Hi everyone! Here is how I got into lifting in 2005 & strongman in 2013!
As you may know, I’m in the running for @mshealthandfitness (link in bio). You get 1 free vote every 24 hours and can contribute “Warrior Votes” which benefits the @jah4ww builds & remodels homes for our Wounded Warriors. I’ll be donating an additional $5,000 if I win, on top of what I raise now. I found out a fellow strongman competitor and former Army Ranger, @tommyblock52 whom lost his right eye while on his 4th deployment to Afghanistan in 2013 has benefited from this great foundation, and will be opening up his own home gym to other Vets! I’ve met him and his family multiple times at various strongman contests, and it’s the least I could do for my favorite sport in the world and to help out our nation’s HEROS. Scroll to see more of Tom’s story which was published in @muscle_and_fitness this year. 🇺🇸 _
I was tall and muscular at a young age, “Brittany Deemond” was my nickname when I was young bc of my size and yes I absolutely despised being called that. 😡Kids are mean. “BDimez” is much preferred. I felt EMPOWERED whenever I was on the track or in the weight room. Funny how this feeling has stayed with me, and now I want to spread it like wildfire.
Here’s how it started:
In the winter of 2005, I was in 7th grade decided after school to take the bus to Gloucester High School, so I could run in the winter (since the middle school only had cross country & spring track). I was instantly drawn to the weight room. 🏋️♂️I remember studying how lifting could make me a better sprinter. I was the only girl in there, but two guys, @johnfrancis729 and @pardeematthew, (whom are now lifelong friends) that took me under their wing. Shortly after, I was opening a window to get some fresh air and it slammed down on me, partially amputating my left middle finger. I stayed out of the weight room for a while after that because I was embarrassed…once a klutz, always a klutz.
Fast forward to college, I ended up joining the @rhody.rowing team for 4 years and earned a scholarship. My heart was broke I couldn’t run track due to a hamstring injury but [post continued in comments]👇