Ben Sheard 8 Weeks Out

Currently I am in contest prep mode for a meet in New Jersey at the end of January. It is an equipped only meet with two weight classes, along with a lot of great lifters so I couldn’t pass it up. The week prior to this, I established a bit of a baseline hitting all my lifts at 75% and under. This week was a quick deload before getting to all the fun stuff next week that I am excited to hit. My weight right now is about 225lbs, which is the heaviest I have ever been. I’m hoping that the extra weight that I put on during my off season will help me out with having my best possible meet day. There won’t be any weight cut at all, maybe just watching what I eat for a week or two  before the meet to put me just under 220lbs.

During deload week I went out and did myself the favor of getting a deep tissue done as well as some chiro work from Dr. Jay Marienthal. I have been working a lot on trying to improve my shoulder mobility. It seems to put me at a big disadvantage by not being able to bring my grip in at all on my squats. The chiropractor did some work and gave me a few exercises to do daily in order to help open my shoulders up.

I worked up to a minimum of 5 singles all at 50% of my raw maxes. Squats were done with 325, pulls at 315, and I skipped out on bench day last week to get my deep tissue done. Next week will be 2×2 top sets of everything at 80%, as well as some 85% reverse band lifts thrown in to prep me for the following week.

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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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