Giving the Full, 100 Percent with Brady Harris
By Bill Mickelson
Last year, around this time and into the summer, Brady Harris was a ridiculously busy guy.
Most days, he would start at 5 a.m. as a personal trainer for clients at The Factory Fitness Center--a warehouse gym in West Bremerton which he was partner in starting up. Then he would work a full day at the brewery, 11 a.m. til around 6 p.m., and from there, he would coach youth baseball for the West Hills Vipers select club until about 9 p.m.
Then, go home, go to sleep, wake up and do it all again the next day.
He’s coming up on his second anniversary with Silver City in February and was our crew member of the month for January.
While his schedule has lightened slightly as he takes a break from coaching, Brady has recently taken on more responsibility at the brewery as a newly designated packaging lead, taking on the role of filling, organizing and overseeing the thousands of cases of bottles and cans produced at Silver City each week. This past month he’s been getting intimate with Silver City’s newly up-and-running in-house canning machine, getting stoked on the upcoming debut of Tropic Haze and still training at The Factory five days a week.
I stopped in for a training session one morning before work this past week and learned more about Brady’s background, workouts and all around badassery.
BILL: WHAT WAS IT THAT YOU SAID YOU WENT TO SCHOOL FOR?
Brady: “Kinesiology. But that degree turned into Exercise Science ‘cause I transferred to a different school. So Kinesiology, you could be like a P.E. teacher, but Exercise Science, you’ve seen those commercials where there’s people running on treadmills with all that electronic stuff hooked up to them, like gatorade commercials… the other school had that technology, and I was like, that’s awesome.”
WAS THAT SCHOOL IN IOWA?
“Yeah. Two Iowa schools and they were right in the same town, like two or three minutes away from each other. I thought, you know, I don’t like this school, I don’t want to be a P.E. teacher, cause P.E. teachers are pretty much babysitters, so I went over there where they did personal trainers, and I was like f*** yeah, I want to get strong.”
WHAT DO YOU DO ON DAYS LIKE TODAY WHEN IT’S JUST YOU?
“Well, it’s not always just me. Tuesday/Thursday are kind of my workout days, but I give people the option. I have like three-day clients and then I have maybe a three-to-four day client, so Tuesday/Thursday gives them the option if they miss, like on a Monday because nobody wants to wake up and come in on Monday, they can come in and get their spare day. But Tuesday/Thursdays are more me. If anything people come in at 8 or 9 and done by 11.”
PERFECT, CAN YOU TRAIN ME?
YEAH, I’LL BE LIKE A ONE-DAY CLIENT…
“A one-day client,” he laughs.
HAVE YOU BEEN A TRAINER ANYWHERE ELSE OR IS THIS YOUR FIRST GIG?
“This is my first gig. Probably first and only. I don’t like the gym setting of like a Snap Fitness or something. Something you’ve gotta wear like a polo to. I like this, raw gym, grungy kind of thing. It’s more my style, strength training. I guess dead-lifting and all that kind of stuff. That boxing atmosphere I guess you could call it.”
I FEEL IT. YOU’RE IN A WAREHOUSE. INDUSTRIAL. GRITTY. REGGAE MUSIC.
“It’s cold as s***. In the YMCA it’s gonna be warm, you go in, get your pot of coffee and go talk to people and blah, blah, blah… You come in here, you just get to work. Basically you get going, so you can get warm.”
“So what do you wanna do, man?”
ALL OF IT. I’M A ONE-DAY CLIENT, SO WE’VE GOT TO DO IT ALL IN ONE DAY… AND I THINK I HAVE LIKE 45 MINUTES BEFORE I HAVE TO GO TO WORK.
“Cool… we’ll just touch every machine. Just lift every machine. All of it. Right. So… uh… let’s go row. Let’s go get the body warm.”
[We head to the stationary rowing machines and start moving.]
“Some people run, some people, I don’t know, stretch…. I row. It’s good to row and get a good sweat going. Basically by the time people are done doing 500 meters on this, they can take their sweatshirt off and they’re ready to go.”
SO YOU STARTED HERE BEFORE WORKING AT SILVER CITY? HOW’D YOU FIND SILVER CITY OR HOW’D THEY FIND YOU?
“So Silver City, that’s where coaching became involved. I coached the West Hills Vipers (Kitsap select youth baseball). I was an assistant coach over there, and lo and behold little Jack Houmes (son of Silver City Brewery owner Scott Houmes) was there. So I met Scott and Sunny through that. I’d been training Sunny (Scott's wife). Scott came around, he trained with Jesse (Cummings, owner of The Factory). And then Jesse and I both would train the athletes so Jack came in.”
“I was only training until noon every day, so I was like, I want something to do, I’m bored. So… started looking for a second job and Sunny was like, why don’t you contact Scott, come into the brewery see what it’s like. So I talked to Scott, came in and saw the brewery. And I started, like two or three days a week.”
HOW LONG HAVE YOU BEEN WITH SILVER CITY?
“It’ll be my second year in February.”
WHAT’S YOUR JOB TITLE AND WHAT DO YOU DO?
“Job title would be packaging lead… which I share with Uriah. He’s the morning guy and I’m like the afternoon/night guy. And, basically, what we do, we find our goal of bottles or cans we have to do for the next week or that day... We figure that out, make it happen, and basically, from start to finish, we finalize the product.”
“It’s a lead job which is nice. But yeah, it can be stressful. Then, in the night, I guess I’m kind of like the night Mel (distribution lead), or a night cellarman. So it’s pretty cool because I get to do almost everything. Like, last week, I washed kegs for like an hour straight, and I was totally fine with it because it’s nice to jump around.”
