I was a competitive strongman. I had gone from unathletic and fat, to lean and mean and fighting at 155 and 170 in combat sports. From there I wanted to be strong so I started lifting at home on the P90X program. I started looking for people who could inspire me and eventually landed at a strongman gym called Silverback Barbell. Here I got professional coaching for lifting and the sport of strongman. This is where my story really begins.

I didn’t believe in the program at first, but when I started seeing progress I dove right in. I was doing a linear strength program and I’d gotten to where every day in the…