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Novem Barbell Club’s Athlete of the Month: Steve Sovich

Behind the scenes with our Barbell Athlete of the Month, Steve Sovich!

How or when did your focus shift to concentrating on Novem’s Barbell Club programming?
There once was a boy named Steve,
Weight above his head he could not heave.
So he signed up for barbell,
And escaped cardio hell,
And the coaches never asked him to leave.

Tell us one thing about yourself that no one in the gym knows about you.
I'm like Leaping Lanny Poffo,
the genius af pro wrestling poet…
And even I didn’t know it.

What is your Athletic background?
Soccer is a sport
As a kid I often played.
Then I did nothing.
(a haiku)

What is your favorite of the two competition lifts and why?
I really like to snatch,
It’s like me vs myself in a match.
It’s also a lot less work,
And I look a little less like a dork.

What do you find most rewarding with the competition style of lifting?
I like it when my coaches smile and I don’t fall down.
And when I beat L.B. and make her frown.

Do you have any goals or aspirations to compete?
I just did a meet for old folks
(Please don’t crack any jokes).
I qualified for the US Open Series
To test some weightlifting theories.
It’s gonna be in Valley Forge
Where, after I weigh in, I will gorge.
Then I will lift all the weight
And everybody will say I did great.

How has Novem Barbell Club impacted your training and your life?
My friend Vannessa made me go to the gym,
Where I fell in love with lifting all the things.
I couldn’t do it very well, hell I was bad,
But I stuck with the plan and didn’t get mad.
I learned strength, speed, and ultimate power,
But only after hours and hours and hours and hours.

And hours. And hours.
(Ask Joe. He knows.)

I stopped being skinny fat and avoided some dead ends,
Met some great peeps, and made a few friends.
They let me pet their dogs and drink their beer,
But I’m still the shit-talking king… when I smell their fear.
And I’m always happy to do a workout and survive,
And be able to walk (or limp) out the doors of Novem, still alive.
All is love.

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