Byrd: I Actually Squatted!

We are about 8 weeks out since the Arnold, and I have successfully squatted 315 for a single since that time. That is it, nothing more. Its sad on so many levels, but I had to get healthy. I am still not there, my hip flexor and QL are still giving me hell. You can see I am still leaning, but its no where near as bad. I will continue to work on it, keep getting a little healthier, and work on weak points.

I have had to really increase my warm ups. I have slacked in this area, but not anymore. I have even given up control for a bit and let Brian lay out my next 6 weeks. This week was more about proving to myself that I can still lift, and I am still stronger than most people.

Bird dogs
foam roll
mcgill crunches
5 sets of bar
Briefs on

Everything was light, but moved on to the deads anyway


First real deads since bicep tear, things are looking up!

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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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