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Here's Albert Yodakis throwing the 56 lb'er while
competing in the
American Scottish Games. Al is ranked #1 in New Jersey.
The following profile was submitted by Al's wife Janeen:
is an incredible student of training heavy. He has competed in decathlons
University and was a great thrower.
He stumbled upon the American Scottish Highland Games when a friend of his
in college asked him to go to an event that was close to the college.
Albert fell in love with the sport, as it demanded great strength and
athleticism. Plus, he could where a kilt! LOL (Just kidding!
However, he does indeed compete in a kilt.)
Albert is a (PE) civil engineer by day
and a gym monster by night. I love it, as I am a workout nut myself.
Before I became pregnant with our daughter, I used to compete in the
games with him.
Hook, line and sinker. Almost a decade later he still loves the sport and
is ranked #1 in the state of New
Jersey as an amateur and 60th in the Nation! He is a
true student as I said. He even makes his own implements. Al
has a 600 lb tire in the backyard, a log for overhead presses, an atlas stone
that he made, a weight for height bar and lots of other "BIG BOY
TOYS." Everyday, before he goes to the gym, he either watches Louie
Simmons tapes or Highland Game tapes to learn
more about training and to pump himself up.
Albert is 6 ft. 1 inch tall and weighs about 245lbs. He trains hard and
keeps a daily log of exactly what he does. Everyone in the gym thinks
he's crazy, as he trains with chains, 2x4's, bands and other crazy things, but he gets results. His favorite shirt say's something like,
"Get your biceping, triceping ass out of my squat rack." He
hates it when some guy is using "his" (like he owns it or
something) squat rack. But, Albert is
also the first guy who would stop what he was doing to help someone to ensure
or technique. He has helped many people
in and out of the gym as far as training and throwing is concerned. Many would tell you that Albert is one of the
nicest guys they know.
As far as titles are concerned, Albert won the big New Jersey Amateur contest
this past year at the PNC art center and he also went undefeated in 2003
after competing in several contests along the East Coast. He aspires to
turn pro someday and knowing my husband, he will. He has to be one of the
most determined and dedicated people I know. Once he sets his mind to
something he does it.
By Janeen Yodakis
The pic at left is of Al and his throwing buddy, Brian Snedden(right).
Al would like to thank Jersey Shore Fitness in Bradley Beach, NJ. Greg and
John there run a great gym, and allow powerlifters and other strength athletes
to train (a rare thing these days) and also have great cardio and fitness
equipment for people that just want to get in shape.
(Editors note: Congratulations to Al on being
our first Athlete of the Month! Al is what Heavy Sports is all about. As he says
"We all work so hard, with very little reward. Its for the love of the sport,
no Nike contracts here." The next time you see a baseball or hockey player
holding out on the season because he was only offered $8 million instead of $10
million, think of the great athletes like Al and Brian who are into it for the
love of the game)
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