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Home Sport-Specific Powerlifting Training Interview with Powerlifter Jason Dodier

Interview with Powerlifter Jason Dodier

Interview with Powerlifter Jason Dodier


Sport: Powerlifting
Name: Jason Dodier
Month: November 2008
Residence:  Cranston, Rhode Island
Age: 21
Occupation: Student at Bryant University
Height: 5'10"  
Weight: 165 lbs. in competition, 175 lbs. off-season
Credentials: Placed 1st at Cam-Am International, 1st at Northeast Regional's, National Record for Strict Curl (135 lbs.) at 165 lbs.
Raw Bench Press: 320
Raw Squat: 380
Raw Deadlift: 475
Raw Strict Curl: 135
Best Unconventional Lift: Shrugs-545 x 8

The Interview
MP: What got you into the sport of Power lifting?

Jason: My Dad started training me so I could get bigger and stronger for basketball. I was instantly hooked. Hitting the weights just gave me a sense of pride and it just boosted my self-esteem faster than anything I've ever done before. My father trained me slowly to ease me into weightlifting, mainly concerned with getting me stronger gradually by avoiding injuries at all costs. This method proved most effective as he didn't push me too hard; he guided me slowly, showing me the path, and it only nurtured my love for weightlifting. I eventually stopped playing basketball altogether and I focused on bodybuilding training 5 days a week. I did this for 3 years until I switched to a hardcore gym predominantly known for power lifting, Ocean State in Rhode Island. So intrigued by the massive amounts of weight these guys were lifting as well as the desire to train less and make greater gains, I started Powerlifting and training with different individuals. To this day I continue to learn more and more about the lifts and the sport as well as the methods utilized to achieve maximum gains. The truth is, that I just loved to hit the gym. Weightlifting provided me with something not nothing else could. There is no better feeling than when you get through a tough workout, setting a new personal record on a given exercise. When you continue to go up in strength from one week to the next, you truly have something to look forward to. It always began with a constant struggle to improve myself and I just continued to stuck with it. If I do something, I do it to the bitter end, until I am completely satisfied. That's the way I approach everything in life and this is no exception to the rule. Some may apply the word "meathead", but I just look at it as being productive. People often are not as productive as they can be in life. I hit the weights during my "free time", bettering myself both physically and mentally.

MP: Why don't a lot of people consider Powerlifting as a sport and how can you explain to them how it sure as hell is?

Jason: A lot of people don’t understand the discipline, effort, and risk involved that a power lifter must face on a continuous basis just like any other sport out there. One must put themselves through hours of grueling training and it is extremely demanding on the body. We have techniques we have to get  down perfectly and we have to bust our ass for hours on end just to make gradual improvements. If that's not a sport, I really couldn't tell you what is. For a lot of people in the power lifting world, it is the desire to be the strongest pound for pound. For others, it is simply to gain a sense of achievement. There is no greater feeling than standing on the lifting platform in front of a crowd as you are attempting a personal record whether it be on the squat, bench, dead lift, clean, or any of the other major lifts. The beautiful thing about this sport is that only you control your own destiny, no one can do it for one can help you one is there for you to transfer the blame to...It is just you and the iron; a constant battle between you and the weight; a battle that I intend on winning through consistency and training with the right people.

MP: What has Powerlifting taught you about life? How has it inspired you to be a better person?

Jason: In life you can do whatever you set your mind on, as long as you are fully focused and dedicated to accomplishing that task. Not only has power lifting helped me grow as an individual, it has also helped me in school and everyday life. It has kept me away from the party scene that many kids fall victim to and do irresponsible things and it has allowed me to transfer that strong work ethic into everyday life. In school, I know I can get great grades as long as I put in the time and effort into it. Like power lifting, if you don't train enough before the competition, how can you expect to win. The same principles can be applied to life. You need to put in the work outside and great results will follow. The main lesson I have learned from this wonderful sport is that there is no task in life that is too big to handle.

MP: What are your future goals in power lifting and life in general?

