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.
From Pat’s Coach, Hari Fafutis:
Pat and I have been working together since the beginning of this year. He’s one of the very few trainees that has actually never missed a single session. He’s very talented yes, but his work ethic is the main factor behind his success. He doesn’t complain, and he learns and makes quick progress because he is humble to learn and listen. I’m proud and glad to be his friend (and coach).
What do your parents or spouse call you when you are in trouble?
Funny…at the very moment I’m typing this, my wife just called me “Bozo”
What is your occupation?
Assistant General Manager for the Detroit Pistons
Why did you start lifting?
When I was a 6’9″, 200 lbs senior in HS, it was to add strength and mass so could compete in college. After I retired and had gotten away from lifting for a couple years. I got back into it because I was getting weak and wanted to change that.
How long have you been training?
I’ve program-hopped for the last few years but have only been consistently training since Jan this year when Hari started coaching me.
Who is your SSOC Coach?
What is something your coach has had to tell you a million and one times?
Bend over more!
What is your favorite lift?
Where do you live?
Do you lift in a home gym or a public gym?
Sometimes at home but mostly at our practice facility where our squat racks are lonely
Gym cat or dog?
What do you love about training?
Probably the biggest thing is how I feel when I’m done…it makes all the other “hard” things in my day feel less hard. Also, every session is a challenge that requires focus and effort no matter the goal.
What lifting achievement are you most proud of?
I was proud to hit 360 for 3×5 as I was wrapping up LP especially since I bailed out on the last rep of the last set the prior workout and had to submit that video to Hari in shame.
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?
The thought of having to do it the next day instead of getting through is probably the best motivation.
Pre-workout of choice
What are some of your go-to lifting songs?
Jambi – Tool. Toxicity – System of a Down. Going Bad – Meek Mill
What is the most embarrassing song you like?
Rolex – Ayo & Teo…such a dumb song
What’s one of your personal lifting superstitions?
I do this weird foot stomping when I get under the bar to squat
What are some of your lifting-related goals for this year?
By the end of 2019, I’d like to squat 455, pull 500, press 225 and do 10 pull-ups.
What have you learned about yourself from barbell training?
That I could become stronger than I ever was when I was in my 20’s.
Who is someone you’d love to try barbell training and why?
My 14-year-old son who plays football and basketball so he can learn the proper way to lift and train and avoid doing a lot of the pointless, silly stuff strength coaches will inevitably have him do once he gets to high school and hopefully college.
Dead or alive, who would you love to lift with?
If SSOC made a yearbook, which do you think you’d most likely win?
Most likely to set the rack at a height you can’t squat from
Do you love to eat?
Are you going to eat that?
What’s your favorite meal? Please use as much detail as possible.
Curry chicken, brown rice, tons of veggies, jalapeno naan
What was your favorite childhood TV show?
What are a couple of your favorite books?
Fooled By Randomness – Taleb, When Genius Failed – Lowenstein
Tell us your best dad joke.
What’s orange and sounds like a parrot? A Carrot
Anything else you would like to share with your SSOC brethren and sistren?
Not sure this is anything new but as someone who’s had numerous surgeries from sports, I can say the body has a remarkable ability to heal and bounce back stronger given the right amount of time and persistence. I had 5 surgeries on my right knee while playing and never thought I’d be squatting again, much less hitting PR’s in my 40’s.