Barefoot Dave

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Name: Dave Baden
Hometown: Chanhassen, MN
Occupation: Soldier in the U.S. Army
Age: 22
Gender: Male
Height: 6’1″
Weight: 192

Current Back Squat: 315 lb
Current Front Squat: 250 lb
Current Bench: 255 lb
Current Deadlift: 345 lb
Current Squat Clean: 205 lb
Current Clean & jerk: 195 lb
Current Weighted Pull-Up: 100 lb
Current Push-Ups in 2 minutes: 82
Current Sit-Ups in 2 minutes: 80
Current 2-Mile Run: 12:31
Current Half Marathon: 1:35:00
Current 20K Ruck March: 45lb, 2:14:00

Metal Face Gains
Metal Face Gains

Fitness Story:

I lifted weights sporadically throughout my youth, but I started training seriously in March 2012, mainly bodybuilding supplemented with running. One day on a whim, I went with my dad on an 8 mile run, and found out I was good at it. The reason why Summers gave me the name “Barefoot Dave” is I started wearing Vibram FiveFingers when my dad did (I mocked him so bad for buying those things, I went running with them to prove how stupid they were. I loved them so much, I drove 45 minutes to buy my own the next day, and have never regretted it.)

Tattoo Gains
Tattoo Gains

Like Summers, I ran my first half marathon the day before basic training, then went to language school where training became the only thing that kept me sane and able to function in a classroom. After three months at language school, like FiveFingers, I tried the “Military Athlete” programming another guy was crazy about, to prove how “stupid it was.” That switch changed my life, and everything I thought about fitness. It showed me that gains made in the gym could enhance all other areas of fitness, not hurt them. Gaining strength, speed, endurance, work capacity, and explosive power could all be done simultaneously. Once I figured this out, I became (and still am) obsessed with everything functional.

Summers and I met when I asked him on a Thursday if he wanted to go with me on an 18 mile run… on Saturday. He agreed, and we found out very quickly we were extremely like-minded. When he told me about his idea for this site, I was hooked, and I’m grateful that I’m able to be a part of it. I look forward to contributing my knowledge and experiences to answer any fitness questions you may have, as well as inspire you to try new things.

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