StrongLifts Member Harrison W. (24y, Washington DC), who won the Bronze Medal last April at his first Powerlifting competition with a 390.6lb Squat only 2 years after starting StrongLifts 5×5 and with a history of scoliosis, sent me…
I thought you might get a kick out of this. I mentioned to my immediate boss at work that I entered a powerlifting meet and did pretty well. He absolutely loves the idea of his assitant being a kickass strongman type guy, so he’s been making a point to say things to others like “Hey, by the way, don’t get Harrison mad… he’ll squat you out the window! Did you know he’s ridiculously strong?!”
So anyway the Human Resources person got word of it yesterday afternoon and asked me about it. I told her the basics of what powerlifting is and stuff. Well 30 minutes later an email went out to all 75 people at the company with the subject line “Harrison Takes the Bronze in Richmond!” and the email body “Click here to read about Harrison’s weight lifting”. The link was to your article! I have no idea how she found it. I certainly didn’t send that around to anyone here.
Anyway, at first I was a little mortified at the idea of everyone at my company seeing the video of me in the little singlet leotard thing I had to wear, but I’m sure this is a positive development overall. People respect athletics and strength. Everyone does.
I’m sure this will end up being a big boost! Like they say, all publicity is good publicity. And I got about 20 emails from the CEO on down congratulating me and saying things like “remind me never to piss you off.”
So, thanks for that!
All the best,
Awesome story. I can understand if you’d feel a bit weird at first about all your colleagues discovering the “freaky” things we’re doing and rarely talk about. But it does send a strong message to all of them who do zero sports and are weak, fat and out of shape. I think it also sends a message to your boss.
If I were you, still employed and looking for a job, I would definitely mention the Bronze medal on my CV under the section “Achievements”. Doesn’t matter it has nothing to do with the job you’d be applying for because it proves that…
- You can stick to something (reliable)
- You’re a motivated person (2 years of training)
- You’re at least successful at one thing (repeatable)
If you get promotion as a result of this, remember to mention me in your will.