: I plan on continuing to compete in at least four more competitions within the next year. I will compete in my school bench press competition in early November, as well as a 100% raw full power lifting meet in early December. Following this I may begin training with “gear” to compete in the United States Power Lifting meet in march. I have always competed as a raw power lifter so training in gear will be a whole different dimension for me, but it could potentially give me some big numbers. I am going to stay consistent, rest often so I don't overtrain, and increase my poundages slowly as my main goal is to stay healthy. As for life, I plan on just attacking every day with a fearless attitude where I know nothing will be handed down to me. I am a go-getter and I know that in order to make something of yourself, you've got to put in the work to do it. The bottom line is you have to prepare yourself and the opportunities will come. Nothing comes easy in life, but if you work hard enough, everything falls into place.

Jason's Workout Routine
(Jason Switches Up His Routine Every Week)
Board Bench Press (3" Board)- 10 reps, 6, 3, 2, 1, 1, 1
Hex Bar Presses (3" Board)-10, 8, 8
Incline Dumbbell Press-8, 6, 6
Incline Dumbbell Flyes-10, 10, 10
Back and Biceps:
Heavy Weighted Pull-Ups-10, 10, 8, 6, 12
Bent Over Rows (Barbell or Dumbbell)- 10, 8, 8
Close Grip Pulldowns-10, 8, 8
Rope Lat Pullover-12, 10, 10
EZ-Bar Curls-Standing or Seated-10, 8, 6, 6
Standing Alternated Dumbbell Curls-10, 10, 10
Seated Hammers on Preacher Curl-10, 10, 10
Shoulders and Deadlifts:
Deadlifts-10, 8, 6, 6, 3, 1, 1, 1, 1
Rack Pulls-3, 3, 3, 3
Machine Shoulder Press-10, 10, 10
Side Lateral Raises-10, 10, 10
Dumbbell or Straight Bar Shrugs-12, 10, 10, 8, 6, 15
Neck Machine-10, 10, 10
Legs and Grip:
Squats w/ Bands or Chains-10, 8, 6, 3, 1, 1, 1, 6
Reverse Hamstring Curls-12, 10, 8, 6
Dumbbell Lunges-12, 12, 12
Donkey Calf Raises-4 sets x Absolute Failure
Rolling Thunder (Grip Machine)-6 sets x Failure
Chest (Heavy or Speedwork) and Triceps:
Flat Bench Press w/ Reverse Bands (3" Board)-10, 3, 3, 3, 2
Flat Bench Press w/ Regular Bands (Light Weight)-12, 12, 10, 10
Straight Bar Skull Crushers-10, 10, 10, 10
Heavy Close Grip Dumbbell Presses-10, 10, 10, 10

Jason's Workout Split

Day 1- Legs
Day 2- Back and Biceps
Day 3- Chest
Day 4- Rest
Day 5- Shoulders and Deadlifts
Day 6- Rest
Day 7- Heavy or Speed Chest and Triceps

Jason's Sample Meal Plan

Jason's a bit of a Hardgainer

Meal 1- 8 Hard Boiled Eggs (Just Egg Whites) w/ Fruit & Toast w/ Peanut Butter
Meal 2 - Pasta, Salad, Tuna Sandwich
Meal 3- Turkey Sandwich & Hemp Protein Shake
Meal 4- Chicken Stir Fry and Pasta
Meal 5- Hemp Protein Shake w/ Berries and Banana immediately after Workout
Meal 6- Grilled Chicken Wrap
Meal 7- Honey Oats & Almonds Cereal w/ Banana

Jason's Favorite Workout Playlist

Young Jeezy & Kanye West- Put On
Adema- Giving In
Shinedown- 45
Sevendust- Enemy
Enur- Calabria 2008 ft. Mims
Iron Maiden- The Number of the Beast
3 6 Mafia- It's a Fight
Billy Joel- Allentown
Children of Bodom- Are You Dead Yet
Disturbed- Stupify
DMX- Get It On The Floor
Flo Rida- In The Ayer
2Pac- Ambitionz az a Ridah
Sevendust- Driven
Daughtry- Used To

Jason's Preferred Supplement

Jason uses Hemp Protein Powder because it is 100% organic (not processed at all) and it retains all of the nutritional value that it says it has. Additionally, it contains a boatload of vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, and essential fatty acids like Omega 3's and 6's. "The taste is kind of hard to swallow, but I mix it with an assortment of some frozen berries and a banana; and the results I get from this are better than any other supplement I've ever tried."

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