Byrd: Big Squat On The Way! 9 weeks out

Finally broke the 2,500 total mark at the Arnold, but like any lifter I feel there is more left in the tank. Focusing on some offseason goals which include gaining some weight to fill out the 275 class, improving my bench, adjusting some form issues on the squat, and adding more upper back size. The next 8 weeks will focus on raw work and speed. I feel like if I can get those things accomplished I will be looking at another PR total come meet time.


Its time to get my ass going! I feel much more focused than I have in a long time. I am healthy, and ready to put together a big total. I have my eyes set on the South Florida Conquest hosted by Burt and Mindy Underwood. There are a handful of 275 lifters lifting at the meet, and of course I wanted to join the party. I have some high hopes of a really big total, but only time will tell if that comes about!

Squat day.
Raw up to 500
briefs on
suit on, straps up

Everything moved fast, and was really happy with how things felt. Being 9 weeks out this is a big confidence boost for me and really makes me feel like my offseason has paid off. I still need to work on sitting back, and improving depth some. That will always be the case though, and its not something I typically worry about this far out. I have always managed to get to depth on meet day.

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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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