Byrd: Some football and a few squats!

The life of a football coach is always on the go! We are starting to install some offense so intensity is high at practice. Schedule is starting to clean up and I am able to make more time for training. I am slowly trying to bring my weight down so I am not the “fat” coach haha! With no real group to train with right now most of my work will be raw….for now!

Week One of Install

600x3 Raw Squat

Being a new head coach has presented a lot of obstacles.  The biggest at this point is the change in motivation and attitude towards training. Each week I can see the students taking things more seriously, and growing as athletes. This week we started installing  the basics of our offense. If you are a football nut like myself you will recognize some of them. My personal favorite play is “Power” as we lived and died off it in college, and honestly its just hard to stop. I don’t want to go into too much detail about what you see here until the season gets under way. My hope is that we still catch a few people by surprise, as I am sure they expect us to be a push over.

Training is starting to find a consistent place in my life now as things are not as crazy. I am lucky in that a local gym just purchased a monolift and texas squat bar. I have not gone over 405 since the move from Florida, and honestly squatting on a gym bar in a rack just sucks! I am way to fat and inflexible to fit in there. This week was a nice surprise on how light things moved. I was pain free, and left pain free. That may not seem like a big deal to most, but for me its a huge step in the right direction. My top set this week was 600×3 in just wraps. Winning all around this week!

3 rounds of McGill Big 3







1×3@600 added wraps

3×20 wide stance leg press

3×10 single leg deadlifts

5 trips of suit case carries


I left with my legs feeling like jello and pretty damn happy with where I am at!


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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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