Best Lifter spotlight from the USPC Hickory Classic on June 19, 2021.
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Name, age & how long have you been Powerlifting?
22 and been powerlifting for around 3 years
Best lifts in competition?
Athletic background? What you did before powerlifting?
Before I started powerlifting, I played football and wrestled for about 10 years.
I was always working out with all of my sports throughout my teenage years and fell in love with lifting. After graduating a friend of mine introduced to Powerlifting and I have been doing it ever since.
Tell me something about your gym/team.
I actually train at two gyms, both located in Lynchburg, VA (Legendary Strength Gym and Kinetix Health Club). As a team, I have been volunteering and assisting with Liberty Powerlifting based out of Liberty University.
Trying alone or training partner/coach, team?
Most days I train with my girlfriend, Amanda, who also coached me for this last meet and we will continue coaching one another for the next meet in October.
Something most people you train with (or those who follow you if you train alone) don't know about you?
I am honestly a big version of a child and enjoy video games like Dragon Ball Z and Pokémon.
Biggest inspiration in the sport?
He's not affiliated much with Powerlifting, but Eddie Hall has been my inspiration for pushing myself in training for the last few years.
What's your favorite lift?
It's a tie between the bench press and squat.
Least favorite lift?
Deadlift for sure.
Biggest challenge in your training?
My biggest challenge in training is my mobility. I've torn multiple muscles, ligaments and tendons in my time training and it makes it difficult to be flexible and stay loose at all times.
Ideal training atmosphere? Focused and dialed in or noisy and high energy?
I can do a blend of both. I keep the music loud but when it's time for a big lift, always get dialed in. Just me and the bar at the end of the day.
Training plan. Do your own programming or have a coach?
I somewhat do my own coaching. My girlfriend and I bounce ideas off one another to give ourselves the best options for training.
Social media. Positives and negatives
I mainly use Instagram for social media. The positives for me are always whenever I can motivate someone with my posts to go out and push themselves to reach their goals.
Diet you follow? Supplements?
Don't really have much of a diet unless I need to cut weight.
Biggest accomplishment in your powerlifting career?
I suffered a complete tear of my pectoralis major muscle that required surgery back in December 2017 and in January 2020, after being told my bench wouldn't be normal, I hit 405.
What's one of your non-powerlifting goals?
Definitely to finish school.
Finally is there anyone you would like to acknowledge or give a shout
out to (team, coach, spouse, sponsors)?
Definitely the gyms, Kinetix and Legendary, my teammates from Liberty Powerlifting, the guys from Complete Nutrition in Lynchburg, my family and friends, and my girlfriend Amanda Smith.