Byrd: Testing the Bicep

Life has a way of just kicking you in the nuts sometimes, but its like I said in my article its just a knife fight in a phone booth. You have to find ways to make it work. I have been lucky to have some people to keep me focused and work through these injuries and outside distractions. Bodyweight has stayed steady between 255-260 for a few weeks now. I am getting to the point where its time to head back to big boy land, if it was up to me I would already be heading back. Lucky for me I have people I trust and ill wait it out like they ask (hate it when they are right)! So until then ill stay on diet and hold off on additional vitamins.

Now as far as training goes this was my first time doing any deads since the Arnold. Also since then I have figured out what the hell is wrong with my squat. I have something going on in the lower right side of my back. I have added in additional bird dogs and it is starting to help out.


Deads: DOH Conventional

McGill Big 3 for warm up


A ton of bird dogs to finish. My back had gotten tight during the deads, but I assumed it would. The good news is the bicep felt no real pain, and will be ready when I am ready to kick this thing back in high gear. At 31 I should have a few years left of lifting at a high level, but I dont want to leave this sport or my life that matter with any regrets.

“Sacrifice or regret, pick your path. With either path comes pain, but with sacrifice the pain is temporary. Regret, that’s for life.”


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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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