My name is Adrian Santiago. I’m 33 and originally from Minneapolis,MN but I now reside in Rochester. I am the warehouse manager at Northern Sun Productions.
My journey probably started way back as a child. My older brother and I would always watch the World’s Strongest Man competition on tv whenever it was on. I always thought that I could do that one day but never knew where to go.
I started football and weight training for that..which is where a lot of my competitiveness began to grow. I loved playing and competing against others that were bigger and stronger than I.
Once I was done with football at 18, I didn’t do much of anything g else for the next 10 or so years. Gained a lot of weight and just struggled with it. However, I always knew I would and wanted to compete again but I just didn’t know how or where to start.
The summer before I turned 30, my wife and I moved to Rochester to have our son Aj. A few months later, she joined a boot camp at Credence and fell in love with it. I enjoyed watching and thought, “maybe I should do it too”. So, we joined the gym. I initially asked if they had an Olympic lifting/Strongman program and I would just do that. I like watching CrossFit but I felt it wasn’t for me.
I saw that Dave was adding a Strongman class in 2019 and was first in! When I first started the class, I was just going to do it for fun. Then I remember how much I enjoyed lifting and lifting heavy that I thought I could compete again. So I asked the coaches if they thought I could do it.
When they agreed, I instantly asked for a more serious training program..this was in the end of March/beginning of April. And when I sent in my registration for my first event, it really hit me. That I was really about to do this.
So I’ve worked hard for 2 or so months, getting myself ready for my first comp. I’m nervous as all get out, I’ve never competed as an individual, always as a team. So that is something scary and new for me.
I’m thankful for my Credence family and all the support they give. I will represent the gym with honor.
So excited to see Adrian Santiago do great things at the 2019 Minnesota Strongman Championship this weekend in Sauk Rapids!! You can catch some livestream action from 11:00AM-3:30PM on his FB event page HERE
We’re all behind you Adrian. Go out there and rock it bro!!