My wonderful sponsor, Muscle Driver USA held an open tryout for aspiring weightlifters that had interest in joining Team MDUSA. This team is designed to support and develop lifters with the potential for World and Olympic level competition. Members receive not only financial support but also training facilities and more importantly, high level coaching.
I was poking around the Muscle Driver Facebook page, trying to catch up with all the athletes who had recently been extended, and accepted invitations to join the team. It struck me how amazing the entire process is. Number one, what a phenomenal company Muscle Driver is. This is seriously an amazing group of talented people. We all know the lifters are talented, but I’m talking about the front office. The President of Muscle Driver is Brad Hess who started and grew the company from the ground up. He manufactures equipment in house, and distributes from his warehouse on-site creating lots of jobs. This is a person who is truly a leader, not a boss, and expects his employees to be leaders, too. When I left my first meeting with Brad, no kidding I thought to myself, “that’s what ‘scared money don’t make money’ means.” This guy seriously has balls (sorry Kim). I say that because of the confidence I saw and also the willingness to try new things, obviously not knowing the ultimate outcome, but moving ahead fearlessly. An open tryout, people! To give someone the opportunity to pursue their dream. So awesome.
A more familiar name to most is Glenn Pendlay, whose company Pendlay Barbell merged with Muscle Driver awhile back. This man is a repository of information and I honestly had no idea when I first met him how accomplished he is as an athlete, as well as his level of advanced study in his field. He is the force behind the lifting team, and what an amazing thing he’s created for himself as a coach and for the athletes. What coach wouldn’t want to have a bunch of full-time athlete studs in house who are willing to dedicate their lives to their craft?
Another key person at Muscle Driver is Lisa Strump who is a ridiculously accomplished woman- a mother, wife, chiropractor, CrossFit affiliate owner, and an integral leader at Muscle Driver. She is my go-to person, and I’m sure many others view her the same way. The entire organization is made up of people I am so proud to be affiliated with.
Back to my original point, I’m just amazed at the opportunity Muscle Driver is creating for athletes. As one of their athletes I know that the main reason they have me on board is so that I can develop into the best athlete I can possibly be. That is the same opportunity that is being given to the new crop of weightlifters that have just signed on (Tim Rawlings, Dean Kruse, Morghan King, Trevor Britton, sorry if I missed anyone). I wish them the best as they come on board, and I look forward to formally meeting everyone on my next visit to South Carolina!