Matt Wenning, age 34, resides in Columbus, Ohio and has an impressive curriculum vitae which includes a bachelor's degree in exercise science, a master's degree in biomechanics, serving as a speaker for the National Strength and Conditioning Association and the Australian Strength and Conditioning Association, as well as participating on an advisory panel for the Pentagon for the U.S. Armed Forces. Let's learn more about powerlifter Matt Wenning!
Are you an only child or do you come from a big family?
I have 2 siblings and mother still living. Grandmother on my mom's side, I'm very close with. We take across the country motorcycle rides yearly to various destinations.
Where do you train?
I train in my own facility – Ludus Magnus Performance Center – where we have all kinds of athletes and general populations, as well as people rehabilitating current or past injuries.
Sammy Cohen is a 21-year-old resident of Orlando, Florida. The 5'5" 140 lbs. Cohen is a finance major and trains at the University of Central Florida Recreation and Wellness Center. Let's learn more about this powerlifter and Figure competitor!
How did you get introduced to the iron?
I have always lived an active life, but when I came to college I stopped competing in gymnastics. And I knew I needed to do something to stay in shape, so I began going to the gym where I met my boyfriend at the time and he showed me how to work out and introduced me to the world of powerlifting.
As editor of Strength Central, it's my goal to promote the athletes who participate in the strength sports. I'm including Steven Whang - a bodybuilder - as an interview under "Strength Athletes" from the perspective of spiritual strength. What is the athlete's mindset? What does it take to achieve a fulfilling life? Many believe one component is spiritual health.
Dave traveled to Brazil to enjoy the serenity of medium and "psychic surgeon" João de Deus aka "John of God". Likewise, bodybuilder Steven Whang traveled to Kazakhstan where he helped people who have never lived in extravagance, doing God's/missionary work, building basketball courts, houses, schools, etc. for unfortunate children.
Let's learn more about Steven Whang, a 23-year-old all natural bodybuilder, engineer, and spiritual man three weeks out from the NPC New Jersey State Open Championships on August 16.
Greg Panora, age 33, is a powerlifter and resident of Portland, Maine. The 5'10", 270 lbs. competitor has a teaching degree and is a strength coach at CrossFit Casco Bay Gyms. Panora trains at CrossFit Casco Bay and Dyna Maxx.
Let's learn more about powerlifter Greg Panora!
Zack McCarley, age 26, is a three-time America's Strongest Man under 231 lbs. and six-time National champion in Strongman. The 5'8", 230 lbs. competitor is a resident of Ellensburg, Washington and holds a BS in Chemistry with Biochemistry specialization. McCarley is currently a graduate student in Chemistry and has worked as a para-educator and as a concrete finisher. He trains at Ellensburg CrossFit and RABFitness.
Let's learn more about this six-time National Strongman champion!
Laurie "bull.dogz" Smith, age 42, and her 16-year-old son reside in Tracy, California. The 5'4", 155 lbs. powerlifter has a career in inside sales for an electrical supply company, is a crossfit coach for Crossfit Tracy and is a rep for Controlled Labs supplements. She trains and coaches at Crossfit Tracy. Let's learn more about bull.dogz!
Adrian "ALPHA" Larsen is 34 years old and currently lives about 20 minutes south of Portland, Oregon. Larsen trains at Nautilus Plus and Elite Performance Center. ALPHA stands 5'6" and weighs 220 lbs. and is quick to mention his supportive lady, one Courtney Gould. "She is really the rock in my world. She supports, encourages and helps me reach my goals. I am very thankful to have her in my life."
Let's learn more about powerlifter Adrian Larsen!
Powerlifter Shawn Bellon, age 41, has his BS in Education and has been a Strength Coach and Trainer for 20 years. The 6'1", 250 lbs. Bellon trains at his home gym in Calgary, Alberta. Let's learn more about this Canadian powerhouse!