We had a great time chatting with Tee Major, a personal trainer with a background in training the military and a passion for bodyweight exercises. Tee joined us to promote his book, Urban Calisthenics, which features almost 70 bodyweight exercises and 10 precision routines that focus on whole-body strength and conditioning. He’s all about working out properly and gradually building strength up to be your most bad-ass self! Tee is also a new dad, so he especially wants to help parents make the most of the limited time they have. That’s why he loves coming up with all kinds of quick,…

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On Feb. 14, Ryan Belcher heard a loud crash outside of his office at BELFO Property Restoration in Ypsilanti Township, Michigan, prompting him to run outside. What he saw was horrific—a Jeep Cherokee flipped on its side, and four men attempting to lift it.

“I heard a women, covered in blood, screaming, ‘Get the kids away,’” Belcher told M&F. That’s when he knew the crash was bad. As he got closer to the vehicle, he saw a man hanging out of a broken window, pinned up against a speed limit sign. The four men weren’t able to move the Jeep—luckily Belcher isn’t like most men.

With only three powerlifting meets under his belt, Belcher has made waves in the Super Heavyweight class (308-plus pounds). He won his first meet—the Michigan State Meet—on March 10, 2018 with a 2,006-pound total. Then, just five months later, Belcher won the Lexen Dog Days meet by totaling 2,230 pounds. His most important lift, though, happened on the day of the crash.

Powerlifter Ryan Belcher helped lift a car off a pinned man

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Belcher, who has posted a 905- and 800-pound deadlift in competition, dug his forearms deep under the window and drove his weight up. Then, by himself, pushed the Jeep forward a few feet before heard bystanders telling him to stop. “I didn’t even feel the weight,” Belcher recalls. It was enough to free the trapped man, who was eventually rushed to the hospital. Unfortunately, according to Belcher, the man is now paralyzed from the waist down.

He adds, “I got emotional when he told me that I saved his life. I said, ‘I know man, I’m just glad that you’re alive. When I walked into the hallway, there were like eight nurses, and they told me that if I hadn’t been able to move the vehicle he would’ve died smashed against that pole. It immediately brought tears to my eyes.”

Belcher, who is competing at the Xtreme Powerlifting Coalition World’s at the Arnold Classic on Feb. 28-March 2, doesn’t love all of the media attention he’s been getting, saying that its been distracting him from his meet prep. “I don’t care about being portrayed as a hero,” Belcher says. “All I care about is that I got that man out of there.”


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Last week, USA Powerlifting (USAPL) announced that transgender women would not be allowed to compete against biological females. The decision gained mainstream attention when JayCee Cooper, a trans female powerlifter, brought notice to the fact that the USAPL rejected her application to compete in the women’s division in a Minnesota-based meet. Then, Minnesota State Rep, Ilhan Omar (D), who wrote a letter to the USAPL, asked them to adopt the rules of the International Olympic Committee, who allow trans women to compete against biological females.

It seems as though more and more lifters are siding with Cooper and Ilhan. This past weekend at the USAPL Minnesota State Championships (Feb. 16-17), competitors protested the USAPL’s trans policy by timing out all nine of their attempts (three each for the squat, deadlift, and bench press). Instead of participating or just not showing up, some lifters approached the platform and stood there as the clock counted down the minute. Many of the protestors, who donned green singlets, were members of Team Green—a well-established powerlifting team based out of The Movement Minneapolis Gym.

Some competitors took to Instagram to show their support, using the hastags like #sharetheplatform and #istandwithtranslifters. One woman held up a flag at the meet during her “attempts” that read “Trans Lifters Belong Here.”

The USPAL has yet to publish a response. We will continue to follow this story as it unfolds.


While we were busy celebrating diversity and inclusion in sport yesterday at the @burleystrength novice comp, across the world others were still fighting for that right. Sport is for everyone. . #Repost @ashleyvse ・・・ I went 0/9 in my second powerlifting meet yesterday and I am not mad about it at all. My teammates, along with #teamgreen from @movementmn, chose to use our platform time to protest @usapowerlifting’s ban on trans lifters. We each stood on the platform running out our time (and disqualifying ourselves) in solidarity. Despite minimal boos and an announcer that flat out refused to say the names of anyone protesting, we were met with minimal resistance. We strongly encourage the USAPL to reconsider their position and follow the lead of the IOC and other strength-based sports that have well thought out trans-inclusive policies. Utilizing outdated, fear-based policies and rhetoric does nothing but reinforce harmful myths about trans people. Trans women ARE WOMEN. Period. We are members of this federation and we are here to make a change. Endless thanks to Anna White and all of the volunteers and judges. We appreciate you! And to my team @solcanafitness and friends at @movementmn, am so grateful to stand next to you in this fight. 📸: @maxwellpoessnecker #usaplmnwomensstate #usaplmn #usapl #letthemlift #sharetheplatform #hereonpurpose #istandwithtransathletes #isupporttransathletes

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