2 Weeks Out

Currently I am in contest prep mode for a meet on May 26th in Orlando, FL. At this point I am less than 2 weeks out, and have finished up all of the heavy lifting. I have to say that in comparison with my last prep, things have gone 100% better this time around. I’ve learned to manage stress a lot better, get more sleep, and come in with a purpose on my training days.

Squats this week went very well. I found a good opener at 750 that moved pretty fast and I know I’ll be able to hit it on an off day. I took 800 after that, and even with some technical breakdowns, was still able to make it a good lift. I tightened things up after that one, and took 855 on a solid reverse band single that I was happy to end my squat prep with.

Empty bar x 20




405×1 (briefs on)


585×1 (briefs and wraps)

675×1 (Full gear)

750×1, 800×1, 855×1 RB

I got my bench shirt back from Inzer after they made a few alterations, and it turned out nicely. I’m a little rushed on the shirt break in process, but made it work so long as I don’t jack the shirt collar down too far. I found an easy opener between the 455 and 475 that I touched to the chest this week, and something a little more than a second attempt with my single of 495. Bench is by far my weakest lift, but I’ve been making rapid improvements. Hitting 463 as an opener will tie my best meet PR in bench, and locking in a 490 bench should allow me to have an easy time totaling over 2,000.

Empty bar x 20






405×2 3 board, 405×2 2 board

455×1, 475×1, 495×1

I had my best deadlift day to date the past week, and hit a solid PR. The week prior I had torn another callous, so I made a decision to throw on some old Nike batting gloves and save my hands for the meet. I could have used straps, but I wanted to be confident with the weights in my own hands. No shame here, I’ll play it smart and be happy that I did come meet day with a fresh pair of paws. I was able to find another easy opener with 650 that moved quick, followed by a 690 pull that might be around a second attempt. My last deadlift of the day was a PR of 710. I’m comfortable that I’ll be able to pull 711 or 716 on meet day, but deadlift attempt selection will all be based on sub total and goal total for the meet.




405×1 (briefs on)

495×1 (suit straps down)

585×1 (full gear)

650×1, 690×1, 710×1

Hitting 2,005 lbs in training the past week is a nice boost for me. I know what I am capable of doing, and finally it is starting to show up during my meet prep. Anything over 2,006 will put me in the current top 5 at 198, so that will be the first goal. Now it’s time to focus on hitting all of my last warmups with the best technique possible around 10 days out from the meet. Later I have some deep tissue work that will be done, along with an isolation tank float a few days before the meet. During the isolation tank float, I will be able to block out any anxiety or stress that might come with the meet, and visualize all of my attempts before making it happen. My weight is sitting around 213lbs right now, so it will be a tougher cut than last time but it is far from the hardest cut I’ve made prior. Following Brian Carroll’s guide to cutting weight has always worked out perfect for me. Grab a copy for only $9.99 https://www.amazon.com/Cutting-Weight-ULTIMATE-MAKING-POWERLIFTING-ebook/dp/B077PJJTYM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1526252932&sr=8-1&keywords=brian+carroll+cutting+weight

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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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