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Welcome! We are happy to introduce #teamminoTOR! The members of our team are passionate about fitness, committed to leading a healthy lifestyle, and dedicated to athletics. They are leaders in their community and we believe in them! People, above all else, make a brand successful. Thank you all!

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Name: Josh Andrews

Athletics: Obstacle Course Racer, Endurance Athlete

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/aj.andrews.792

Instagram: @josh_tbs

Josh Andrews

Athletics has always been a part of my life. I started out playing baseball, then I added football in to the mix. When I got to middle school I added wrestling as well. High school was where it all came together as I cut out wrestling and focused on weight training for football and baseball. In college (University of Maine at Farmington) is where my weight training blossomed into my bodybuilding career. The school didn’t have a football team so I started hitting the weights hard. Baseball was put to the side as I was enjoying weight training.
It wasn’t until my 4th year in college that I decided to get into bodybuilding. I had great success early with earning my NABF pro card in my 3rd show. After graduating I moved to Florida where I began competing in the NPC and worked my way up the ranks over the next few years to become a national level competitor. After 12 years of competing and training for bodybuilding it was time to retire as I wanted to get into more functional training. The 2011 IFBB North American Championships was my last show.
I decided to go to the opposite side of the athletic spectrum and focus on endurance. I began running and, quickly added some cross training with it, started entering local 5k races. It wasn’t until 2014 that I came across OCR and the Warrior Dash was my first race, I was instantly addicted. I ran 3 other OCR events in 2014 as well, all in the open waves. Then I decided that I was going to train harder and start entering the pro / elite waves at the races in 2015. I qualified multiple times for the OCR World Championships in 2015. I also made it a goal to venture into other areas of the endurance realm and Ultra running.
I live and train in Winter Haven, Florida and fitness is and will always be a part of my life. I love challenging events that will test me physically along with mentally. OCR and endurance events give me just that. The training along with the events are harder than anything I did in bodybuilding. I am proud to say that I have competed in and finished the Battle Frog Xtreme24, Georgia Death Race and GORUCK HTL. I have more big events planned and will be looking forward to taking on some of the toughest events out there.

Ben O'Brien

My name is Ben O'Brien and I am 37 years old. I was born in Holyoke, MA but lived the majority of my life in Springfield, MA until I was 18 years old. I joined the Army in 1998 and served 1 enlistment until 2002. I was an 11B Infantryman and went to basic at Ft. Benning, GA. I was assigned to the 25th ID Schofield Barracks, HI. I was part of the 2nd Battalion, 35 infantry Brigade, Cacti. I got out for a year then decided to join the Air Force in 2003 and still currently serve at Luke AFB, AZ. My first assignment in the USAF(US Air Force) was Shaw AFB, SC from 2003-2005. I then got orders to Kunsan AB, ROK until 2006. I was accepted into the USAF as an F-16 Crew Chief. After Korea, I received orders to Luke AFB, AZ where I am still currently stationed. I am currently an E-6 Technical Sergeant working at 56 EMS(Equipment Maintenance Squadron) where I oversee the Unit Fitness Program, coordinate scheduled vehicle maintenance/monthly inspections, assist with the Unit Safety Program and Airfield Driving Program. I am married 8 years now to my lovely wife Sarah Elise O'Brien and we have 2 boys, Jacob who is 7 years old, and Nikolai who is 18 months old. I have an CCAF(Community College of the Air Force) degree in Aviation Maintenance and one in Instructor of Military Science.
I have been lifting since I was 16 years old where I started playing football, wrestled, and threw discus and javelin in high school. I was 145lbs when I started to lift. As of now I have been training consistently for 21 years. I developed a interest in powerlifting around 2000 in the Army, but I didn't start competing until 2010. Currently, I compete in the USPA/IPL and lift in the 220 single ply and classic raw(knee wraps) divisions. I am a 5x Olympia competitor and Olympia winner in 2013. My best single ply total is 2,171lbs which ranks me #2 US all-time since 2007. My best classic raw total is 1,908lbs which ranks me #13 US all-time since 2007. My best single ply competition lifts are 810 squat, 661 bench and 755 deadlift. My best raw competition lifts are 683 squat, 480 bench, and 760 deadlift.

