Byrd: 1025 squat and 870 bench

With 7 weeks left its time to turn things up a little. The plan was to handle my heavier weights a week or two earlier than normal and then fine tune my form with lighter weights as I get closer to the meet. We had a good atmosphere this weekend as we had some guests at Team Samson. Ben Shered, Tony Carlino and his training partner Jeremy came in to work in their gear.

We had an equipped only monolift going on Saturday. I have done my best to stick to the training plan this cycle, and it seems to be paying off. The goal was to take opener, then a 1025 reverse band set.

warm ups
3×5@ bar
2×5 @155
2×3@ 260
1×2@ 350
briefs on
1×1@ 440
suit on

I followed this all up with 3×8 on the belt squat and 2×8 on single leg deadlifts

Well Tony is a bench specialist, and a damn good one at that. He won the XPC bench bash with an 850plus bench at 242 and has had a very close miss at 900 recently. It was nice to have him to bench with, as I am the only equipped guy getting ready for a meet in the gym.

Raw work up to 410
Shirt on
550×1 3board
650×1 3board
725×1 2board
770×1 2board
825×1 2board
870×1 2board

Finished up with 150 band push downs.

So now for story time. Tony was a set or 2 in front of me due to the rotation and getting shirts on. He had already done 825 and switched shirts to break in a new one he plans on working in. In typical Brian Carroll fashion, he calls out Tony. “Hey, you realize Byrd didnt just chip you, he went up nearly 50lbs, you going to take that?” Tony, who didnt look too hot at 825 says, “Well if he gets this ill do it off the 1board.” Of course me being a loud mouth, I told him he needed to go ahead and get his shirt on. As I locked out the 870, I yelled “I told you to put on your damn shirt”

Now here is the interesting part, Tony turned it on and smashed the 870 from the 1board just like he said! This guy is going to break the 900lb mark sooner than later! By the way, he was in an Inzer SDP, nothing better on the market!

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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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