Jonathan Byrd 950 squat 785 block pull 6 weeks out!

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.


Less than 6 weeks to go and things are moving along well. This is the time of training where you start to see your hard work pay off. It is also the most brutal part of training. Saturday’s squat/deadlift session took nearly 4 hours to finish and get the gym picked up. I honestly had no idea it had been that long because the atmosphere in the gym is at high level. There are currently 4 lifters from Team Samson prepping for the XPC, which will lead to some intense situations.

Raw up to 500
briefs on
suit bottom on
straps up
850×1 about last warm up
950×1 about opener

Still struggling to find the right gear combination since my weight loss, but I will figure it out.

2×1@425 briefs
suit on
1×1@605 about last warm up
blocks (4in)
700×1 about opener

The 785 was a solid PR after the end of a very long training day. Things are looking up with my deadlift for sure. I will not hesitate to attempt 800lbs at the meet if it means going for the win.

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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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