Best Lifter spotlight from the WPUSA Tennessee State Championship on May 8, 2021.
Men’s Open Wraps Best Lifter...
Name, age & how long have you been Powerlifting?
My name is Jackson Powell, I’m 18 years old and I’ve been powerlifting for 3 years.
Best lifts in competition?
My best lifts are a 417 KG/ 919.3lbs squat, 207 KG/ 546.36lbs bench,
318 KG/701.07lbs deadlift, and my best total is 942 KG/ 2072.4lbs.
Athletic background? What you did before powerlifting?
Before powerlifting I played football and wrestled for a few years.
I started powerlifting because I lost interest in football and started lifting for powerlifting only.
Tell me something about your gym/team.
I am on The Walls of Jericho training team out of Dayton Tennessee and we’re not just a team we’re a family.
Trying alone or training partner/coach, team?
I train with my coach, Josh Rodda and other members of the team.
Something most people you train with (or those who follow you if you train alone) don't know about you?
I’m a gentle bull and am referred to as Ferd like Ferdinand the bull by the team.
Biggest inspiration in the sport?
I have many inspirations in the sport, there’s too many to name.
What's your favorite lift? Least favorite lift?
My favorite lift is squat and my least favorite is bench.
Biggest challenge in your training?
My biggest challenge in training is not going full bore all the time.
Ideal training atmosphere? Focused and dialed in or noisy and high energy?
Ideal training atmosphere is all my team and the music cranked up loud. When we all get together we do amazing things.
Training plan. Do your own programming or have a coach?
Josh Rodda is my coach and does my programs.
Social media. Positives and negatives
Social media is great because it allows big lifts to be spread but people should keep certain opinions to themselves when they don’t have a clue what they’re talking about.
Diet you follow? Supplements?
I don’t have a strict diet and I usually only have a Reign energy in meet days and before big training sessions but I’m about to start using Tennessee Pre and see how I like it.
Biggest accomplishment in your powerlifting career?
My biggest accomplishment so far is totaling 2000 pounds and getting an invite to The Showdown Meet in September.
What's one of your non-powerlifting goals?
A non-powerlifting goal of mine is to be successful enough to have a gym for all my teammates to train at and to give back to the sport somehow.
Finally is there anyone you would like to acknowledge or give a shout out to (team, coach, spouse, sponsors)?
I’d like to thank my Mama and Sister for always supporting. I also want to thank Josh Rodda and all of the team who come out and support along with train. They make me better and help me and for that I’m grateful. I’d also like to thank Conquering Barbell and Zone Smelling Salts for supporting me as well.