Monthly Archives: June 2013


Had a sweet weekend at the lake. Got some solid tanning in. I also got caught checking out Jessie while her dad and brother were fishing. Eating peanuts didn’t help my posture and facial expression.

I may also have a job soon in Louisiana. The head S&C coach over there (Brandon) said the chances got higher with a new athletic director. I am excited and extremely nervous. We will see if I get it or not soon enough.

I recorded this last bench set solely for the purpose of more people hearing Callahan “Sting” talk.

Bench: 340×5/325×5/315×5
Press: 225×2/235×2/245×2
DB Incline Press: 100x10x3
Dips: 135x3x3
Curls: 40x10x4
Sled Pulls: 90lbsx10

Squat: 440×5/425×5/410×5
Power-Clean: 205x3x3
Reverse Hypers: 120x8x3
Fat Grip Lat-Pulldown: 110×10/120×10/130×10

Bench: 375×4/405×1
Close-Grip: 275×5/285×5/295×5
Tricep Push/Pull Downs: 3×15
DB Curls/Hammers: 6×10

Squat: 495×2 Wasn’t particularly difficult. Coming in off a bad sleep schedule from the weekend.
Front Squat: 315×3
DE Deadlift: 315/On the Min/10 Min
Pull-Ups: 25x5x5
Back Extensions: 35x10x3

Superman was ok

This was written by my close friend Brent Kim circa 2009/2010

The day Arin pulled 475lbs for 5 at the athletic club, he took about ten minutes to reach a level of excitation appropriate for a PR deadlift attempt. He stopped making jokes and being intentionally dumb and went off into a corner and listened to music. The song was NIN’s The Day The Whole World Went Away.

“When I listen to music, I associate it with like scenes from the movie I’ve seen it from,” he says. “You know in the trailer when John Connor is shouting, ‘IF WE STAY THE COURSE, WE ARE DEAD. WE ARE ALL. DEAD.’ That’s what I think of when I hear this song.”

When Arin pulls, the bar inches off the floor and then rapidly gains acceleration as it clears his knees. Each repetition appears to be max effort, not because it looks hard, but because of the emotion scrawled across his face. He commits every part of himself to each effort, and impossibly, the bar moves.

This was my first impression of him.


She talks to him about possibility, and he hopes.

He loses sleep over her when she is on his mind.

“The more she was in my life, the more I was gonna think about her, and the more I think about her, the more fucked up I was gonna be,” he says.

“Arin’s like you,” Justin tells me. “He gets nervous around girls. Like one time, one time we were at a bar, and I was talking to this girl, and I tried to introduce them to each other, not trying to put him in an awkward situation but to you know, get him talking to this chick, but he thought I was making fun of him, and he wouldn’t talk to her, and then he wouldn’t talk to me for the rest of the night.”

when was the last time you were nervous around a girl, I text him.

last night, he says. tell me about this girl you are nervous about.

oh i’m not nervous about anyone, i was just asking



Arin wears a size L/XL shirt. He is hardly one of the largest lifters who have pressed in the Wichita Falls Athletic Club, but he is certainly one of the most accomplished. The last time we trained together, he was scheduled to overhead press 232lbs for a set of five.

On the fifth press, he stalls close to his forehead, but tenaciously drives his chest under the bar, and grinds the bar to lockout. He is shouting so much with the effort that it is echoing in the athletic club, and after he racks the bar, he finds the air to scream again as he walks away, as if the residue exertion from his seemingly limitless reserves of strength can’t be contained in his body.

We find him in the Oly lifting room, reviewing the video, watching himself and examining what he did correctly and what he could have done better. His hands are shaking.


The first time he said good bye to me, he hugged me, without trying to be dramatic or homosexually funny. It was just a hug.

He is a man who is not afraid to tell you he loves you.


He laughs often. It is not hard to make him laugh. For an hour at Buffalo Wild Wings, I remember Arin laughing at literally everything Chris did. Chris was just making faces. While filming Justin’s impression of Ricky Bruch squatting, Arin is so overcome with laughter that he rolls off his heels and falls onto his back. This is all on video. Justin says that he does this when he laughs really hard.

Arin feels with all of his heart.

—-Brent Kim

Went and saw Man of Steel on Saturday.

