RAISING AWARENESS SPOTLIGHT:
Featured spotlight in raising awareness for Stand for Vets this month is the strength enthusiast deadlifter and Marine Corps Veteran, Steve Brown. He has been competing and training for the past two and a half years. On December 2, 2017 representing Stand for Vets – Steve competed in his second USPA Power meet at the Deadweight Open in San Diego, CA where he took 2nd place in the 90kg Open division. His top sets were the following:
- Squat: 479.5 lb/ 217.5kg
- Bench: 286.6 lb/ 130kg
- Deadlift: 518.1 lb/ 235kg
- Total: 1284.2 lb/ 582.5kg
Steve really enjoys the challenge of the sport, and how much effort it takes to train and prepare for the platform. He was inspired to join the sport by a gentleman he served with in the Marine Corps who was an instructor and Iraq War Veteran. This gentleman reminded Steve that it is necessary to be strong in combat, “because your brothers need to be able to rely on you.” At 6’2″, 240 lbs, that meant being able to carry someone his size to a medical evacuation helicopter in 60 lbs of gear. From this experience and admiration, Steve has come to value physical strength ever since.
When asked why he wanted to represent Stand for Vets, Steve stated:
“I wanted to represent Stand for Vets because I believe in the Foundation. Disabled veterans could have a drastic improvement in quality of life with these chairs. Having served with brothers that lost limbs and the ability to stand, I want to thank Stand for Vets. It takes a lifetime of care to rehabilitate these warriors, and these chairs can make a significant impact on their mobility and autonomy. The veteran community appreciates support given to those who have sacrificed so much for our country. We are forever in their debt.”
Thank you so much Steve for your service and for representing Stand for Vets!
You can keep up with Steve by following him on Instagram at @SteveBrownFit.