Jonathan Byrd 1050 Squat 770 Deadlift Miss

Currently working my way down in weight to lift in the 275 class at the XPC Finals. Looking to improve on my all-time best lifts of 1040, 725, and 730lbs. I am also taking on additional online clients for personalized training. Feel free to email me at if you are interested.

The work is nearly done! As I write this I am exactly 14 days away from being in Columbus, Ohio for the XPC Finals. I have one big squat left (Saturday) and its pretty much openers and cruise control.

The 1050 squat moved slower than I would have liked. It is pretty easy to see the issue though, I am a dumbass. I set up under the bar about 3inches off center. So I guess its safe to say that I can mess things up and still power through a 1050 squat.

Deadlifts moved well. The 715 was pretty fast, and I decided I would give 770 a try. Really the weight moved fine, but I let myself get a little forward on it and could not recover in time.

So where does that leave me? In a position to change things at this meet! There is no reason for me to lack confidence, zero! I am stronger than I have ever been, hit bigger numbers in the gym than I ever have before, and have done more meets than most of the people in my class. If I hit the numbers I am capable of, then I will be in good shape when the end of the meet. I have no issues with lifting on a big stage, but if you are a mental midget the atmosphere at the XPC will eat you alive.

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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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