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Name: Ben O’Brien

Athletics: Powerlifting

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/benobrien8

Instagram: @b3nobrien8

Team minoTOR

Name: Anthony Gorbas

Athletics: Obstacle Course Racing

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Anthony1863

Instagram: @Anthony_iaf

Anthony Gorbas

Hey all! Name is Anthony, 25, and I have always been in some sort of athletics my entire life. I’m a certified personal trainer and founder of “IRON ANT FITNESS” a free motivational fitness group that accepts everyone no matter your fitness background.
My current athletic sport of choice is OCR events and endurance events like the GORUCK events.
in January 2015 I ran an OCR event called “warrior dash” have ya heard of it?! It was my first taste of an OCR (Obstacle course race), I instantly fell in love with OCR and had to register for every ocr in my area!! I can’t even count how many OCR and endurance events I have done since that first Warrior Dash. I now run 98% of OCRs barefoot and sometimes an with a ruck, it’s a good time!
Why do I love OCR and GORUCK events so much? Because of the PEOPLE! I’ve met so many amazing, inspiring and motivational athletes through OCR and GORUCK events. They have made me a better athlete and all around person, I love to spread those good vibes and that motivational sprit to all! i get more satisfaction from helping people over obstacles and motivating others to not quit, then the satisfaction of finishing 1st,2nd ,3rd… or even10th ha!! I will gladly run or even walk with beginners to help them to the finish line! Well that’s a lil info about me! feel free to hit me up on social media if you have any questions about OCR ,fitness or whatever ! let me know if you’re going to an event in FL! I love to meet new people talk fitness stuff ! maybe I’ll even let you try some of my minoTOR!

Name: Amanda Everhart

Athletics: Strongman, Figure

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/amanda.everhart.14

Instagram: @Amanda.Everhart

Amanda Everhart

Amanda Everhart, 27, took up strength training in 2012, which has led her to compete in powerlifting, strongman and bodybuilding, after years in the gym skipping weights for hours of cardio. A self-described “skinny girl” and poor eater before being inspired by a flyer for a bodybuilding competition, Amanda’s love for these sports soared as her trophy collection and ability to set records grew.
“The fire I feel inside when I set a new personal record is something words cannot describe," says Everhart. "Each and Every workout, every competition, my passion to be the best keeps me going.” Highlights include; eight first place finishes, a second place finish at Worlds, along with six Arizona State records, three American-records, and two National-records.
Married with a fulltime job and a 2-year-old daughter, Everhart says, “I am more determined than ever, this is my life,” The last few years in the gym have taught me so much. The body is truly capable of anything you put your mind to. The key is to never, stop believing in you, she explains.

Kristena Lynn

As a small child and she means that in the literal sense. Kristena realized she could use her stature to her advantage. Always been under estimated when strength and agility come to play because of her size. She has been playing sports since she could walk. Softball, soccer and track(indoor/outdoor) just to name a few.
As time went she excelled at soccer and track the most. Playing indoor and outdoor soccer all threw her high school career. Also being the co captain of the team senior year and then to go on to play threw her college years as well. As for track and field this is where she shined the most. Threw high school she went to sectionals and states all four years for indoor and outdoor track. Competing in events such as long jump, triple jump, 200m, 400m, 400m relays, 800m, 800m relays, 1600m and 1600m relays just to name a few. Breaking records individually and with her relay teammate.
As for OCR that began in her early 30’s. The first race was The Rugged Maniac. Which sparked a lot curiosity and has been hooked ever since.
In May of 2015 she made the dissension to start running competitively and elite. The first competitive race finish was 7th place overall women. Not bad considering previous stats were in the top ten percentile to now finishing in the top ten overall. Changing status to elite was a dissension that would pay off later down the road. Since 2015 to the present she has competed in over 50 races and 10 competed endurance events with a few dnf’s along the way.
As a list of favorite events in 2015, Invited to the Warrior Dash World Championships, Race The Reaper 2nd place podium and finished first Spartan Trifecta. In 2016 in one race three podiums were earned that race would be Sand and Misery. 3rd in women, 1st in age group and fastest team. My Muddy Valentine 6th place in and 3rd in age group. Worst Day For A Run top 5 finisher overall and 3 Spartan Trifectas.
The Spartan Perfect DELTA was also on the radar. Which includes Sprint, Super, Beast, Ultra Beast, Spartan X, SGX, Agoge, Hurricane Heat 4 Hour and Hurricane Heat 12 Hour. Just falling short of completing it at Spartan World Championship weekend, she will be attempting to finish the Perfect DELTA in Hawaii. In 2017 the goal is quality over quantity with a heavy focus on endurance. That being said the main objective is The SISU Iron.
She knows there are opportunities for advancement and areas to improve upon. And she strives to be the best at what she does everyday. "But to be the best you need to train better than the rest” and “Do what you love, and love what you do."

