Byrd: 1,000 In 3 Weight Classes

Well it is no secret how much I hated how things went in AC. The quad injury just would not let me perform to the best of my abilities. I really wanted to get a big squat in, but it just wasn’t there at the time. I left the meet in pretty nasty shape with that quad very inflamed and a broken finger on my right hand. That is part of powerlifting right?

So fast forward to the meet this weekend. I honestly didnt know if I was going to lift until Saturday morning. I was basing everything off of how I feel and treating it like a heavy training day.I had only been back in my gear 1 time since AC, and truthfully had not had much motivation to train.

The night before the meet I actually got a little nervous, this had not happened to me in years. I took that as a good sign, so as long as I was pain free in the morning I would lift.

How the meet went?


Warm ups felt solid all around, gear was fitting good, weights moving fast, and best of all no pain!

920 opener: Honestly was a little forward and had the rack height just a little too high, was still able to adjust and get a nice clean squat in.

1000 2nd: We adjusted the rack height and my foot position and it paid off big time. This ended up being the fastest 1000 I have ever done in a meet and at the lightest weight. After talking with Keith briefly, we decided to go BIG!

1055 3rd: This would have given me the 17th biggest squat in the history of the 275 weight class. Felt great out of the rack, was in good position, just lost my damn air! I think I screamed something to the fact that I hated being so damn fat after I missed it haha!


Bench did not go well. I had some shirt issues because I rushed the break in of the shirt. I ended up hurting my pec a little, and just wasnt strong enough to press the weights.


650: Good lift, crappy form

700: good lift, again crappy form

735: no lift, lost it above my knees, but I was in such a bad position that there was no way I could have pulled it.

So how do I feel about it all? I am actually pretty pleased! No real injuries, lots of positives, and now have successfully squatted 1000 or more in 3 different weight classes!

I want to thank the 10/20/Life team, and Team Samson for the help this weekend. Without your help there is no way I am successful!

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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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