Big Weekend Coming Up! Plus Some Random Music Choices

Currently training for the XPC Finals at the Arnold. Working my body weight up to 290lbs and making the cut down to 275 class. I will use the protocols from Brian’s Manual“CUTTING WEIGHT”


As always I am fighting off nagging injuries from my past years of complete dumb ass training. This maybe the first time in 3 years that I can call myself healthy (by powerlifting standards).


Its time to put things into high gear! This weekend we will pack Team Samson with 20+ dedicated lifters, most of which who are prepping for the XPC Finals. I cant wait to get under the bar and push things near the limit. We spent most of the training time yesterday moving things around and getting the third monolift set up and ready to roll. You will not find a better training atmosphere than what we have this coming weekend. Dont miss out on the live feed!

I am not a fan of much new country music, but am a Chris Stapleton fan.

A little throw back rap!

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Jonathan Byrd

Jonathan Byrd is a competitive powerlifter, with over 16 years of training experience. Byrd has been ranked nationally for the past 6 years under multiple categories. His total has ranked as high as second nationally in the 275 class. He currently has a best total of 2500lbs. Best individual lifts include a 1040lb squat, a 750lb bench press, and 735lb deadlift. His 1040lb squat ranks him 26th all-time squats at the 308 class. Jonathan currently trains out of Team Samson Gym in Jacksonville, FL. Before powerlifting Jonathan was a college athlete at Methodist University as both an all-conference football player and track athlete. Following graduation he played four years of arena football in various leagues.
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