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It’s Not How Much You Lift – It’s About…

Monday, May 16th, 2016

I have a few sayings I’m known for.


One of them is, “It’s not about how much you lift, It’s about how much you LOVE Lifting.”

What that means is, lifting is about being passionate about something and doing it with fire.

Lifting is about setting goals to always be improving.

Lifting is about feeling good, and feeling good about yourself.

So, a couple months ago, or so, when I really took a look at some of my training, I came to realize I wasn’t following my own advice.

The whole idea about that saying is that you should be pushing yourself because you love lifting.

It has nothing to do with pushing yourself so hard that you reach your goals at the expense of everything and everyone else.

But, there I was, trying to reach some goals related to the Barbell Bench Press, and instead of getting closer, I was coming further and further away each session because the exercise was tearing my shoulders up, and leaving me in pain.

It’s now been the better part of this year, that I have quit Benching with the Bar, and moved exclusively to Dumbbell Bench Press. And although my numbers were completely embarrassing at first, I now feel like I’m living more in tune with my beliefs.

And, after a couple months, or however long it’s been, I’m starting to see some good increases, feeling better in the shoulders, and I think even seeing a bit of growth.

I LOVE LIFTING, but I think I was coming severely close to having the majority of my training SHUT DOWN due to the pain I was feeling in my shoulders.

I encourage you to do the same as well – by all means train hard – don’t just go through the motions in the gym.

But, if there’s a movement that is tearing you up inside, don’t feel the need to push through pain and suffer because of it.

Remember…It ain’t about how much you lift. It’s about how much you LOVE lifting.

All the best in your training.


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Opening Day Speech at Towanda Little League Ceremony

Monday, May 2nd, 2016

I was honored to be chosen to be this year’s guest speaker at the Opening Day ceremonies for the Towanda Little League.

Aside from giving a little bit of advice on baseball here and there, the points I tried to get across were:

(1) Baseball is about making memories you’ll remember the rest of your life.

(2) Baseball is about working hard and developing habits that will last you a lifetime.

(3) Baseball is about family, and we should recognize the efforts people make in our lives.

I hope you enjoy the speech, and if you’re looking for a motivational speaker for a get-together you have going on, or a strongman for your next party or celebration, please feel free to look me up.

All the best in your training.


No Luck Needed!

Wednesday, October 14th, 2015

I want to take a minute to recognize somebody, named Mike Hagios.

I’ve known Mike for over a year now, and I want to give this guy a massive hand.

When I first met him, he was well over 300lbs and he had just recently decided to make changes in his life, his diet, and had just begun lifting seriously.

He just sent me a picture wearing the Diesel 3-Leaf Clover Shirt, and I was truly blown away.

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It’s been a while since I’d seen him, and when I saw how trim he was looking, I was so proud of him for all of his dedication and hard work.

This dude not only hits the weights, but he routinely swims and has even started practicing jiu jitsu. Plus, he even has a group of people he trains with, and helps them with their training and weight loss goals, too.

On top of how well he’s doing with his diet and training, this fella ALWAYS has a smile on his face, and I’ve never heard him say a single bad word about anybody.

I feel honored that Mike ordered not 1, but 2 of the Diesel 3-Leaf Clover Shirts.

In fact, I’d say that Mike personifies EXACTLY what this shirt is all about.

You see, Mike doesn’t just “wish for weight loss.” He isn’t seeing his results because he’s “lucky.”

Mike goes after it and makes it happen.

Mike doesn’t need luck to reach his goals, because he puts in the work.

The common belief is a 4-leaf clover is good luck, because it’s rare.

Well, I say people like Mike are rare. Most people want everything handed to them, and they’re unwilling to lay it on the line for their goals.

The back of this shirt says “Who Needs Luck?”

Because, who needs to depend on luck, when your MINDSET, your MEALS, and your TRAINING are all where they need to be?

I know there’s a TON of you out there who approach training, eating and life in this manner, and you can show it with this awesome shirt.

Order yours TODAY and show people that with all you do, all your preparation, your discipline and desire, you don’t need luck to reach your goals!

No Luck Needed
Red Print with Black Arm Trim

Red Clover / Black Trim

No Luck Needed
Orange Print with Orange Arm Trim

Orange Clover / Orange Trim

Keep up the good work, Mike! Just a little ways to go until you reach your goal, brother – I know you can do it!

All the best in your training, Diesels!



Tuesday, May 26th, 2015


I posted this video on my Facebook wall a week or so ago, but I wanted to also add it here.

This video is by my friend, John Wojciechowski, a strength coach and grip sport friend of mine.

As you watch this video, think about this…

Every day that goes by, there are opportunities to improve, to get stronger, to get BETTER.

It may seem like we have all kinds of time to put the work in we need to, with each passing day, the opportunities to get better are sliding by.

We all need to make sure that we are taking advantage of the time we have.

That may mean sneaking in an extra workout, planning meals better, getting your water intake right, or any other number of things.

But it’s gotta come from inside YOU.

Your parents, your friends, your family, your partners can’t do it for you.

YOU know what YOU need to do.

Make your opportunities count. NO REGRETS.

Renew your commitment to your goals RIGHT NOW, if you’ve been letting distractions get in your way.

And if you need help getting back on the right path, send me a note and maybe I can help you.

All the best in your training.


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How Bad Do YOU Want to Succeed?

Tuesday, May 12th, 2015

Question for you – –

How bad do YOU want to win?

How bad do YOU want to accomplish your goals?

Do you want it THIS BAD?

Read on…

As I was cruising Facebook last night, weaving back and forth between the nonsense about Tom Brady’s deflated balls and the lies about Bin Laden’s death, I found this gem, from my friend, Jared Fleming.

He said:

    So proud and inspired by my girl and her AMAZING performance at the USA Wrestling National Championships this weekend!!

    Veronica showed more heart and internal motivation to win than I have ever seen in another person.

    During her 4th match she broke her arm and tore ligaments… To the point you could see her arm was actually deformed.

    She came back with 2 minutes left on the clock and WON the match with a broken arm and took 3rd place overall!!

Can you believe that?

I actually had trouble getting to sleep last night because of this…

It inspired me so much, I got an adrenaline rush and wanted to train, but it was bed time.

I gotta get my beauty sleep, brotherrrrr!

Man, DIESELS, I hope this fires you up today.

I hope it motivates you to take your training up a notch.

It should make you want your goals even more.

Imagine having to finish a wrestling match with a broken arm.

No, not having to.

I’m sure nobody told Veronica she HAD to go out and finish the match.

She did that because of her burning desire for competition and savage hunger for excellence.

Let’s take a bite out of that today and apply it to our life, our work, our family, and our training.

What do you say?


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