Jonathan Byrd is a competitive powerlifter, with over 20 years of training experience. Byrd has been ranked nationally for nearly a decade under multiple categories. His total has ranked as high as second nationally in the 275 class. He currently has a best total of 2500lbs, with best individual lifts that include a 1040lb squat, a 755lb bench press, and 735lb deadlift. His 2500 total ranks him in the top 25 all time in the 275 class. Jonathan previously trained out of Team Samson Gym in Jacksonville, FL. Before powerlifting Jonathan was a college athlete at Methodist University as both an all-conference football player and track athlete. Following graduation he played four years of arena football in various leagues. He is currently the head football coach at White Oak High School in Jacksonville, NC.