Lab Rat – More Geared Lifting

I’m currently in an offseason training cycle after competing at RPS Redemption in Ft. Myers May 30th.  I ended up lifting in the 275’s vs. the planned 242.  I achieved a 1610lb total via 580 squat, 440 bench and 590 deadlift.  Best numbers at 242 were 550, 425, 575 for 1550.  I don’t have a meet on the horizon yet but there are several goals in mind.

My first 10 week block of off season training came to and end and the next block will be kicking off this coming weekend.  Last week and this week have been a combination of a deload (driven by the desire to finish my car), having fun and assisting fellow teammates with breaking in more gear for the RPS South Florida Conquest.

Last Saturday started with a few rounds of the McGill Big 3, KB swings and a few sets with an empty buffalo bar.


  • 2 x 5 w/ 145
  • 235 x 5
  • 325 x 3
  • 375 x 2
  • 415 x 2


  • 2 x 8 w/ 135
  • 225 x 5
  • 275 x 3
  • Shirt added 315 x 4
  • 365 x 4 (3 board)
  • 405 x 4 (3 board)
  • 455 x 3 (2 board)
  • 495 x 3 (2 board)
  • 495 x 1 (1 board)

Working in a shirt has been very eye opening to the challenge of mastering it.  Maybe it’s time to commit more time to transitioning into geared lifting, time will tell.


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Jason Kowalewski

Jason Kowalewski is an up and coming raw powerlifter residing in Jacksonville, Florida where he trains with Team Samson. In his younger years he was a “gear head” who built his first drag car before obtaining a driver’s license. Within the last 6 years his primary focus has shifted from motorsports to powerlifting. Jason began training under Brian’s tutelage in February 2013. He was actually one of the initial test subjects, hence the name Lab Rat. Since then he has seen significant improvements on all lifts with his commitment to Brian and the 10/20/Life methodology. To date his best total is 1653.4lbs via 633.8lb squat, 435.4lb bench and 584.9lb deadlift at 242lbs.

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