Name: Kristena Lynn

Athletics: Obstacle Course Racing

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kristena.lynn.18

Instagram: @kristenalynn_teambbs_special_k

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Name: Michael Bardell

Athletics: Obstacle Course Racing, Mountain Biking

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/mebardell

Instagram: @bykemyke

Michael Bardell

It all began when I was younger and started racing BMX bikes. Then after we moved, there was no local race tracks available. So I ended up skateboarding. That is where I first learned about dedication and sacrifice and what it takes to excel at what you love to do. After 14 years of skateboarding it became too much on my body. As an alternative, I started mountain biking the local trails. Over the years I have entered 2x races and several freeride events.
I completed my first mud run in 2015 and that is all it took for me to be hooked. At the beginning of my journey, I could not run more than three minutes. I entered more local events to challenge myself, such as a duathlon. Where I had to race my mountain bike and run five miles. I did not place on the podium, but for me it is not about 1st place. It is about being better than what I was before. If it leads me to the podium that is an added bonus. Within the next several months I completed a 24 hour training base team event, a 12+ hour Goruck, a mental and physical Green Beret Challenge, a six hour mountain bike race, and several more OCR events.
With all the progress I have made. I would like to inspire the non-active people to change their lifestyle. To show that every step forward, no matter how big or small, it is still progress. To always strive to change your current conditions and to choose a healthier lifestyle. To keep inspiring people, I plan to further my progress and keep entering more events. If an average guy like myself can achieve these goals, anyone is capable.

Ali Tucker

Since my first race in 2014, I have improved with every race. I am dedicated to training. In April 2015, I completed a Battlefrog, my 6th OCR, and came in 3rd for my age division. I’m so dedicated and committed, that even though I fractured my ankle in May 2015, I still completed a 9.5 mile Spartan Race up Black Mountain, NC just a few weeks later.
In October 2015, I came in 20th out of 1188 females, placing in the top 8% at the Atlanta Spartan race. In November 2015, I came in 2nd place at Battlefrog Xtreme by less than a second. Every race, I get better.
I also came in 2nd place at Battlefrog Xtreme in Atlanta in March of 2016. In May 2106, I did my first 50k, and came in 5th in my age group and 13th overall female!!
I have completed multiple Spartan Hurricane heats and a HH12hr with many more on the books for 2017. I participated in the Summer Spartan Agoge 60hr endurance event. 12 hours in I broke my ankle, but refused to quit and continued to go for another 8 hours on a broken ankle until my ankle gave out completely.
Refusing to take defeat as an option, I went to China in October to finish what I started. I am now one of only 5 women in the world to have finished the Spartan Agoge China 003 endurance event. 42 males finished, and 5 females finished. I went 72 hours without sleep, completed over 70+ miles while climbing the Great Wall of China. I am extremely proud of this endurance event, because I pushed myself not only physically but mentally while helping my team throughout the event as a team leader.
Now, I am set to be in the top 10 females in the world to complete the Spartan Perfect Delta. I plan on finishing this after completing the NJ Spartan Ultrabeast in May 2017. This is a goal I set out to finish and I am only 1 event away from completing.
I started a blog www.musclesmudandmascara.com about my race experiences and training.
I love challenging myself in the world of endurance sports and OCR and being a positive role model to other women. We need more women in the world of endurance sports. I want to see more women supporting each other and pushing each other through a sport that is male dominated. Women need to be empowered to realize we can carry 100lb rucks along with the men, and do just as much as if not more in an endurance event.

