Byrd: Some nice easy training

Still recovering from my recent injuries.

Quick list: Partial bicep tear, partial hamstring tear, quad tendon issues, QL problems in lower back.

Yeah, my body has hated me. So rather than just keep pushing I have been doing a lot of rehab and light training. Most of my stuff lately has been bodybuilding style and much lighter than in the past. That will all change this coming week though. For the first time in awhile I am not in day to day pain. This is a great feeling, and really has me wanting to train hard again! My bicep is now good enough that I was able to do some fairly heavy rows, and my back is letting me do a lot more things.

The goal is to be able to bench in a few weeks at a local meet, but I cant lie, in the back of my mind I want to do the full meet. I have my original training partner and one of my oldest friends, Matt Honeycutt coming down to help Team Samson at the meet. You can never have too much quality help at a meet, and I am damn glad he can make it down.

Bench: Well this sucked! I warmed up, put on a smaller shirt and was just shitty. I was really uncomfortable and couldnt get it to work. Not sure if I was just not mentally dialed in or what. Either way I called it early. The good news is that I was able to set up on the bench with no pain in the quad and hip!

Bodybuilding day:
McGill pull ups
Barbell Rows with a pause
Dumbbell shrugs
1 arm kb swings
2 arm kb swings
Lat pull downs
push downs
side laterals

Overall I got to say I am happy to be getting healthy. It has been a long time since my body has felt this good, and I want this to continue.

Also if you have any questions, throw them up on the Q&A part of the site!!!!!

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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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