Team Samson weekly update

Filipe Gusmão and Shane Ford are currently 4 weeks out from the RPS South Florida Conquest and Adam Driggers is pushing up his raw bench and squat numbers. 

The Team Samson compound has been filled with intensity as most of the team has been in meet prep. Along with Brian’s and Byrd’s meet prep which just concluded last week we also have Filipe, Shane Ford, Shane Shepperd, and Clint Smith prepping for the RPS South Florida conquest. It’s in these times that you find out who is there to ensure the success of the team, and who is there only to self serve.

Our crew has pulled together and created the right atmosphere that gives our team the best chance of success on the platform. Days wont always go as planned but having a competent team there to tell you, without sugarcoating, when you need to push and when you need to hang the boots and deload will make it more likely that you will peak appropriately instead of running your body into the ground.


Adam Driggers

Adam came into this week looking to push up his raw bench number not only for himself, but also to show some of the raw guys in the gym that even in retirement  from multiply powerlifting he is still able to outlift them raw.

425 Bench (You can hear Adam talking to Jason Kowalewski as he out lifts him for the day.)

“It’s going to be easy Jason.”

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450 Bench

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Post 450 bench interview (done by John Byrd)

Squat day

Raw Squats 500×2 for 2 sets
600 x 15 for 3 leg press
Kettle bell stiff legged deads 3 sets
Bird dogs

Filipe Gusmao

Filipe came into this week after deloading for nearly 2 weeks due to tendinitis on his left arm. Being that he is 4 weeks out he needed to put up some decent numbers to get the momentum back in the right direction. He was able to manage the tendinitis this week and hit decent numbers by continuing ART/Graston with his chiropractor, going to massage therapists, icing, and taking ibuprofen to lessen the inflammation.


225×1, 275×1, 315×1, 335×1, 355×1 RPE 8

Close grip 2 board

275×5, 295×4, 315×2, 335×1 RPE 8

bench dips 4×10, band pushdowns 4×25, band flys 3×25


Worked up to 525 single.

Finished with BB Rows 225×5, 245×5, 265×5 Shrugs 3 x8, Stretchers 3×15


145×3, 235×2, 325×1, 415×1, 465×1(light wrap), 535×1, 570×1, 605×1(reverse band)

Finished off with GHR 3×8, KB Squats 3×15, band abs 3×20

Shane Ford

Shane is also from 4 weeks out and he came into this week trying to dial in his form on single ply bench/deadlift and to push up his single ply squat.


Worked up to 500×1 to a 1 board.


Worked up to 6 singles straps up at 585.


595×1(straps down), 705×1(straps up), 765×1, 805×1 (reverse band).

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Team Samson Powerlifting

Team Samson was founded by Adam Driggers who built the Team Samson compound. Some of the biggest names in powerlifting have trained with Team Samson including Dondell Blue, Al Caslow, and Gary Frank. What began as a small group of members has grown into an accomplished team of lifters that continue to chase after new strength gains. Team Samson is made up of pro lifters Brian Carroll, Clint Smith, and Jonathan Byrd along with lifters in various stages of their lifting career including Adam Driggers, Keith Price, Filipe Gusmão, Mike Holman, Paul Key, Shane Ford, Shane Shepperd, and Tony Garland.
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