I was getting ready to go down to UE for my WOW when I found my cell phone. I had a voicemail from Washington State that came in at around 2am. A second voicemail had been left later in the morning. When I checked the messages, I found the most devastating news imaginable.
It is with a heavy heart and unimaginable sadness that I inform BBS followers and the HIT community at large that my dear friend Greg Anderson has died. Greg introduced me to real HIT in May of 1997 when I made the pilgrimage to Ideal Exercise in Seattle to be trained by who I would come to regard as the best HIT trainer who ever lived. I remember the five-sets of devastation like it was yesterday. I wore a brand new pair of Reebok shoes when he put me through that workout. They have been my training shoes ever since that day. Every workout I have done at UE has been with those shoes, simply because I wanted to recapture some of the magic that Greg delivered to me that day. Later that year, I would open UE based on the inspiration Greg provided and I returned to be certified by Greg because no-one else would do. I could have been certified by Ken Hutchins himself, but I chose to travel across the continent to be certified by Greg. Greg introduced me to my childhood hero Mike Mentzer. Greg set a new course for my life when I met him in May of 1997. I have sought his counsel on all issues great and small since that time. He is quite simply one of the greatest minds I have encountered in my 50 years on Earth…and now he is gone. I spoke at length with his wife Ann-Marie and she asked me to notify the community of Greg’s passing. After making some difficult phone calls, I went down to UE for my WOW. I cried as I laced up my 1997 Reeboks. I will not post my WOW, instead I will post my WOW that Greg put me through in May of 1997. I will post a more formal memorial in a few days, but no matter how good I will try to make it, it will fall short of doing justice to this legend of a man.
Nautilus Power Plus Leg Extension (with custom fall-off cam)
Nautilus Power Plus Leg Press
Nautilus Rowing Torso (cams flipped for proper fall-off effect)
Nautilus Compound Row (static hold)
Nautilus Flat Bench Press Machine.
As I lay on the floor, he handed me a tiny Dixie Cup of water which I could not hold without spilling.
I invite all to post their memories and sympathies.