Start of Arnold Prep

Time to get things rolling!

We are now just over 8 weeks out from the XPC finals and things are picking up. My bodyweight is now in the low 280s, with hopes of getting closer to 290lbs. I will be using the weight cut program set out by Brian Carroll. It should be an easy cut, and if you dont have the book you should head over to the shop page and pick up a copy.

briefs on
added suit
800×1 close to depth

worked up to 495 off 2 inch blocks, but ribs were hurting so stopped there.


Bench Work
Raw 3 board work last set of 3 at 430
Shirted work doubles off 3 board up to 655

Body is still in one piece and ready to get things going. I cant wait to push things in the next few weeks. I am avoiding thinking for myself much this cycle and letting Brian and Adam call the numbers. Had some help from Paul Key this week with my bench set up. It is amazing what a good team can help you accomplish.

Next week I plan on working up to about 900 in the squat and pushing the bench a little more. I get to start the break in process of a new SDP. It is time to try and go down a size and get it fitted properly. We have a specific protocol that we follow to keep them in good shape and working for longer. I had the chance to talk about breaking in the shirts this week with Gravie V. It is always nice to talk with other lifters that you respect, its a great chance to learn what has worked for them. I am looking forward to heading out to her meet in April and watching some big lifts.


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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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