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7/30/2012 9:24:36 AM -

I can't recall when I became a member of the team, but I have been around for a little while. I'll never forget the first time I met Dave and Jim. They were bigger than life. I was already an accomplished lifter, but something always felt like it was missing.

At a seminar in Boston Dave interviewed me for the EliteFTS youtube channel. I know it sounds hardly like a big deal, but I was honored. Dave actually mentioned something like "I don't know why he's not sponsored by us?" I happened to be sponsored by another company at the time. However, I was flattered and I saw an in. Of course I knew my numbers should be good enough to get in, but you never know. It's kind of like how I was with my wife for around 15 years before I asked her to marry me. I felt like I had a good shot, but you don't know until you actually put it out there.

Sometime later Rhodes, who was already sponsored, and I made a pilgrimage to an Underground Strength Session at the EliteFTS compound. After hanging and training with the team members for just a few minutes, I knew where I belonged. I walked up to Dave, still somewhat nervous and asked if he'd be interested in sponsoring me. Dave said I was in. Sorry, I did not have to go through some long interview process as many. Also, I know Rhodes thinks I only got in because of him. Shhh, let's let him keep thinking that.

Within a short time after posting my first log, that missing piece in my lifting was filled. Being able to help others while promoting myself is such a great feeling. The motto of Live, Learn, Pass On, is truly how EliteFTS functions. This place takes us from training to charity and a lot of places in between. It is a true haven for those who have iron coursing through their veins.

I was fortunate enough to have won a bench exhibition this weekend. I quickly jumped on my phone to text some of my teamates. I'm quickly bombarded with congrats shortly after. Next thing I know Brian is offering me some well needed advice. Hannah is sending me congrats in my log. Joey and Josh are posting in their logs about my win. Our newest teammate Marshall sent me a very motivational video of facebook. It could not have depicted an emotion I was feeling any better.

I really feel as though I am friends with everyone here. Through the years I have had positive interactions with all of you from this site. I'd be typing forever if I mentioned all of you who have effected me. Thank you to each of you.

Oh yeah, I don't want to leave out that I have hit all my best benches in Metal shirts now. I'm glad I made the right choice and never looked back.

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