Byrd: Less Fat and More Volume

Full speed ahead! Right now that plan is to lift in Atlantic City August 29th with the RPS. My weight class is still up in the air as I am sitting at 265 right now. Over the 6 weeks of training I will be adding in more direct work and trying to gain some size. I am looking forward to working on some raw stuff and trying out some new gear. I have never worn gear that was fit for me, so it will be interesting to see how much it changes both my lifting and ability to adapt in the gear.

Bench Day!
I am bad about slacking in my aux work. I do it, but I dont do it with the intensity that I should. I have let Brian Carroll lay out the next 6 weeks for me. We are doing very similar stuff but our main and first assistance will look a little different.

Small incline dumbbell press
4×8
Floor press
Final set 275+80lb in chain x3
Combo of band fly (15) push up for speed (5) bench dips (15) for 3 rounds
combo of hammer curls (20) and push downs (20) for 4 rounds

I am pretty sore today, but in a good way. Need to build the muscle it will take for me to break into the mid 2500s.

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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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