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
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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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Matt Falk
Age: 24
Weight: 265

Height: 6’2”
Location: Seattle, WA
Gym/ Training Facility: Lift Big Eat Big gym, Gold’s Gym

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Matt Falk


Age: 26

Weight: 240-245

Height: 6’2”

Location: Seattle, WA

Gym/ Training Facility:
CrossFit Bellevue (Lift Big Eat Big), CrossFit Deliverance

Deadlift: 725#

Sumo Deadlift: 685#

Snatch Deadlift: 600#

Back Squat: 535#


Front Squat: 405#

Close Grip Bench Press: 325#

Strict OH Press: 225#

Atlas Stone: 375#
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Husafell Stone: 360# for 160’

Farmer’s Walk: 310# for 50’

Yoke: 815 for 20’

Favorite Workout:
Conventional deadlift max. If I could, I would everyday.

Biggest Meal Ever Eaten:

I’ve had some big ones, but I don’t think anything beats this: 2 double bacon cheeseburgers, 4 tacos, 2 chicken sandwiches, and a chocolate milkshake… Followed shortly by a large all meat pizza and an order of cheesy bread. It was almost an out of body experience.

What else should LBEB readers know about you?

I’m an annoyingly proud Washingtonian and have lived here my entire life. Professionally, I operate a training company called Falk Strength & Conditioning as a full-time strength coach. Hobbies include playing percussion/kit, snowboarding, fishing, and spending time in the great outdoors. I don’t own a real dress shirt and still don’t really eat my vegetables.

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Chelsea Nicholas
Age: 27
Height: 5’6″
Weight: 150 lb
Location: Seattle, WA
Gym/Training Facility: CrossFit Bellevue

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Snatch: #165

Clean: #220

Jerk: #235

Strict OH Press: #140

Back Squat: #280

Front Squat: #240

Deadlift: #315

 

Favorite Workout:
In my training I see workouts that range from 60 min max distance row to 30 squat cleans for time at #155 and everything in between.  Some days are long and aerobic, others are quick and dirty.  I have love and appreciation for all the work I do, but my favorite kind of workout is something long and gritty with heavy overhead elements and gymnastics movements. I also love building to a max weight for lifting complexes, especially those that include squat cleans and jerks.

 

Biggest Meal?
I have never attempted a “food challenge” or anything like that but Sundays are when my unsupervised eating happens (i.e., I don’t count my macros). They are my off day from training and I like to recover by eating and sleeping.  Breakfast usually includes biscuits and gravy, eggs, bacon and an americano.  Second breakfast is a cupcake (or two…)  from my favorite cupcake store followed by a nap then meal prepping until bedtime (AKA cooking and snacking).

What Else Should LBEB readers know about me?
My athletic background includes gymnastics, cross-country and track and field (mainly pole vault).  I started CrossFit in 2012.  Initially I competed as part of a team, then transitioned to an individual competitor focus mid 2014.  I finished 5th in the Northwest Region in The 2015 CrossFit Games Open and 21st at the 2015 CrossFit Games West Regional (top 20 women from the Northwest and Canada West regions).  I also have a B.S. and M.S. in Civil Engineering and work as a Structural Analysis Engineer for the world’s largest aerospace company when I’m not at the gym.

@chelsnichs on Instagram

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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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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.