Byrd: Big Changes and Some Lifting

Big changes in life, job, and location! I decided to take on a big task, and one that will take some time. Building a high school football program is a difficult task, but rebuilding one that has been on a backwards slide for several years will be even more difficult. I recently accepted the position of a special needs teacher and head football coach at White Oak High School, in Jacksonville NC. It is my former high school, and at one point an established football program. Training is still going on, but a lot more solo work and making things fit around my new schedule.

This last week my primary job was working the hallways and players to get them out for after school training. There had previously been no after school lifting by the previous head coach, and they were down to 24 players on the varsity football team. So far at the end of week one we have had 42 different players attend after school training and as many as 30 on a single day. We are taking the steps in the right direction, but still have a long way to go. I am currently working up a series of articles for as we progress as a program. I am applying 10/20 principles to how we train and the system that we are using.

Now for my actual training!

I did manage to get 2 decent training days this week, which was difficult. I do feel like as we get things established I will be able to train 3-4 days a week consistently.

Day 1:
Floor press up to a top triple at 7 rpe
5×8 light incline dumbbell press
3×20 skull crushers
3×25 band push downs

Day 2:
5×5 front squat
3×8 dumbbell deadlift
3×10 hamstring curls
3×8 Bulgarian squat

Overall it was a successful week of teaching, coaching, and some decent lifting!

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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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