Team minoTOR

Name: Ali Tucker

Athletics: Obstacle Course Racer

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/alitucker27

Instagram: @nurse_alicat

Team minoTOR

Name: Ashley Jeanne Samples

Athletics: Obstacle Course Racer

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ajsamples

Instagram: @ajsamples

Ashley Jeanne Samples

Growing up in Michigan, Ashley was a multisport athlete on a number of school sports teams. Her senior year of high school she ran cross-country and had the opportunity to race at the state meet as an individual. Although she had success at running, her true passion was soccer which she played year round, both on her high school team and the Blue Water Lakers, a premier team. Ashley gave college soccer a shot and was able to walk on to the team at Saginaw Valley State University and has played co-ed recreationally ever since.
Ashley moved to the Tampa Bay area in 2007, but it wasn't until 2012 that Ashley discovered obstacle course racing. At her first race, she finished in 64th place (Female), but fell in love with the sport and started to train.
Now as an elite obstacle course racer Ashley has achieved many athletic accomplishments during her career, notably being undefeated at Mud Endeavor Brooksville (6 time repeat winner), Rugged Maniac 2014 champion for FL, 13th at Warrior Dash World Championship in 2014, and an appearance on the Broken Skull Challenge hosted by Steve Austin. For 2 consecutive years, 2014 and 2015, Ashley ran 30+ races each year.
In 2015 she expanded her race calendar beyond the local Florida races and competed in 9 different states. Season highlights include 1st place in the 30-34 year old division at the OCR World Championships, as well as a top 10 team finish at the same event. Her first Spartan Race trifecta was completed this year- and included all Elite top ten finishes most notably, podium spots at the Austin Super, and Carolina Sprint. Ashley had 9 top 10 finishes at Battlefrog races to include podium finishes at Tri-State and Austin. She finished the 2015 season ranked 5th in the Battlefrog Point series.
Ashley is further expanding her 2016 race map to include other countries. She recently won Wadi Adventure Race in the United Arab Emirates in January and has plans to compete in Canada and the Netherlands before year end. She was recently added to the Conquer the Gauntlet Pro Team and hopes to represent them throughout the season.

Martha Rudolph

My name is Martha Rumble I am 53, crisis clinician in a local emergency room, I am also a Spinning and TRX instructor as well as a personal trainer. My passion for fitness happened 20 years ago when I was asked by my local gym to enter a build building competition. At that time the gym was just a hobby to see other adults since I was a stay at home mom. As I started my training I realized how much I love training and when I saw results I was hooked. Changing my eating habits was also an eye opening experience, I loved eating healthy and it rubbed off on to my children who were both young athletes at the time one a gymnasts and one a runner. After competing and winning several competitions, I got my personal training certification and also became a Spinning instructor. I started running 5k’s 6 years ago which led to 10k’s, 10 mile races and half marathons. I have done several Tough Rucks 26.6 miles and have been competing in OCR racing for the past 3 years, Spartan, Battle Frogs, Bone Frog and Blizzard Blasts. I race every weekend I can year round.

Name: Martha Rudolph

Athletics: Obstacle Course Racing, Trainer

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/martha.rudolphrumble

Instagram: @letsrumble77

 

Team minoTOR

Name: Johnny “Angel” Benitez

Athletics: Strongman

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/johnny.angel.338

Instagram: @brute_strength

Johnny "Angel" Benitez

While I didn't commit to serious weight training until I was an adult, I have been fascinated by strength my entire life. I started training for powerlifting in 2011 with Lawrence DeAlva, and through him came to know about Jerry Pritchett and his strongman training crew, the Iron Outlaws. Having loved to watch World's Strongest Man broadcasts since I was a kid, I went out one Sunday to try my hand at event training and never looked back. Not only was I hooked on the sport, but I was now surrounded by the strongest athletes I'd ever seen in person.
Fast forward to today and I am still in disbelief that I get to be a part of the sport of strongman. I have done a handful of shows over the past few years and work to better my performance in each. I ended 2016 with a strong showing in the SBD Championships, narrowly missing out on clinching a sponsorship. Coming up short has made me hungry for victories in 2017 and I am looking forward to a stronger year.
These days I train mostly at home, but I still make the trip out to Jerry's facility a couple times a month to train with my team. My wife, Noemi, is my biggest fan and supporter. She is at every show cheering me on, making sure I have what I need, taking pictures and asking "what the hell?!" when I mess up on an event!

