Byrd: Deload and Meet Plans

Eventually I will get enough balls to post a pic of where my body sits currently. If you have read my article on my weight loss, then you know that I have been working now for nearly a year to get my body weight down. My weight started at a high of 323, and currently sitting about 260lbs. I have set the goal to get off as much fat as I can and rebound carrying as much muscle as possible to lift in the 275 class. I have put my trust in both Brian and Scott to help me reach my goals.

Deload weeks are never sexy, they are not fun to read about, and are really just boring at times. With that said, I have to give credit where it is due, and admit that deloading is adding years to my lifting. It really is helping me save myself from me. I have not made my own health a priority in years, and it is really showing up now. That’s why I used the picture of me passing out today, because well I feel like death lately. Thankfully now is a good time to get it sorted out as we are starting to develop a plan for my next meet.

I have several more weeks of Paltos kicking my ass as I get ready to gain what I hope is some quality muscle mass on the way back up to about 280lbs. I have big goals for 275, and without reshaping my body to carry more muscle and less fat there was no way I could get there.

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Bench Deload
3×5@bar
3×5@135
2×5@225
6×1@315
1×1@365
some random stuff in a slingshot

Piston style push downs
Side laterals

McGill work

That was it for the day. I was having an aggravating day overall, and did a little more than I should have on my deload. Really I just needed to lift, so there had to be a little balance.

As far as meets go, I have set my sights on doing the RPS meet in Atlantic City come August. That gives me enough time to get where I need to be before meet prep. I had everything moving in the right direction at the Arnold and just did not make it happen. I need to get things back on track!

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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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