Savasana for Shriners.

December 19, 2014

Attn local yogis:

Check out this charitable event going on at Solfire Yoga studio in Midtown.

Savasana for Shriners

Yoga is difficult to implement into a high volume training schedule however it is something I try to do in between training cycles following a big meet.  I’m going to be doing at least a handful of sessions before I jump back into HEAVY training again.  The team and I will also be doing more bodybuilding and general fitness stuff for the next 6-8 weeks.  I’m calling it Olybuilding and you have to pay me a nickel every time you use say it, think it or do it.

I’d like to get out and do some winter hiking at some point but I’ve been exceedingly busy lately.  If you’ve tried to get in contact with me at some point this week, I promise I’ll get back to you.  Someday.  Maybe.

Also coming up is my annual top 20 list of my favorite tracks from 2014 and my video/synopsis from the AO.

Eleiko Photos.

December 17, 2014


Jacob with the classic coach celebratory gangsta lean.




A big thank you to my long time friend and fellow coach, Jacob for counting attempts for me.


Stay in the Moment.

December 16, 2014

Jake asked me for some last minute advice.  I told him to stay in the moment.

Jake asked me for some last minute advice. I told him to stay in the moment.

Just got back home.  My real home; which is a folding chair in the weightroom.  It also happens to be one of the only places I can steal internet from.  I’ll post my thoughts and synopsis from this weekend as soon as I can.  Thank you to everyone both in the gym and out for all of your love and support.  It means the world to me.

American Open Info.

December 10, 2014

Hey everybody, this will hopefully be one of my last updates going into the weekend.

HERE is a link to the USAW event page for the American Open.  Here you will find the schedule and hopefully the link for live feed if they have it this year.

If the link for some reason doesn’t work “I can’t do nuttin’ for ya” because I won’t have my laptop on me.

I’m rushing around Sacramento right now trying to get ready to leave for the weekend.  You’d be surprised how difficult it is for a weightlifting coach.  But once I get on that plane, everything else stays at home and it will be time to have me some fun. 

I might’ve posted this scene before.  But I mean come on.  It’s Predator.

We leave for DC next week.  Wish us luck!

Pre-Contest Thoughts.

December 6, 2014

I save the crazy for the privacy of my gym.  On stage, I'm all business.

I save the crazy for the privacy of my gym. On stage, I’m all business.

Welp, training cycle over.  Year pretty much over.  Time to get out there on a stage again and do stuff that actually counts.  My pre-contest ritual to get my mind right is to internalize and relax.  Time to concentrate on myself and make sure that my brains are ready to do what my body is strong enough to.  Competing against other guys is nice.  There’s a few who I like to measure myself against but honestly its more about preparing myself and being the best lifter I can be.  If I do that, I’ll have a good showing no matter what place I get.  From experience I can tell you that no one will ever remember how many kilos you lifted.  They will remember how you presented yourself when you did it.  Did you look confident?  Did you look skillful?  Were you able to show everyone how well you know your abilities and your skill set?

How well do you know how to lift? Show them.

Dear producers of the American Ninja Warrior television series,

Please consider me as a contestant on your show.  I realize I weigh more than 100% of your previous contestants but I feel like I can bring a different audience to your show because of my size.  Perhaps if interest grows, you could consider a heavy-weight class; 110kg+.  You could call it “the biscuit class.”  Just an idea.


-Benjamin Claridad

I had a great idea earlier this year. A bunch of old-school metal bands were releasing new material whether it was just a track or a whole album. Lots of these groups have been broken up or not doing anything for quite some time so naturally the hype train would start gaining steam. Over the course of a few months I ended up with a list of 9 bands that I planned on turning into a long-winded explanation of why I was either impressed or disappointed. Like most projects I assign myself, I got busy with work and it was left unfinished. So I’ve decided to just do a few reviews of the two or three that I actually enjoyed and call it a day. I’m saving up my steam for my annual end of the year top 20 favorite tracks so don’t judge me for being a quitter.

Sleep-The Clarity.  Likability: 9/10.

I know this joke has probably been said probably by a hundred different people since this song came out, but it’s REALLY funny that these guys now have a song entitled “The Clarity” considering the rumors (legends rather) that in their heyday, the band blew ALL of their record deal money on weed. That being said, I was more than excited when Sleep dropped the new track this year after being split up (more or less) for over a decade. “Dopesmoker” was the album that really sparked my interest in the genre as I’m sure it did for a lot of people so the potential for a new album or at least some reunion tour dates had me as giddy as a big, brown, weightlifting schoolgirl. The track itself actually IS a lot clearer sounding than their previous recordings. Matt Pike’s tone isn’t so befuddled with fuzz and ganja smoke. The rhythm section drives the 10 minute opus forward at the pace of a stoner caravan lead by elephants with amplifiers strapped on their backs. In summation, buy yourself some Funyuns, crank this bad boy up and get glued to the couch as you see sounds and hear colors.


November 28, 2014

This significance of this photo?

I'm wearing my PWA Championships 2007 meet T.  It might've fit me better when I first got it.

I’m wearing my PWA Championships 2007 meet T. It might’ve fit me better when I first got it.

I loled way too many times while making this.


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