View Full Version : Finally after chasing 600 for 2 years .

Eric Downey
05-25-2008, 09:00 PM
I joined the Kellum crew in June of 06. With decent strength and poor tech, and never having owed a shirt that wasn't used I was finally with people that could help. In may of 07 I hit a long time goal of mine, a 500lb raw bench. You can find it on you tube. Two weeks later I hit 560 in a meet but had lock out trouble with heavier attempts. Training continued and over the course of the next year I did 3 meets not hitting a lift in any of them, buy all the while getting stronger just not putting it together in the meets. This year it finally came together. At the Biggest Bench on The River on may 10th I opened 605 and smoked it. Then 625 smoked it as well, but pulled my peck slightly. Went for 640 on my third and just lost it in the whole. I didn't missed **** I never tried to press it I dame near rolled off the bench. Next is the Europa Super Show in Aug in Dallas, Tx. The whole team is going to this one. Jesse, Frank Caminita, Frank Trapani who has a 500 bench at 148, Philip Maranto, and AJ Shoauder. 650or better is the goal. I'd like to make a run at 700. I have the power. I've done it off of brds so I know I can handle the weight which is sometimes the hardest thing.

05-25-2008, 09:43 PM
Congrats my brother! Give me a buzz...I lost your digits again!

Semper Fi

Lones Green
05-25-2008, 10:08 PM
sounds like a great feeling. hit up the ice cream parlor or something, you deserve it!


05-26-2008, 05:56 AM
Congrats on the 625! Jesse and Frank are good people to train with so they can help you reach your goals. Tell them I say hi.

05-26-2008, 09:00 AM
solid lifting bro!

05-26-2008, 11:02 PM

Pastor Mitch
05-27-2008, 09:40 AM
Maybe one of you guys can give me some advice on training for competition.
I am about seven weeks out from my first powerlifting meet. what set, and reps should I be doing. All three lifts are over 400, I hit 460 lbs. on the bench, raw with a pause.

05-27-2008, 09:49 AM
Pastor Mitch, where are you located?

Pastor Mitch
05-27-2008, 10:08 AM
I am located in south Ga.

05-27-2008, 10:34 AM
Fantastic. You'll be nailing 700 before you know it.

05-27-2008, 12:35 PM



05-27-2008, 01:26 PM
CONGRATS ERIC! I have known you for awhile. You deserve it brother.

Eric Downey
05-28-2008, 11:17 AM
I am located in south Ga.

where exactly in south ga.

Eric Downey
05-28-2008, 11:19 AM
CONGRATS ERIC! I have known you for awhile. You deserve it brother.

Thanks brother. Looking for a 650+ in Dallas. You should look to come to that one.

Erik 23
05-28-2008, 11:29 AM
Congrats Bro nice lifting especially on the raw bench nice lifting.

Travis Bell
05-28-2008, 11:41 AM
wait, are we talking about a raw bench or an equipped bench? I initially thought it was equipped

Eric Downey
05-28-2008, 11:48 AM
Its was done in gear. The point i was making by telling my raw bench was that i was getting nothing out of a shirt i should have been getting plenty out of. As my tech. got better so did my numbers. 625 raw I wish!

05-28-2008, 12:46 PM
whats in dallas?

05-28-2008, 01:43 PM
whats in dallas?

Some NICE cheerleaders!

Rob Luyando
05-28-2008, 02:54 PM
Congrats Eric! See you in Dallas.

05-28-2008, 03:56 PM
Some NICE cheerleaders!

your damn right. I prefer the Raiderettes.

05-28-2008, 04:27 PM
wait, are we talking about a raw bench or an equipped bench? I initially thought it was equippedThat's what I thought, too. Even though it was, impressive, nonetheless. Sounds like you made great progress in a year!

Eric Downey
05-29-2008, 12:33 AM
I have better over all strength now than I did when I first started with Jesse. The heavy DB's and the heavy banded smith machine work is what I think has helped the most. We put bands on pretty much any and everything, and the outside GPP work that I'd never done before I'm sure has had its positive effects as well.

Eric Downey
05-29-2008, 12:37 AM
Rob glad to here your coming to Dallas. It was a lot of fun and a great meet last year. Think there are 5 of us going that's are lifting.