It was alright. The movie was significantly better than Superman Returns. However, Shawn liked Superman Returns more. Hopefully this movie is a series. Most of the time the first in the series is never really that good considering it has to be an “origins” type film. A good example is Batman Begins. When it came out I didn’t fall in love with it right away. I actually didn’t like it that much. Viewing it as part of a series now makes it mean that much more. Plus I’ve seen it like 90 times since it came out. Seeing a movie more than once changes things, forever. Not that anyone gives a shit, but I really like movies.

Bench: 405×2
Floor Press: 275×2/295×2/315×2
Tricep Push/Pull Downs: 4×18
DB Curls: 30x10x2/40x10x2
Conditioning: 4 Rounds of 100lb Farmers Walk – 40 Yards/10 Burpees

Dealift: 530×3
DE Squat: 225/On the min/10 min
Pull-Ups: BWx10x5
Back Extensions: 3×12

Find a friend

Went to Valdosta Wake Compound over the weekend. I don’t wake-board, but my heterosexual life-mate owns the place.

If you’re in the Valdosta area you should give it a shot. It’s off exit 13 on 75. Like I said I don’t wake-board, but it’s probably nice to try other activities. Especially since the danger level is relatively low.

If you’re not seeing a Chiropractor you’re doing it wrong. Been seeing a Chiro for about 3 weeks now. He has been adjusting/fixing my shoulders. Over the past few weeks I have lost some internal/external rotation in my right arm. Unless I were to take like 6 weeks off theres nothing I can do about it besides get it corrected once in a while. Some times all the mobility in the world can’t stop short-term injuries and super inflamed shoulder/back musculature.

You might want to see a Chiro here and there. They can be pricey so I suggest you make friends with one ASAP.

Bench: 340x5x3
Press: 185x3x3
DB Incline Bench: 100×10/120×8/140×6
Dips: BWx10x3
DB Curls: 4×10
Sprints: 25×8

Squat: 440×5/425×5/410×5
Power-Cleans: 185x3x3
Lat Pull-Downs: 3×10
Back Extensions: 35x10x3

Bench: 400×2
Close-Grip: 340x3x3
Tricep Push/Pull-Downs: 3×20
DB Curls: 4×10
Sprints: 20×8

Squat: 485×2/500×2
DE Deadlifts: 275/On the min/Ten min
Pull-Ups: 25x5x5
Back-Extensions: 25x10x3

Reading is cool

Been reading more lately. So far I am digging through “American Psycho”, “Man’s Search for Meaning”, and “The First Law” series. American Psycho is a fantastic read. If you like the movie, then you will definitely like the book. It is more detailed and vivid picture of the grotesque human Patrick Bateman really is. I honestly stopped reading it for a while because, much like how movies/music can influence your attitude, I started to develop a similar attitude as the main character. It was creepy.

” . . . That is . . . if you’re not doing anything?”

It’s also funnier/more entertaining to have that image of Christian Bale as Patrick Bateman.

“Man’s Search for Meaning” is an interesting read as well. It’s a short book. Only about 150 pages. I haven’t gotten into the authors “Logotherapy” section yet, but I have been told it’s incredibly interesting. It’s basically about a guy in a concentration camp who more talked about the mental aspects of prison life vs. what actually happened. A lesson in how to deal with events in your life

The First Law series is badass. Not too deep into it, but it’s intense. The main guys name is Logen “Fuckin” Ninefingers. I added the “Fuckin” for effect.

In training news, I tried to pull 600 today. Got it ABOVE MY FUCKING KNEE and I couldn’t lock it out. I think it crept outward and thats where I lost it. Not too shabby for being all over the place with my training. Not a lot of direction as of right now. Wish I had bigger hands.

Bench: 340×5/325×5/315×5
DB Incline Press: 90×10/110×8/130×6
Dips: 135x3x3
Shoulder/Bicep Circuit: 3×10

Squat: 435×3/420×3/405×3 Reduced to 3’s for Deadlifting
Reverse Hypers: 100×10/100x8x2
DB Rows: 75x10x3

Bench: 390×2
Close-Grip: 335x3x3
Tricep Push/Pull-Downs: 3×18
Sprints: 25×6

Deadlift: 555/600(F) right above the knee
Rack Pull: 545×3
Pull-Ups: BWx10x5