Derrick Johnson

This is my buddy Derrick, one of the best olympic lifters in the world. He is my coworker at AFP center and is training for the national championships and the next olympics. I am featured in this video, I will be doing all of his Neurosomatic therapy while he trains. ENJOY!

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Leg day 2-18

This is a video from my workout on monday. I am STILL SORE.

It was a great workout, looking forward to friday!

wish I had workout partner again. i made it this far self motivating, I can get farther!

The OKC (Orange Kettlebell Club) First annual California Open Kettlebell Championships

This is a bit of a backtrack, but compete in kettlebell sport.  Called Girevoy Sport in its homeland of Mother Russia, I pickup it up a few years ago from a friend I worked with.  So to backtrack even more…I bought my first kettlebell years ago at an MMA conference.  I had little to no knowledge how to use it other than what to guy selling them showed me.  So I carried that heavy little bastard home and started experimenting.  I practiced the swing, press and snatch with decent proficiency but little to no efficiency.  It started gathering dust after a while until i got a job as a personal trainer at a swanky gym in Santa Monica.  There I was surrounded with new fitness minded friends who loved to work out.  One of those friends encouraged me to get a certification, which I did, and then went on to get a REAL certification with IKFF, the International Kettlebell and Fitness Federation.  This was the real shit, they taught competition style!  It was all about efficiency, endurance, mental toughness and grace.  Though the shit is hard, you gotta make it look easy and keep your calm.  I loved it.  Soon after I joined a group with my friend and we got together once a week to work out and go over form.  I ate it up.  I practiced often and eventually signed up for a competition in Michigan.  Unfortunately things happened and I had to cancel the trip, leaving me off the competition platform for a few years. 

Fast forward to 2011, I entered my first official competition.  I toughed out injuries and worked very very hard for that comp and did well.  I set personal records (PR’s) and made some new friends.  Since then I have participated in a couple informal and fun comps put on my friends but this past Saturday was my first REAL DEAL comp.  Competitors came from all over the country and even a few from Canada.  It was an amazing experience.  I miss competition so much!  Everyone cheered for one another and encouraged eachother to go for it.  There were plenty of lifters who were on the platform for the first time and that was amazing to see.  There were also plenty of experienced lifters there as well, including Denis Vasilev, one of the best lifters in the world.  I was lucky enough to talk to him a bit  and get some very helpful tips.

Besides meeting Denis some of my highlights were meeting new friends, making “small world” connections, setting PR’s, seeing a newcomer complete an entire 10 min set with 1 arm, seeing my friend galya kick ass in the jerk, watching a new american record get set, and just getting to compete again. 

After the weekend I revamped my workout program and will be starting new, looking forward to the next comp in August.  This time I’m going to do what I should have done all along and start slow, master my form and get my reps up with lighter weights instead of jumping right up to the heaviest ones like the predicable meathead i am. 

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Entering the world of Blog, Vlog, and Flog?

Hello everyone and thankyou for reading.  Though I have documented my life in the past, this is my first official “blog.”  For the most part my entries will revolve around my life in the fitness industry and the physical activities I enjoy.  So here is a little about me.

My name is Scott Plested.  I am a 30 year old personal trainer and soft tissue therapist in Santa Monica California.  I was born in Santa Monica but split my time between the busy streets of Los Angeles and the mountains of Colorado.  I have always been a very active young man.  My mother had me taking swimming lessons before I could walk and soon after found myself playing every sport most American kids enjoy and then some.  By the age of 6 I was in gymnastics, playing baseball, basketball, football, soccer, tennis, skiing, skateboarding and being an all around monkey.  In middle school I started ski racing competitively and spent some time in boarding school to hone my skills on the mountain.  I played football all 4 years of high school and found myself on the 1st team all conference list as a defensive player my senior year.  In college I slacked off a bit and let my athletic career slip away, wasting my NCAA eligibility and learning a hard lesson about the cost of fun.  Since then I have found incredible joy in my physical lifestyle and culture.  I picked up mixed martial arts, rock climbing, weightlifting, running, yoga and a few other things.  Nowadays I spend alot of time lifting weights.  I am a certified Kettlebell instructor and use them as my main source of training.  I also compete, and was lucky enough to be part of the Orange Kettlebell Club’s first annual California Open championship a few days ago.

This blog is going to be to a chronicle of my time spend sweating.   It will serve as a Vlog as well, I’ll be posting videos of my workouts and feats of strength.  So it will be my Fitness log.  I am excited about this, I love to write and am eager to read the entries from other people like myself.  Ever since I became a trainer my life has been enriched tremendously, I have incredible friends and am learning something new everyday.

So I hope you enjoy my journey.  Next entry I’ll go over a few of my goals for this year.