Byrd: “One More Road to Cross” Offseason training

Its been a rough for weeks with the injury then getting the flu, but I am still alive and attempting to train. Monday was my first day back at Samson in almost two weeks due to this flu. I didnt think it was fair to show up to the gym and run the risk of getting everyone there sick!

Training was very simple and easy because I am still no where near over this bug. I opted to floor press with the crew and take it easy. It went something like this.

floor press
3×5@135
2×5@225
1×3@275

Dumbbell press
3×8 super light as I was coughing up a lung

100 push downs

Honestly that was all I had the energy for, but it was what I expected. Things will change in the coming weeks as I add some real volume and adjust to the amount of raw training. I am going to give squats a try this week, but will not go above the bar. It is time to start to strengthen my hamstring back. This will be a long road, but I am ready to travel it.

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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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