Jonathan Byrd Week 1 of XPC Arnold Prep: Equipped Squats

deadlifts

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 onlythestrongllc@gmail.com 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.

Squats
3xbar
3×5@150
2×5@240
1×3@330
1×2@420
1×1@510
added briefs and wraps
1×1@600
1×1@700
added suit bottom
1×1@825
1×1@890

Deads
1×2@245
1×2@335
1×1@445
straps up
1×1@535
1×1@625

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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