LBEB Athletes

These athletes have shown true dedication to the Lift Big Eat Big lifestyle, and serve as positive ambassadors to the brand. As Lift Big Eat Big continues to grow, so will these athletes grow as they continue to set PR’s and do the impossible. Watch for them at upcoming competitions.
*Due to sheer volume of emails, questions regarding joining the team will not be answered. When spots are available on the team, fans will be notified via Facebook on how to apply.

Nick Best

Age: 45

Height: 6’3

Weight: #320

Location: Las Vegas

Gym/Training Facility: I have a bad ass gym in my garage and train strongman events in my cul-de-sac

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Photo credit: Jon Boyles

Deadlift#900, #600×20

Squat #925

Bench #705

World Records #400 Shield 98.9m, Hip lift #2514, Farmers Walk 125kg 75m in 47.5sec
#900 Yoke 20m x2 in 19 sec
#600 Axle Dead Lift (no straps) x15 in 60 sec
#770 Axle Deadlift x13 in 60 sec

Just for fun #500 Farmers Pick
#1000 Yoke 50 ft. in 7 seconds

World’s Strongest Man Competitor 2010-current

Arnold Strongman 2010, 2011

Giants Live 2012-current

Super Series 2009

IFSA Worlds 2006 2007

American Strongest Man 2006 2007 2008 2013

2x National Powerlifting Champion

World Powerlifting Champion

6x California State PL Champ and Best Lifter from 94-99

Favorite Workout:
Squats Yoke & Farmers, Do I really need to say more?

 

Biggest Meal

Eating is my second job.  Lucky for me I have a wife who likes to cook and feeds me lots!  It’s safe to say that the workers at Texas De Brazil, and Fogo De Chao and I are on a first name basis. I can easily put away #10 of delicious meat.  We visit them frequently.  I once ate #17 of Sushi- boy was that a mistake!

What Else Should LBEB readers know about me?

*My wife and kids kick ass. We all LBEB.

* I work over 50 hours/week and wear dress clothes while I work.

*I probably started lifted weights before most LBEB readers were born (1983).

*Mint Oreo’s are a staple in my house.

Nickbestprostrongman.com

NickBestProStrongmanYoutube

Nick BestPro Strongman Fan Page

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Jenn Yates aka STREAKY
Age:31
Weight: 145 pounds
Location: West Palm Beach, Florida
Gym/ Training Facility: Gardens Crossfit /Coach Miki Carey

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Deadlift: 345#
Backsquat: 290#
Front Squat: 245#
Clean:200 #
Strict Pullups: n/a
Bench Press: 155+#
Jerk:165#
Yoke (if applicable): n/a
400m sprint: n/a

Favorite Workout:
Anything that involves heavy lifting, skill and NO RUNNING.

Biggest meal ever eaten:
24 scrambled eggs

What else should LBEB readers know about you?
I’m living proof that anyone can do it…. Dedicate yourself to what you want!!!! I would have never expected to be a heavy lifter or an athlete…But you never know what awaits you until you give it a try…

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Alanna Casey
Age: 24
Height: 5’3
Weight: 160
Location: Las Vegas, NV
Gym/Training Facility: Nick and Callie Best’s Garage/Cul-de-sac

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Deadlift: 405lbs
Squat: 353lbs  (no knee wraps)
Bench: 225lbs
Clean: 190lbs
Clean and Jerk with axle 202lbs
OH Press: 225lbs
Yoke: 620lbs for 50ft

Favorite Workout:
Strongman event days on the weekends. Weekdays I follow a Powerlifting program and only train strongman events on Sundays. I usually don’t know what I’m doing until a day or two prior so I like being able to mix things up. Plus, I like taking up the entire cul-de-sac with strongman toys. The neighbors are really great about ignoring the blasting music, yells, and are used to driving around all the implements. It’s pretty awesome!

Biggest Meal?
My biggest meal… it would have to be at ALL YOU CAN EAT sushi. AYCE sushi: It’s big out here in Vegas, and I ALWAYS get my money’s worth… in fact I’m pretty sure they lose money every time I walk in. What can I say, I’m a girl who likes to eat!

