Every Year on Christmas Eve morning, Bud invites members to Rosie’s Diner.
It’s a good time to see folks who don’t always come to the gym during normal hours.
This picture shows just a few of the attendees for the 5th annual breakfast.
Bud loves pictures and has even supplied The Pit with
a photo collage of the first breakfast at Rosie’s Diner.
The Pit is full of traditions – Merry Christmas Eve!
The Pit celebrated the 2nd Annual Hall of Fame Banquet on December 3, 2013.
Inductees are pictured above, Dave Wedding and Roger Mason, along with Pat Tyring.
We had a good attendance of about 100 folks and the food was just as great as last year.
The banquet was also successful in raising money for the Dave Wedding for Sheriff fund. Continue reading The Pit Barbell Club 2nd Annual Hall of Fame Banquet 2013
Plans are being finalized for the second annual Pit Hall of Fame Banquet & Reunion. If you were in attendance last year, you will remember what a wonderful meal, great fellowship and special memories were celebrated. The Committee has selected 2 long-standing members this year, Roger Mason and Dave Wedding. Continue reading December 3, 2013 – Hall of Fame Banquet & Reunion!
The Pit Barbell Club celebrated it’s first annual Hall of Fame Banquet. The Induction ceremony of Bud Downen and Dick Conner was held November 8, 2012 at the Holiday Inn Airport. Over 100 people attended and it was a night to remember Continue reading 2012 Pit Barbell Club Hall of Fame Banquet
Here are links to stories showing Dick Conner – High Intensity Strength Training –
The Pit Barbell Club sponsors Junior League Baseball
The Pit #2 – Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan
Marine Air Control Group 28
out of Cherry Point, NC
Back in July of 2009, The Pit received an e-mail from a former Pit Powerlifter, Tony Kenney. Tony was a Marine stationed in Afghanistan and asked permission to name their small gym “The Pit” as it reminded him of earlier days when he trained with Dick Conner on the powerlifting team.
We agreed and offered to send some Pit logo shirts. Tony requested the olive drab green shirts with the original Pit logo. The first 25 shirts were sent in late July. Tony sent us pictures to share. You can view more on our facebook page.
Tony was with the Marine Air Control Group 28 stationed at Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan. Tony trained at The Pit between 1987 and 1993 and was 13-19 years old. He was the 1992 Teenage National Champion in the 132 weight class at 18 years old. He also held the same age/weight class State squat record until recently. Tony joined the Marine Corps in 1995. He says he always wanted to be a Marine. Dick Conner was in the Navy and talked to him often about the military. Tony says “some of the best memories of my childhood were working out at that gym (The Pit) and with those people and working out in the tent reminds me of all that, so I wanted to give it that name”.
Here is a picture of the gym. Equipment included benches, lat pull down machine and some dumbbells.
All stuff that some of the Marines in Iraq gave them.
from left: Pat Tyring, current owner, unknown, Dick Connor and Tony Kenney – back in the day,
Continue reading The World Famous Pit Barbell Club in Afghanistan
Please see newspaper article regarding The Pit competing on July 21, 2009 – click here
July 11, 2009: The Pit competed in a National Meet, ADFPF in Columbia, MO
1st place – University of Missouri with 76 points
2nd place – The Pit Barbell Club with 55 points
3rd place – Mid-Missouri Masters with 42 points
Please see story in Evansville Courier & Press for May 19, 2009
Conner Takes Weight Off – click here.