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In this 275th episode of Dave Tate's Table Talk, Jaden Lacaria, Nydir Hayden, and Josh Gallone join us. Welcome, Jaden, Nydir, and Josh! 

Jaden Lacaria has been competing in powerlifting for six years in both multi-ply and raw categories, achieving multiple pro totals in the 198 weight class for each style. His best lifts in the raw 198 category are a 830-pound squat, 450-pound bench press, and 678-pound deadlift. Formerly, he trained at Westside Barbell under Louie Simmons. In addition to powerlifting, Jaden has competed in bodybuilding for two years, with a highlight second place finish at the 2021 NPC North Americans. He aspires to secure his IFBB pro card at this year's NPC North Americans in Pittsburgh, PA. In 2022, Jaden faced a significant setback, tearing both quad tendons and undergoing five surgeries due to a MRSA infection. He now works full-time as an online coach for powerlifting and bodybuilding, traveling across the country to coach at meets and shows. Jaden holds a bachelor's degree and a master's degree in Sports Coaching from The Ohio State University.

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Nydir Hayden, a 28-year-old Philadelphia native from Germantown, has been an Advanced EMT in the city's 911 system for nine years and is a father of two. Throughout his youth, he engaged in various sports including football, track, boxing, and martial arts. Nydir began powerlifting in 2017 after being introduced to the sport by a colleague in the fire department. Under the guidance of his coach, Jaden, he transitioned his focus to achieving a professional total and an all-time world record (ATWR) squat at 82.5kg/181lbs. Over the past two years, Nydir has competed in three professional meets, securing best lifter honors and a pro total. He concluded 2023 with a 771-pound squat, the highest wrapped squat in his weight class and ranking him 19th all-time in the 181-pound category.

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Josh Gallone, 28, resides in the suburbs of Philadelphia and is a family man with a wife and one-year-old son. He started powerlifting in his senior year of high school, driven by the desire to build strength after recovering from an accidental shooting injury. Josh's motivation in powerlifting is to create a legacy that his children can admire. He has been actively competing and striving to enhance his skills in the sport since his high school days.

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Dave Tate is the founder and co-owner of elitefts.com. He is the author of twenty books and has logged more than 40,000 hours of training and consulting. Dave is married to elitefts co-owner Traci Arnold-Tate, and they reside in London, Ohio, with their two sons. Personal Credo: Live, Learn, Pass on™.

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