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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.

Darrell Jones

What have you learned about yourself from barbell training?

I’m stronger than I think I am.

Darrell Jones is coached by Patrick Youmans. He resides in Nashville, TN where he has a home gym. He’s team “Gym Dog.” Read on and you’ll find that you also want to lift with Darrell and the Rock. And you’ll probably also want some biscuits and gravy by the end.

What do your parents or spouse call you when you are in trouble?


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

“Throw that press back more quickly!”

What is your favorite lift?


How long have you been training?

3 yrs

Why did you start lifting?

Was so tired of being weak

What do you love about training?

It’s just me and the barbell. As a Pastor/ Counselor you rarely get to see the finished product. I know that when I approach the barbell, it either gets moved or it doesn’t. The tangible results are motivating.

What lifting achievement are you most proud of?

Squatting over 500 and finally benching 315. I’ve been chasing both of those for 18 years.

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


Describe a time after you started training when someone noticed your gains. What was it like?

My boss told me the other day that the body composition I have now is completely different than 5 years ago when I started. That was encouraging.

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

Reynolds saying “sometimes you just have blue collar days”

Pre-workout of choice

Jessie Spann Caffeine pills

What are some of your go-to lifting songs?

Lords of Summer by Metallica

What is the most embarrassing song you like?

Christmas Shoes

What’s one of your personal lifting superstitions?

I have to face the wall when I squat (competitions are hell)

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

A sub 40 in waist. Press-250, deadlift -550

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

If one were ever in Nashville, I’d love to (traveling on Saturday is difficult for me)

Who is someone you’d love to try barbell training and why?

My students. I would love to see them gain the confidence that comes from doing hard things well

Do you have a role model? Who is it and why?

My mentor, Dennis Fuller. When I thought everyone had given up on me, He loved me for no other reason than he wanted to. If I have a son, he will bear his name.

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

The Rock. Or whoever it was who invented deficit deadlifts ( so I can punch him)

If BLOC made a yearbook, which do you think you’d most likely win?

Most likely to not hit “record”

Do you love to eat?


How much do you love to eat?

“What are we eating next.”

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

My mom makes a deer tenderloin that she coats in flour and pan fries to just right level of juicy perfection. After removing The delectable deer from the cast iron she makes a white gravy which pours over homemade biscuits. On the side are sliced, garden grown tomatoes, the fluffiest scrambled eggs you’ve ever seen and a tall glass of whole milk.  

What was your favorite childhood TV show?

Saved By The Bell

What are a couple of your favorite books?

“Lord of the Rings” Trilogy

“Hillbilly Elegy”

“Safe at Home”

Tell us your best dad joke.

What’s brown and sticky? A Stick

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

I love this company so much I’m now in the academy pursuing the opportunity to work alongside the best coaches on the planet. I’m humbled to even be considered.


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