, and of course KILL Some PRs! Click on the link to find out more:
We are hosting a New Year Learn 2 Lift Seminar at the Compound as well! January 10th and 11th come out and hang with Coach Mash and the Mash Mafia. Weightlifting Day 1 and Powerlifting Day 2. Come to one or both days just click on the link to find out more:
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