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Kawika Henderson – Powerlifting World Champion, Elite Crossfit & Strongman Athlete – Surprise, AZ

Kawika Henderson on Training, Image by Primo Chalk

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I was born and raised out of Honolulu, HI. Currently residing in Arizona. Owner of Crossfit Golden TITAN: Athlete Engineering Center in Surprise, AZ .Former NCAA Football player, NFL free agent. IPL Powerlifting world champion, Elite CrossFit and Strongman Athlete. Always striving to be a better athlete while encouraging others to be the best they can be Born and raised out of Honolulu, HI. Currently residing in Arizona. Owner of Crossfit Golden TITAN: Athlete Engineering Center in Surprise, AZ .Former NCAA Football player, NFL free agent. IPL Powerlifting world champion, Elite CrossFit and Strongman Athlete. Always striving to be a better athlete while encouraging others to be the best they can be.

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Alicia Irene – Powerlifting & Personal Trainer – North Vancouver, BC

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What does your involvement in your sport mean to you? What made you fall in love with it?

I started powerlifting when I was coming off a crash diet and knew that I was going to have to gain some weight while I worked on improving my relationship with food. Being able to increase the weight on the bar week by week gave me something to focus on other than the scale, and ultimately it taught me to love my body for what it could do instead of focusing only on what it looks like. I love being strong, and I love that it’s something people don’t usually expect from me when they meet me outside of the gym.

Out of all the product sponsorships out there, why is Primo the one for you?

I’m so grateful to be a Primo athlete because it’s a product I actually use and believe in. I would never want to promote a product I didn’t use, but ever since the first time I used Primo chalk it’s been the only chalk I use in the gym. The anti-bacterial quality of the chalk is so important to me because I’m in a public gym, and the last thing I need when I’m training for a meet is to catch whatever sickness is going around! I also love the company and how they stand behind their product. They make the best chalk and they know it.

What is a surprising fact about yourself that we wouldn’t expect to hear?

A surprising fact about me that you might not guess is that I went to a Fine Arts school for high school and majored in Theater. I thought for a long time that I wanted to be an actress. Also, my very first childhood crush was Arnold Schwarzenegger!

Anything else we should know about you?

My best lift is the deadlift and I held the BC Provincial Deadlift record for 72kg junior females for about 3 years until it was broken after I had graduated to being an open lifter. My best gym lifts are a 315 lb Squat, 155 lb Bench Press and 430 lb Deadlift. My next meet will be in July, 2017.

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Eloy Martinez – Powerlifting – Brawley, CA

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What does your involvement in your sport mean to you? Why did you fall in love with it?

Being part of Powerlifting at this point in my life Means the world to me.  To be able to do something that I’ve loved since I was younger and to continue to grow and evolve as a lifter has been an incredible journey. I fell in love with it because it’s a sport that relies solely on you and how much drive, passion and hard work you give. You have to break mental barriers and push your limits far beyond what you thought you were capable of.  And not everyone is that mentally strong.

Out of all the product sponsorships out there, why is Primo the one for you?

Primo is my favorite sponsor because they are all about the athlete. Being ourselves and showing the world who we really are. Everyday people with extra ordinary drive!  They want nothing more then for us to do our best.

What is a surprising fact about yourself that we wouldn’t expect to hear?

Surprising fact about me is: and I know my wife is gonna say I knew it!!! But I like to listen to Taylor Swift.  Not while training, but any other time.
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Semaj Baldwin – Strongman & Powerlifting – Grand Junction, CO

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What does your involvement in your sport mean to you? Why did you fall in love with it?

My involvement in powerlifting/strongman means more to me than the average lifter. Strength has allowed me to recover fully from an ACL, MCL, and Mencius tears in my left knee. I’ve grown stronger mentally and physically through the act of strength training. And now knowing how to use your body and go strong with your body is a lifestyle I advocate to everyone I encounter. I fell in love with strength training when I began to see what it has done for me and what I’ve seen it do for many athletes I train. Not only do you grow stronger physically but mentally as well

Out of all the product sponsorships out there, why is Primo the one for you?
Primo is the sponsorship for me because Primo is a grassroots movement that resonates perfectly with my holistic style of strength training in allowing to use more natural products to allow there skin to stay in the best condition possible

What is a surprising fact about yourself we wouldn’t expect to hear?
I am a father of a four year old son who means the world to me!

