Byrd: Seminar Review

I will be the first to admit, I love doing the seminars. The simple fact of coaching and meeting people who have a passion for lifting is always fun. Last weekends trip to Driven Fitness in Salina, Kansas was no different. I really appreciate Scott and Trey for having us out. I have been lucky enough to coach Scott for awhile now, and it was a pleasure to meet him in person. They have a great gym set up, with tons of goodies. I was very tempted to play around with the strongman implements, but I knew my back would hate me even more!

Brian, Beth, and myself made it into town mid day Friday. I have come to the conclusion, that while always fun, traveling with Brian can be an experience. When he books our tickets, he typically sits us beside each other. People just laugh when they see us stuck beside each other, it really is not fun! Thankfully he didn’t do that to me this time! Cant forget the fact that Brian is a semi celebrity here in town. I bet that guy was stopped by 5 people in the airport alone. I think I am going to get him to sign a few of my tshirts and put them on eBay. Our connecting flights matched up with Beth’s flights so I have to give Brian credit for that part of his planning. Overall they flights in were good, well as good as it can be when you are an over sized person in an undersized chair.

We flew into Wichita, which was just over an hour away from our hotel. I pretty much slept the rest of the day, 520am flight killed me! Saturday morning we got up and went over to Driven to get some training in. I am using the term training loosely as what I am doing now is pretty sad. I did a ton of rehab work. Lots of bird dogs, stretches, kb swings, goblets, and squats up to 185lbs. Great news is that it was pain free and no form break downs. The back and hip are getting better slowly. Learn from me, do not neglect a proper warm up!


The seminar itself was on Sunday, and was a fun time for sure. JP Price and Ben Moore made the trip up, which for me was big. See I have coached both of these guys for over a year now and have never actually met them. They are both as ugly as I had assumed they would be! Both of these guys are peaking for their meets over the next two weeks. Both of them are by far my strongest clients, and really the easiest to work with. We had roughly 26 people in attendance and I think 4 of them I have coached at one point or another. It makes me feel like I am representing the system well, and that what we are doing as a group is working. When people keep coming back, attending seminars, wanting to learn more, it makes what we do that much more fun. I coached the same group through all the big three lifts. They got their monies worth out of me, because I was sore and worn out by the end of the day.


Today I fly out to Michigan Barbell for our fundraiser. If you are in the area, please come out, ask questions, train, learn, and donate to the Faber family. I could not imagine what they are going through right now! Look forward to seeing some of you there, and of course to hang out with my teammates who could make it 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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