Harbinger first partnered with 8-time Mr. Olympia Lee Haney in 1988. As the story goes, Harbinger founder David McCrane sat next to an associate of Lee’s on a flight. David had his new invention – the original WristWrap glove – with him. By the end of the fight they had exchanged contact info, and within weeks Harbinger’s first official product — Lee Haney Weight Lifting gloves — was born.
That first product grew in to a line of Lee Haney Weight Lifting accessories, quickly establishing Harbinger as a resource for weightlifters and fitness enthusiasts, and further cementing Lee’s legacy as one of Bodybuilding’s all-time greats.
After Lee decided to retire from competition, Harbinger continued to expand in fitness. We’ve stayed in touch, and shared in each others’ success over the years. One of Lee’s greatest accomplishments was the creation of Haney Harvest House in his hometown of Spartanburg, S.C. Harvest House helps disadvantaged youth find their own success through mentoring, education and (of course!) physical fitness. Harbinger is honored to help support the Haney Harvest House and its annual Fitness Games fundraising event, held this year on July 11 in Spartanburg, SC.
We took this opportunity to check in with Lee —
Tell us how you got in to fitness – and what inspired you to become a bodybuilder, and ultimately a Champion?
Since age 6, I wanted to be Sampson and Hercules. I asked my parents for a set of weights as a Christmas gift and received them. This is how it all begin. Reading fitness magazines gave me a good start on how to lift and a good foundation for nutrition.
What is your advice for beginners in bodybuilding?
Learn the basic fundamentals of weight training and proper nutrition. Do research to find out which type of training system is best suited for the physique you have and want to create.
What piece of gear would you never train without — and why?
A weight lifting belt is important for movements that incorporate the back and abdominal muscles. The weight belt gives additional support in the most vital areas.
Tell us a little bit about the Haney Harvest House. What is your inspiration behind the event?
Haney’s Harvest House is a mentoring program I started with my wife Shirley in 1992. The Harvest House mission is to help save at risk youth, and particularly young men with no father at home. My father was an extremely positive force in my life, I wanted to share that same love and direction with other young men.
Lee Haney’s Physique and Fitness Games was created as a way to help fund the Harvest House mentoring program, while also promoting the importance of fitness.
How does it feel to be the winner of eight consecutive Mr. Olympia titles?
Winning the Mr. Olympia title 8 consecutive times has created some awesome opportunities. I’ve traveled to around the world; appeared on fitness shows on major television networks; authored books; trained some of the world’s most respected athletes including Evander Holyfield, Gary Sheffield, Shannon Sharpe and Shawn Bradley; and served as Chairman on the President’s Council on Fitness and Sports. It’s been a amazing journey so far!
How has bodybuilding changed your outlook on life and/or your self-confidence?
Bodybuilding helped me to see beyond the door of my own personal existence. There are 190 countries that make up the membership of the International Federation of Bodybuilding. Having friends and associates in every corner of the globe definitely expands your world view. I am honored to be considered a top ambassador of Bodybuilding.
What’s one thing most people don’t know about you?
I’m a country boy to the core. I love nature and all the beauty it has to offer. Planting flowers is my #1 outlet. However, deer are evil. They’re constantly chewing up my plants.
If you could sum yourself up in 10 words or less, what would they be?
Live, Love, Laugh, and above all, Honor God by loving your fellow man.
For more info go to Haney Harvest House – Fitness Games. You can register to participate or contribute your own support. Great man, great charity — Lee Haney continues to show the world the positive impact fitness has in all of our lives!
Lee Haney: https://leehaney.com/
Haney Harvest House: https://leehaney.com/about-lee/harvest-house/
Fitness Games 7/11/15: https://www.leehaney.com/EventGames/#scgames