Katie Teeter

OCR junkie... Don't Think Just Go! Friend, Sister, Daughter, Wife! Life begins at the end of your comfort zone!

Team minoTOR

Name: Katie Teeter

Athletics: Obstacle Course Racing

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/katie.ann.33633

Instagram: @kates880

Team minoTOR

Name: Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger

Athletics: UFC

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jocelyn.lybarger

Instagram: @mmajocelyn

Jocelyn Jones-Lybarger

Jocelyn is currently signed with Resurrection Fighting Alliance (RFA), she is a Step-mother, Wife, Twin sister and an Ambassador for Cancer Treatment Centers of America. Jocelyn has made fighting her passion in life and will not stop until she is at the top of the UFC. She trains under her head Coach John Crouch who is a very well-known Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Master. Jocelyn donates her time to help cancer patients that just may need a pick me up. She has a kind heart and is always thinking of ways she could help others.

Chaz Zellner

I am 31 with a wife and 2 kids. I have always been involved in some type of sport for as long as I can remember. In high school, my main focuses were football, track, and powerlifting. My first real exposure to fitness was powerlifting. I won multiple regional meets as well as the state powerlifting meet. In 2007 I joined the Air Force and became a fighter jet mechanic and I was my unit's PTL (Physical Training Leader). From there I acquired my Personal Trainer's license as well as a degree in business. Besides spending it with my family, I spend my spare time either rock climbing or weight training at the gym. I am also a youth football coach. I really enjoy doing this because I get to instill both the love for sports and self-motivation in the boys that I coach. My plan for the future is to step foot on the bodybuilding stage in my first competition. The ability to push myself harder than the day before to see what I am capable of is what keeps me going.

Team minoTOR

Name: Chaz Zellner

Athletics: Powerlifting, Climbing

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/chaz.zellner.1

Instagram: @chazzellner

Team minoTOR

Name: Haruko Harrington

Atheletics: Obstacle Course Racing

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=537105516

Instagram: @themudcrusher

Haruko Harrington

Challenged myself to run 52 races in 12mo OCR/5k/10k/ultra, ending with a 50k @BurningMan!

Sara Knight

I have always been athletic, but OCR is the first sport I have wanted to be the best at. I enjoyed soccer, swim team, volleyball, softball, dive team, and track & field in high school. In college I was a walk on to the UW crew team, and also was a snowboard and downhill mountain biking instructor. Through all those sports, there was one thing I always continued to participate in: Running. In my training for OCR I will continue to focus on becoming faster and more efficient at running.
When I am not training I am enjoying family life. I live with my husband, three kids (ages 12, 6, and 4) and parents. We have a home on acreage that is fun to play on, but takes a lot of time to maintain, so my kids usually join me while I mow, or move logs or help weed. I enjoy taking my kids on local hikes as well. In the summer I also enjoy riding some twisty roads with my husband on our motorcycles.
My free time has been limited recently as I juggle training and three part time jobs. I wake at 2am to get my training in and then I make sure my kids are ready for school as I get out the door to either a client for run coaching or obstacle training or going to take pictures for a home appraisal job I have. I end my day with personal training at a local gym (Urban Fitness) and cap it off with strength training. My favorite part of my day is spent on the obstacles on my property with is part of Obstacle Elite. I have a convertible wall, rope, spinning monkey bars, flipping tires, tyrolean ladder, the weaver, balance beams, a zip line, log hops, tire pulls, the trench, and a wire crawl. My favorite job is helping others conquer these obstacles.
I am inspired by those I tend to inspire. I am motivated to keep going by my kids that look up to me. I am encouraged to do well by those that have tried OCR for the first time because they saw pictures of me having fun in the mud. I am pushed hard in training by those that compete beside me. My inspiration comes from many people, but honestly, a just love being out in nature, in the mud, pushing my body to its limit because it feels primal and freeing and fun.
While I am training I tend to either zone out to some EDM/dance/techno music that keep my feet going to a beat or to some Rock, that “yells” at me to keep going. Some of my current favorites include: Timmy Trumpet, Shinedown, Flux Pavillion, Five Finger Death Punch, Icona Pop, Disturbed, Skrillex.
My love of OCR has shown itself to be rewarding. In 2015 I have placed:
1st at Warrior Dash, WA
8th at Spartan Sprint, PacWest
2nd at Spartan Beast, Sun Peaks
16th at Spartan World Championship
2nd (with a 1st place time) at Spartan Super, WA
2nd at World’s Toughest Mudder
In 2016 I have placed:
1st at Nookachamps 10k
6th at Spartan Super, Snohomish
2nd at Spartan Beast, Montana
1st at Terrain Race, Portland
1st at Renegade Rage, Kennewick
5th at Spartan Super, Pennsylvania
2nd at Spartan Sprint, Washougal
1st at Spartan Beast, Hawaii
2nd at Spartan Sprint, Breckenridge
6th at Spartan Race World Championship
2nd at Spartan Sprint, Snohomish
2nd at Spartan Texas Team Race
American Ninja Warrior Competitor
Final Round at Steve Austin’s Broken Skull Challenge
This year I will crush those results!
I am excited to continue my OCR journey, with a big focus on the Toughest Mudder series this year. That is an 8-hour obstacle course race where competitors try and race to get the most 5 mile laps as possible. I will also be competing in OCR US and World Championships as well as Spartan Race World Championships and World’s Toughest Mudder.

