We were in Westminster, MD last weekend for a Starting Strength seminar at CrossFit Retribution. Rip’s friend, Jim Steel, stopped by and brought his friend Rob Wagner. Let me say this, the fact that I’ve worked by Rip day in and day out for the last two years along with the fact that I’ve been on his seminar staff for almost four years now doesn’t lessen the respect I have for him and his knowledge. Familiarity tends to dampen such things, not in this case. So to sit at a dinner table with he and Jim Steel, who’s been around the strength world for 30+ years and is the Strength and Conditioning Coordinator at UPenn, and listen to their stories is quite an amazing night. ADD in the fact that Steel brought Rob Wagner, a Masters World Champion powerlifter and legendary strength coach, and I just became Starstruck.
It was one of the greatest Saturday night dinners ever, one I won’t forget for a long, long time. The conversation was filled with great stories and lots of laughter. We had heard that “Captain” Kirk Karwoski will be showing up at some point and without even looking up, you knew the exact time he got to our back room dinner. A hush came over the room and people just stopped to stare. It was one of the coolest things I’ve seen. ADD in the fact that I got a big hug from the greatest squatter in history and that pretty much tops off the night.
It was an amazing evening. Seriously, it would be completely douche of me to consider myself part of this crew. So I do not want to give that impression. I just happened to be fortunate enough to sit at that table and enjoy the evening with these legends of the strength game. It was a great night, one for the books. I’m appreciative to these guys for sharing their free time and allowing the rest of us to revert back to giddy school kids as we took it all in.