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.

*The LBEB roster is full. We are not currently accepting new athletes, and due to the sheer amount of emails, applications will not be accepted or replied to.

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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Damien Pezzuti

Age: 28

Height: 5’8”

Weight: 190-200

Location: Rimersburg, PA

Gym/Training Facility: Fitness Down Under 

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Back Squat: 660(belt less)/685 belted

Bench Press: 440

Deadlift: 660

Klokov Press: 250

Pause Squat: 600

Favorite Workout:
Heavy back squats. Nothing I enjoy more than burying a heavy squat to the floor.

Biggest Meal Ever Eaten:
13 full plates at Golden Corral buffet + 1 dessert plate. I was so stuffed I had a hard time walking to my car. I never thought it was ever going to digest.

What else should LBEB readers know about you:
I’ve been lifting since the Fall of 1999. I’ve been squatting everyday since September of 2011. I used to run my own Powerlifting/CrossFit-like gym called PS Fitness. I’m a huge Horror movie fan. My family and I have Pittsburgh Steelers season tickets. The NBA is my favorite sport to watch.

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Megan Gallagher

Age: 26

Height: 5’3″

Weight: 154

Location: Washington, D.C.

Gym/Training Facility: Balance Gym Thomas Circle

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Deadlift: 355#

Squat: 315#

Bench: 162.5

Front Squat: 205#

Power Clean: 180#

Strict Pullups: 8

Favorite Workout: If I could train the big 3 and make progress every day, I would.

I’m also no wuss to trying new things and taking whatever class my non-lifting friends are doing. I like working out and if people I love are interested in trying something, I’m all for tagging along. I just have to be careful that I don’t get too excited and decide to compete in them. Competitive pole dancing is serious business ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

Biggest meal ever eaten:

-4 brownies -One pulled pork sandwich -One brisket sandwich -French Fries -24 oz beer

REST 30 MINUTES

-Double Meat Personal Pizza (U&Pizza) -1 more brownie -12 oz beer -Chocolate truffles

What else should LBEB readers know about me?

I’m a graphic designer and spend quite a bit of my free time illustrating for children’s books. I’m passionate about moving weights, but for me, it’s not my entire identity. When I’m not designing, I’m in the gym, eating, or sleeping. I encourage everyone to find the things they like to do and try to be the best at doing them. Winning is more fun.

Training Videos https://www.youtube.com/user/megangallagherlifts

@Megsquats on Instagram https://instagram.com/megsquats/

Facebook https://www.facebook.com/sup.megan.gallagher

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Kevin Becker
Age: 26
Height: 5’10”
Weight: 200lbs
Location: Plano, TX
Gym:Destination Dallas/Home gym

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Deadlift: #635
Back squat: #520
Front squat: #407
Log clean and press: #325
Circus Dumbbell: #230
Strict press: #255
Atlas stone: #365 to 54”
Farmers: #285 120’

 

Favorite Workout:
I love lung burning medleys and log (viper) clean and press for reps, they require a mental element and not just brute strength. I’m not afraid of the dark.

Biggest Meal ever eaten:
2014 Nationals post weigh in’s I put down a pack of pedialyte, one dozen doughnuts, four breakfast burritos, and a club sandwich with fries within the hour.

What else should LBEB readers know about you?
I don’t own a television. My computer is an old desktop. My mattress is on the floor and I don’t know what twitter is. I’m fortunate enough to have the chance to do something I love and have the opportunity to teach others around me. One of my favorite quotes is Muhammad Ali “Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” I have found no greater joy than to see the face of someone lift their first stone or hit a personal best on the log. It’s what makes me tick.

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Graciano Rubio
Age: 23
Height: 5’9”
Location: Gustine, CA
Gym: CrossFit ValleyView

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Squat: 625
Deadlift: 625
Front Squat: 500
Bench : 460
Strict Press: 345
Axle Jerk: 385
Yoke: 850 x 50ft
Mile: 7:00

Favorite Workout:
High rep back squats
Biggest meal ever eaten:
30 servings of Cap’n Crunch and a gallon of whole milk.

What Else Should LBEB readers know about me?
The struggle is real when it comes to staying in my weight class. I know most guys have to force themselves to eat to gain weight but I would love to have that problem. I have completed my CrossFit Level 1 cert and I’m a trainer at 2 CrossFit gyms until I finish up school. In the past I have worked as a mailman and in construction which should explain the mustache that I display.

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Instagram

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Cindy Lee
Age: 30
Height: 5’2
Weight: 128 lbs
Location: San Francisco, CA
Gym/ Training Facility: Crossfit Oakland, Max’s Gym, and Team Tufunga Training

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BEST LIFTS (currently)
Back Squat (raw): 319#
Deadlift (conv.): 365#
Front Squat: 255#
Bench: 155 #
Snatch: 150#
Clean + Jerk: 185#
Strict Pull Ups: 17 (I know it’s not a lift, but I’m proud of it!)

 

FAVORITE WORKOUT:
Anything that involves da IRON! (Imagine Arnold Schwarzenegger voice)

 

BIGGEST MEAL:
I have no problem putting away enormous amounts of food. I absolutely enjoy cooking as much as I eat. I’ve had plenty of big meals. One of them consisted of a large Costco pizza and 6 chocolate glazed donuts all on my own. I’ve been known to out eat all my friends and boyfriends. In fact, I probably ate them too!

 

WHAT ELSE SHOULD LBEB READERS KNOW ABOUT YOU?
As far as my current training goes, I’m currently doing Powerlifting while trying my best to maintain my Olympic lifts. I will someday go back Olympic Weightlifting, but right now I’m having fun getting as strong as I can possibly get. I’ll probably keep shifting between the two as the years go by. I use isolation movements to help address my weaknesses, I call it “Power-Building”. I’ll sometimes throw in some conditioning work here and there as well.  Overall, strength is my addiction and an endless journey!

While you should definitely take your training serious, you can’t forget to have fun outside of it at the same time. I have other hobbies outside of training so that I never feel burnt out from it and makes me appreciate the process that comes along with making progress. I have a MAJOR addiction to learning and improving in every single area of my life and that keeps me plenty busy itself. I like to think I have a bad case of A.D.D. (…SQUIRREL, what?!)  I’m especially very passionate about the outdoors and cooking. These days I’ve been learning how to fish, hunt and forage. The primitive lifestyle sort of fascinates me and I try to earn my protein as much as I can! It makes me appreciate food that much more!

Cindy Lee Instagram

Cindy Lee Website
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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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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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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: 725#

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.