What Else Should LBEB readers know about me?
Let us see here… I’m currently active duty military. Who doesn’t like a woman in uniform?  I compete in Powerlifting and strongman, and I tend to shift back and forth between the two. I really hate commercial gyms and I get yelled at every time I go to Gold’s Gym for “throwing my weight,” “making more noise than they’ve ever heard,” or “having a bag.” The last comment I responded by taking all of my lifting gear out of my bag and throwing it on the ground all around me and yelling, “Is this better?!” … I actually haven’t been talked to by any staff member after that, perhaps they get the point now ;) Oh! And last May I was doing a husafelt carry with 280 lbs / 127 kg, and dropped in on my left leg (video is on YouTube, TheAlannaCasey). I crushed my left quad and now have two permanent dents in my muscle. Cool! By the way, don’t EVER walk backwards while carrying any implement!
Training videos
Facebook Fan Page
Athlete Blog
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Matt Mills
Age: 31
Weight: 255
Height: 6’1”
Location: South Windsor, CT
Gym/ Training Facility: Lightning Fitness, South Windsor, CT

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Deadlift: 800#
Backsquat: 665#
Front Squat: 515#
Axle Continental Clean & Press: 365#
Log Clean and Press: 360#
Bench Press: 445# (with pause in contest)
Strict OH Press: 300#
Atlas Stone: 425# for 2 to 48 inches
Husafell Stone: 400# for 200 feet
Farmer’s Walk: 410lbs for 60 feet (no drops)
Yoke: 955# for 75 feet (no drops)

Favorite Workout:Deadlifting is by far my favorite mainly because it’s what I’m best at.  Strongman events the Log Clean and press is my favorite press, and by far my overall favorite is Stones.  I prefer a stone series to podiums but anything stones works for me.

Biggest meal ever eaten:
I’m lucky to have a great all-you-can-eat sushi place not too far from where I live ,so after big training days myself and my lifting partners will literally go for 3-4 hours until they kick us out.  A few times we have eaten until we are nearly sick and then have gone for frozen yogurt which is right next door!

What else should LBEB readers know about you?
I got into weight lifting when I was really young, about 12 years old.  I started reading all of the muscle magazines, and immediately had to know everything there was about training, and nutrition.  I was a wrestler all through high school, so training became a huge part of my life.  I went to school for exercise science getting both my Bachelors, and my Masters from the University of Connecticut.  After graduating I decided to open my own facility which I can honestly say is the most difficult thing I have ever done, but more than worth it.  I began competing in powerlifting at the age of 27, and the only regret I have is not getting into it sooner.  After winning a few powerlifting meets I was told I should give strongman a try.  I signed up for my first contest I was immediately hooked and competed in 12 competitions in my first year, and won my pro card shortly after. 

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Amy Payne 
 Age: 33
Height: 5’7

Weight: 165

Location: Pasco, WA

Gym/Training Facility: RSAcrossfit\Morgan Junction crossfit

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Deadlift: 402.3lbs

Squat: 402lbs

Bench: 190lbs

Clean: 190lbs

Clean: and Jerk with axle 183lbs

Clean: and Jerk 180lbs

Snatch: 150lbs

OH Press: 140lbs

Grace: 1:53

Yoke: 485lbs for 100ft

Favorite Workout: 

Anything that pushes me past the comfort zone where your mind has to decide to keep going.  I enjoy that “OMG I might die” sensation and having the mental ability to push past it and keep training.

Biggest Meal?

Does 2 large pizza’s count as a large Meal?  Probably not maybe I should try to add breadsticks next time.  I usually can out-eat most people, including the dudes.

What Else Should LBEB readers know about me?

I have dabbled in many sports from Body Building, Strongwoman, powerlifting, crossfit and yes even roller derby.  I love to be challenged and I love to compete.  It’s not my nature to quit or give up.  I like to train with a motto of “nothing worth a shit is easy!” which reminds me that if I want it bad enough I will achieve it. I recently obtained my crossfit level 1 Cert and am finishing my NASM to help others along their fitness journey regardless of the path they choose.   I love to Bake and make homemade meals…Yes some refer to me as Betty Crocker.  Life is short so make each moment count.

