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Back Story

Brian Bentow is a computer athlete. He experiences a pain-free techy lifestyle that includes intense computer usage. However, he was not always this way…

Like most people, Brian had poor habits and a poor working environment that set him up for pain and unhappiness. The story began when Brian was admitted to Harvey Mudd College in Southern California which is a small, private undergraduate school with a declared major of Computer Science. Starting in his first semester, a demanding schedule of being a student-athlete (Cross Country) combined with late hours in the poorly designed computing lab led him to develop hand and wrist pain.

At that time, he tried minimizing his computer usage, icing and taking motrin. After the semester ended, his pain gradually went away.

For his sophomore year, his financial aid package dried up because his sister had recently graduated and his family was expected to pay more for his education. Unfortunately, because he was responsible for paying a portion of his tuition, he had to take out additional loans and find other ways to finance his education. Rather than take on a mountain of debt, he decided to try to make more money. He took on different work-study jobs and eventually landed a lucrative internship during the year that required him to quit the track team and eventually led to a battle with computer pain.

With a demanding schedule of 5 1/2 courses and an 20 hr/week job, Brian found himself working 15 hours/day, 7 days a week. By the middle of the semester, he had trigger finger, hand and wrist pain, and elbow pain. It became difficult to sleep as the feeling that your body doesn’t seem quite right kept him awake at night. Right before mid-terms, he was not able to use the computer at all for an entire week and became extremely worried. He realized that he had 2 choices. Either he had to find a way to use the computer that did not damage his body or he would have to find a career that did not involve intense computer usage. Due to his love for technology and the fact that most white-collar professions involve using a computer, he decided to fix his broken habits.

During spring break, while his friends were partying, he stayed on campus, caught up on his work, read several books, and recuperated. It was at this time that he happened to come across the phrase “computer athlete.” It was then that he began formulating his vision of a computer athlete. The basis of that vision was that there was a particular shape and skillset that you need to have in order to be able to use the computer properly. Over time, he refined that vision and decided that sharing it would be one way that he could help people live in greatness.

Mission

Computer Athlete Media’s mission is to share the idea of the Computer Athlete in order to help people have a happier, healthier techy lifestyle.

Computer Athlete Media was founded in order to help people live in greatness. There are many difficult challenges that we face in the world including global warming, the energy crisis, world hunger, and so on. Because of these problems, many of us are not living in greatness today.

We believe that many of these problems can be solved by mankind. However, people cannot solve these problems if they are injured and unhappy. We believe that people can change their habits and work environment and become healthy and happy computer users. Then, as people become more productive, healthier, and happier, more problems will get solved and we will all be closer all to living in greatness.