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    My first 500 bench!

    Hit my first 500 last night in the gym. This is a big deal for me as it's THE goal I had when I first walked into Southside to bench almost 3 years ago.

    Thanks to Karsten for giving me great handoffs and setting my shirt. Thanks to Vincent and Rhodes for teaching me how to bench and sticking with me all this time, and for being generally awesome. And thanks to Josh and Brian (and the whole crew) for being great training partners.

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    Last edited by drew; 08-29-2009 at 05:53 AM.

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    Congrats. Nice job.
    Can't wait 'til tomorrow, 'cause I get stronger every day!

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    Thats awesome!
    What do you bench raw?

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    Awesome Drew, clean lift. Congrats!
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    That is awesome, man. Sweet work.

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    I absolutely love it! It was so awesome seeing you hit that milestone last night. That's huge my friend. You have come so far over the years. What's more impressive folks is that Drew does not believe in assistance. He pretty much comes in and benches. He says he trains during the week, but I don't buy it. Hey, I have had successful training cycles of once a week. Drew you proved my favorite point, you just need to SFW!

    Congrats again. I'm really proud of you. Now take care of that beautiful wife of yours for the soon to arrive bundle of poop and vomit--I mean joy.


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    Congrats on breaking that 500!!!
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    That is the way to do it.

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    Drew,

    You're the man. That was an awesome lift and you worked hard to achieve it. Well, you worked... Great work. It's a pleasure training with you and I look forward to you getting back in the gym after the next 'drew' is born. Congratulations! It was evident by your post-lift reaction that it was a huge accomplishment for you, and it is. With all the BS out there in the powerlifting community (which is full of a bunch of cry-baby bitches), your lift reminds me of why we SHOULD be lifting. For fun and personal accomplishment. You embody that and I thank you for re-openning my eyes to what lifting is really like. Seeya soon, Bro.

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    Congratulations that's a great milestone
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    Damn it's good to see Rhodes back here!


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    excellent lift bro- you got it no prob!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by vdizenzo View Post
    Damn it's good to see Rhodes back here!
    x2. Always entertaining.

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    Nice work drew! 500 is a huge milestone.
    Current PR's 198 - 220
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    You hit 500 AND you got Rhodes to post here again? PR!
    Roll Tide.

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    Nice

    Nice job...great lift.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vdizenzo View Post
    I absolutely love it! It was so awesome seeing you hit that milestone last night. That's huge my friend. You have come so far over the years. What's more impressive folks is that Drew does not believe in assistance. He pretty much comes in and benches. He says he trains during the week, but I don't buy it. Hey, I have had successful training cycles of once a week. Drew you proved my favorite point, you just need to SFW!

    Congrats again. I'm really proud of you. Now take care of that beautiful wife of yours for the soon to arrive bundle of poop and vomit--I mean joy.
    It doesn't matter what happens between Saturday and Thursday as long as you come on Friday and SFW.

    Quote Originally Posted by RhodeHouse View Post
    Drew,

    You're the man. That was an awesome lift and you worked hard to achieve it. Well, you worked... Great work. It's a pleasure training with you and I look forward to you getting back in the gym after the next 'drew' is born. Congratulations! It was evident by your post-lift reaction that it was a huge accomplishment for you, and it is. With all the BS out there in the powerlifting community (which is full of a bunch of cry-baby bitches), your lift reminds me of why we SHOULD be lifting. For fun and personal accomplishment. You embody that and I thank you for re-openning my eyes to what lifting is really like. Seeya soon, Bro.
    Thanks Rhodes. I'm glad I could help you see the light. Like I said, don't worry about training, just lift.
    Quote Originally Posted by KarstenDD View Post
    You hit 500 AND you got Rhodes to post here again? PR!
    I'm a PR machine.


    Thanks everyone for the kind words. It's time for me to take a little break and then work at putting 500 in the dust. SFW!

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
    Meet PRs: Squat:575 Bench:525 Deadlift:510 Total: 1605@220

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    That's awesome Drew!
    PRs: 655/525/645 = 1825 Total
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    Congrats!

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    No one can argue that 500! all it was missing was 3 judges! How did it feel right before the lock out? In my opinion you got 10-20 lbs more in you right now.
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    Quote Originally Posted by evilxxx View Post
    No one can argue that 500! all it was missing was 3 judges! How did it feel right before the lock out? In my opinion you got 10-20 lbs more in you right now.
    It felt good the whole way. I felt just the slightest bit squirrly right before I touched, but there was no doubt in my mind once I started to press.

    Stats: Age: 34 Weight: 205 Height: 5'6"
    Gym PRs: Squat:635 Bench:560 Deadlift:495
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    Good job. Getting my first 500 BP broke a big mental barrier for me.

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    congrats man 500 bench is a great milestone to breal esp if u r drug free. Thats awsome!!!!

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    AWESOME!! I love this place! Watching all these HUGE numbers fall over and over really drives me to get my own 500lb bench...

    too bad it's a long way away

    KEEP'EM COMING!!! HUGE MILESTONE! Congrats buddy!
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    Well done!

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