|Interviewed by: Deepsquatter
Q: Can you give us some background info on yourself (age, education, occupation, funny middle name, etc.)?
I'm 29, a high school graduate and I'm a personal trainer, I played football, baseball, and race BMX. OH YEAH, I'm good at Sony Play Station games!
The gym I started lifting at had a group of powerlifters there and they talked me in to going to a meet that was in 1986
Q: What is your favorite lift? Least favorite?
My Favorite is the squat. Least favorite the deadlift because I have small fat hands which makes it hard for me to hang on to the bar.
Q: I've got to admit I knew your name but didn't know who you were until seeing you at the Mountaineer Cup. I watched you at the Cup and you are one of the most explosive lifters I've seen. That opening squat blew my mind. You took it down nice and slow and then just popped up. It was one of the prettiest squats I've ever seen. Actually, all your lifts looked pretty easy but that one really surprised me. What are your best lifts? The ones you're most proud of? Titles you've held/won?
I'm not proud of any of them yet they're still too low for me.
Q: Any meets you'd like to Forget?
The1996 IPF World Championships, I kind of went off there.
Q:If you don't mind talking about it what happened?
I hurt my back at the SR.
Nationals and I thought if I was about 90% I could still win the World's.
In training I only went 785 in the squat, 565 in the bench, and 705 in
the deadlift the winning total was 2066 which I could have done more with
no problem. Anyway I open with 760 in the squat my first attempt all red
lights depth, second attempt again all red lights depth, I started to get
pissed off so on my last attempt when I was at the bottom of the lift I
let all my air out and let the weight push me down as far as I could go
came up with it all red lights again, so I tried to push the squat rack
over and the referee said something so I walked to him and told him I was
going to kick is ass when the meet was over, another thing that pisses
me off about the IPF is your not allowed to talk to the referees, like
if you get red lighted your so called coach has to go
Q: What are your future goals in the sport?
To total over 2300.
Q: What about supplementation? What kind of diet and supplement regimen?
As for supplements: multi
vitamins and minerals, extra vitamin C and E, glutamine, BCAA'S, Parrillo's
Max Endurance, no fat burners.
Q: I mentioned that you remined me of a buffed Fred Flintstone. When I saw you at the hotel I was like. Who the hell is that guy? You are about as thick as you are tall. How big were you when you started and were you always bigger then....well everyone...or did this result from your PL'ing?
When I started training I weighed 120lbs. It's had to be from Powerlifting because I will never Bodybuild.
Q: Who has influenced you in this sport? Helped you the most?
The first person to influence me was JB Adams he was an IPF Masters World Champion. Plus all the people who said I would never be strong. Ed Coan has helped me the most.
Q: The Strength Site is about training. Would you share some of your squat training ideas with the readers? After seeing that squat I have to ask how you train the squat. I'm sure the rest of the world wants to know about your bench. After all, 600 plus is an awesome bench but the squat is the king of the lifts around these parts so I've gotta know.
When I was 19 years old I squatted 760@ 197lbs. that was in 1990. So in the last 10 years I've only added 10lbs. per year which ain't very good, so persistance is the key and a positive mental thinking which I have not had the last few previous years but now I'm on the right track.
Q:You mentioned that "the
people who said I would never be strong" influenced you and that you now
have positive mental thinking which you lacked in the past. How did you
turn the negative external forces into positive action and how did you
develop a positive mental attitude? I talk to a lot of lifters and
many people seem to have huge doubts about what they will be able to do.
"I could never do that" is a comment I hear from people too often.
When I talk to Eddy or Rickey Crain or other
In the past I would always compare myself to other great lifters, I think that held me back. I used to be so hard on myself I would saying to myself your weak, your small, your fat, whatever it was to try to motivate me to make a lift if you do that long enough you'll start to believe that. I always knew that I was stronger then I was so I decided the heck with this negitive attitude and get my shit together and I did you seen the results of that at our last meet. Now it seems that I can lift anything if I train smart and stick to my training cycle. It's not an easy thing to do but anybody can do it but it will not happen over night. You must surround yourself with positive people and you can't let negitive people bring you down.
Q: Is there anything else you'd like to add?
About 20lbs. of muscle and
200lbs. on my total!
Thanks for taking the time to speak with us.
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