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    Quote Originally Posted by B Con View Post
    Any events coming up?
    We got a Long Island on coming up Jan 4th.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scals17 View Post
    We got a Long Island on coming up Jan 4th.

    I'd love to make that one but it is just a tad too far for the gas budget.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scals17 View Post
    We got a Long Island on coming up Jan 4th.
    Man oh man if I lived up North we would be holding it down!
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    Quote Originally Posted by NickSP View Post
    Another one coming up

    CT

    Jan 10, 12 PM
    Gold's Gym
    31 Bernhard Road
    North Haven, Connecticut 06473

    Rumor has it a lot of those big names will be here as well


    Edit for the date, good call hoomgar
    You mean big names like me? :bb3:

    I'll be there Nick
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    Quote Originally Posted by naturalguy View Post
    You mean big names like me? :bb3:

    I'll be there Nick
    Yeah, something like that...

    It's been confirmed that Evan "Ox" Centopani, Vinny Galanti and PJ Braun will be there this Saturday.
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    Well, what went down fellas?
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    Looking forward to the ABC at the Arnold...
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    From the Eyes of B Con... (The National ABC Coverage at Metro Fitness in Columbus)


    Upon walking into Metro Fitness, the atmosphere is definitely something worthy of admiration. At my current gym, I am the only member below 30 and looking to compete. In fact, the only thing at my gym that matches the level of greatness that was echoed through the halls of Metro, is the copy of Flex magazine that I brought in for others to read. Seriously, the environment alone was well worth it. Honestly, I was beat from working all day at the Cage and didn't know how great of a session I would be able to get. But that was all forgotten when I just stepped inside and saw how eager everyone was to just go after it.

    What made the atmosphere that great? At the drop of a hat there were pros, amateurs, and others just busting their ass to progress and be better than they were yesterday. If you had a question or were unsure about something, you just walked up and asked someone there. To see these guys in real life and outside a magazine pictorial made it something special. What was really good, is how down to earth everyone was. They were all there for the same reasons. One common bond... the iron.

    During the ABC, the doors are only opened at Metro for the Forvm members, the pros, those wearing the black Animal Ts... it really couldn't get more exclusive. Whatever you wanted to train, you could just jump in with someone training the same thing. The brotherhood was very helpful and motivating in itself.

    After taking the moment in, I went to work and hit up back with Big C. It was so damn hot in that place I really thought at times I was going to pass out. I drank a whole gallon of water in there and was dying. Besides the heat, it was great using a lot of machines I don't have the privilege to use. For instance, not only did I get to use a wicked hammer strength machine to focus on some rows, but I also got a tip from Ox in the process who we worked in with for that brief set.

    I saw everything from Wrath having insane vascularity in his arms after a brief warm up, to Vinny hitting some deep squats, to Big Ant running my two friends through the ringer on the leg press. Even saw G destroying some delts and Hola blasting the guns. It was a great time for all. They were going around taking photos and filming some as well. Really upped the ante. To see all the black shirts and other dedicated Forvm members really helped you appreciate the moment--because at that time everyone was working to progress and working together. Taking in this sight was wonderful and really emphasized what the ABCs are all about.

    After solid workouts all around, everyone split to get some food. I ended up at Max and Ermas with everyone for some laughs, stories, jokes, and some good food. I really don't think it could have gotten any better.

    To me the ABCs have always been about brotherhood and finding that common bond between like minded individuals. I couldn't think of a better way to depict that than this past weekend in Columbus. Thanks to everyone who made it possible.
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    Good stuff B, thanks for sharing that bro.

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    Question


    Anybody know what the final head count was on this...?
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    who won for the Bros vs pros?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hoomgar View Post
    Good stuff B, thanks for sharing that bro.

    Hg
    Anytime HG.

    Quote Originally Posted by MrDead View Post
    Anybody know what the final head count was on this...?
    Looked to be over a 100. You be the judge... keep in mind there were some not pictured.





    Quote Originally Posted by mindgame View Post
    who won for the Bros vs pros?
    This is what I remember...

    Big Al over G I think like 41 to 33 (I think) for big G.

    Freak over Rage 25 - 19... this was very close.

    House over Hola 35 to I think Hola had 31 reps.

    Big C over Ox 33 to 20.

    Didn't make it there Sunday...
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    Quote Originally Posted by B Con View Post
    Anytime HG.



    Looked to be over a 100. You be the judge... keep in mind there were some not pictured.







    This is what I remember...

    Big Al over G I think like 41 to 33 (I think) for big G.

