Byrd: Offseason Squats Week 2

Eventually I will get enough balls to post a pic of where my body sits currently. If you have read my article on my weight loss, then you know that I have been working now for nearly a year to get my bodyweight down. My weight started at a high of 323, and currently sitting about 260lbs. I have set the goal to get off as much fat as I can and rebound carrying as much muscle as possible to lift in the 275 class. I have put my trust in both Brian and Scott to help me reach my goals.

Well the good news is the weight loss has not killed my strength. The bad news is that none of my gear, or even my training partners gear fits me. The other bad news (the more important one) is that my squat form has fallen apart. I am leaning bad to one side, and not 100% sure of the reason. I am leaning bad to my left, which is the opposite side of my repaired knee. The bar is also tracking forward bad on my right side (I am twisting). I am thinking its something in my hip or lower back. I don’t have any pain, but obviously something is going on. I will get to the bottom of this in the next week or two. I will add in more birddogs and maybe see a chiropractor if it continues.

Squats were fun, yet brutal. The volume has been a fun change, but truthfully it is kicking my ass. I will say that my legs have rebounded well from the cut. My squat has probably taken the least amount of hit so far, but I also haven’t been able to deadlift due to this bicep.


briefs on
1×1@800 (lost breath, just ugly rep but it did move well)
Gear off
3×8 box squats
3×8 stiff leg deads with kb
1×20 leg press

I was done! I had to throw up during the stiff legs, not so much from the volume but from the tempo on auxiliary work.

A little Action Bronson to start your work 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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