Beast of Birmingham

Greg has been working his tail off getting into shape this past year, and part of that has been the result of finding a gym routine that he really enjoys and wants to participate in throughout the week.  He ran the New Orleans half marathon 2 years ago, but he really hates running.  So when his office-mate invited him to check out his weight-lifting gym, Greg decided to give it a shot.  He ended up really enjoying it, and in January he joined Agoge Fitness which is downtown just a few blocks from his office.  In addition to finding an exercise regimen that he enjoys, he also participated in the Advocare 24-day Challenge.  And since his gym focuses on weight-lifting, and they have competitions every few months, he also started taking supplements specifically geared for muscle strength and fitness recovery.  And with Greg’s permission, I’ll give you some stats.  Before he started his gym routine and Advocare in January, he weighed 255lbs. And now, he is down to 219 lbs. and has replaced a lot of weight with muscle!  The pictures below on the  far left are from January 2014. The pics on the right were taken tonight. front


He is actually starting another 24 day challenge tomorrow! If you want to join him, you can order your challenge here: Advocare 24 Day Challenge (Greg can also explain it a bit more if you want more information).

Anyways, so every few months his gym has a strong-man competition where they all compete against each other in various events according to their weight-class. This past Saturday, Agoge Fitness joined forces with another Birmingham gym, and there were about 25 competitors in all.  It was called the Beast of Birmingham competition.  The first event was a tire flip.  Each competitor had 30 seconds to flip a 500 lb. tire as many times as they could for points.

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Next, they had to carry 2 giant logs 20 meters and dump them into the back of a pickup truck, then push the truck another 20 meters.  And the fastest time got points.IMG_0169 IMG_0170 IMG_0174 IMG_0177

Next was a tire throw.  Each competitor had 3 chances to throw a tire as far as possible.IMG_0181IMG_0184  IMG_0185 IMG_0183Next was a press medley.  The had to lift and press an 85 lb. keg, then press a 70 lb. weight bar, and then do one-handed 55 lb. dumbbell presses as many times as possible.  They received points for every dumbbell press they did.

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Then lastly, they did a sled pull.  The had to run to a “sled,” load it up with weights, pull it towards them from a sitting position, then again from a standing position (approximately 20 meters).

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And of course at the end of the morning, they added up everyone’s total for a fun little medal ceremony.  Greg won for his weight-class!  (This was actually his 2nd win! He won for his weight class in this summer’s competition as well!)IMG_0220 IMG_0225 IMG_0229 IMG_0219 IMG_0221 IMG_0234

I am so proud of him.  I’ve wanted him to get into shape for years, and I’m so glad he’s found something he really enjoys and it keeps him healthy at the same time. 🙂

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