Q&A with Steve!

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We're bringing you a little Q&A with Steve! Steve was the first male member on Rebel Powerlifting! We love having him around and he's great ambassador for our growing team!

 

  • Tell us about yourself, athletic background, where ya from, whatcha do:
    • I grew up in Rochester, NY. I played three sports growing up - baseball, basketball & football - throughout my adolescence and high school. Football was my very favorite sport based on the pass/fail notion of it. You don’t get to play 2, 3 or sometimes 4 games a week like baseball, or soccer, or basketball, or volleyball. You play one, and you either win, or you lose. But diving deeper, you pass or fail with every single snap in a game. Make the block, or your man beats you, and then the play is blown up. Make the tackle, or it’s a touchdown, and you’re now behind in the game. You can make the correlation to any aspect of your life.  It’s like Yoda said, “Do or do not; there is no try.” I believe my affinity for football has helped me with Powerlifting in that it’s the same concept. Lift the weight, or drop it. I ended up moving to Charlotte in September 2004. I became a father on July 3, 2008. My son Cooper is a miniaturized version of myself - outgoing, never met a stranger, sarcastic to a fault, and a complete sports nut. All kidding aside, he’s a wonderful 10yr old kid, who has an old soul. He makes being a parent easy more often than not. I met Jennifer Broome on January 13, 2013, and I fell in love with her that very day, and we’ve been together ever since. She’s the most incredible person I’ve ever met and I’m so grateful she chose me. She is an amazing Mom to Cooper, and she shows him so many life lessons that he wouldn’t be exposed to otherwise. She is our rock, and my closest friend. I love her dearly and am so fortunate we have her in our lives.

 