Name: Sara Knight

Athletics: Obstacle Course Racing

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/SaraSmilesPro

Instagram: @obstacleelite

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Name: Dustin Radney

Athletics: Obstacle Course Racing

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/dustin.radney

Instagram: the_dustn

Dustin Radney

Up for anything active! Based in Orlando, FL but I'm all over the map!

Cami Carroll

I am from the Bay Area in California and moved to Arizona 4 years ago. I have worked as a Certified Personal Trainer for the past 10 years. I work with clients on an individual basis and in group settings.
I have been involved in athletics for the past 18 years. I started with soccer and continued with Track & Field where I developed a love for running and the hammer and discus. Through hard work and dedication, I received a full scholarship to UC Irvine for the hammer after only 2 years of throwing.
The human body amazes me and I have developed a true passion for movement. Throughout the years I have learned and experienced how important it is to maintain a strong connection between the mind and body. This is something our society is quickly distancing itself from. I believe Personal Trainers have the ability to reintroduce their clients to their bodies and instill in them the appreciation for movement and exercise. This is why I love what I do and would not want to do anything else in the world!

Name: Cami Carroll

Athletics: Zumba, Trainer, Strongwoman

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/camibootcamp/

Instagram: @camicarroll

Team minoTOR

Name: Tommy Logan

Athletics: Professional Boxer

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/tommy.logan.37

Instagram: @loganteam

Tommy Logan

Tommy is a professional boxer with his next fight date coming up on March 11th!

Mike Butler

I'm 33 years old and I began weightlifting when I was in high school while playing football and rugby. I was introduced to Olympic Weightlifting when I was about 21 and began training and competing in that for about 9 years. I was always very interested in the Strongman sport and about two years ago began training for it. In August of 2015 I participated in my first Strongman competition and have been hooked ever since! 2016 plagued me with some serious injuries, however I was able to participate in about four more shows. With most of the injuries being healed I'm looking forward to a great year in 2017!
I also have a passion for teaching and coaching youth athletes. I have been coaching my sons football teams both flag and tackle for about 5 years now. I also currently train high school athletes and get them ready for the next level in whichever sport they partake in.

Team minoTOR+

Name: Mike Butler

Athletics: Strongman

Facebook:

Instagram: @mikeveronicabutler

Team minoTOR

Name: Ben Stodghill

Athletics: MMA, Jiu-Jitsu

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100008603590943

Instagram:

Ben Stodghill

I have been training since I was eleven years old. I started in judo which I am now a brown belt in. I have trained in America wrestling, issenru karate , boxing , kick boxing mma and Brazilian jiu jitsu. I was a fire fighter for 7 years and was active in the physical fitness training for of the department. My mantra is ( Do work!!! ) because at the end of the day when we want to meet our goals all we can do is pull our selfs up by our boot straps and get to it!

