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Today there was a post at the RUM (Raw Unity Meets) group. I’ll share – I don’t think anyone will be mad at me for this:

 

“If anybody needs help with handoffs, wraps, etc, I’d be happy to. My credentials are as follows:

I have a beard.

I’m strongish (1800 total).

I once wrapped almost my entire Naval Academy team at Nationals last year (my elbows were shot and the pump/swelling lasted for days.)

I can wrap tighter than you’ve ever been wrapped before, or not so much, your choice.

I won’t pull your shoulders off the bench on handoffs.”

 

This offer was made by Brannon Pierce Williams. For no special reason other than generosity and willingness to help. It is not that I haven’t seen this happen before. I’ve benefitted from this type of unconditional generosity a couple of times. In 2012, Joel Mott simply adopted me at a World Champioship and I’m pretty sure my victory is in great part a result of his coaching. In 2014, Mike Wolfe adopted me at CanAm and I hit my highest Wilks ever, being 6th all time best in my class.

 

These people do it to total strangers because probably a fellow powerlifter is by definition not a total stranger to them. They are brothers in a brotherhood.

 

Not many people like that, but enough to give me hope to face the Dark Side of the Force, which is always lurking, we all know.

 

“Always pass on what you have learned.”

“In a dark place we find ourselves, and a little more knowledge lights our way.”

“Many of the truths that we cling to depend on our point of view.”

“Through the Force, things you will see. Other places. The future…the past. Old friends long gone.”

“You will find only what you bring in.”

“May the Force be with you.”

 

– Master Yoda