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Kevin Cornell 

Age: 24

Height: 5’6

Weight: 105k (231lbs)

Location: Pittsburgh, PA

Gym/Training Facility: KevinCornellFitness

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Snatch: 156k (343.2lbs)

Clean and Jerk: 200k (440lbs)

Front Squat: 230k (506lbs)

Back Squat: 272.5k (600lbs)

Deadlift: 265k (583lbs)

Bench Press: 175k (385lb)

Push Press: 182.5k (400lb)

Favorite workout:

Max Snatch

Max Clean and Jerk

Biggest meal ever eaten:

My Friend Jimmy and I went to a golden corral and ate a meal on the hour ever hour (EMOM) including dessert for 7 hours. We figured it to be about 8,000 calories all together.

What else should LBEB know?

I had a tough childhood growing up in the city, Life was very violent and I was very familiar to getting arrested and always being in trouble. I remember the first time ever being taken home by the cops was at 11yo for harassment and assault. In the midst of all of this turmoil I was dealing with a much bigger problem, learning how to cope with what I was diagnosed with as Tourette syndrome. This was not an easy thing to do and live in the city. Through many trials and tribulations I have become the athlete and more importantly the person I am today. I am here to help inspire people not only in weightlifting but life as well. You too can achieve what I have achieved through hard work, intense dedication, and a positive surrounding. It is with great pleasure that I am an LBEB athlete and want to help you in all of your endeavors whether it is through sport or life.
*Follow Kevin on Facebook here.
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Matt Falk
 Age: 24
Weight: 265

Height: 6’2”
Location: Seattle, WA
Gym/ Training Facility: The lab Crossfit (Lift Big Eat Big), Gold’s Gym

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Age: 24

Weight: 245

Height: 6’2”
Location: Seattle, WA
Gym/ Training Facility: The lab Crossfit (Lift Big Eat Big), Gold’s Gym
Deadlift: 702#

Snatch Deadlift: 545#

Backsquat: 485#
Front Squat: 325#
Continental Clean: 260#
Bench Press: 325#
Strict OH Press: 225#
Atlas Stone: 342#
Husafell Stone: 360# for 160 feet
Farmer’s Walk: 310# (per handle)
Yoke (if applicable): 745#

400m sprint:  DYEL?

Favorite Workout:

Double unders, handstand pushups and… No. Deadlifts all day.

Biggest meal ever eaten:

This is a tough one, but I would have to say my largest meal ever was at a Brazilian style steakhouse. After eating for over 3 hours, I can honestly say I ate a minimum of 4 pounds of meat alone.

 

What else should LBEB readers know about you?

 Well… Although I have been a “lifter” since high school, I am relatively new to the sport of Strongman and real training. Biceps and chest for 5 years does not yield great results. In July 2012, I came across LBEB and began training with Team AJAX as a weightlifter. Brandon decided shortly after that weightlifting was absolutely not for me, and the rest is history. When not in the gym, I really enjoy drumming and anything involving the outdoors. The North West kicks ass! Professionally, I am a personal trainer and volunteer with a local high school as a strength and conditioning coach. Eventually, it is my goal to work at the collegiate or pro level. I love what I do and watching others achieve their goals and succeed!

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Mike Fierro
 
Age: 21
Height: 6’2″
Weight: 265
Location: Oak Lawn, IL
Gym/ Training Facility: Xsport fitness/ My house/ anywhere with bumper plates that I can find.

Age: 21

Height: 6’2″
Weight: 265
Location: Oak Lawn, IL
Gym/ Training Facility: Xsport fitness/ My house/ anywhere with bumper plates that I can find.
Deadlift: 585 lbs
Backsquat:560 lbs
Front Squat: 425 lbs
Clean: 400lbs lbs
Clean & Jerk: 365 lbs
Snatch: 300 lbs
Strict Pullups: 15
Bench Press: 365 lbs
OH Press: 315 lbs
Yoke (if applicable): 900 for a few steps…then spent the next few days in bed with a lot of icy hot patches ha
400m sprint: under 1:20

Favorite Workout:
Leg/clean day for sure. they have both always been my strong points and the lifts where I can move the most weight so that is always fun for me. but I also love doing shoulders…there is just something about them that I cant get enough of.

Biggest meal ever eaten:
Once at fuddruckers I ate a One pound burger, cheese fries, a rice crispy treat and a milkshake…yeah I’m that guy haha. Or any time that I go to an Asian buffet, just plates upon plates of sushi, teriyaki chicken, beef and broccoli, and fried rice.

