Why it has been so long

Posted: October 14, 2011 in Uncategorized

  Hello followers! I know it has been a long time since I have updated this blog but I wanted to drop a line and tell you why. Johnathan Haynes, also a former Aggie, has been in the process of creating a new website for me. The new site can be found under the URL www.davidofthelion.com! I am very excited about the creation of this site because he is AWESOME at designing these sites. Be sure to add it to your favorites because it is going to be one of a kind. Thank you to all of my followers and I will see you all very very soon on a new page!






 This has been a popular photo some of you may have already seen floating from website to website, blog to blog. Many times used for inspiration, no excuses, and NO BS weightlifting. I will agree that this photo fits in all of those categories, and probably more. But what is it about this picture that really inspires you? Is it the commit to a sport, the awesome technique at the bottom of the lift, the bonding which weightlifting has brought to these three people (4 including the photographer), or just the overall fact that these lifters were creative enough to not let anything stop them from doing what they love? I don’t exactly know what inspires about this picture. I know that the inspiration goes further than weightlifting and fitness, but I cannot put a finger on what it is. So my question to you is, what does this picture inspire in you? Post your inspiration below and link any inspiring photos you have saved over the years.

A Testimonial For the Books!

Posted: August 3, 2011 in Uncategorized

 As a coach and trainer, you wish to always get an athlete who is willing to work hard everyday. When Evan Phillips (18 years old) came to me looking for guidance towards a healthier lifestyle before college, I knew he was going to put in the work it would take to help him reach his goals, and put in the work he did. Evan was very successful in his journey through creating a healthy lifestyle and although he has moved, he is now an avid crossfitter as well.

Hear what Evan had to say about his training and his success. With a little hard work, and the right guidance, anyone can change their life.

   “David was an awesome inspiration to me when I trained with him, and remains an inspiration to me now. When I met him, I weighed 260 pounds with a B.M.I. of 35%, was out of shape and eating poorly. It was a radical lifestyle change that we planned for the small amount of time we had to work together (about 8 weeks), but he made me feel confident in myself that I could do it. I completely cut out sugar, grains, and dairy products from my diet, and began my specialized personal training routine, meeting with David 3 times a week for 1 hour. During my workouts David stayed by my side and cheered me on, always encouraging me to push to my breaking point. After the first 4 weeks, I weighed in at 230 pounds with a B.M.I. of 20% and could visibly see my progress as well as feel it. By the end of my 8 weeks I weighed in at 220 pounds and felt much stronger. It was an incredible transformation in the short amount of time we had, and I can never thank David enough for what he has helped me accomplish. I’m now working out through another Crossfit branch in Oklahoma, weighing 210 pounds and going strong in both workout and diet.

Thanks for all of your guidance, David”


This morning my Tuesday/Thursday athletes Sean and Elliott became apart of the chain gang. Every Tue/Th we meet up for training not in a gym, but outdoors. Their goals? Increase overall strength, better mobility, gymnastic abilities and speed. And yes, we accomplish all of this outside of the gym. Creativity is key in order to provide my athletes with the results they want, but creativity is ENDLESS when you have an imagination. Today they did a 10 min workout of 15 yard walking lunges with 30lb dumbbells in each hand while the other performed max rep parallel push ups with the assistance of a heavy chain dangling from the neck (think Lawrence Taylor). After that, they did a 15 min drill. One athlete performed overhead chain sprint up a hill (3 times) while the other performed max rep push press with dumbbells mentioned earlier. It was a killer but damn it was great to see them work hard. Great job guys!

Congrats to Sean for placing 38th of 101 in the Splash and Dash this week!