Happy Birthday 70’s Big

70’s Big Turns 2

On September 22, 2009, the first post of 70’s Big was published and had fewer than 100 page views. The first few posts were named after Chicago songs, and KittenSmash was the first person to comment (second post). The concept of 70’s Big swelled after six months of joking around with the Chris, Brent, AC, and Mike — guys that you regularly see on the site (their training logs are linked on the left side bar). I figured the jokes would make an entertaining and educational website, and so started the process in September.

In that first year there was a heavy emphasis on lifting big, eating big, and getting big. Yet, year two saw the site shift into quality over quantity, emphasizing the finer points of programming, diet, conditioning, and even health. As you get more experienced, so should your ability to tweak your program and dial in your diet to lift and look Herculean. And don’t forget the committed intensity and fervor necessary to not just achieve, but elbow drop your goals.

This site has always aimed to a) entertain, b) educate, and c) have a fun time doing it. In order to garner and harness your attention, I have to do really weird shit
There is no zealotry in recommendations, only that strategies are derived from a baseline of anatomy, physiology, and the body’s adaptation to stress. There is no 70’s Big diet or workout. I guess sometimes we make fun of bodybuilding, but usually directed at a bro who is acting like a goober. CrossFit probably receives a jape every now and then, but I’m sure their skin is covered with plate armor made of $100 dollar bills papier-mâchéd together. The point is that this is a community that is open to new people, helps people, and has a good time along the way.

To date, there have been 530 posts, 18,759 comments, a conservative estimate of 4,250,000 total page views, and lots of good memories. Through this site I’ve interacted directly with hundreds, and probably a few thousand people. Everyone I interact with, American or otherwise, are always fantastic people (see this post). I wish that I had the time to talk with all of the top blokes, but it’s hard to keep track of everyone. If you have sent me a message or an e-mail and didn’t hear back from me, you weren’t ignored! I do my best to reply to everything, but a good portion of messages are unread and lost.

In the last year I’ve started doing the female posts to help get girls involved in training and lifting, 70’s Big Workshops (lifting or programming) have increased in frequency (including going overseas to Australia), I put out The Texas Method E-book, and Dr. Kilgore, Dr. Hartman and I published an applied fitness book called FIT. Some bigger projects on the horizon include changing the theme of the site, creating a new general FAQ, finishing Part 2 of the Texas Method e-book, putting out several smaller helpful e-books to help your training. If you are interested in hosting a workshop or advertising on the site, then shoot me an e-mail.

Thank you to all the guys that have been reading this site for the entirety of its existence like Cloud, Kittensmash, Briskin, Yosh, and I think Cory (Edit: And Mark, Maslow, Ryan, etc.). I’m sure there’s more, but I feel like I’m good friends with you guys and I haven’t even met half of you in person. Thanks to all of you other regulars on the site; your interaction makes things fun. As for you other creepers who read every day and don’t comment, jump on in, the water’s fine. I’ve also recently heard that there is a site (or collection of them) that hate 70’s Big? I dunno, if they hate us, then I couldn’t imagine ever wanting to train with them. If after a good read through of the content and how this site aims to have fun and help people they STILL hate us…then I’d have to ask, “How much do you fucking curl, sir?”

Most of the readers know that everything is all in good fun and getting extremely butt hurt about disagreements isn’t a mature trait. Speaking of which, you guys are allowed to disagree with me and discuss various topics. There is a lot I don’t know and I freely admit that regularly. Philosophically an argument is a discussion about a topic, and society is almost incapable of achieving that these days without getting pissed off. If you act like a dickhead, I’ll treat you like a dickhead. But feel free to question the things that I say (when relevant, don’t get all Socrates on me), and maybe it will help both of us learn.

There aren’t too many internet communities that aren’t a pain in the ass, and I thank the seven that this community is one of the cool ones. We wear tank-tops and flannel, press women and animals, and drink red wine. Come at me, bro.

68 thoughts on “Happy Birthday 70’s Big

  1. First post. I just joined the site, but I’ve been viewing it for a few months now. I love your site, the posts and the way you go about explaining everything is perfect. Thanks for making this site, its been fun to follow

  2. Justin, congratulations and thanks for two solid years. I stumbled upon the site in October of 2009 and my training, wardrobe and perhaps lifestyle, haven’t been the same since.

    Keep up the awesome work.

  3. This site has definitely evolved since the beginning, and I like where it’s going. Started off entertaining, then got really entertaining, then educational, and now really entertaining and educational.

    Strong work, you guys.

  4. Two years? Wow doesn’t seem that long. I’ve been readin since day one. Haven’t commented much lately, been pretty busy, but still check the site often and get caught up. Thanks for all the info and entertainment Justin! We’re all in your debt, and hopefully we’ll be Lannisters about it. Salutations from Amarillo!

  5. Been reading the site almost since the beginning. Have to give a huge thanks to you guys for helping to make training fun while providing quality knowledge. I have decided that since this is my second post in these two years I will try and step it up in the coming year. 70’sbig resolution if you will.

  6. @maslow
    Personally, I mentioned Seattle because most people outside of the PNW don’t know any other WA cities besides maybe Olympia or Tacoma. I hate commuting in Seattle, so I agree with somewhere in the general area.
    Hopefully it ends up in December or something, because I go to WSU, and that drive is a bitch.

  7. Hey Congrats on 2 years Justin! 70’s Big has been a staple for the past 18 months and I just want to say thanks for all the valuable info and all the laughs. Keep up the good mate!!

  8. Congratulations on 2 years!
    I’m always linking people to your site. (Most recently a girl who loved those female training articles)
    You’ve definitely helped me put on some solid weight!
    Keep it up!

  9. I´ve been reading this site daily since the beginning and it has always been a great source of useful information and motivation for me. Considering that I´m faced with so much silly bullshit regarding training (I´m studying sports science), this website is always like a breath of fresh air.
    Thanks Justin!

  10. It’s not creepers it’s lurkers. jeez what is this scooby doo? :)

    congrats on the 2 year anniversary. This sight has been a great resource and frakkin hilarious. keep up the good work.

  11. Justin, et al.

    Thanks for the generous serving of knowledge over the past two years. I have been monitoring since the beginning, but have only posted about twice.

    I used what I learned hear to keep me sane in garrison, regain the weight I lost in SERE and other fun courses, and accomplish other cool shit. Looking forward to more great posts.

  12. Happy B-day 70sbig.com .
    I consider myself a regular too. Justin and crew – thanks for all the content you put in here.

    @Bohemoth – The real question is: who would win in a fight between Justin and Godzilla?

    Ps. I lol’d at this: “If after a good read through of the content and how this site aims to have fun and help people they STILL hate us…then I’d have to ask, “How much do you fucking curl, sir?” ”

    Pss. Just got FIT delivered at my door. The book seems as essential as SS – and that means a lot coming from a SS and PP avid reader.

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