    Freak over Rage 25 - 19... this was very close.

    House over Hola 35 to I think Hola had 31 reps.

    Big C over Ox 33 to 20.

    Didn't make it there Sunday...
    Great pic. 100+ this year, 200+ next year. Can the gym hold that much???
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    This is a repost from my journey and log, but i wanted to put it in here.

    My experience training with the Pros

    I was fortunate enough to be picked to hit shoulders with G Diesel. I had stuck to my supps all day, Pak, Test, Stak, Pump and Storm (Thanks J-Dawg!), I knew I would need them.

    After the gym cleared out I headed downstairs to track down G. He was hanging out by the Military press. Rod, another member selected (sorry, not sure of his forvm name), showed up so I thought we were ready, I WAS WRONG! Big Al came strolling over and asked if he could join. Wow, now my blood was really pumping. THEN Bobby Fields came over to join us! Holy hell! We were in for it!

    We started out with the Mil. Press, warmed up, then started adding plates. G was practically reading my mind on what jumps for me to make. G, Big Al, and Bobby worked their way up to 275 for reps, then dropped down to 246 for reps. I believe Rod and myself never went over 165, then dropped to 145.

    Then we moved on to DB side raises. I made my way up to 35s, but "The Big 3" went way past that. In fact, I saw Big Al using the 100s! I was in awe. McFly was standing there and acted like it was no big deal, he said he's seen him use 130s! FREAK! After four sets we moved on to Machine Side Raises.

    G decided it would be a drop set. The Big 3 used 15 plates (stack) to failure, then 10 plates, then 5. I was fried already by the time it was my turn, but there was no quit in me. I'm not sure what my drops were but I can tell you I was torched afterwards. I could not feel myself movin' the plates. On my last drop I was smoked by 10 reps but Big Al wasn't going to let me stop. He got me to knock out another 10 reps! Of course I think he was moving the weight more than me!

    Next was machine rear delts. 4 more grueling high rep sets. You could tell the ABC was winding down but G wasn't finished with us yet. It was time for some BB shrugs. The Big 3 moved up to 5 plates while Rod and myself moved up to 4. I was quite happy with that.

    The ABC then came to a close, finishing it up with the group photo. I want to give out a HUGE THANKS to G for selecting me to train with him, it was truly an honor. As for Big Al and Bobby joining in, that made the experience truly memorable. Thanks to Universal/Animal for making events like this happen, I hope you all know the impact it has on all of us, the legion.

    My fiance, Ashley, got some great pics and some awesome video. I had to order a new USB cable so I can upload it. As soon as it gets in, I'll get everything posted.

    Thanks,

    Ryan
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    Excellent post H.
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    Great write up Ryan.
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    Talking Seattle area ABC, in conjunction with The Emerald Cup...


    April 18th, 2009
    Iron Works Gym
    Owner Tim Ennis
    12708 Northup Way
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    425-883-6006
    http://iron-works.com/
    It's going to run from 2-4, and eats will be at Red Robin...

    Those attending:
    ragingmuscle
    Mr. Dead
    dd2inxs
    Temper
    Jonisocool
    excessive endorphins
    (your name here...)

    Sign up at the FORVM, if you plan to attend...
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    Wow, thats a lot of experience and weight in one room. Surprised the floor held up. Awesome pic!
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    100+ for an ABC is awesome, no doubt about it. Still, to me, the ABCs aren't about size or how many attend... It's about the spirit. Of lifters getting together to lift. Here's the Sweden ABC. Not as many people obviously, but they understand the true meaning of the Animal Barbell Club:

    http://forum.animalpak.com/showthrea...521#post665521
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    Thumbs up Upcoming Seattle Area ABC in Conjunction with the Emerald Cup...


    April 18th, 2009
    Iron Works Gym
    Owner Tim Ennis
    12708 Northup Way
    Bellevue, WA
    425-883-6006
    http://iron-works.com/
    It's going to run from 2-4, and eats will be at Red Robin...

    Those attending:
    ragingmuscle
    Mr. Dead
    dd2inxs
    Temper
    Jonisocool
    excessive endorphins
    OregonGrownBamBam +?
    (your name here...)
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    Any fellas interested in heading to the NY Pro to see the pro debut of Evan "Ox" Centopani and have an ABC event around that?

