The Birthday Lift


This Lousday, host hotlou reveals his birthday lift tradition that started nearly a decade ago and probably should have ended last year.  And he’s going to try again this year despite all conventional wisdom suggesting it’s a really bad idea.

The Birthday Lift Tradition

The Birthday Lift

The Birthday Lift

What started out as a totally private and weird tradition of lifting 10X his age on his birthday, hotlou now goes live on Facebook and does a single deadlift that has also by design been his one rep max and PR.

Here are the videos from 36, 37, 38, 39, and 40:

Thanks to everyone who helped make yesterday one of the most amazing birthdays I've ever had. Customarily, I did spend the day driving with my blinker on, signifying my usherance into old age. And Matthew Lee Ellsworth's birthday roast of me at the Joke Joint was worth the price of admission. Faux SHO. Finally, I thought it would be fun to lift 10X my age. So I did! We'll see how many more years I can do this.(coincidentally this is 2X body weight for those of you who are into this sorta thing)Props to all the never-ending, but nonetheless very clever "wow, 500 lbs is a lot dude, nice work" jokes, but here's the 360# DL. Thanks again friends! Mike Born Dan Hunt Jenny Prytz Barret Nesvold Tim Sitzmann Bjorn Nesvold Rob Duggan

Posted by Louis Abramowski on Thursday, December 18, 2014

Some people celebrate their birthday by going out drinking and partying their ass off. Me? As is a long-standing tradition, I drive around all day with my blinker on as a symbolic usherance into old age. And in a new tradition started last year, here I am lifting 10X my age. This year: 370 lbs. Also, my buddy JJ Abrams is releasing a small indie film and reserved some VIP seats for me. Oh, and I got up to present to a room full of entrepreneurs at 7am about the importance of committing to the process, not the goal. This video is a testament to that advice. You'll be amazed at what you can accomplish if you put in a little bit of work very consistently over a long period of time and focusing on the tasks not the outcome, rather than trying to work your ass off to hit a target as quickly as possible. Both have their merits, but if you work hard at something and fail to meet your goal, it can be tremendously disappointing. You CANNOT fail, however, if you define success as simply doing something every day. And with that, I'm going out drinking and partying my ass off! :)#oldmanstrength #hotloudotcom #37 #deadlift #pr

Posted by Louis Abramowski on Thursday, December 17, 2015

#oldmanstrength #pr

Posted by Louis Abramowski on Saturday, December 17, 2016


Posted by Louis Abramowski on Sunday, December 17, 2017

#oldmanstrength #pr #thisis40 (please to my bday fundraiser for SSG)

Posted by Louis Abramowski on Monday, December 17, 2018

And edited to add, as promised, here is 41:

I did it! I deadlifted 10 times my age on my 41st birthday!Those who listened to The Birthday Lift episode of the…

Posted by on Wednesday, December 18, 2019

Wait, But Why

In the episode, unprepared to talk about it, hotlou had forgotten the name of this author and his blog, but you may want to check out Tim Urban who has some powerful blog posts.  The one referenced in this episode of the hotlou show was “Your Life in Weeks” that visualizes a long human lifespan in a bunch of cool ways.

It may help you take stock in your life.

Until then, enjoy your tacos, just not as much as Wilford Brimley.

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