Byrd: Week 5 Squats

Saturday made exactly 5 weeks out from the Battle on the Boardwalk in Atlantic City. I will be lifting in the 275 class for the second time. I have some high hopes for this meet, I just need to come in healthy and continue to stick to the plan.

Brian and I traveled down Thursday morning to Charleston SC for a seminar at Low Country Strength. It is always a pleasure to be a part of these seminars, but even more so when the person who has brought you in is a friend. I have known Will for several years now, going back to meets held in the Myrtle Beach area. He is a very knowledgeable guy who has an amazing gym in Charleston.

We all got together Friday for some heavy squats. My goal was to work up to a certain number and felt good to reach that mark, but my body had other plans. All weights moved great, but the training session just took too long. The risk of injury after a 5 hour training session was just too much for me to push another set. I will take that number this week at Samson and set myself up well for the meet being 4 weeks out then.

Warm ups felt like shit! I slept on my hip wrong (my left one, not the injured one) and this made depth suck as well as some very sharp pain.

bar x lots
2×5 @ 155
1×1@ 335
1×1 @ 425
briefs on
1×1 @ 600
1×1 @ 700
suit on
1×1@ 800
1×1 @ 1005

Everything moved great, and really makes me wonder where my squat is at! We will find out in 4 weeks!

Video is linked below!

Good time squatting at Low Country as we prepare the seminar this weekend. Worked up to 1005 with solid speed and called it there. Will push for one more set next week at 4 weeks out! If you are in the area join us Saturday and Sunday for the seminar! Brian Carroll Scott Paltos Lisa Guggisberg Will Kuenzel Allison LockhartAdam DriggersClint SmithChad WalkerJordan Wong

Posted by Jonathan Byrd on Friday, July 24, 2015

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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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