By Shukin Mark Moderski on 6/18/2013 Back to Articles
“I just Move Heavy Iron”, an interview with WSM competitor Jerry Pritchett
I would like to thank you Jerry for taking the time to answer a few questions for our website subscribers and forum members. How is your training going for the giants live worlds strongest man qualifier coming up in August?
Training has been going really well. I've been making a lot of PR's and my btw is up and I'm at the heaviest I've been.
Anything special you're doing in you're training right now?
In training so far I've been trying to improve on a few events that have been my weaker events in the past. Also have put a big focus on gaining weight.
What does your basic training split look like? How often are you training specific events?
My training during the week is 3 days and its pretty basic, just bodybuilding/powerlifting type workouts and making sure I hit the supplementary movement's. So basically to get stronger for events and hopefully help prevent injuries. Then Saturday and Sunday's are my big event days and the events will very based on my next upcoming show.
I would like to get back to these strongmen specific questions later, first I like to ask you about when you were 15 years old and pulled 416 pounds in your first powerlifting meet, Was that a huge turning point in your career?
Yeah my first powerlifting meet definitely set the ground work for what I was going to do. When I first started training at a gym, it was intended to get stronger for football. Then two weeks after I had started there the gym owner/trainer and power lifter himself Michael Wonyete, held a Teenage Nationals, which was in April of 1996. So I entered and competed and was absolutely hooked from then on.
What was your bench and squat like at that time?
I think I Benched 165lbs..Squated 240lbs and deadlifted 380lbs. Then two months later I did my second meet a deadlift only and pulled 455lbs.
Can you tell us about your experience in the AAU Junior Olympics please?
The Junior Olympics was awesome opportunity and to gold medal 3 times made it even better.
So 2008 is your first strongman competition, 2011 you win sin city two-strongman challenge, and in 2012 you competed in Met-Rx world’s strongest man, how do you feel about the pace of your career?
I feel very good about the pace of my career. I filled a huge goal of mine last year by going to WSM. With the support base of my wife and family and training partners that I have, things are only going to get better.
How do you balance your family life, your work, your training and all the traveling you have to do to compete?
It definitely makes for some very long tiring weeks, with training, work and kids. I absolutely could not do what I do and have accomplished what I have without my Wife and my Mom and Dad.
Who would you say your toughest competitor is?
I can't point out just one strongman. Everybody is so close at this level, there are several top guys and just when you think you have someone beat on one event they get you back on another event.
What does your training look like one, two and three weeks out from a major competition? How do you taper and how do you accommodate for peeks?
Two weeks out I start to de-load and back off on some of my volume. My training is pretty old school, no gimmicks, books, or training manuals. I just Move Heavy Iron. I really rely on listening to my body, to know when to go hard or back off.
What does your diet look like and how do you get your meals in working a full-time job?
Right now I'm really trying to put on size and weight. So my diet is at max intake. I have to say my wife is to credit for my diet, she stays after me to make sure I'm getting everything I need to stay on track.
What kind of advice do you have for youth coming up in strength sports?
The biggest piece of advice I would give is to be patient; strength gains don't happen overnight and hit all the supplementary movements. Even though they don't look cool to do in the gym, they pay off later.
What would you say has changed the most in the past seventeen years competing?
The biggest change in powerlifting is the equipment, like bench shirts and squat/deadlift suits. In strongman I would say the availability of equipment for competitor's to train with has changed the game a ton.
How do you stay motivated and where do you derive inspiration?
My absolute love to compete has kept me motivated for the last 17 years and I think a lot of us get inspiration from the past heroes of the sport like Kas and many others.
Are you the type to write out your goals, do you visualize, what you do to prepare for competitions?
I write out basic training stuff like upcoming events. But I mainly rely on visualization. I run through events and whole shows over and over in my mind during the weeks building into a show. One of the many things my wife has to put up with prior to a show.
How do you work with the mental game of competing? I know this is hard for a lot of people, In recent years sports psychologists have entered the picture. Would you mind speaking on this?
I love and live to compete. Definitely competing for the last almost 20 years hasn't hurt, but even back to my first meet and Junior Olympics, WABDL worlds and on to Met-Rx Worlds Strongest Man. I really haven't dealt with performance anxiety. There’s really nothing I want to do more then be on a stage lifting something or in a show moving something.
And the last question I have for you today Jerry is what is in your gym bag when you head to a competition?
Just basic stuff belt,wraps,suit,straps,chalk,oly shoes ext. Only things special really would be a little box of a few things my family put together for my years ago when I first went to the Junior Olympics for luck and its been to every meet/show I've done the last 16 years. Last year my gym owner Erin Briggs gave me a lucky Irish penny, so it goes now also.
Thank you very much Jerry best of luck in the qualifier and hope to see you in this year's world strongest man in China.
Thanks Mark. I also want to thank my wife, mom, dad and all the Iron Outlaws, my training crew, for all of their help and support!!!