Jon Talk.

April 15, 2014

One of my old training partners, Jon North gave me a quick shout in his PODCAST, Weightlifting Talk.  For the record, I never coached Jon while we were training at Sac State.  However, he is one of the first people who I’d considered a REAL training partner.  I think it was around 2007.  I was snatching like 120 at the time (so I thought I was pretty good.  This was before people uploaded stuff on youtube.  As a matter of fact, I think Jon was the first person whom I can recall uploading a lift on youtube.)  So yeah, I thought I was the shit because I was snatching 120.  I mean, I was THE MAN at the Sac State weight room.  This was before Crossfit blew up so no one had any idea what I was doing besides a small group of 2-3 of us.  I was also REALLY into doing showy and daring pull-up and bodyweight exercises because I was into this thing called “functional fitness.”

I think this is one of the only photos Jon and I have together lol.  But this is from the meet where I first snatched 130.

I think this is one of the only photos Jon and I have together lol. But this is from the meet where I first snatched 130.

In walks Jon North and Jessica West.  And from that moment onward the intensity level was turned to an 11; even more so when we started training more often with the Hassle Free folks.  (Quick side story: I met Donovan Ford in like 05 or 06.  I was all like, “stick with it bro!  Now when he comes home from the OTC, he’s all like “stick with it, bro!”)  One of my favorite meets was one I think that Jon, Jess and I traveled to together.  It was the first time I snatched 130.  Anyways, sometimes all you need to push for progress is a good training partner; someone who will raise the intensity level and make training fun.  I’m glad I had that early on and that Jon was one of those people for me.  I’m glad that he’s been successful not only in our sport but as a businessman as well.

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