USAPL Raw Nationals Group

USAPL Raw Nationals: A Reflection

Jared Reece and Melissa Copeland competed in the USAPL Raw Nationals this past weekend. There were ups and downs, like any competition, but the overall consensus from both athletes is that the field of lifters continues to improve, as they are also getting better. The outlook for the powerlifting community is definitely strong, literally and figuratively. Jared was able to put this weekend into words that resonate with any competitor. Here are his thoughts:


This weekend I competed at the USAPL 2015 Raw Nationals.

First, let's talk results:

  • TOTAL: PR 1,502lbs. (from 1449lbs)
  • Squat PR 617lbs (from 578lbs)
  • Deadlifted a PR 550lbs (from 518lbs)
  • Bench went AWOL so we'll see how that goes next time

While I would like to say I did great this weekend, there are many who did much better than I! Having said that, I always compete against myself. I push myself to be better than the last meet, to push the limits more, to be the best I can. This training cycle was one of the hardest I've ever had. I've consistently hit heavier weights, dealt with a lot of changes in my life, and still came out on top.

None of this would be possible without the help from all my friends, family, and my gym.

Thank you, Melissa, for handling me at this meet; getting my ever crazy warmups done on time and pushing me on the platform to make those big lifts that count.

Thank you, Andy and Pete for all the fun that keeps me going every training session, week after week.

Thank you, Ryan, for letting me coach and workout at the best gym in the state. Without you and the 12 Labours community I wouldn't be where I am today.

And thanks to all those unnamed for your constant encouragement (and understanding as I show up late to things and eat all your food).

About Jared

Jared is the strength coach for the 12L Barbell Program and a competitive Power Lifting athlete.