Byrd: Deloads Make Me Sad

It was time for me to deload on the bench this week, it makes me sad just like Hercules in the picture. Of course he was mad that I wouldn’t share my food with him, not because he didn’t get to train heavy. I have been pushing this pec pretty hard, and it really just needed a break. This has been a big change for me since starting to use the 10/20/Life program and principles. I never deloaded much, and when I did it was because I was hurt. This is NOT how you should go about your training. I threw away a few years of training because of stupid injuries. It doesn’t make you a warrior, or hardcore to keep pushing it. It just leads to injuries, and time for people who listen to their bodies to pass you by. Anyway, here is the deload stuff.

Bench
5×1@275 pause with various grips
5×10 band fly
100 total band push downs

Took my ass home, that was it.

The good news is my bodyweight is sitting strong at 282-285. This is a perfect place for me as I am starting my meet prep. I am doing a little longer than normal, but really I am only going to be pushing myself in my gear for the normal time frame. I want to push my raw squat a little this weekend if the body feels up to it.

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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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