Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Are you kidding me!?!





It's hard to believe that this is a video of my almost 18-year-old son posted on you-tube. It seems like yesterday that we were wiping the snot from his nose, and photographing him buck naked sitting on a potty. I am incredibly proud of his committment to work hard and accomplish the goals he has set for himself. I love the fact that he sees himself both as his own greatest competition and his greatest impediment to success. I have intentionally been low key lately about blogging about what's going on with him as he focuses on his senior season of high school, having made the decision where he's going to be playing college football next year.

However, this was hard to pass up. Demi works out at a place called Davis Training Systems, a place highly reputed to train some of the best athletes in the state. The deadlift record for college athletes that train at DTS is 590 pounds, while the record for pro athletes is 675 pounds. My son, in the video above, just matched the pro-athletes record by deadlifting 675 pounds. This kid is getting stronger by the day and he currently weighs 250 pounds, runs a 4.71 forty yard dash, and bench presses 375 pounds (and he hasn't even begun his senior year of high school yet). I can't wait to see what he accomplishes as he doggedly pursues the goals he's set for himself. Watching my son reminds me that, no matter how difficult the journey, I must remain committed to persevering until the goal is accomplished. Another lesson in leadership from my teenage son!!!

5 comments:

Eric Bryant said...

That video is amazing! Which school is he planning to attend after he graduates?

Thanks for mentioning my book in your "Discontented" post. May we all have eyes for others who are overlooked!

Joseph said...

Eric, it boggles my mind that he can deadlift that kind of weight. He plans on attending USF upon graduation.

As far as your book goes, it really has inspired me this summer, so it's easy to recommend it.

Joey said...

Wow. I threw my back out just watching him. ;0)

Nike A said...

Believe it or not, I was speechless after watching that. Yep ! Nike is at loss for words.....don't think that has EVER happened before.....

Joseph said...

Joey, can you say... Chiropractor!?! seriously though, I can only imagine what it would do to my back if I attempted that.

Nike, you say it, but I'm not sure I believe it. You, at a loss for words? No way! It only gets better from here. :)