Each week, we shine the spotlight on one of our online coaching clients. The simple idea of making ourselves stronger through training brings together people of all different backgrounds and for all different purposes. In sharing our clients’ experiences we hope to share part of what makes our online community of lifters unique.

Darin Jackson

Darin is a really hard working client who is coached by our Senior Interns. He lives in Evansville, IN and lifts in his home gym. He has a pretty cool hobby/side gig, read on to find out what that is.

Photos are of Darin’s Archery Team


What is your occupation?

UPS delivery semi truck driver

Who is your BLOC Coach?

Currently Rich Yule (club)

What is something your coach has had to tell you a million and one times?

Bend over earlier. Pull the slack out.

What is your favorite lift?


How long have you been training?

Started back up about 3 years ago

Why did you start lifting?

To become stronger, healthier, and harder to kill

(Heck yea!)

What do you love about training?

Every workout is a personal achievement. Maybe not a PR but an achievement none the less

What lifting achievement are you most proud of?

How well I have been able to progress in my squat

Did you ever think at any point in your life that someday you’d be as strong as you are now?


What or who gets you to train when your motivation is really low?

Miles Taylor

Pre-workout of choice

Something fancy pantsy

What are some of your lifting-related goals for this year?  

My 1st set of goals is to hit a 300# squat and a 400# for 5 reps. I would like a 200# press but that is a long way off.

Do you plan on competing in a meet this year? If so, what are your goals?


What have you learned about yourself from barbell training?

Anything is possible with hard work and determination

Dead or alive, who would you love to lift with?

Any SSC or BLOC. I don’t really have anyone in my area

Do you love to eat?

Not really. I eat because I must.

(Gosh, what is that like??)

What’s your favorite meal? Please use as much detail as possible.

Anything with meat in it.

What was your favorite childhood TV show?

No tv shows, but my favorite movie of all time is Blood Sport.

(Again, heck yea!)

What are a couple of your favorite books?

Children of Odin and the Zen of Archery

Anything else you would like to share with your BLOC brethren and sistren?  

I coach archery at the local grade school. It is the single greatest thing I have ever done outside of my family. It is so much fun to coach the kids. I would highly recommend everyone getting involved in their community and help coach someone.


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