Larry the Barbarian was one of the longest standing members of Forged until work took him to Des Moines earlier this month.
Larry epitomized hard-work, consistency, and determination. He rarely missed a session and ALWAYS kept a positive attitude.
We asked Larry a few questions about his journey with Forged:
How did you decide to begin training at Forged?
For quite a while I’d been looking to get back in shape. My job at the time was sedentary. I had been through a divorce a few years earlier and really gotten off track. Was at an Omaha Beef football game, watching these athletes running up and down the field wishing I had that energy and strength. From my seat, every time a kick or pass was made, into my line of vision was a poster advertising Forged Fit. After the first half, I figured it was a sign and called the number right then.
What were your initial thoughts when you first walked into Forged? Were you intimidated?
A little bit, yeah. I had met with Travis prior and he seemed like a great guy. When I first walked in, I didn’t think I was all that out of shape or that it’d be too hard. Ten minutes in and I realized how out of shape I really was. I knew right away I needed this.
What does training mean to you besides all of the benefits of being leaner, stronger, and more athletic?
Commitment. It makes you commit to making yourself better every day.
What changes have you noticed since starting at Forged?
It sets my mind right each day. I’m not a morning person by nature, however once I committed to start my day training, I’ve never looked back. One of the best decisions of my life. My energy level is better, I’m stronger, more flexible, my mind’s sharper and I’m better equipped to handle whatever life throws my way.
What do you do to stay so consistent with the gym and your training?
Write down my goals and progress daily. When you do this, you see the improvements, no matter how small, and it keeps you motivated. Joining a positive gym like Forged is also HUGE! People care about each other and it motivates you to show up and give it everything you’ve got on a regular basis.
What gets you PSYCHED up the most? What drives you and gets you going?
Improvement. I want to make myself the best version of me possible – best husband, father, friend, etc. In the gym, anytime I hit a goal or make improvements or am able to do something I’ve never been able to before, I get jacked!
Up till now, what has your FAVORITE most memorable moment been inside the gym thus far?
First time I climbed the rope to the top was a major milestone for me.
For the “speed round” of questions…
Favorite Movie Character and Why? Joe Banks (Tom Hanks) from Joe vs. the Volcano. He had courage he thought long-lost. Facing death freed him and reminded him who he really was.
Favorite song that you’d want blaring on the speakers to help you hit a 1RM?
Keep Away by Godsmack. (anything angry from Godsmack works…)
What’s your FAVORITE cheat meal?
Gourmet Mac and Cheese and a glass of wine.
Your FAVORITE movement in the gym is?
Believe it or not, Thrusters. It’s not that I like them, but I like that I can do them now.
Your LEAST favorite movement in the gym?
Sleds. No explanation necessary.
FINALLY… If there was one piece of advice you could give someone else for more success whether that be in the gym, in life, business, whatever, what would that be?
Be patient. Everything worth having or achieving takes time. People want to force things to occur and they want it now.
To be cliché, life really is a journey. But the journey isn’t flat. It’s ups and downs, like a pendulum, and the pendulum swings both ways. For every low, there will be a high. The highs don’t last forever, so enjoy them until the next one comes around. In the meantime, just enjoy the moment.
Good stuff, Larry! We all miss you here at Forged, man.
We know you’ll keep crushin’ it out there in Des Moines.