1 Week Out

Currently I am in contest prep mode for a meet on May 26th in Orlando, Florida. As usual, a ten week meet prep seems to go by very quickly for me. This time around though, I have had a pretty consistent prep with some PR’s in training. One more week and I get to put those numbers on the platform and show what I am capable of.

This last week of training consisted of taking all of my last warmups on squat, bench, and deadlift at 9 days out.

I have been keeping up with all of the corrective exercises given to me by Paul Oneid, and it seems to be helping more and more each week. Ideally, I would have taken all of my last warmups at 10 days out, but with my work schedule it had to be done at 9 days out.

Squats went fast and easy. I’m usually in terrible shape and breathe heavily after each set, and about 15 minutes between each set. Lately I think I’ve about cut that in half, and seem to be in a much more conditioned state.

Empty Bar x 20

135 x 5

225 x 5

315 x 3

405 x 1 (Briefs on)

495 x 1

585 x 1 (Suit on straps down, wraps)

675 x 1 (Suit straps up)

Bench will probably be my most improved lift at the meet, as I’ve put about 40lbs on it in training. I’ll probably open up with 457, just under my meet PR of 462, and above the 440 I bombed out on at the XPC.

Empty Bar x 20

135 x 10

185 x 5

225 x 5

275 x 3

315 x 1

405 x 2 (3 board, shirt on)

455 x 1 (1 board)

Deadlifts have always been my best lift, and this past meet prep came with a fairly easy PR of 710. An opener for next week will fall between 650 and 666.

Deadlifts (After squats)

405 x 2

495 x 1

585 x 1

There’s plenty of reasons why I feel like this meet will be a big one for me. It carries alot of emotional significance for me. Last year, for a meet on May 27th 2017, one of my best friends and handler for the meet passed away on the day of weigh ins. May 26th will be one year since his passing, and I know that if he was still here he would be right here with me for this meet. Vincent Terrazzino, this one is for you buddy.

Time to rest up, get some deep tissue work, mentally prepare myself during my isolation tank float, and execute on meet day.

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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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