Noemi Benitez

I have always been into sports. Growing up I was active in my schools' track & field, volleyball and soccer teams. As an adult I have maintained an interest in recreational sports and enjoy mixing it up with family and friends.
I continue to maintain an interest in fitness and exercise, weight training, etc. as my schedule allows.
I have also started to get into OCRs (Obstacle Course Races). I really enjoy the variety of challenges presented in the courses and it's even more fun with a group of friends!
While I'm not currently competitive in any of my fitness pursuits, providing support to my husband in his strength sport endeavors and raising two little boys keeps me very occupied. I also enjoy photography as a hobby and try to snap interesting photos at all of our events.

Team minoTOR

Name: Noemi Benitez

Athletics: Obstacle Course Racing, Fitness

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/Benitez215

Instagram: @benitez215

Team minoTOR

Name: Marshall Zinn

Athletics: Strongman

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/marshall.zinn

Instagram: @boss_hogg_faf

Marshall Zinn

I am a competitive strongman out of Arizona. I train out of Freak Animal Fitness, my own garage gym where I also train my clients. Here is a short list of some of my accomplishments as a strongman and bodybuilder.
2016- SBD USA Strongman Championships DEC 10, 2nd -231 Middle Weight
2016-Nationals Oct (NAS) 26th of 64- 231 Middle Weight
2016-Phoenix Europa Oct 15-16 (NAS) 1st -231 Middle Weight (qualified for 2017 Nationals)
2016- Thor’s Hammer (USS) 1st- 220 Middle Weight Division (qualified for 2017 USS Nationals)
2016- Great Ape Strongman Challenge (NAS) 1st – 231 Middle Weight division (qualified for 2016 Nationals)
2016-NC Strongest Man & Woman Platinum Plus (NAS) 1st -231 Middle Weight and over all Middle Weight (Qualified for Nationals and Tied NC Log Press Record)
2016- Gladiator Gauntlet (NAS) Escondido, CA - 3rd
2016- SBD USA Log Press & Dead Lift Championships 1st- 231 Middle Weight
2015- Southwestern Strongest Man 2nd- 242 Middle Weight
2015- Northern Nevada's Strongest Man (NAS) 3rd- 231 Middle Weight
2015- Copper State Open 2nd- 242 Middle Weight
2014- Northern Nevada's Strongest Man (NAS) 8th- 231 Middle Weight
2014- St. Valentine’s Day Massacre (NAS) 3rd- 231 Middle Weight
2007 - Junior USA (Nationals) - NPC - Middle Weight - 8th
2006 - Mountaineer (NC) - NPC - Middle Weight - 2nd (Qualified for Nationals)
2005 - Eastern USA Championships - NABBA - Short - 1st (Awarded Best Poser)
2004 - Eastern USA Championships - NABBA - Junior - 1st
2004 - Eastern USA Championships - NABBA - Short - 2nd
Bench 500+, Squat 675+, Front Squat 600lbs, Conventional Deadlift 650+, Axle & Tire Deadlift 600 + 18 reps, Log Press 330, Yoke 900+, Axle Clean & Press 340+ Frame Carry 700+, SUV Dead Lift 15 reps, Keg Press ,300+ 350+ Stone Load, Semi Truck Pulls, 250+Keg Carry & Load, 300+Sand Bag Carry and Load, Keg Toss, Farmers Handles 300 +, 1000LB +Tire Flips.