Anything else we should know?
Growing up, I didn’t have much of a childhood. I had a lot of responsibility and often found myself doing these I had no business doing. To stay out of trouble I began playing sports, I played nearly every sport possible to stay out of trouble. In high school I decided to take the next step in my young football career and play for a Division 1 college. However, after suffering a season ending knee injury and needing surgery. I needed to relearn how to walk, during my rehab I became extremely depressed using food as an outlet and gained 60 pounds in roughly 4 months. Having a few hard talks with my coaches, I began running track as a sprinter. As the weight started coming off and I began gaining strength I realized I had a chance again to compete as an elite athlete. The road to the Olympic trials was my path, I knew this was going to my calling. But, I suffered another yet minor knee injury on the same knee and was enough to not allow me to qualify. I now have become a state champion middle weight strongman, and raw Powerlifter.

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Adam Sizemore – Highland Games, Strongman & Powerlifting – Parrotsville, TN

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What does your involvement in your sport mean to you? Why did you fall in love with it?

The best part about highland games, and strength sports in general, is the family reunion feeling.   Every time we get together to compete we are constantly encouraging and coaching one another.  We want to put forth our best and measure ourselves against our competitor’s best.

Out of all the product sponsorships out there, why is Primo the one for you?

Chalk, in a sense, unites the strength community.  The barbell, training, and chalk dust are a staple for all strength athletes from Scottish highland games to climbing.  Primo chalk supports their supporters like a family.  This model is a great fit for the tight knit strength sport community and for me.

What is a surprising fact about you that we wouldn’t expect to hear?

I keep my Nintendo Gameboy with Pokemon Yellow in my truck at all times. Never know when you’ll need to defeat the elite 4.

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Dana ‘SweetDee’ Rygwelski – Powerlifting – Austin, TX

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What does your involvement in your sport mean to you? What made you fall in love with it?

I fell in love with strength sports because of Crossfit – which turned into an obsession with powerlifting. To me, the sport of powerlifting means always having somewhere to call home. Between work and life, I travel pretty often. No matter where I am, or which gym I walk into, the powerlifters I meet are always so friendly and welcoming when visiting their communities. I fell in love with powerlifting because it constantly pushes me to be better, to be more. Powerlifting forces me to exceed my own expectations every time I step up to the bar. It’s not always the weight on the bar, either. Powerlifting – especially my focus multiply powerlifting – is a craft. Something that is studied, learned and perfected over time. Training with those intentions makes a person rise up to the occasion – to step up to the bar and when other people are scare you step up to the bar and say, “watch me now!”

Out of all the product sponsorships out there, why is Primo the one for you?

I believe that Primo is a product for the more conscious athlete. It provides a cleaner, safer alternative to a strength sports necessity. Chalk is an everyday product for strength athletes – all of them. It’s awesome to know that there is a company in the market that is interested in created a cleaner, safer experience for strength athletes.

What is a surprising fact about yourself that we wouldn’t expect to hear?

You mean outside of being covered in tattoos, owning a pitbull and being able to squat 700lbs? In addition to all those awesome things, I am also obsessed with working with startups and helping entrepreneurs win. I advise several startups on business and marketing strategies, helping them identify their ideal customer and pin point the best campaign to inspire their customer to action.

Anything else we should know?

I was asked to start powerlifting as a favor by her best friend to help her get over her ex (those 20-something girls!). Little did I know, it would change my life. Now, six years later, I have earned pro totals as both a raw and multi ply lifter in the 181 weight class.

My best lifts are: (Raw) Squat: 402 | Bench: 209 | Deadlift: 391(Multi ply) Squat: 705 | Bench: 336 | Deadlift: 475 | Total: 1504.

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Desreon Harris – Wrestling & Powerlifting – Laguna Hills, CA

What does your involvement in your sport mean to you? What made you fall in love with it?

My involvement in my sport means so much to me, working out is something that I always loved and I have a very strong passion for it. I always had a passion for working out, it allows you to learn and grow in every aspect and teaches you so much.

Out of all the product sponsorship out there, why is Primo the one for you?

Primo has so much to offer. Also, Primo Chalk loves and cares for Athletes and it shows. Me personally I use the Primo Chalk that was sent to me and I prefer it, it does more compared to other chalk. But most of all, it continues to work even after you wash it off of your hands. Love Primo Chalk!

What is a surprising fact about yourself that we wouldn’t expect to hear?

A surprising fact about me that most people wouldn’t expect to hear is, that I am very Thankful to God for blessing me with my talents and abilities. I am very confident, ambitious, hard working and dedicated as I put my all into anything that I love. I was born and raised in Louisville, Kentucky.