  • What got you into Pride Conditioning/powerlifting:
    • I got into Pride back in 2014. Now, for a disclaimer -- I was EXTREMELY intimidated by just the thought of attending Pride. Jenn is an extremely fit woman, and at the time, I was….well, I was NOT. So I was shitting my pants. It reminded me of the first practice or tryout for any team I ever played on. I had nervous energy, anxiety and full-on fear. I was concerned I wouldn’t be able to keep up, unable to finish the workouts; I was worried I would be silently mocked or looked at negatively. None of that has ever happened at Pride - not one time. Being a guy with a few extra pounds, I was always apprehensive about going to the gym, and it was exacerbated when I would attend a new gym. Most of my anxieties and fears were washed away after that first workout. I think that’s what has endeared Pride to me over the years - the feeling of ohana, of community, that has been cultivated here. Everyone is valued, and the ongoing positivity and coaching from Doug & Lindsay makes Pride what it is. It is an ideal gym for anyone at ANY fitness level. I can attest to that. Pride helped me get into the best shape of my adult life. I went from weighing 304 lbs in Oct 2014, to 220 lbs in Oct 2018. You can’t fake or bullshit that. Fast forward to 2017 when Jenn makes the decision to begin Powerlifting under Lindsay’s tutelage. I absolutely enjoyed lifting with her, and started to gain a genuine appreciation for what she went thru every week, and what she was working towards. Finally in August, in a sweatbox of a gym in Fayetteville, on the hottest day in the history of time - ask Doug & Lindsay, they were there - I was on hand to assist Jenn at her very first competition, and I realized I wanted to do this as well. Admittedly, at first, my motivation for Powerlifting was the opportunity to spend more time with my best friend. After a short period of time, I simply fell in love with everything associated with Powerlifting.
  • Favorite part of training:
    • The process. All of it. The grind. The way it’s up to NO ONE but yourself to pick that weight up. The chains. The bands. The motherfucking CHALLENGE to work your ass off week after week after week. The fact that the barbell or the dumbbells don’t care about your feelings, they don’t give a shit about your bad day. They’re just there...challenging you to pick them up. The difficulty of it all. I talk with my friends that don’t Powerlift and go thru one of my workouts, and their eyes will get wide, mouth slightly agape. I’ll say, “Haha yeah, and that’s just half of it so far...”. Knowing I can do what the majority of people will not, or cannot do, is empowering. I’m extremely proud of myself and my efforts, and that goes for everyone on our team. What we do is REALLY hard, and it takes a level of discipline and commitment unlike anything I’ve ever taken on. The reward is the struggle; the struggle is the reward.
  • Favorite lift:
    • Each lift - the squat, bench & deadlift - pushes you in a different way. I would say the squat is my favorite of the three. I love the thought of needing to push that weight back up. Think about it - the bar on your back, needing to drop to the floor and then RISE UP again - that’s as challenging as it gets. All the lifts are a beautiful struggle in their own way, but having that weight on your body makes the squat very personal to me. As if to say, “I’m here...what are you gonna do about it?”, the squat is the ultimate Fuck You of all three lifts.
  • Proudest moment:
    • My proudest moment was Deadlifting 386 at the Rebel Pride 365 Competition on Sept 22nd. Leading up to the Competition, I was a Sumo Deadlifter. I pulled Sumo in my very first Competition in Monroe in March. Throughout the training cycle, I was struggling with my form, and my mobility wasn’t where we needed it to be. I was continuously frustrated week after week, and Lindsay began incorporating some Conventional Deadlift movements about 4-5 weeks out from the Comp. The more I Deadlifted from a Conventional stance, the better the movement felt, and the more comfortable I became. We officially decided for me to use a Conventional stance two weeks before the Meet. Neither of us had a clue as to how much I could pull, as we simply didn’t have the sample sizes to build off of. My confidence in the lift helped overcome any fears or concerns. It simply FELT more natural and I had absolutely no hesitance or apprehension about Deadlifting, which unfortunately was the case when I pulled Sumo. Pulling 386, to go 9-for-9, man...I don’t really have the words. It was a great sense of accomplishment. I worked my ass off for that, and I was thrilled.
  • Goals for 2019:
    • In 2019, I’d like to squat 400, bench 250, and deadlift 450. Those are the numbers I’d like to hit by the end of the year. I’d like to get invited back to the 365 Nationals. I want the opportunity to compete on a National level. That would mean a lot to me as a Powerlifter.
  • Advice for people looking to get into powerlifting or the gym:
    • Get your ass to the gym and find what you’re passionate about, and just fucking do it. FUCK what everyone else in the gym thinks. As someone who is self-conscious and lacking self-esteem at times, that was a real concern and fear of mine when I began working out. Let me tell you - No one gives one goddamn shit about you or what you’re doing at the gym. Get to Pride. Join a class, and see for yourself the camaraderie and positive reinforcement that emanates from the class. Join us for a Powerlifting workout and see the shit we go thru. Get with Doug and discuss Kettlebell Sport, which is a Frankenstein-esque cross between lifting and cardio that only completely insane jackasses take on. That’s why Doug is elite at it -- you have to have something seriously wrong with you to do Kettlebell. So, come to Pride, talk to everyone there to hear the “why” behind what they choose to do. There is literally something for all personality types and fitness levels. And, if you’re not where you want to be physically, get the fuck in line. I know I’m not where I want to be physically, just yet. But that’s why I keep showing up day after day, week after week - to be a better version of myself tomorrow than I am today. That’s all any of us can do. So get the fuck up and go do it. We’ll be here to cheer you on, and to kick you in your ass when you need it.
  • We know your son, Cooper, watches you - what do you hope this passes on to him:
    • I’m actually tearing up, thinking about what he said after the Competition a few weeks ago. I was getting my gear together, and he came up to me in the dumbbell room and had this BIG smile on his face. I looked up at him, and he kinda shook his head & said, “Wow! Great job!” and gave me a hi five and a big hug. He was so damn proud of his dad, and I cannot possibly put a value on that, or even attempt to put into words the joy I was filled with at that moment. I hope he realizes that anything is attainable with a good effort. I hope he sees how his dad has transformed his body over the past few years. I hope he realizes that he never has to settle - that he is fully capable of ANYTHING, so long as he puts forth the work. I know I’ve come to that own realization about myself over the past year. I tell him all the time -- you control your effort every day. Try. And if you fail…? Try again. I want him to understand that failure will only define you if you allow it to. Cooper comes to the gym with J & I from time to time, and what we do is easily relatable to him as a 10yr old kid. We do things we don’t always want to do - hello there, 50 reps of leg curls for 4 sets. But in that vein, we do what we HAVE to do, in order to do what we WANT to do - hello yourself, 353lb squat. I really want him to realize that all the little things -- all the accessory work, the extensive warm-up necessary before hitting our lifts -- those ALL matter and contribute to the main lifts. I would like him to understand that everything adds up, and it’s all necessary for your overall success.

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