Interview with Strength Athlete: Becci Holcomb

We did an interview with Strength Athlete Becci Holcomb. Becci sets records usually in our American Star socks. We will be featuring a Moxy Socks athlete every week. If you would like to be featured, send an inquiry to moxysocks@gmail.com or message us on instagram: @moxysocks. Here we have 15 Questions with Becci, asking her about being a strength athlete. Enjoy everyone!

Care to introduce yourself?

My name is Becci Holcomb. I am 27 years old. I am from Blanchester Ohio. I currently live in Marietta GA. I am a Doctor of Chiropractic Student at Life University in Marietta.  

What kind of athlete are you? What sport are you in?

I am a strength athlete, but I do like to play around with other sports and yoga. I am a powerlifter. I compete in the USA Powerlifting and International Powerlifting Federations.

How have you progressed?

I have progressed a lot since I started almost 2 years ago. I couldn’t squat to depth and now I am one of the top ranked super heavy weights in the US.  I am also in the world all time records for raw female super heavy weights. I hold the USA Powerlifting (USAPL) American record for the deadlift in the 90+ KG weight class with a pull of 507 pounds.

Where did you hear about Moxy Socks?

I heard about Moxy Socks from Amazon. I did a search for lifting socks and Moxy Socks had some of the best ratings from people with larger calves. I gave them a shot and I’ve been hooked on Moxy Socks since then. They are the only socks I wear for lifting.

How much can you lift?

My best lifts would be 475 pounds in the squat, 250 pounds in the bench press and 507 pounds in the deadlift.

 What’s your favorite part about being a strength athlete?

I have two favorites. First would have to be the mental aspect of powerlifting. You have to be in the right mental place to be able to go out multiple times a week and lift heavy weight. My second favorite thing would have to be the self confidence that I have gained since I started powerlifting. I have always been bigger and chunkier. That along with a not so great childhood left me with very little self confidence. I couldn’t wear tank tops, cut-offs or bathing suits. Now I wear tank tops almost every training day, around school and I spend so much time at the pool in a bathing suit you’d think I would grow gills. 

 Are you on a specific diet? What do you mostly eat?

I tend to follow my own diet. I eat fairly clean (almost Paleo). I eat a lot of lean meats, veggies and complex carbs. I love to cook and create meals.

 What are your favorite Moxy Socks?

My favorite ones would have to be my “Captain America” ( American star) ones ( I actually have two pairs, the black with the pink and the white) and the Grumpy Cat Ho Ho No. The grumpy cat make people laugh every time they see me in them. 

 What motivates or inspires you to be better?

My biggest motivation would have to be my family. I am the oldest of ten children. I want my siblings to know that they can do anything. You just have to get out there and try.
 I also want to be a role model for young girls. I want to show them that you can do anything. Your size, shape, etc doesn’t define you. I also want them to know that they too can be strong.

 Favorite music? Movie? Color? 

I love all music. My Pandora has so many random stations. It really just depends on what kind of mood I’m in. If I’m studying, I’ll listen to Vitamin String Quartet. Hanging out around the house I’ll have classic rock on. I like way too many movies to have a favorite. As for favorite color, anything bright! I love neon colors. 

If you could make any sock in the world, what would it be?

As funny as this may sound, I would love to have Disney socks.
 

 When’s your next competition?

My next competition is in October at USA Powerlifitng Raw Nationals in Scranton PA.
 

 What’s your favorite lift/exercise? How often do you train?

I like all three of the powerlifting lifts. Each one challenges you differently. Outside of powerlifting I would have to say my next favorite exercise is yoga. Its fun, challenging, good for recovery and mobility.

 How do you spend your free time?

I spend my free time studying, sleeping, hanging out with my friends, hanging out by the pool, netflixing, and  creating and sewing custom shorts for my side business. 

 Lastly, any shoutouts to anyone? 

