Ben Sheard 2 weeks out RPS Boynton Barbell

Currently i am in contest prep mode for a meet at my home gym of Boynton Barbell. RPS Will be hosting their first meet at this gym, and Im pretty excited to be lifting in my own backyard. I just finished up all of my heavy lifting this past week, and all i have left Will be my last warmups taken at 10 days out.

Monday Squat and Deadlift accessory day.

Took this day very easy since a few days prior I had done both squat and deadlifts around 95%. My focus was to stay mobile, roll out my hips and quads a little bit, and stay healthy. McGill Big 3 and some belt squats finished up a short day.

Thursday Squat and Deadlift Day

The plan for me here was to take my 800 and 825 squat and clean it up from the previous week. I took 775 as my first top set, and my descent was absolutely horrible. With the awful descent, i was able to get out of the hole without any issues so that was a plus. I took 805 on my next attempt, had a better descent but ended up falling backwards almost all the way up. Instead of taking anything more taxing and risking a miss, I decided to take 800 one last time. The descent was much better than the last 2 i had taken, but still not like the ones from the previous week that i was happy with. I came up without any real problems, so this will probably be my 2nd attempt at the meet.

Deadlifts immediately after went very well. My plan here was to hit a PR deadlift and find out where exactly my 3rd attempt could be for the meet. Working sets were 585, 675, 720, then 715 to finish. The curse of 720 slipping out of my left hand popped up again, and I didnt want to finish off my prep with a miss. I took 5lbs off the bar and pulled a PR of 715lbs.

Bench day Saturday

The goal of my last real bench day was to find out what i can touch with as an opener and 2nd attempt. 455 was an easy touch in the shirt that I conservatively keep pretty high on my chest. 470 for my first try came over my face, so I had to take it again. Second try with 470 was a little tougher coming up, but still a good lift. It was a pretty long grind at the top end lockout which burned me out pretty good. 495 to a 2 board had a good descent but my fatigue from the past 3 attempts kicked in and I couldnt finish the lift. I’ll be looking for something around 485 as a 3rd on meet day to stay conservative and build my total as much as possible.

I’m looking forward to this meet where I’ll be lifting alongside my girlfriend Lyndsay again. We push each other and know how to gather each other back together if attempts don’t go the way we planned. Jason Kowaleski and Lisa Guggisberg are traveling down to handle the both of us, which is a large task for them I’m very thankful they have taken on. All of the other friends and lifters of ours at Boynton Barbell will be fun to watch and see each other compete for some of their first times. Stay tuned into the log for meet recaps and updates.

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Ben Sheard

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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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