Lab Rat – Pre Contest Week 4 Day 1

I’m training for the XPC Finals at the Arnold Sports Festival® March, 7, 2015.  I’ll be competing as a 242lb raw lifter looking to improve my best meet lifts of 575, 430 and 600. 

Last Saturday kicked off pre contest week 4, the atmosphere in Team Samson was perfect.  All members prepping for the Arnold were focused and on point, everyone in offseason training was eager to lend a helping hand and give us the extra motivational push we needed.  A strong team backing you makes all the difference.  Warm up consisted of the McGill Big 3 and KB squats then a few sets with the bar.


  • 150 2 x 6
  • 260 x 3
  • 350 x 2
  • 460 x 1
  • 510 x 2 (snug wrap)
  • 550 x 2 (tight wrap)


  • 135 x 3
  • 225 x 3
  • 335 x 2
  • 425 x 2
  • 515 x 2
  • 565 x 1

Squats felt great, 550 was my second attempt last meet and both reps moved much smoother than that attempt.  Deadlifts felt strong once I got my head on straight.  The 515 set shocked me a little, I “babied” the weight and it didn’t move as quick as I expected – check out the video and see how much faster the second rep moves.  565 is 35lbs off of my best lift, I’ll take that with 6 weeks left!

For discounts on Game Plan products endorsed by 10/20/Life –

[share title=”Share this Article” facebook=”true” twitter=”true” google_plus=”true” linkedin=”true” pinterest=”true” reddit=”true” email=”true”][author title=”About the Author”]


The following two tabs change content below.

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.

Latest posts by Jason Kowalewski (see all)

No Comments

Sorry, the comment form is closed at this time.

Contact Brian Carroll

Schedule A Consult Below

Take 25% OFF
Your first purchase
Subscribe Now!