500 lb Squatter, Gym Owner, Lt Colonel JD Thomason


SS Colorado Springs Gym Owner, JD, joins Ray on the podcast to discuss his role as a military leader, his motivation for opening a gym, recovering from a rooftop fall with strength training, and squatting 500 lb in his 40s.

  • 01:25 – JD’s squat PR with no proof
  • 03:29 – Role in the military
  • 08:38 – Motivation for opening Starting Strength Colorado Springs…you fell off a roof?
  • 15:03 – Back to Starting Strength
  • 17:29 – When did you start hurting less?
  • 19:00 – Other considerations than opening a Starting Strength Gym
  • 25:31 – JD’s role in the military and the skills needed
  • 29:49 – Philosophical viewpoints coming from the military
  • 32:59 – Plan for hiring
  • 39:17 – How to contact JD
  • 41:42 – Goals for the next few years
  • 46:08 – We will grow as slowly as we need to
  • 49:21 – Apprenticeship in Orlando
  • 57:40 – Last day in the Army

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