Arden Cogar Jr.
Webster Springs, W. Va.
April 21, 1970
Civil Defense Trial Attorney
Single Buck. One person crosscut sawing is likely the most physically demanding event on the series. I love the training for this event after a long day at the office. But I do have to agree with my wife, training for the chopping events is just as exhilarating. There is nothing more gratifying than hitting something that can't hit you back.
I'm an avid weightlifter. Likely the only one on the Series. My routine changes depending upon the time of the year. During the winter, I strength train four to five days a week and chop/saw two days a week. As the season nears, the number of strength training days lesson and the number of event training sessions increase. I have a coach, Randy Hauer, that prepares my workout routines to keep me from over training - which is a problem I've suffered in the past.
How long have you competed in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series?
This will be my 22nd year on the Series.
Multiple time Carhartt Chopping Champion, multiple medal winner in the Men's Endurance event at ESPN's Great Outdoor Games, and multiple STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series Finalist; 2006 Standing Block World Champion; Winner of 40 Individual World Titles including the All Around World Title at the 2007 Webster County Woodchopping Festival; Captain of STIHL's United States National Lumberjack Team. I have been blessed to perform well in this sport and I've put forth the effort to reach that level through both sweat equity and highly technical bio-mechanical analysis.
Olympic Weightlifting, kettlebell sport, hiking, and just about anything the ladies in my life Kristy (my wife), Kiara (12 year old daughter), and Carmen (8 year old daughter)) enjoy.
I've heard, "Are you really a lawyer?" at least a million times. I perform yoga and tai chi up to three times daily.
Do you participate in any nonprofit work?
I participate in a substantial amount of non profit work. I perform in excess of 15 motivational speaking engagements each year addressing my association with timbersports as a full time practicing attorney. Young children enjoy the dichotomy or alter-ego I have beyond my career. My hope is to provide the youth with an example of how both athletics and academics can play a major role in their lives. Beyond that, my hope is to inspire the youth I speak to with the essentials of mastering life - perspiration, preparation, sacrifice, and balance.
Beyond that, I sit on the board of directors for four non-profit organizations.
Do you have other family members who have competed or are competing in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series?
My father competed on the STS during the 1980s and 1990s. My first cousin, Paul Cogar, competed on STS during the late 90s. His son, Matt Cogar, is the youngest STS participant this year and the one, in my opinion, with the most promise.
What other professional sport could you see yourself playing? Why?
I tried my hand at Division 1 football. Too slow and not tall enough. Don't have the eyesight to play professional baseball. To active to play Poker or Gamble. To smart to try strongman. Tried boxing and MMA, not for me - don't like getting hit. Honestly, I'm right where I should be - knocking the crap out of things that don't hit me back.
If you could go anywhere in the world, where would it be? Why?
Truthfully, I would really love the opportunity to travel and compete in some of the overseas competitions. My career and my commitments to my daughters limit my ability to be gone for any length of time. If I could somehow find a way to go on a trip with my wife and daughters, that involves axes and saws, I would love it. It doesn't matter where. Just as long as I'm with them.
If you could attend any sporting event, what would it be? What teams/players would be playing? Why?
I'm not good in crowds; I have some social anxiety with large crowds, so large sporting events are difficult for me. I prefer to either participate or watch an event on TV. It's sort of weird actually. I can participate in front of crowd. But I have a lot of trouble being in the crowd.
If you were in a movie, what would your theme song be?
Whoa. That one is not easy. Likely Drowning Pools' "Step Up."
What television show/film/book most reflects your life?
Again, a Hard one. There are books/philosophies to which I aspire - such as the Celestine Prophecy, the Tao Te Ching, and the Bible; but none which define or reflect me. I live each day as though it were my last. Life is short and fleeting. To be anything but happy is not what I want in my life. There's a great saying, "yesterday is the past; tomorrow is a mystery; today is a gift; that is why it is called the present." That reflects me and my thoughts on life more than anything.
What event has most affected your life? Why?
Again, another hard one. At a very young age, my father introduced me to the importance of hard work. My father is a retired logger. He toiled in the timber industry for over 50 years. Right before I started kindergarten I can remember hating to stay home with my mother. I begged my father to let me come to work with him. He told me I could under one condition - I had to work. If I was going to work with him, I wasn't going to play all day. Everyone there was working and so would I.
At the age of six, my job during the summer months was lugging culled pieces of timber from the log landing to an area where my father could split them for firewood. Once the wood was split, I would load it onto his truck. When I got bigger and stronger, I started splitting the logs myself. Eventually, I started doing more strenuous logging related activities.
The whole time my father told me "this type of work is not for you. You can be a doctor or lawyer. Pick one. But for now, I want you to know what work is, so you won't want to do it when you're older."
Looking back, he said that to me a least a thousand times. At the time I didn't know what he was doing. Now I do. And I'm thankful for his lesson. A wonderful lesson in life.
If you could meet a celebrity, who would it be? Why?
Honestly, I don't see a difference between a person who's famous and a person who's not. We all can learn from both if we're wiling. That said, I would truly like to meet the Dali lami. He's a celebrity, but an enlightened one who takes no benefit from his position.
What is the most rewarding part of participating in the STIHL TIMBERSPORTS Series?
Getting an opportunity to showcase the skills I've spent years honing and perfecting.
What person have you learned the most from? What is the most important thing that you learned from him/her?
I've learned more from father than I can describe. I never thought he was teaching me anything. And that was the beauty of it.
If you could live during any time period/era, when would it be? Why?
Personally, I like now. It's all I truly know and I love it.
If you could go on any game show or reality TV show, what would it be? Why?
Whoa. I don't watch reality TV. But if I could help my sport, I would do it.
Where would you recommend that the World Championship be held? Why?
Wherever the world championship is held does not matter. It's a wonderful event.