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"A CRY FOR HELP! The story of the Diesel Weasel. PLEASE DONATE!
Let me tell you a little story about the Diesel Weasel…
I received an email a long while ago of a guy deadlifting. The subject of the email was “WORLD’S WORST DEADLIFT FORM!!!” . The video depicted a guy who called himself the Diesel Weasel who weighed barely 160lbs pulling near 400lbs! His back was rounded, his right heal was tapping the ground ferociously as he pulled, to what I assumed to be the beat of heavy metal music pumping into his skull from his ipod. The pull was wicked hard, but he was crazy explosive and he WANTED the lift, and it went up. The lift took nearly 6 seconds and I swear his eyes literally BULGED from his head! Within a week I received yet another email from someone else featuring the Diesel Weasel again except this time he was front squatting in a sloped drive way on a home made axle bar and was using jugs of bleach to block the bar from rolling down the street! And get this; he didn?t appear to have a squat rack in his little tiny garage so he was cleaning the axle to start his front squat sets! His form was sketchy to say the least, but he slammed it into the hole, totally rock bottom and pushed the ground away like hell till the lift was completed. By then I was wondering who in the world this guy was and where he was getting his training ideas from! Then one day some one on this very forum posted a link to a whole page of Diesel Weasel videos! They were all MAX EFFORT attempts. I watched everyone of them and was amazed. He was hitting max weighted dips and chins, squats, deadlifts, axle cleans and front squats etc. He even had a video of himself carrying a pair of farmers walk handles down the sidewalk in a busy Queens New York neighborhood with snow on the ground! I then learned that the guys name is Max (how ironic is that!?) and that he posts on a couple boards and that everyone flames him and makes fun of him. I got PISSED!!! I put out the word to invite him to our forum because Max totally reminded me of myself when I was starting out! (When I did my first bodyweight snatch in highschool both of my knees contacted the ground and the bar hit the top of my head before I proudly stood erect with the 215lbs.) Ours is the BEST community on the net without a doubt, and I was confident that our people wouldn?t treat Max the same as the others. Max is vicious to any weight he tries to move. His pure blood and guts effort is mind boggling! What Max needed was some help from folks who knew their stuff, people he could trust. Suddenly Max showed up and started posting! So I told him I would personally give him counsel if he would maintain a training log and he did it!
A few months back I was in New York for a photo shoot and I had the chance to hang out with Max for a few hours. He is 23 years old, 5?5? tall, 155lbs and fresh out of the Army. Max just graduated from Queensborough Community College and is waiting to be accepted to a University next semester. He?s your normal meat head, hard core, broke as a joke gym rat college kid. When I quizzed him on his technique he told me that he knew it needed improvement, but he also knew that if he just pulled harder he could lift more. In fact, he is pulling over 500 pounds these days! Max is under the impression that hard work and balls out effort is the key to success in strongman. Though his form isn?t perfect, and he hasn?t won any major shows yet, I know a few pros that could learn a lesson from the Diesel Weisel!!!
So here?s what I?d like to see happen. I would like this forum to SPONSOR Max and fly him out to the West Coast Strongest Man July 15th in Auburn, Washington so that I can personally coach him. Plain tickets are going for about $450 right now. You can check JFK to SEA on orbitz.com if you want an exact price. I know there are a lot of awesome and generous people on this forum. I wonder if it is possible to raise enough money to buy Max a ticket? What do you guys think?
If anyone is interested in donating, simply scroll to the bottom of this page and fill in the paypal form. If we do not raise enough money I promise I will promptly return the money to anyone who attempted to help out Max. I will leave this thread up for 24 hours, if we do not raise enough money I will close the thread and let Max know that he won?t be coming. I spoke with Max tonight and he is quite skeptical, though he is ready to make the trip if we buy him a ticket.
With so much hate towards DW on this board i figured some people should see this. The kids got shit form, but he has heart, something soarely missing from most peoples training programs. Got a problem with the DW? take it up with big Jesse.