This past weekend we enjoyed an open house here at Westside Barbell. People came from all over the world to attend the Arnold Classic and hundreds of them came here to see the facility. We believe in what we do here, and it was very exciting to host so many followers of our ways. We are so very grateful to all the people who came to visit and pay their respects.
Even more, I stand in awe of the company of people who showed up this weekend to move something and hit a PR. The true value of a pilgrimage is measured by the effort and sacrifice required. Westside isn't some stale Hall of Fame or dusty museum. We would like to thank all the people who showed up to help demonstrate that to the world.
It started Friday morning with this big guy who couldn't fit a wristband. Right after him was this high school kid; it didn't stop there, we had 21 PR's Friday. It was incredible, every hour's group had at least one person trying for a lifetime best lift. Saturday was even better, we ended up with 27 PR's. There were even four more on Sunday from some people who just couldn't leave without getting one. People of every size and shape came here to make their best effort. We are thankful to have been here to see it.
But it wasn't just the effort in the gym we appreciate and value. So many people came from so far away. It is humbling to be the focus of so many positive thoughts and good feelings. Many of our visitors this weekend were just glad to be here. It is a privilege to host someone at a place which is so special to them. We would like to thank all of you for coming.