The Weekly Dose of Awesome

When I say the words "strong like ox," there's probably a few UB athletes that pop into your mind. We have an entire stable full of strength-biased athletes, and this man definitely falls into that category. He squats a whole lot, and probably out-deadlifts you by an order of magnitude.

Sass, or Ryan if you're feeling fancy, has only been with us since October, but since his onramp he has been a dedicated member of the morning crew, surprising us recently when he showed up for a noon class during a work-from-home day. Sass may not be the fastest runner, and burpees may not be his favorite, but he never shies away from the dreaded cardio, instead embracing the suck and making sure he completes every singe rep. DNF means nothing to this strong man.

I love seeing Sass work on his weaknesses while thoroughly enjoying the benefits of his strength. It's awesome to see his humble approach to bettering himself and the gainz he reaps as his rewards. Sass - you are awesome!

GQ Sass


Olivia Graff

Olivia's athletic origins lie in gymnastics and circus arts. After finding CrossFit in 2007, she became obsessed, and three years later left her IT career and opened United Barbell. Olivia is particularly passionate about helping people new to fitness to find joy in their growing athletic abilities. Since the birth of her daughter, Isis, in 2013, Olivia can add helping little ones find their athletic path to her list of passions.