Lifter of the Week - Gabe Downey
This feature aims to highlight and acknowledge outstanding individuals who never stop pushing in pursuing their fitness goals. It is a tribute to all weightlifters, athletes and fitness enthusiasts who share the same struggles and obstacles, conquering fears and most of all celebrating victories. We are all in this together.
Q & A with GABE
a. Where are you from?
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c. What motivates you to train?
Growing up an athlete and competing in sports at the college level, I’ve found motivation comes and goes. It’s not a consistent state, so I made the decision years ago to be disciplined. Good discipline can weather the ups and downs of motivation. Discipline toward being better than I was yesterday as an athlete and a friend.
d. What’s your greatest success in lifting?
It’s hasn’t been my goal recently to chase trophy’s or win competitions. Not because I lack goals and aspirations, but because I see a higher value in better quality of life and overall health. Trophy’s are cool, but if I can inspire or educate just one person along the way that’s the ultimate success.
e. What music do you listen to when training?
Hip-hop, punk rock, reggae, anything that fits the mood and emotional vibe that day.
f. Who is your weightlifting inspiration?
Strictly based on work ethic and valuable content: Nick Bare, Josh Bridges, Jacob Hutton, Stefi Cohen, and Hayden Bowe off the top of my head - many others I look to for education and inspiration. Several people in my personal life that inspire me to be a better person and athlete.
g. Do you have any shout outs or people you’d like to thank?
All the great coaches I’ve had growing up. Family and friends that keep me grounded. Stone Peterson: lifelong friend and oldest training partner. Jarrod Blanton: current strength training partner in crime. Danielle Walsh: daily workout/cardio partner, dietary advisor.