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Old 07-11-2013, 12:40 PM   #1
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While everyone here is always working uber-hard to improve, we can all recall a moment when our fitness excelled and we even impressed ourselves.

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Old 07-11-2013, 12:46 PM   #2
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Ok, so I'll start...

I was at the Jacob Javits Center in NYC for the annual car show a few years ago...The Marine Corps had a recruitment booth set up and they were running a pull up challenge for prizes.

I had been in USMC JROTC about 15 years prior and loved pull ups, but I was not in ideal shape...

I stepped up to participate (they frowned when I was over enlistment age) and one guy in the crowd said "Oh, he's not even going to get 10 reps."

Whew, boy, that was all I needed.

I jumped up and started chinning. The Marine began to tell me there was a certain way to do them correctly for credit, but I already knew and he quieted down when he saw my reps...

A perfect score on the Marine Corps physical is 20 pullups... I tell you, I did exactly that...couldn't get 21 and jumped down very pleased.

Walked past the guy in the crowd and said, "How about that?"
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Mine was in the Army. After 4 weeks in we had a little fun sprint-off for the base's Basic Training units.

Before lifting I was slower than a slug. This sprint took place with several years of lifting in my past. I destroyed everyone on base.

It was a powerful moment not only for me personally, but it also taught me just how powerful weight lifting as in general.
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About two years ago, a neighbor asked if I and our custodian could help him move a gun safe into his garage. As he and the custodian were setting up a ramp to get it down the two stairs into the garage, I slid the safe to the door. The owner looked up and said, "how did you do that? I have been trying all morning to get it moved away from the wall." It was at that point I saw the full benefits of deadlifts and heavy pulls.
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This was before I started lifting, I was 14. I had just started working in a junkyard, when we needed to move a schoolbus. There was a pretty strong guy that joked around with me and said I should push it. So while the Bobcat was on its way, I swear if I didn't move that thing a good 10 feet, on gravel.

Granted it didn't have a motor in it, still, I felt awesome.
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I don't know how proud I am of this one because it made me feel a bit embarrassed. I was waiting on a friend one day so I decided to push my car around the parking lot. I ended up having people drive up asking if I needed gas, and I just told them I was bored.
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Of all the things I was ever obsessed with, my worst was step ups. I wanted to do an hour straight.

I still remember the joy I had from reaching that goal.
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Mine was in the Army. After 4 weeks in we had a little fun sprint-off for the base's Basic Training units.

Before lifting I was slower than a slug. This sprint took place with several years of lifting in my past. I destroyed everyone on base.

It was a powerful moment not only for me personally, but it also taught me just how powerful weight lifting as in general.
you must have lifted explosively!

good timing to smoke the competition!

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Impressive! Even the small ones are heavy!

I moved a mini fridge for a neighbor...he said it took 3 of them to put in...I put it on my shoulder and overhead tossed it into the dumpster. Not that they are heavy at all but it made an impression about the "average" person's strength!

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This was before I started lifting, I was 14. I had just started working in a junkyard, when we needed to move a schoolbus. There was a pretty strong guy that joked around with me and said I should push it. So while the Bobcat was on its way, I swear if I didn't move that thing a good 10 feet, on gravel.

Granted it didn't have a motor in it, still, I felt awesome.
That would feel awesome...you were the motor!

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I don't know how proud I am of this one because it made me feel a bit embarrassed. I was waiting on a friend one day so I decided to push my car around the parking lot. I ended up having people drive up asking if I needed gas, and I just told them I was bored.
LOL. That is bored! and super strong!

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Of all the things I was ever obsessed with, my worst was step ups. I wanted to do an hour straight.

I still remember the joy I had from reaching that goal.
Yikes...I do 40 for a warm up and have had enough. How was walking the next few days after that?
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Having grown up in Alaska and coming from a modest family I've always felt a bit shortchanged of the athletic prowess that people claimed me to have. Dad was a WW2 veteran and 25 year teacher while Mom raised us and did some baking on the side. In Alaska outdoor sports are at a minimum. The folks never had any extra cash for hockey or skiing. So I took up bowling. I loved it from the beginning and next to golf and powerlifting (of the many sports I've dedicated to) it's the most technical. I put in a buttload of practice and after about 10 years got really competitive. However, I would have rather invested (what became 30 years) on and off in to something more physical and potentially higher paying, much higher. After sponsorship, the best, most flourishing barely live off of a career in Pro Bowling.

Even though having bowled many sanctioned 300 games, 800 series and competing successfully at a regional level, nothing compares to my recent PRs I set last week in Lifting!

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My favorite fitness moment was watching my 12 year old son squat "the big plates" for the first time. He was so proud of himself and excited to see his hard work paying off. Even though it was HIS fitness moment, that means more to me than anything I've ever accomplished for myself.
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