What else should LBEB readers know about you?
I was a fat kid growing up so when I got to highschool football was an obvious choice for me and that really helped me find my calling in weightlifting. I wasnt the best football player but I’ll be damned if I wasn’t the strongest. what I lacked in skill I made up for in Strength and dedication. I was always the first one in the weightroom and the last one out I couldnt get enough of it. I played football in college as well but decided to stop, at that time I was about 315lbs and made the choice to cut 70 lbs in about 4 months to 245. At that point I wanted to do something competitive still so I did my first strongman competition in september 2010 which was Illinois strongest man and at 18 years old tied for first place in the teen division. A few months later in febuary of 2011 I tied again for first place in the mens light weight division. This year I’m going to start competing  in the heavy weight division  for the first time. I am also training to compete in my first Olympic competition this year. other than weightlifting I would have to say comedy is my thing I literally never stop joking around (no not even during lifting) which often leads to me having to take a few moments before my set to stop laughing and get focused.

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Joan Jennings

Age: 32

Weight: 132

Location: Oak Harbor, Wash.

Gym/ Training Facility: Lift Big Eat Big, CrossFit Whidbey Island, The Garage

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Deadlift: 318# raw

Backsquat: 300# raw

Front Squat: 240# raw

Clean: 155#

Clean & Jerk: 155#

Snatch: 110#

Strict Pullups: 18

Bench Press: 165#

OH Press: 155#

Yoke (if applicable): 450#

400m sprint:  working on it

Favorite Workout:

Anything with Squats and Stones

My favorite CrossFit Wod is Murph

Biggest meal ever eaten:

I may only be 132 but I eat BIG! Most post training meals are ½ lb beef add bacon and avocado with a sweet potato. My friends know I’m always down for a burger.

What else should LBEB readers know about you?

I am active duty Navy for more than 12 years now. I am a CrossFit Level 1, Powerlifting cert, and Command Fitness Leader (Navy). I am currently working on a Nutrition Cert. I love experiencing everything I have placed in several CrossFit Comps individuals and team, ½ marathons, 50K, 4 24-hour adventure races, Century Bike Ride, an Olympic Weightlifting

Meet, an Elite Total in a Powerlifting Meet, and placed 1st in Hardcore Powerlifting Federation. My goal is just to get strong and stay healthy for longevity while empowering others to do the same.

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Kat “BadKat” Ljubicic

 Age:43
Weight: 165
Location: Toronto, Ontario Canada
Gym/training facility: CrossFit Mississauga & Crossfit Bolton

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Deadlift: 385
Backsquat: 265
Frontsquat: 265
Clean: 175
Clean & Jerk:175
Snatch: 135
Strict pull-ups: 20
Oh press: 160
400 m sprint: 1:23

Favorite workout?

 Anything that involves a heavy weight.

Biggest meal ever eaten?
I can tell you the worst… Easter long weekend, 2009 a strawberry shortcake and a giant Easter creme egg.
Best biggest meal? 24oz steak

What else should LBEB know about you?
I am a full time CrossFit coach. I just recently started to compete in the masters division.
I love animals and long walks on the beach.
I’m funny.
I have a huge fetish for weapons and anything that goes fast. If it was legal to carry a gun in Canada, I’d carry a 44 magnum.
“I can’t” does not exist in my vocabulary.

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Jace Derwin

Age: 23

Weight: 205

Location: Seattle, WA

Gym/Training Facility: Lift Big Eat Big/Alpine Fitness/ The “Go-Rage” (my garage)

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Deadlift: 215 kg

Back Squat: 190 kg

Front Squat: 155 kg

Clean and Jerk: 143 kg

Snatch: 115 kg

Strict Pull-Ups: 17

Bench Press: 150kg

OH Press : 200

400m: 53s

Favorite Workout: Working complex’s in the oly’s are always my favorite. It breaks up the monotony and gives you a fun dynamic feel to chase new PR’s. Clean pull- Power clean – Clean is an awesome burner.

Biggest Meal Ever Eaten: I don’t play when i hit the Costco food court. 3 chicken bakes and a polish dog for a quick 3000 calories.

What else should LBEB readers know: I was a multi-sport college athlete, where I competed in Soccer and Track and Field. I come from a lifter family, where my parents both were all-american college athletes then bodybuilders, and my younger brother set a world record bench press at 19. I currently work as a sports performance specialist and strength coach for VoltAthletics.com