Byrd: Heavish Raw Training

Just a gear whore who is enjoying some raw training. Bodyweight is steady, and finally getting healthy. No meets in the future, but with me that could change any minute!


Back to triples for one more week. I decided to continue to work with the swiss bar for one more week to let the chest finish getting healthy.

Bench with swiss bar
3×5@ 135
2×3@ 225
1×3@ 315
1×3@ 335
1×2@ 345

The hardest part of training was holding on to this damn bar. It wanted to slip from my hands, and damn near dropped it on my best!

Aux day
one arm rows 3×8
3×25 leg extension
3×10 hamstring curls
stir the pots till failure

Squat day
3×5@ 135
2×3@ 225
1×2@ 325
1×1@ 415
1×1@ 505
1×3@ 595

Deadlift singles

Overall I am really happy with the speed of the squats and how quickly the raw strength is coming back. Really looking forward to the next few weeks of training.

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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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