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Chris originally contacted Stanton Strength heading into a deadlift only competition as a new powerlifter. Chris managed to achieve a deadlift of 565 pounds at a bodyweight of 196lbs. Amazing given that we started with a very difficult double at 485 only six weeks prior. It was obvious then that Chris had a lot of untapped potential as a powerlifter.
The goal for the next twelve weeks was to drastically improve his squat and bench press to round him out as a competitor. We began with a 365lb squat, 300lb bench press, and 435lb conventional deadlift. Chris being young and ambitious was best suited with an aggressive four day split program. Chris competition squatted, bench pressed, and overhead pressed twice a week while deadlifting once a week. Secondary movements were selected primarily for positional endurance utilizing moderate paused works for moderate repetitions. Tertiary movements were selected primarily to improve shoulder imbalance and external rotation control.
Four weeks were spent on improving competition triples, four weeks on competition doubles, and four weeks working to a one repetition maximum. During this time Chris was instructed and guided in putting on additional muscular mass via proper protein selection and increased calories. The overall goal was to begin to fill out the 220 weight class and increase his total drastically.
Of special note we changed his deadlift to conventional after observation of his difficulty achieving the right amount of external rotation related to bony hip structure. Chris is also early enough in his career that the longer range of motion of conventional deadlift will improve his acquisition of muscle.
With only a couple very minor stumbles Chris’s progress was extraordinary. Chris finished with a 470lb squat (105lb increase), 340lb bench press (40lb increase), 195lb overhead press (20lb increase), and a 585lb conventional deadlift (150lb increase, 20lb all time best any style). That works out to a 315lb increase over four lifts in only twelve weeks of time! This was all accomplished at a bodyweight of 204-209lbs. A trade of 8-13lbs of mass was certainly worth it.
Chris is still very hungry for a 500lb squat, and 600lb deadlift. It’s only a short matter of time before this becomes a reality for him. Keep your eye out for this young competitor as he has a lot to offer the sport. We are proud of you Chris!