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!
Stan “Bear” Carradine, age 31, is a resident of Denver, Colorado. The 5’10”, 280-pound Pro Strongman has a career in broadcasting and trains at Colorado’s Pro Gym. Let’s learn more about new American Pro Strongman Stan Carradine!
Table Time #1: Craig “The Disciple” Soubliere
Arm wrestler Craig “The Disciple” Soubliere is 42 years old, 5’10”, 270 lbs. and a resident of Ormond Beach, Florida. He has been weight training for 32 years and was a personal trainer and nutritional consultant for 20 years, but recently returned to school to get a degree in Human Services with the goal of becoming an addictions counselor.