My family, my team; PrettyStrong Powerlifting, Crossfit On the Square and my friends.
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Moxy Socks Athlete: Cory Allen

  1. Care to introduce yourself?

My name is Cory Allen… Yes I am the guy with 2 first names. My nickname is Hardcor something given to me by a friend, which stuck with me through my personal battle with cancer. In 2009 I lost my best friend/cousin who was also my training partner to sarcoma, 3 weeks after speaking at his funeral I too was diagnosed with sarcoma. It was a tumor the size of a pop can in my right thigh. Doctors told me it was just genetic chance that two cousins would be diagnosed with such a rare type of cancer as adults. I went through 9 months of chemotherapy, within those 9 months I had major surgery that removed my right inner quad and was replaced with a cadaver bone and a titanium rod. The gym has always been a huge part of my life and since kicking cancer’s a$$ it has been a way for me to reconnect with my cousin. I have been training for over 10 years but just recently got into powerlifting just under a year ago. I competed in my first meet in March of 2015 and set 3 state records and 1 national record but my biggest accomplishment from that meet was that I rose over $6,000 for childhood cancer research.

  1. What kind of athlete are you? What sport are you in?

I am a raw powerlifter. I compete in raw powerlifting meets in multiple federations. I compete in full power, which means all 3 standard powerlifting lifts (Squat, Bench Press, and Deadlift)

  1. How have you progressed?

My first meet was March 2015 were I totaled 1631 and set 3 state records and 1 national record for the deadlift. I also qualified for the nationally recognized RUM (Raw Unity Meet) in Florida for next year

I just completed my second powerlifting meet in June were I totaled 1740 also just missing my third attempts on bench and deadlift. I won the best overall raw lifter for the meet and qualified for the Arnold Powerlifting meet next March.

  1. Where did you hear about Moxy Socks?

I was always a fan of cool looking socks so when I needed some socks to wear while deadlifting I started surfing the internet and stumbled on to Moxy Sock’s website.

  1. How much can you lift?

 My best lifts in a meet are a 665 squat, 375 bench press and 711 deadlift.

  1. What’s your favorite part about your sport? 

 I love how the numbers speak for themselves. Unlike bodybuilding where it’s a judge’s opinion on who should win or a team sport where you need to rely on someone else to help you win. In this sport if you complete the lift it was because you did everything right and no one else can tell you different.

  1. Are you on a specific diet? What do you mostly eat?

 My diet varies throughout the year depending on whether I want to make a cut for a meet or bulk to the next weight class. In general I like to watch my macros and eat relatively clean, being a cancer survivor and past certified personal trainer my health is always on my mind even though I REALLY love food.

  1. What are your favorite Moxy Socks?

 My favorite are the Assault Rifle socks, I wear them in every meet while I deadlift. Time to bring out the big guns!

  1. What motivates or inspires you to be better?

Knowing that every time I lift I can help inspire others to be better at what they do.

  1. Favorite music? Movie? Color? 

  • I am a fan of all kinds of music. I would say the one I listen to the most is rap/hip hop.
  • My favorite movie of all time is The Sting from 1973
  • Favorite color would have to be lime green.
  1. If you could make any sock in the world, what would it be?

If I could make a sock design I would probably make something with some kind of food on it… Donuts, Pizza, Burritos. This statement shows how fat I am…

  1. When’s your next competition?

My next meet is the Relentless Meet on November 7th in Detroit. I may get impatient and compete in another in the August/September range.

  1. What’s your favorite lift/exercise? How often do you train?

Deadlift, I train it twice a week.

  1. How do you spend your free time?

I love to spend time with family and friends. If it’s in the summer time, being in Michigan, I love to be out on a lake with a beer in hand. When the expenses allow I love to travel and check out new places.

  1. Lastly, any shoutouts to anyone? 

  •   Big shout outs to my training partners Nick Gout (@big_nick_66) and Aaron Kerr (@aaronkerr6).
  •   Also the guys that got me into powerlifting Luigi Fagiani (@luigifagiani) and Matt Schmidt (@m_schmidt12)
  •   Finally the one that does all the behind the scenes for me, my lovely wife Brynn Allen (@ba_strength6)

 

Interview with Moxy Socks Athlete: Jimmie Salyer

We did an interview with Moxy Socks Athlete Jimmie Salyer. Jimmie has been wearing our socks proudly every time he lifts! We will be featuring a Moxy Socks athlete every week. If you would like to be featured, send an inquiry to moxysocks@gmail.com or message us on instagram: @moxysocks. Here we have 15 Questions with Jimmie, asking him about his powerlifting efforts. Enjoy everyone!

Care to introduce yourself?

