Today, I interviewed one of my great friends in physical culture, and one of the best physical culture bloggers on the web, Ben Bergman! It's such an inspiring read, filled with trial and triumph. Read on!
Who were your first strength role models growing up?
When it came to strength models as a kid in the 90's, I didn't have really anybody. Back then I was a fan of Star Wars, Indiana Jones, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Power Rangers & Professional Wrestling. I had favorites like the Green Ranger and his Martial Arts Skills, the athleticism of Shawn Michaels in the WWE and best of all was Harrison Ford as Indiana Jones but they weren’t models to me as far as fitness went because I wasn’t the athletic type of kid then and didn’t have much strength to show for.
How did you get introduced to physical culture?
My roots of Physical Culture started taking off when I was in High School as a Sophomore around 2000-2001. I was in Weight Training and learning the fundamentals of Strength Training. The teacher we had taught us a few things here and there but it didn’t have much depth. I learned to do mostly the Bench Press and other certain lifts and just didn’t really know what the hell to do, wasn’t until I first saw the movie Pumping Iron in Sports Occupations Class and saw Arnold Schwarzenegger & Lou Ferrigno in their prime. I was fascinated by it. I had seen Arnold in other movies but never like this. If anything got me started on the road to Fitness it was that movie.
What made you decide to start your "Power and Might" website?
I began Power & Might on a whim where I wanted to talk about the things I loved in Physical Culture which at the time was Strongman & Bodyweight Training. I liked the history of fitness and wanted to share some of that and give people a glimpse into the type of training I was doing. Around that time it was 2 years after the accident that shattered both my legs and was finding ways to stay in shape and learning how to use my body that didn’t always require equipment.
How often do you train during the week?
Let me put it to you this way. On July 29th, 2005, I had my third surgery from my leg(s) injury and I was able to walk out the door back to the car. I had Matt Furey’s book Combat Conditioning for a while now and didn’t want to do any rehab at a facility and wanted to do it on my own. On Aug. 1, 2005, I was cleared to start training to get my legs back. Since that day I have not taken a single day off. I train 7 days a week, 365 days a year and all 52 weeks for the last 8+ years. I do various things and don’t stick with a routine very long. I constantly change things up to avoid being bored to death and create new challenges. It’s an adventure to me and has become a second language.
What are your fitness goals, and goals for the website, in the future?
My fitness goals are to stay athletic as possible while being a bigger guy. I’m 5’10 between 235-240 lbs. I don’t have any real specific ones but to be the strongest I can be while exercising my mind to do and challenge different methods, for instance; strive to be athletic as Tarzan but also have great strength in the long run. For the future, I want to be able to stay fit for my kids someday and show them how to be a great person and that fitness is a joy and not something to be burdened to do. The site, I want it to expand into an official website where it’s not just articles and promotions but to have a sense of purpose for people to go to and be inspired to do something fun, exciting, adventurous and learn valuable lessons in life, health, mental strength and to live the best life they can.
How has becoming a physical culturist affected the way you now view your life?
Being a Physical Culturist has affected my life like nothing else has. It’s given me hope that I can do something with my life and share with the world what I’ve learned and passing it on. You have to remember I went from being a kid who hated exercise and got fat to being in great shape and having serious strength and athletic ability. It’s taught me how to handle myself in relationships, my love for writing, the will to have an open mind and having a blast the best way I can. It’s helped me make friends in this field, it’s had me overcome obstacles in my life one at a time and nothing has given me more of a reason to be happy and being one spongy son of a bitch in the realm of self-learning and challenging yourself.
And how can people find you on the web?
You can find in these places around the internet…..
Power & Might- http://powerandmight.blogspot.com
Email- Wrestlenerd84@yahoo.com or Armycrawler84@aol.com