The Weekly Dose of Awesome: Bradley R

Getting after 17.5 at this years Friday Night Lights

This week's dose of awesome is someone who I find personally inspirational every day. He's a masters athlete who is able to regularly hand out an ass whooping to people half his age. He's someone who claims that he doesn't find comfort comfortable and prides himself in his ability to suffer well. He's someone who is driven to be the best he can be and isn't afraid to hold other people to the same high standards he holds himself to. And he can make you more handsome than you've ever been in 15 minutes flat. Is he the word's fittest barber? We may never know for sure but it seems likely.

With a history of cyclocross racing, trail running, and triathlons, he's no stranger to hard training, but weightlifting is a new element for him. Last year he did a stint of Stronglifts 5x5 and was able to quickly make progress until he was sidelined by injury. Since then he has been dedicated to coming back strong and paying more attention to technique.

Bradley also took the last year to focus on his diet and has been through several cycles on the Renaissance Periodization diet plan, managing to achieve impressive body composition changes through singleminded dedication. He's a great example of what can be achieved in a year if you are willing to put in the hard work.

I feel so grateful to have Bradley as my training partner and partner in life. He has helped me up my game by being a strong supportive influence in my training. We meal prep together every week and keep each other honest and accountable to our diet goals. And he has introduced me to my first new sport in years, cycling, which I am now obsessed with. Bradley - you bring so much to my life and to the UB community. You are awesome!

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.