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I had recently moved to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs and as resident athletes we were expected to do more than just lift.  We could either go to school, work part time or volunteer if it did not impact training and performance.  I had been there for a few months, and it was mid-semester so I was not able to get into school right away, I was not working either and I had yet to volunteer for anything.  Plus, my reasoning for slacking off a bit too was that I was still adjusting to the additional training time, and I was also indulging being in my twenties and out of the house (and in another state) for the first time.  Work-life balance as they say, but my slack time had run out.  Earlier in the week our coaches mentioned that a few of us were going to be...
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The first time we moved to our own place was back in the Summer of 2016 and up until then I was coaching a few weightlifting classes in CrossFit gyms.  One thing I had to get used to was that they were always playing music.  Not to age myself too much, but when I started lifting in 1996 and throughout my entire lifting career (12 years) we never had music playing in any of the gyms I trained at.  So, moving into our place was exciting for many reasons, and one thing I was really looking forward to being in a bit more control of was the sound and volume in the room.     After a few weeks we had finally settled into our new place and my lifters started to ask me about getting a speaker so we could have some music in the room.  I cringed a little bit...
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I should have been home finishing up my marketing plan for one of my MBA classes that one Sunday in the Summer of 2013, but instead I chose to help my teammate Leslie with a mock meet she was running at a CrossFit gym she had been coaching a few weightlifting classes during the week.  I had also been coaching at a few CrossFit gyms myself, and a handful of those athletes were starting to compete, but we still didn’t have an official weightlifting club at that time, so we competed as “Unattached”.  So, I thought it was a cool idea to run a mock meet for people that wanted to start competing in weightlifting meets but needed a little extra preparation before becoming comfortable on the official stage and I knew then that I was going to start doing this with my athletes too. Leslie and I went all...
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Something in me broke the other day so I decided to leave my 9 to 5 job, officially resigning this Monday (yes, 2 days ago).  Many of you may not know that the gym has not been my only “job,” and I had been working full time during the day since I started the gym.  Moonlighting these 7+ years has not been easy.     So, you might think it was my spirit that broke or something, but that was not it.  I have had plenty of soul-sucking jobs over the years that felt as if they were going to break me and while this last one came close, it still did not manage to do it.  What broke, shattered really, was thinking that security comes from having a standard 9 to 5 job with benefits.  But it is how I grew up!  I am an 80’s kid who saw corporate...
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Last week our team was in Vegas for “Nationals Week,” and we had 3 Barbarians representing in the Under 25 (2) and Senior Nationals (1).  It is the most prestigious National meet of the year, and you cannot go wrong by hosting it in Vegas either!  It was a little bit of everything and then some.  As always, I am proud of our lifters’ performances and happy that they were able to bring home a few medals.  I figured I will have more opportunities to write about our mighty team on another post, but I wanted to share a question that really got my thinking about what the sport means to me. While making my way around the venue I was stopped by a fellow weightlifter who is opening his own gym and he asked me if I had any advice for new gym owner/coaches.  I mentioned “culture” and how...
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