I’m Jimmie Salyer. I’m currently 21 years old. I have two sisters: one older sister and one younger sister. I was raised in the hills of Grundy, Virginia and now currently reside in Richmond, Kentucky where I attend school at Eastern Kentucky University. I’ll be a senior this Fall finishing my degree in Criminal Justice Studies. I hope to eventually pursue a career in law enforcement.

What kind of athlete are you? What sport are you in?

I’m a strength training athlete and my sport of choice is powerlifting. Prior to this I was soccer player.

How have you progressed?

Progression wise, I’ve come quite a long way in a short amount of time. I’ve been training seriously to compete in powerlifting for about two years now. I first got into lifting to go with my offseason soccer training. Since focusing mainly on powerlifting  style workouts, I’ve added over 100 pounds on my squat, 45 to my bench, and 150 on my deadlift.

Where did you hear about Moxy Socks?

I first heard of Moxy Socks, when I was scrolling through amazon searching for deadlift socks/slippers to help protect my shins because they were getting extremely beat up and bruised on a regular basis from this exercise.

How much can you lift?

My current meet records are a 500 squat, a 340 bench-press, and a 520 deadlift. My gym records that I’ve hit in training are a 500 squat, a 350 bench, and a 530 deadlift. My best meet total is 1340 and gym total is 1380.

 What’s your favorite part about powerlifting?

My favorite part about powerlifting is the people. Powerlifters are some of the nicest people that I’ve met and also they are always willing to help each other. There’s nothing  like having everybody in the room cheering you on to achieve the best lifts you can possibly get.

 Are you on a specific diet? What do you mostly eat?

Diet wise, I don’t really do anything specific and I should. I have on average five meals a day, and three to four of those meals are pretty healthy with the fifth being a splurge of  some sort. My splurge foods are normally milkshakes, hamburgers from Cook-out, ice cream or doughnuts. I mostly eat a lot of chicken, steak, brown rice, carrots, sweet potatoes, and turkey.

 What are your favorite Moxy Socks?

My favorite Moxy Socks are my white grenade socks. They were the first pair I everpurchase and I’ve hit a lot of training PR’s in them.

 What motivates or inspires you to be better?

Motivation for me is failing at a lift. It motivates me to come back in the gym and work harder to get better. In my last powerlifting meet, I missed all three of my last attempts  in each lift. That’s motivated me to come back even stronger and smash those numbers the next time I put them on the bar. A lot of my inspiration comes from my family. They’ve always inspired and taught me to me work hard in everything I do and not take the easy way out.
 

 Favorite music? Movie? Color? 

If I had to pick my favorite music I would say pop punk, but I’m also a huge fan of rap music and country. I love the bands A Day to Remember, Issues, and Sum 41. My all-time favorite movie is The Italian Job. Mark Wahlberg is an amazing actor. I don’t really have a favorite color, but if I had to pick it would be a tie between black and yellow; because I’m a huge Pittsburgh Steelers fan.

If you could make any sock in the world, what would it be?

If I could make any sock in the world it would be a simple sock with the words inspire greatness on the back side going down the calves.
 

 When’s your next competition?

My next competition is planned for October tenth in Louisville, Kentucky. I’ll be competing in the Southern Powerlifting Federations meet called Mafia Mayhem.
 

 What’s your favorite lift/exercise? How often do you train?

My favorite lift is definitely squats; this answer would probably be different on a heavy squat day though. When you put that weight on your shoulders and stand back up with it, there’s no other feeling like it. It shows you that no matter how heavy the burden on your shoulders you can always stand back up with hard-work and dedication.
 

 How do you spend your free time?

My free time is spent between a mixture of things. When I get a few days off work/school I try to go home to see my friends and family. I also enjoy playing golf on my off days from the gym.

 Lastly, any shoutouts to anyone? 

I’d like to give a shout-out to my former training partner and best friend Jeremiah Thompson. He’s been in my corner since day one. Heath Chaffin and John Looney, these two taught me everything I know about the weight room. My friends Ethan Prater and Lindsay Vance, they’ve been my biggest supporters since I started competing. Adam Fritz because he’s made me feel welcome and helped me out a ton since moving to Richmond. Lastly, I’d like to give a huge shout-out to my family. I wouldn’t be the person I am today without them.
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