Fast Cars, Hot Chicks, Big Muscles And The Meaning Of Life

Hey guys and gals, Chris here… it’s going to be a crazy few weeks for me.  I’ve got the “Modern Therapeutic Techniques” seminar this weekend with Todd and Dr. Rabinowitz at New York Chiropractic College.  A few days after that I fly out to Winnipeg to help Dustin Pague with his final weight cut for UFC 161 (live on June 15th).  Needless to say, I am busy as hell with wrapping up things to make sure the interns and Aaron don’t burn down the building while I’m away…  So, today we have an extra-special guest blog from my Northern Virginia partner in crime, Aaron Lee.  Aaron is a trainer with us here at BSP NoVa in Dulles, VA, and quite possibly one of the funniest guys I know (I only know 2 though).

Anyways, here goes Aaron:

 

Chris and Todd foolishly turned over the keys to the website to me for the day. This could only have been done for three reasons:

  • Crippling laziness
  • Momentary lapse of judgment
  • To get readers to appreciate their intelligent, thought provoking posts more (see Todds recent post “My Back Hurts” for an example)

 

My original idea was to postulate a theory about the link between abnormal strength, stubbornness and gas in redheaded men.

I later began to write about the merits of training in uncomfortably short shorts (ref. Koldowey, Nick 2013*). After careful consideration I thought I could provide more meaningful content by writing about my experience training at Beyond Strength Performance so far.

 

To be honest, I could have more accurately titled this article “Confessions Of A Terrible Goal Setter” or “Musings Of An Uneducated Knuckle Dragger” but figured we would get more page views with the existing title.

 

For those of you who live on another planet (like wherever the Chris was born), I have been training at BSP and assisting coach Chris since the beginning of 2013. For clarity, my definition of assisting amounts to nothing more than mild harassment and a never-ending onslaught of questions. I came to exist in the BSP universe (patent pending) the same way numerous clients do; To put it bluntly, I was broken and needed smarter people to put me back together again. You see, despite Chris’s objections, I had a significant surgical procedure done mid-way through 2012. If you can believe it, it was not a “reduction” of any sort (if you know what I’m sayin’). I had surgery to correct impingements in my hip that were limiting my range of motion and stability. At the time I believed I had done adequate research on the subject and was convinced surgery was the best course of action. Fast forward a few months and I found that despite my progressing through rehab in record speed, I was nowhere I believed I should be in regards to my strength, mobility, and stability. In constant pain and truly out of ideas, I started working with Chris Merritt.

Recent Picture of Chris and his best friend, Mr. Snuggles

Chris helped me find my “big rocks”, or major training goals and has shown me what it means to train with intensity. I can honestly say that I am a better athlete today than I was before I had my surgery. Before you write this off as me over-selling the experience, I don’t collect paychecks from this place. Outside of some great coaching, all I get is BRUTAL amounts of verbal abuse from Chris and the clients at BSP. To provide more tangible (and sexy) evidence, I went from not having the stability to perform rack pulls for reps with 225, to pulling a textbook 415 deadlift PR a few weeks ago.

 

I imagine that my reality of what training is like at BSP is similar to the other clients there. I am constantly challenged, learn something new everyday, find success frequently, and have a strong community around me to pick me up when I fail. I have shattered my own expectations, made great friends and have found what I consider to be the holy grail, a home away from home.

 

I don’t know how to finish articles, likely because I have never written one before so I intend to ramble on for a little while longer and then abruptly finish. I wanted to wrap up this post by poking more fun at Chris and Todd but now that I have written it, all I really want to say is this; Thank you from all of us for having the courage to undertake something of this magnitude. You’ve given more than you’ve got and never complain about it. One Team, One Mission – Progression Through Perseverance.

 

Aaron Lee

Improving the world one ginger joke at a time

 

Citations

 

Koldowey, Nick 2013
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Chris Merritt
Strength Coach/ B.S. Kinesiology, Pennsylvania State University/ FMS/ Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist/ Certified Kettlebell Instructor/ Owner of Beyond Strength Performance and Beyond Strength Performance NOVA
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Strength Coach/ B.S. Kinesiology, Pennsylvania State University/ FMS/ Functional Range Conditioning Mobility Specialist/ Certified Kettlebell Instructor/ Owner of Beyond Strength Performance and Beyond Strength Performance NOVA

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