Byrd “My Prediction..PAIN”

Currently working my way down in weight to lift in the 275 class at the XPC Finals. Looking to improve on my all-time best lifts of 1040, 725, and 730lbs. I am also taking on additional online clients for personalized training. Feel free to email me at if you are interested.

Just 16 days out, and the hate is brewing! Its that time during training and meet prep where I start to hate most people and things! This is why the 10/20/Life system is so valuable, because if I had to be like this year round I would never have a successful life outside of the gym. I know that I am not fun to be around currently, but that is because the XPC Finals is my primary focus.

Bench went well this week, not great, but well. Training at Team Samson is great, the level of lifters in the gym really forces you to be on your game at all times. This training cycle has been fun training along side Brian, and us both actually being healthy. It has really helped me push myself, but still maintain control.

Bench goal was to work up to a heavy 1/2 board and then take a 1board set. I was done after the 1/2 board, the 1board didn’t have a prayer of going 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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