|Interviewed by: Deepsquatter
Q: Can you give us some backgroundinfo on yourself (age, education, occupation, funny middle name, etc.)?
I am 34 years old.My education consists of a Bachelor's degree in Social Science Educationand I am currently finishing my Master's in Education. I teach psychology,Government, U. S. History, and Economics. I also have my certificationfrom the NSCA (CSCS). This stands for certified strength and conditioningspecialist. I have been a teacher and coach for the last 11 years and Iam currently employed at Vincennes Lincoln High School in Vincennes, IN.I do not have a funny middle name, but I have a multitude of nicknamesincluding Big B, Big Daddy B, Power B, and my newest moniker given by theAxeman, Skullcrusher!
I got interested inlifting probably around the 7th grade. I really was bitten by the liftingbug when I saw Conan the Barbarian. I did full meets in college and thentook a lot of years off from meets. I have not missed a week of training in 15years even with back surgery. I started doing bench meets when I was 28.
Q: What is your favorite lift? Least favorite? I know you've got the big bench but do you do allthree lifts or are you primarily a specialist?
My favorite lift, believe
it or not, is the squat. There is nothing like having iron on the back.I
do not have a least favorite lift unless you count curls and kickbacks,etc.
Of course, I like the bench because I am fairly successful at it.I have
been hindered in the squat by my back flaring up from an L5 removal.I have
alleviated some pain by my mental approach. I read a book on overcomingback
pain by utilizing the mind and believe it or not, it has worked. Ialso
thoroughly enjoy strongman type training using steel logs, wheelbarrows,and
Q: What are your best lifts?The ones you're most proud of? Titles you've held/won?
My best bench thus far is a 620 at 233 lbs. I have also done 605 at 224 lbs. My best gym lift is a close-grip bench of 400 for 10 weighing 230 sans equipment. I willlet you know about the other two lifts, the squat and dead, after thisyear. I plan on doing a few full meets. I do not worry about titles. Ihave been in national and world meets with success, but I pay no heed totrophies and titles. Someone can be Mr. Watermelon Seed Festival champand total what some people bench in all 3 lifts. I lift for PR's and formy own fulfillment. I believe the true test is if your peers think youare the real deal. Louie Simmons has said I am strong and says he wouldlisten to what I had to say, so this is what it is all about.
My future goals are rather simple. I want to bench 400 lbs. over body weight and total 2000 in a full meet. I also want to stay healthy so I can lift pain free until Iam ready to hang it up.
Q: I know you've got a cousinthat is coming up the ranks fast. Is is genetics or similar training orboth?
My cousin is Eric Patterson
and I believe he is now 24. His mother and my mother are sisters from farming
backgrounds. I taught Eric everything he knows. (LOL) I believe it is similar
genetics and training philosophy. He
Q) You seem to have the benchshirt figured out pretty well. How should a shirt fit? I know you prefer denim. Are there fit differences between denim and poly.
Well Deep , I really do nothave
the shirts figured out. It is hit or miss with me. Fortunately, itis mostly
a positive experience when I don the shirt. I never train with it on and
perhaps I should to save my shoulders.
Q: What about supplementation? What kind of diet and supplement regimen do you follow?
My diet is a lot of chicken
breasts and beef. I do not watch what I eat because I have a fast metabolism
and I can always gain to be a full 242 pounder. My father is nicknamed
Slim and I guess I inherited his metabolism.
Q: Who has influenced youin this sport? Helped you the most?
I have a lot of people whohave
helped me in this sport. Lou Simmons has been a great help and a rolemodel.
Dave Tate, Bob Youngs, Gritter, Chris Taylor, and Deep have helped me with
training advice and equipment
Q: The Strength Site is abouttraining. Would you share some of your squat training ideas with the readers?How did you build that awesome bench?
I usually squat off a 15"box and do 12 sets of 2 reps. I then do my speed deads or strap goodmorning/deads. There is no big secret to my squatting protocol. I do have a reverse hyper and I like to push trucks on squat day as well as pushing wheelbarrows filled with about 400 lbs. We race these down the alley. I train the squatwithout equipment except a belt when I get around 450-500 on thebar. I am going to start using briefs as suggested by Dave Tate to prolongmy career, if that's what you call it.
A killer workout is with the steellog. Doing full cleans and presses for sets of 10-20 reps will kill ya!I built my bench by concentrating on technique and triceps strength. I donot claim to be the biggest guy, but I do try to have good form. My bench workouts are never the same and I constantly try innovative things. Someone once said that most people go through life without a single original thought. I do not want that label. I do steal a lot of ideas , but that is something I am proud of, not ashamed of. A person who is too arrogant to try newthings is someone who will be beaten in the meet.
Q:Is there anything else you'd like to add?
I would especially like to thank my wife, Kelly, for putting up with my lifting and being supportive of all I do. She has always welcomed strangers into our home because she knows that they have to be good people because they Powerlift. I want tothank my training crew: Mike , Garrett, Doug, and especially Tony and Brad.I would also like to thank you, Deep, for allowing me to speak my mind.
Thank you, Glenn, for taking the time to speak
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