Jonathan Byrd Week 1 of XPC Arnold Prep: Equipped Squats


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.

All of my squat gear is with Ken Anderson getting altered due to my weight loss. I wanted to go ahead and get in some gear this week, so I used the my old stuff in which I deadlift in. I wanted to work up to what would be about last warm ups. I realize this is early in the training cycle, but I feel my added raw strength and additional size will help my equipped lifting. Right now the plan is to push a little harder than normal and use no barbell squats at all during deloads.

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Felt great with the start of the cycle. Depth could be better on the 890 but I have not been in gear during the offseason, so it was too be expected. I will be deloading this week on the squat/dead then back into my gear!

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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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