One of my best friends and training partners, Jeremy Van Mont Foort, passed away this past weekend. He was 38 years old. Jeremy was one of the most incredible human beings that I've ever met. He was so full of life, happiness and love and would have done anything for anybody... no matter what.
He was the first person to introduce me to heavy barbell lifting and real strength training. He turned me on to T-Nation and taught me about the powerlifting total. He was the one that showed me how to squat in my socks, he put me through my very first barbell complex and got me to stop eating starchy foods at night. He also introduced me to his older brother Jason, who taught me how to deadlift properly and gave me my first introduction to CrossFit and the CF Vancouver community.
I will always be incredibly grateful for everything that he shared with me over the years and I really wish I could have shown him more gratitude because I don't think he knew how big of an impact he had on my training, this website and my life.
He was a like a brother to me and a true warrior spirit. I would have wanted him by my side in battle and always thought he'd be a guy that I'd grow old with.
I love you Jer and I already miss you like crazy bro, RIP.
General Fitness article by Ben on Thursday, January 31, 2013 2:17:43 PM EST
I came across this story about Connor Long and his younger brother Cayden a couple days ago and was blown away by the love and camaraderie shared between these two brothers! It reminded me a lot of Team Hoyt, the father and son team that I wrote a blog about a couple of years ago.
Connor is only 9 years old and his younger brother Cayden is 7. Cayden has a condition called hypertonic cerebral palsy and is unable to walk or talk on his own. A couple of years ago, older brother Connor had an idea to enter them both in a local Nashville kids triathlon and now two years and 14 races later the boys are still going strong!
The spirit and determination that these boys possess is so awesome and if watching the video below doesn't inspire you to do something good, I don't know what will. I have so much respect for Connor! He is so mature for his age and is willing to work so hard just to put a smile on his little brothers face.
I also gained a new respect for Lebron James. He won the Sportsman of the Year award on the same night and in his acceptance speech gives all the accolades to the two brothers and tells Connor that he thinks what he's doing for his younger brother is unbelievable.
What a cool story! It made me want to call up my younger brother and tell him I love him!
General Fitness article by Ben on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 8:36:12 PM EST