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Thanks David for taking time out of your hectic schedule to chat with us!
Q: First off, how did the USPA National Championships go?
A: The competition in the big picture of things went well. I always want more, but that's just the nature of the sport. I have been having some knee problems leading up to the competition that forced me to not be able to squat the numbers I was shooting for. I took it really light just to get past that event. That bummed me out, but I knew I had made progress with my bench and deadlift, so it was still a good event to be able to test those implements.
Q: If you could change anything from your meet what would it be?
A: There was little technical things that I wish I would have changed when I was on the platform, but it’s always a learning experience no matter how many times you compete. You are always a student and there is always something you can do better and correct.
Q: If you could go back to the drawing board for training, is there anything you would change leading up to this meet?
A: I would have listened to my body and gave myself more time to recover so that I could get that big squat that I’m hunting for. I went too heavy and too fast which kept the injury like it was.
Q: Typically, what does your training program look like? How many days do you train and what do you train on those days?
A: Mondays - Heavy bench / Chest accessories
Tuesdays - Heavy pulls / Back accessories
Thursday: OHP / Speed bench / Other accessories
Saturday: Squats / Leg accessories
Cardio: 5 times a week
Q: How has HMB played a key in your training?
A: HMB has played a huge part in my recovery. It is a staple in my daily routine. I beat myself up almost daily and you can definitely feel the difference when you're consistent with taking HMB and when you're not taking it at all.
Q: Obviously, you’ve always been well known for your bench press. Why do you think that’s always been a lift you’ve excelled in? Any advice for those who struggle with the bench press?
A: I started off as a bench only guy when I first joined the Marine Corps and then I slowly progressed into full power squat and deadlift because I wanted to go where the competition was. You will always have a lift that is weaker than the other two. If that happens to be bench, try switching up your routine. Try pyramid work, bands, chains, floor presses, and make sure you kill your triceps.
Q: What made you decide to start focusing on full powerlifting meets rather than just the bench press?
A: I didn’t like people saying that I was only strong at bench. I’m very competitive so I wanted to prove to myself that I could hang with the big boys in all 3 lifts.
Q: What is your food intake/diet look like? Do you eat anything specific to stay in a certain weight division?
A: I’m a SHW weight lifter, which is any lifter over 308lbs. I normally weigh around 325-345lbs. I actually am cutting right now to get down closer to 300lbs. Fish, rice, chicken, protein shakes, fruits, veggies is typically what I eat. I’m eating for a purpose not for taste.
Q: What are your thoughts on recovery? Do you do anything specific to help with recovery or for injury prevention?
A: Every night I jump in my full leg compression sleeves and stay in them for about an hour and a half. Then I immediately go to the floor and perform trigger point therapy by rolling out my body, then finish with stretching. I go to the chiropractor 2 times a week and deep tissue massage every other week on off-season and every week during competition month.
Q: I know that your athlete page refers to you as “The Beast”. Where did this nickname come from?
A: I actually gave myself that nickname when I was in high school weighing around 145lbs. I knew people would laugh at it, but I thought to myself if I start thinking I’m a beast then I will become one. The rest is history.
Q: What has been your most memorable moment in your powerlifting career thus far and what are your hopes for the future?
A: Being able to connect with Little Lindsay and her family hands down takes the cake on all levels. That changed my life so much. Other than those, being able to squat over 900 lbs. and bench over 600 lbs. are landmark lifts that I was hungry for and excited to have accomplished. Next is squatting over 1000 lbs., benching 650 lbs., and deadlifting over 800 lbs. which would make me number 1 in the world in my weight class. Nothing is impossible. I will get there.
Thanks David for your time and we wish you a speedy recovery from your knee injury! To learn more about David please click here.