Byrd: Reverse Band Bench

Finally broke the 2,500 total mark at the Arnold, but like any lifter I feel there is more left in the tank. Focusing on some offseason goals which include gaining some weight to fill out the 275 class, improving my bench, adjusting some form issues on the squat, and adding more upper back size. The next 8 weeks will focus on raw work and speed. I feel like if I can get those things accomplished I will be looking at another PR total come meet time.


First off, reverse band bench in the shirt is HELL! It really is the hardest movement for me in the gym. We used the mono so we could adjust the band tension to deload about 70-90lbs at the chest. I just didnt feel like I had the pop that I normally do this week. I am pretty sure I am just worn down. I still managed to work up to 870lbs (the lockout sucked).

So now I am just a few weeks out from the Europa and need to dial in with lower boards and touching. Bodyweight is sitting at 285 and my strength feels pretty good. I need to get some work done on my pec and bicep this week before benching on Monday. I will be back in briefs this weekend to work on getting a new set broke in. Plans right now are to lift at Burt and Mindy Underwoods RPS meet in September.

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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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