1 week out RPS Boynton Barbell

Currently I am finishing up my precontest meet prep for a meet next week on September 2nd at Boynton Barbell. This will be a home gym meet for me, which is more than welcome at this point. RPS will be hosting the meet and we are happy to have them at our gym.

Well, it happened again. Somehow 4 months of training has passed me by, and the meet is less than a week away. It isn’t that I am not prepared for the meet, just that time slips by faster than usual while in a meet prep. I have to remember that following my last bad performance at the end of May, I couldn’t wait for this meet to be here.

Thursday was 10 days out from the meet, and the plan for me was to hit my opener squat, opener bench, and somewhere around a last warmup pull on deadlifts. The consensus on how many lifters are going to be competing seems to be at less than 40, so it is going to be a quick meet. Keeping this in mind, I was taking my warmups as fast as possible in the event that’s how the pace will be on meet day. If the number of lifters stays under 40, I plan on taking all of my squat warmups before anyone in the meet takes their first squat.

Squats (faster pace than ever)

Empty bar x 10

145 x 10

235 x 5

325 x 3

415 x 1 briefs on

505 x 1

595 x 1 suit bottoms on

675 x 1 suit and wraps

749 x 1 full gear. Threw kilo plates on to simulate the bar feel on meet day.


405 x 1

495 x 1

585 x 1

Bench day had to be pushed back until Saturday morning. My girlfriend’s sister was in town and we all wanted to go out to dinner together. Sometimes things like this need to still be a priority over training, and bench day was easily and thankfully pushed back. I was pretty gassed from taking all my squats and deadlifts at a fast pace, but I’ll be ready on meet day.

I had some deep tissue done earlier today by my LMT Robert who will also be at the meet to see some of his work in action. My girlfriend and all of our gym friends will be competing together, so I am ready for a fun day. Thankfully I have Jason and Lisa on board to help us with all of our Inzer gear and wrap jobs. Pickup your Inzer gear at www.inzernet.com .

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Ben Sheard

Ben Sheard started powerlifting at age 13, competing in single ply from 1999-2004 back in his home state of Ohio. He started powerlifting again in 2014 after struggling with substance abuse/addiction for over 10 years. Competing as a raw powerlifter, he achieved an Elite Total at 198 lbs. Best raw lifts at 198 are 611 squat, 352 bench, and a 606 lb deadlift. Recently made a transition to Multi-Ply in 2017. Coached by Brian Carroll using 10/20 Life, he achieved a Pro Total in his most recent meet at 198lbs. Best equipped lifts in a meet are an 804 squat, a weak 463 bench, and a 700lb deadlift. He is a NASM certified PT, but works full time as a Supervisor at a Drug and Alcohol Treatment Center in Deerfield Beach, FL. Currently training out of Boynton Barbell Center in Boynton Beach, FL. Ben will be competing next at the XPC Pro Day in Columbus, where he looks to secure a 2,000+ lb total at 198.

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