Byrd: My Meat is Prepped

I will be lifting on August 29th in Atlantic City in the 275 weight class. The meet should have a full flight of equipped lifters, all of which had to have qualifying numbers. This should make for a great meet, and some quality numbers.

Quick overview

The last two sessions have simply been about fine tuning my lifts and getting ready for the meet. Saturday I worked on getting to depth and just breaking in the suit a little more. I was able to get 700 and 800 numbers to quality depth, and the suit really feels good. I also deadlifted heavy for the first and only time during this training cycle. I worked up to a very smooth 700 after squats. This was very promising for me, and will likely be my second attempt on meet day.


Bench is the lift I am most confident in currently, and really didnt want to beat myself or the bench shirt up. I worked up to an easy 700 off the 1board. I switched out shirts and broke in a back up some. I took a few reps finishing at 750 from the 2board.

My body weight is in good shape and I will only have to make a small cut. Flights are booked, nothing left to do but play the waiting game. I will do some blood flow and bodybuilding type work during the next week.

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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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