Jack The Deadlift Ripper!
How a 130lb young man turned himself into a competitive powerlifting beast!
I grew up playing the usual sports including soccer, track and field cross country, and wrestling before falling in love with powerlifting in my sophomore year in college. That was 2012, and since then I’ve spent much of my free time training, competing, and coaching.
19 years old.
130lbs and 7% body fat
24 years old
190lbs and 11% body fat
Squat: 628lbs in competition
Bench: 315lbs raw
Deadlift: 638lbs in competition
What motivated you to change?
I was just tired of being the skinny little unnoticed kid and was ready to earn some respect and achieve something for myself.
What was your past diet and lifestyle like?
I would eat pretty much anything, run long distance, and generally not take care of myself like I do now.
What kind of diet do you follow now?
I don’t follow a strict diet per se, but I am very intentional to get sufficient protein from meat.
What workout routine worked best for you overall?
Ultimately the majority of my gains have come through hybridized training, which takes powerlifting and bodybuilding together. I found this allowed me to get stronger and more aesthetic at the same time.
What keeps you motivated to keep pushing?
I can’t imagine living any other lifestyle. It feels good to work hard, it feels good to push past the pain, and it feels good to improve.
How has your life changed since starting to workout?
I’m certainly happier and more mentally balanced for having a great outlet for both energy and stress.
What’s the best advice you can give someone who’s starting out?
Get a coach. Whether it’s me or someone else, please get a coach to make sure you learn things right the first time. It gets exponentially harder to correct poor technique the longer you’ve done it the wrong way.
It’s important to understand why you’re training and stay close to that reason. If you find yourself complaining about pain, about lack of gains, about the gym where you train or about people who discourage you, slap yourself. No one is putting a gun to your head and telling you to train and attack your goals. You are not part of some great struggle for a righteous cause just because you lift weights. So, either embrace all aspects of the training process and thrive in the gym or find a goal you won’t complain about
What is your ultimate body/fitness goal?
Deadlift 700lb raw.
Your supplement stack?
I take pre-workout, creatine, whey, and melatonin.
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