5th Annual Christmas Eve breakfast at Rosie’s Diner

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 World Famous Pit Barbell Club in Afghanistan

The Pit #2 – Camp Leatherneck, Afghanistan

Marine Air Control Group 28

out of Cherry Point, NC

Early evening crew

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”.

gym 1

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.

n from left:  Pat Tyring, current owner, unknown, Dick Connor and Tony Kenney – back in the day,


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ADFPF National Meet in Columbia, MO

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