I have been competitively powerlifting for over 20 years. Within that time I have competed raw, single ply and multi ply. I hold the highest all time total of 1930 at 148, the third highest total of 2045 at 165 and have broken over 35 world records, over 25 of which I still hold. Through the years in this sport I have learned a great deal from various training methods, met and formed long lasting friends, as well as learned the importance of balancing life, work, and training.

Elitefts accepted me as a team member over ten years ago and I am currently the longest standing still competing powerlifter on the site. I appreciate Dave Tate and Elitefts for giving me the opportunity to learn from and teach others through the Q&A and my training log.

In 2005 I opened Orlando Barbell – a 24 hour powerlifting friendly gym. As well as running Orlando Barbell I designed and sell the Home GHR and Doorway Home Gym, wrote the 12 Weeks to a Bigger Bench EBook, and produced the 12Weeks to a Bigger Bench DVD.

My latest contribution was writing the Minimalist Method EBook, designed to be the quintessential Raw Powerlifting training manual for beginners to advanced lifters looking to get stronger and prevent injury while incorporating the powerlifts.

I'm currently in off season training.

5 mins. Treadmill

PVC rolled on:
Lower back, shifted to right and left
Upper back, shifted to right and left scapula w/hips up

We’re still in off season training (basing our percentages off of 90% of our projected maxes) while following the The M2 Method which I designed after years of trial and error with other programs. We rotate through bars to reduce the stress on our shoulder joints. We used the Cambered bar for a few weeks and are incorporating the Buffalo Bar again now. The only time we use the squat bar is when we get within a few weeks of a meet. My next meet will most likely be either single ply or possibly a raw meet with knee wraps. For now I’m planning to train with minimal gear (single ply briefs and the catapult) until I decide on a meet.

High Box (low box+foam pad) Squats w/Buffalo Bar-
w/Metal single ply briefs-
445+40 lbs of chains x 3 (too easy)
465+80 lbs of chains x 3

Thanks to Greg Godwin, Jeff Sevor, and Tyler Weaver for training today.

Belt rack

I had planned to do some accessory work, but ended up helping our valued member and friend, Rich Hayes, put up a new belt rack that he designed for us as well as new wheels on our adjustable benches that had broken off. There’s no way I would have been able to figure out ways to fix most, or any, of the equipment at OBB that Rich has been able to repair.  Thanks again Rich.

The Minimalist M2 Method

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