Byrd: MEAT Video from Arnold

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I will be the first to admit I am embarrassed by my lifting at the Arnold. I have always took pride in my ability to hit squats, under any and all conditions. I have always felt that I can squat in any category with any top level lifters given enough time to train in that style. I have done 700×4 or 5 in just wraps during the offseason, 900+ in just briefs, and 1075 in full gear during training.


So you see why it is embarrassing to me to miss a 950 squat for any reason. Then to take it again and it look so ugly in the hole. Follow that up with missing a 1k squat and I was pretty pissed off! The 950 is actually my lowest squat in a multiply meet, add to the fact that this is by far the strongest I had ever been. Lets just say squat day is Saturday and my legs will not be happy with me!

I can deal with the deadlifts, the bicep killed them, so that I can move on from. These ugly ass squats though….I will get that shit right! I also need to get some gear that fits. My body has changed so much that the hips on my suit are massive

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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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