    Fellas are startin' to organize: http://forum.animalpak.com/showthrea...=11090&page=43
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    wish i could make it to NY for it. will be a GREAT show, and another great ABC!
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcrott1 View Post
    wish i could make it to NY for it. will be a GREAT show, and another great ABC!
    With luck... Posted more info about it here: Animal Barbell Club (ABC)
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    I trying to make plans for this one. Definitely interested.
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    I know there will be a SoCal ABC at Gold's Venice sometime late april. I'll post details once we work it out. If you haven't hit it before, this would be a great excuse.

    And we are planning a MuscleBeach workout and BBQ for June.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UGHQTempus View Post
    I know there will be a SoCal ABC at Gold's Venice sometime late april. I'll post details once we work it out. If you haven't hit it before, this would be a great excuse.

    And we are planning a MuscleBeach workout and BBQ for June.
    Nice. Here's the ABC Chapter: http://forum.animalpak.com/showthread.php?t=11548

    There are 2 Socal Chapters--this one is for the San Diego area: http://forum.animalpak.com/showthread.php?t=15664
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    Update: Golds Venice is gonna be on May 2nd. Probably at 11am. Estimating 10 ppl so far. Might be more.

    Also, we are having a smaller get together this weekend (28th) in San Diego at World Gym with Derik The Freak Farnsworth. Yes, the man who squated 405 for 25 in The Cage at the Arnold barely edging out Rage. Barely. And Rage will take him next year.

    So if you are in SoCal and want to see some amazing stuff you should come over. Lifting starts at 10am.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UGHQTempus View Post
    Update: Golds Venice is gonna be on May 2nd. Probably at 11am. Estimating 10 ppl so far. Might be more.

    Also, we are having a smaller get together this weekend (28th) in San Diego at World Gym with Derik The Freak Farnsworth. Yes, the man who squated 405 for 25 in The Cage at the Arnold barely edging out Rage. Barely. And Rage will take him next year.

    So if you are in SoCal and want to see some amazing stuff you should come over. Lifting starts at 10am.
    One IFBB pro and a possible future pro, eh?
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    Not only is Derek just a SOLID IFBB... he is a genuinely NICE guy. just like all of our Pro's.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rcrott1 View Post
    Not only is Derek just a SOLID IFBB... he is a genuinely NICE guy. just like all of our Pro's.
    He's a great guy. We spent a good 15 min chatting over the course of the morning. Which was his leg day so I felt quite humbled that he'd break out some time to just talk.

    We've got some pics up in the SoCal Forvm thread but my post count isn't quite high enough to post them here yet.
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    Quote Originally Posted by UGHQTempus View Post
    He's a great guy. We spent a good 15 min chatting over the course of the morning. Which was his leg day so I felt quite humbled that he'd break out some time to just talk.

    We've got some pics up in the SoCal Forvm thread but my post count isn't quite high enough to post them here yet.
    This, right here, is the Animal Way...
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    Damn I wish I could make it to the NY Pro...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Universal Rep View Post
    This, right here, is the Animal Way...
    Its a family.

    Speaking of - The Freak mentioned the Aug 22 event at World Gym. I know Universal had a nice booth there last year. The SoCal ABC group is going to be there in force. You guys making it in?

    Derik said Jay Cutler, Brandon Curry and 13+ pros and figure ladies will be there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MrDead View Post
    April 18th, 2009
    Iron Works Gym
    Owner Tim Ennis
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    425-883-6006
    http://iron-works.com/
    It's going to run from 2-4, and eats will be at Red Robin...

    Those attending:
    ragingmuscle
    Mr. Dead
    dd2inxs
    Temper
    Jonisocool
    excessive endorphins
    OregonGrownBamBam +?
    (your name here...)
    *Reminder bump...*
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    There are a lot of great ABC events planned for this summer
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    Come On


    Reminder to all the Ft. Campbell Animals out there: http://forum.animalpak.com/showthrea...ht=ft+campbell

    Trying to get this ABC up and running, not sure why no one has joined. I printed about 200 flyers, place around every Ft. Campbell Gym, but no one has signed up, even though most of the flyers are gone. If your having troubles PM me for direct links and other guidance.
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    Quote Originally Posted by naturalguy View Post
    There are a lot of great ABC events planned for this summer
    I'm looking forward to them all. I'm hoping to make even more of them this year than last!

    Hg
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    This Weekend!!!


    April 18th, 2009
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    Owner Tim Ennis
    12708 Northup Way
    Bellevue, WA
    425-883-6006
    http://iron-works.com/
    It's going to run from 2-4, and eats will be at Red Robin...

    Those attending:
    ragingmuscle
    Mr. Dead
    dd2inxs
    Temper
    Jonisocool
    excessive endorphins
    OregonGrownBamBam +?
    (your name here...)
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