Justin Simms

My name is Justin Sims and I have a reputation for whipping people into shape. I am a certified personal trainer that has a passion for health, fitness, and sculpting people’s bodies into top-form. Everyone’s fitness journey begins somewhere, and believe it or not, mine started with my god mother.
During school breaks, I would visit my god mother’s home in Northern California where we’d spend time together doing outdoor activities, such as kayaking, swimming in the ocean, going for runs, and hitting the gym. She was a lean, mean fitness machine and athletic coach, who had a big, bold presence and a magnetic personality that was undeniable. What can I say—I was bit by the fitness bug! Her lifestyle intrigued me throughout my entire childhood, and has shaped my approach to fitness to this day.
As you can tell, I’ve grown up in the fitness industry; I’ve seen the fads come and go. How many times have you seen advertisements for pills, powders, crash diets, 7 minute videos, celebrity endorsed schemes, and contraptions of all kinds that guarantee results, such as fast weight loss, huge muscle gains, six-pack abs? Perhaps you have even tried some of these things yourself—I certainly have, and I’ve learned a lot along the way. My approach is to integrate strength training, cardio, and a proper diet into a tailor made plan to help you reach your personal goals—and perhaps surpass them.
Throughout my life, I’ve pushed myself in new directions to increase my athleticism and achieve various goals. I love to test my limits, which is reflected in my background. I’ve dome everything from playing all state and conference football, boxing with golden glove champions, swimming and training with Navy Seals to competitive bodybuilding, and most recently, powerlifting and strongman competitions. I even studied movement, dance and stage combat in a BFA acting program at the renown American Musical Dramatic Academy. I have defined myself by creating a world without physical limitations. I am passionate about overcoming challenges and obstacles so that I may provide my clients with unparalleled experience. Let me help redefine you.
Being a strong man is more about mental strength rather than the obvious physical capabilities. I take pride in doing what others are fearful of, or shy away from simply due to the level of difficulty.
We all have the ability to be stronger and capable of more. Being strong requires consistency, dedication, and will power. I believe that physical and mental strength are directly correlated, just as they believed in ancient greek culture.
Strongman is about overcoming extremely difficult challenges that initially appear near impossible; but it is through this sport I have learned life’s valuable lesson, “believe & achieve.”
Once a bodybuilder always a bodybuilder. People who take their physiques seriously may often be considered shallow, but this lifestyle is not for the faint hearted.
Strenuous workouts, meal prepping, nutrient manipulation, and long bouts of cardio; all this and yet it is still addicting.
Visible results are second to none, I work to improve each and every body part strategically.

Team minoTOR

Name: Justin Sims

Athletics: Strongman, Personal Trainer

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/justin.sims.378

Instagram: @bigjsims

Team minoTOR

Name: Shaquawn Vandergrift

Athletics: Track and Field

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/shaquawn.vandergrift

Instagram: @blackflash2.0

Shaquawn Vandergrift

Hello, my name is Shaquawn Vandergrift and I am a track and field runner. I stared running track three years ago, after three major surgeries I had on my left knee due to basketball and football. I tore my ACL, meniscus, patella, MCL and growth plate all three times. I became an All-American, I hold the indoor state record on the 60m and I also made it to Nationals. Through all my career I have never had a healthy season but with the help of god I have made it this far. I fell in love with track and that is what I have dedicated myself to. Right now I am on the verge of becoming a professional athlete and my dream is to make it to the olympics one day. Everything I do, I do it in the name of god. He has blessed me so much and I am really thankful.

Sarah O'Brien

My name is Sarah O’Brien. I am 30 years old and a mother to two awesome boys Jacob and Nikolai. I am also married to Ben O’Brien who is part of Team minoTOR. We have been married nearly 9 years now. Prior to discovering a passion for the gym I did play sports such as volleyball, basketball and track and field in High School. I knew nothing about weights or how to operate a machine in a gym. My goal was to stay skinny, which to me was considered fit. I joined the military in 2005 and had a rude awakening of what being fit really was. That sparked an interest in fitness but not enough to keep me in a gym.
Fast forward a few years Ben introduced me to weights and not typical elliptical workout. My muscles ached my body hurt and I never went back. A few years later I gave it one more chance and stuck to it and competed in my first fitness competition. I placed in the top 10 in my division for bikini at the Dennis James Classic in 2014. I was hooked and planned on competing again. However life had other plans for me and discovered I was expecting my son Nikolai. I am on a journey to make my way back to the stage again and cannot wait for that day. My goal is to compete in Figure instead of Bikini this time around.
Life is hectic working full time and raising two young boys. The gym has become my sanctuary to get away from it all and work on me.
“Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that it strength.” -Arnold Schwarzenegger

Team minoTOR

Name: Sarah O’Brien

Athletics: Figure, Fitness

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sarah.e.obrien.5

Instagram: @deopressoliber

Team minoTOR

Name: Patrick Holloway

Athletics: Powerlifter, Personal Trainer

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/patrick.holloway.9406

Instagram: @monstamaker

Patrick Holloway

Strength/fitness expert, Powerlifter, father of 2, and husband of a true hottie. Owner of primal hybrid training (on-line training coming soon).