For the location of the reunion, Todd got us space in Bar Basque on 6th Ave and 28th Street in New York City. Todd had previously set up one of his giant LED screens outside of the restaurant where diners, hotel guests and people on the street can watch movies, sports, etc.
The screen as viewed from Ave. of the Americas and 28th St.
As part of the reunion, Todd offered everyone the opportunity to have their VFX and design reels play to the public on the jumbo screen. I joked on Facebook, "All I have is my YouTube channel: coachfurysc. You can loop me lifting stuff all night. \m/ \m/."
And with that, I walked into the bar, turned around and saw this on the jumbotron...
Pressing the Beast for the people of NYC.
It was me mid-press with the 48kg while training for the RKC Beast Tamer Challenge. The whole thing was both fantastic and completely ridiculous. Is this the biggest public advertisement for kettlebells? Not sure, but it was awesome.
Fury view from the bar.
I was glad that I had originally taken the time to add titles and a URL to the training clip. The video played at least a dozen times (one time as the commercial break during the basketball game). My wise ass comment had inadvertently brought Coach Fury, the Beast Tamer Challenge and kettlebells to the masses of NYC. Easily, hundreds if not thousands of people saw a portion of that clip throughout the evening.
I had a great time catching up with everyone at the reunion. While I don't miss the industry, I do miss the people (though I now train a lot of them).
Special thanks to Todd Brous, the QM Ghost crew, and the Untwist/Hudzee squad.
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