WHAT ARE WE DOING NEXT?
“Let’s do battle ropes.”
BATTLE ROPES?! RAD.
WHAT KIND OF BEER WOULD YOU PAIR WITH THIS 7 A.M. WORKOUT?
“Definitely like a nice citrus IPA… Something a little fruity to get the day going.”
WHAT WERE THE NAME OF THOSE SCHOOLS IN IOWA?
“First one was Clark University and the second one was University of Dubuque. Dubuque was the city, so the University of Dubuque would I guess be like their city college. But there was like four or five colleges in one little town. It was a party town for sure. The four-year universities, there were like three or four of those. Then you got some community ones. You even had like a bible church and even they still partied, you know…”
DID YOU GO THERE TO PLAY BALL?
“Oh yeah… I wasn’t even gonna go to school and then some dude named Chad Harris, people thought he was my uncle, came hailing into OC to see three of my buddies, and said, ‘Any one else out here that wants to play ball?’ And they said, 'Well, there’s Brady. He throws hard. He’s a pitcher.’ So we went to Iowa on a recruiting trip. I threw bullpen and he was like, ‘Yeah. We can definitely use you.’ So I started doing all the scholarship stuff and an academic scholarship and it made sense, so I was like f*ck it, I’m gonna go play baseball.”
HOW LONG DID YOU SPEND THERE?
“Oh… three or four years. Baseball’s kind of what carried me. I probably wouldn’t have gotten the grades without it. Baseball has driven me my whole life, because if I didn’t get a C or B I wouldn’t be playing.”
“Let’s move on to something else… let’s get some squats in.”
YES, PERFECT QUESTION… HOW MUCH CAN YOU BENCH PRESS?
“I’ll be honest, right now, I can probably bench 290, 290 right now. I’ve gotten to 300 before but my goal has always been 315. That means you get three 45’s on each side. That’s like my all time goal is to rep that out.”
HOW MUCH CAN YOU SQUAT?
“Right now I’m at about 385.”
AND WHAT ABOUT DEADLIFT?
Probably like 410.
I THOUGHT I WAS MAKING THAT LAST ONE UP, THOSE ARE THE ONLY LIFTS I CAN REMEMBER THE NAMES OF. WHERE DID YOUR LOVE FROM THE GYM COME FROM? FROM BASEBALL?
“Kind of… So at OC, we had like 90 guys trying out, freshman team baseball, very intimidating. Especially because I came from Belfair. I have this thing where I don’t think I’m good enough at some stuff when I actually am OK at it, so I was nervous as hell coming from lil’ town Belfair. We got kids coming from Seattle, Tacoma, all these kind of first-team kind of baseball people. And I went there, and they put us through this hell week. They put us through these speed agilities at like four or five in the morning, it was like a mental thing. Like if you couldn’t do it, we’re doing it over again. If someone didn’t get their knee low enough, we’re doing it over again. And I guess that’s what kind of pushed me. I was like ‘Hell yeah, if somebody’s telling me I can’t do something, I’m gonna prove them wrong that I can do it.’”
HOW DID COACHING COME ABOUT?
“Coaching was another thing kind of like lifting, I wanted to give something back. I don’t know. I love the game of baseball. And I just like helping people.”
HOW LONG HAVE YOU COACHED?
“I actually just stopped this summer because three jobs is just too much. And I had to pick. I was basically not giving my 100 percent effort into baseball because I had two other jobs. It was like 60/60/60 or something like that, and I was just gassed. I was tired. But nowadays I do wish I could go back and coach.”
DID YOU EVER KNOW YOU’D END UP COACHING?
“Oh yeah… It was always like after I hang up my cleats, I’m not gonna play softball, I’m gonna coach. But now I wanna play softball, kind of.”
TELL ME ABOUT THE NEW CANNING MACHINE. DOES IT HAVE A NAME YET?
“Oh dude... It’s had Can Chancellor... um... it had something to do with Carmen Electra. But I don’t think we have a specific name. I think we’re trying to give it a name rather than a slogan. I think that’s the hardest part. Like Canatopia. I don’t know.”
YOU’VE BEEN CANNING THE RED, NICE DAY, COLD ONE 12-OUNCE TRIO LATELY… IS THERE ANYTHING ELSE COMING UP THAT YOU’RE STOKED TO CAN?
“Tropic Haze, man. That’s a delicious beer, and the can is rad, and I can’t wait to try it, maybe shotgun the first can that comes off the line.”
SO YOU GREW UP IN BELFAIR?
“Yeah, I think was the only guy that didn’t have like a four-wheel-drive truck or a cowboy hat, I swear to god.”
WHAT’D YOU DRIVE?
“I had a Nissan Maxima. And that thing was pretty fast for a 16-year-old. It had a V6 in it and everything. It was my dad’s sports car at the time. But I let loose in that thing. Belfair. Small town. Yeah. Met my best friend there. Got a lot of friends there. That 10-year reunion’s coming up.”
WHAT DO YOU WANNA BE WHEN YOU GROW UP?
“I’m chill with where I’m at right now. Doing the gym and the brewery. It’s what makes me happy, I mean, at times it’s stressful, some people think like you’ve got two jobs, or at the time you’ve got three jobs, but I’m doing what I love. And I’d rather spend my days doing that than sit in a cubicle or sit in a place where I’m like, ‘Man I wish I was doing something like training or working at a brewery.'”