With my connections in the military and local fire departments I had gained enough buzz that I was finally able to have financial breathing room, and looked for the right warehouse to start my gym. Close to downtown Columbus, I found a 3,000 square foot warehouse that was perfect: clean enough for clients, but hardcore enough for my own lifting. Now I needed a name. A friend had thrown out the idea of calling it Ludus Magnus, which meant elite training ground. This was perfect. I wanted a facility Prepared exclusively for [email protected] Transaction: 2038
115 to accommodate serious lifters, especially since they were coming to me for guidance. Now I had a dual role: coach and lifter. I gave all the respect in the world to Chuck for doing this for so many years. He was my greatest teacher. I watched him train through injury, sickness, and issues of which most people would have long stopped, retired, or gave up. Training with Chuck made me realize being strong was a lifelong endeavor, not a 10-week plan. If you wanted to be your best, you had to pour your life into it, not just when you are in your prime or feel your best. I created a new training group. I needed some fresh blood; people I could count on who were both friends and training partners. I found this through several of my clients with whom I Prepared exclusively for [email protected] Transaction: 2038
116 had built a strong foundation. One new recruit was Rob. He had come to me out of shape, beat down from past cancer problems, and in need of my help. He was a gigantic 345lbs and played some football at my former college. From that point forward, I helped him, watch him turn his fat into muscle, and develop far beyond anyone’s expectations. In a short span of time, he was benching mid 500s raw, and deadlifted a staggering 700lbs at his first meet. In this group the average deadlift was well over 700, the squat was over 850, and the bench was over 700 (equipped), so the guys around me were strong enough to really start a good team. 785lb in weight with 500lb of band with briefs and belt only Prepared exclusively for [email protected] Transaction: 2038
117 The new facility was open, and things slowed down a bit. It was time to look at a new goal. There were only a few guys that had squatted 1200 pounds, and to be considered a great in equipped lifting, the 1200lb mark was the gold standard for the larger weight classes. It was a dream for me to be mentioned in the same class as Andy Bolton and other great multi-ply lifters. 1110 squat in New York at the Metal Militia meet My previous best squat was 1110 in New York, and the world record was 1192. So my eyes were set on that goal, I knew I had a lot of work to do, so it was time to rest up and start the training protocol for the large squat!!!
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