New bench PR March, 10 2018

This new PR has been a long time coming!  Finally able to hit 405lbs!

It's been a long road to this victory, but well worth it.  Lots of benching, lots of accessory work, lots of time spent under the bar.

It wasn't that long ago that I remember 285lbs feeling quite impossible to achieve, but with hard work, diligent training and a lot of sweat a long time goal has now been fulfilled.

Now to take it into competition in 2018.


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Jess Howland

Jesse "Captain Smash" Howland is the owner of SMASH’s Strength Lab, which offers targeted personal training to reach a variety of fitness and physique goals. A natural bodybuilder, competitive powerlifter, certified personal trainer, and nutrition coach, Jesse is often the go-to resource for personal training Ottawa. He studied Exercise Science at Oregon State University and even trained at the world famous Gold's Gym. He's a former US Army Captain with the 86th Infantry Brigade Combat Team, a former blog writer at Veterans Fitness Career College, and former Chief Executive Officer at U.S. Army Forces Command (FORSCOM). His workouts and personal training are army-inspired to help reach your weightloss, athletic, or physique goals.