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.
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)
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.
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.
How much can you lift?
My best lifts in a meet are a 665 squat, 375 bench press and 711 deadlift.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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…
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.
What’s your favorite lift/exercise? How often do you train?
Deadlift, I train it twice a week.
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.
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)