It was a lift that rocked a man’s soul and shook the powerlifting community. Terry Bryan had
just performed a 1,000 pound squat with perfect form … in his first meet!
Here’s an interview I conducted with Terry just one month
before he attempts a world record squat in his next meet.
SR: Terry, Let’s start out by getting some background
TB: I’m thirty-one years old, married with two children. I
really got my start in training when I was 15. My mom and dad worked out in our
basement regularly. Believe it or not my introduction to weight training was my
mom making me spot for her.
I continued training throughout high school, primarily for
football. Upon graduation I attended UC and played football my first semester
there – at a weight of 180 lbs. But, my desire was no longer there. My dad had
suddenly passed away and I just wasn’t into it anymore. I continued training but my new focus was on
In 1993 I moved to Laguna Beach, California and took a job
at my friend’s Baskin Robins ice cream parlor. While in California I trained
with Mike Mentzer and at the then brand new Met Rx training center under Dr.
I moved back to Cincinnati and opened my own training
center, which is now known as Terry Bryan’s Training Center. I personally train
60 – 70 clients per week in addition to managing a core of professional
personal trainers at the center.
SR: What about your own training?
TB: I currently train 4 – 5 days per week. My training
incorporates extremely heavy power work (for example – 905 lbs. in the Good
Morning exercise) for two days alternated with speed movements, often utilizing
bands and chains. Most of my current training methods are adopted from Louis
SR: How long have you been powerlifting competitively?
TB: Well, I actually started as an Olympic Lifter - training
for the 2004 Olympics with Lars Anderson. After a year and a half one of my
Training Center athletes, Karen Sizemore set a world powerlifting record with a
405 lb bench. This got me excited about powerlifting so I started training with
And I’ll tell you she’s great. She has more guts than any
partner male or female with whom I’ve ever trained. Plus she’s got a fantastic
positive attitude. No matter how much weight’s on the bar – she knows she can
I’ve actually competed in just one meet, the IPA Nationals.
I squatted 1,000 lbs in my first meet.
SR: What’s next?
TB: I’m going for a world record 1035 this month. My future
goals are an 1100 lb. squat and a world record powerlifting total in the next
SR: What about diet and supplements?
TB: I eat a lot – about 7000 calories over 8 – 9 meals per
day. But I make sure that I not only get an overload of calories, but that I also
get a surplus of essential nutrients. My diet staple is red meat.
I use Beverly International supplements for 2 or 3 of my
meals. Currently I mix Ultra Size with Muscle Provider, occasionally throwing
in some Mass Maker for the added calories and recovery substrates. I normally
take 40 grams L-Glutamine and 15 grams Creatine Monohydrate after training. I
also take 6 Antioxidant tablets daily in addition to my normal vitamin /
My Beverly supplement program has helped tremendously in the
area of joint integrity and recovery from injury. I take 9 to 15 Joint Care daily. Remember, I lift some ridiculous poundages in my training, and work at
least 60 – 70 hours per week. So I’m under a lot of stress, both physically and
mentally. My potential for injury is there daily. I know the Joint Care has
kept me relatively pain and injury free.
SR: Tell us a little
about Terry Bryan’s Training Center.
TB: We’re located at 7791 Montgomery Rd, Cincinnati Ohio
(513) 793-7867. We have a staff of 11 guys and girls. We’re open 7 days a week,
365 days a year from 5:00 AM to 9:00 PM. Our program is “results oriented” with
a very serious approach to training. We emphasize that each of our clients
learns good technique on the core exercises. Each trainer is well-versed in
nutrition and helps each client get the proper macro and micronutrients for
health and to achieve their individual goals.
SR: Well all I can say is seeing what you’ve already
accomplished and knowing you as I do, it’ll take a freight train blocking the
power rack to keep you from achieving what you’ve set out to do! Good luck!
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