If you would have seen Dirty Gym trainer David Speaker just a few years ago, you would likely not think powerlifter.
Let’s be clear from the get go, even if you did, you wouldn't have thought “good powerlifter.” David started like most of us by competing in other sports. He seemed to do best in cross country with a slender build, long legs, and narrow bone structure. Not exactly the body type one would associate with hoisting over a quarter ton in mere seconds, but it did help him run the 5k in 17:42.
We first began using the bamboo bar after Coach Mucheck dislocated his shoulder in a wrestling match. The constant oscillation allows us to use a much lighter load while recruiting more motor units (muscles). This psychologically aids the athlete because the pressure of lifting heavy is removed, but the training effect is positive regardless. Beyond benching with the bamboo bar, teaching David how to bench correctly and properly choose assistance work was paramount.
With less than a year of training he put 50 pounds on each lift while losing body fat and being educated on how we use conjugated periodisation and a sequence system. He suffered one other serious back injury that derailed his first push towards a 500 squat and 600 deadlift and this made us evaluate his training. David could have given up like many of our other prospects, but he is tough. He worked three jobs, started his own training camp, is a single Dad, and rehabbed from some injuries that would put most people out of the sport. "I knew all he needed was time and a little flexibility on my part"- Coach Mucheck.
The Push for Class One
After plenty of mobility, glute, ab, hip work and countless trips with the sled, David was ready for some hard training. He had been training people consistently at the gym and was working hard to make a name for himself in terms of personal training. What better way than to total class one in powerlifting, win a weightlifting meet, and compete in men's physique? If David were to compete, and do well, he would prove his ability, discipline, and knowledge.
David enlisted the help of Coach Matt Swartout, Marcus Mucheck, and Dave Swartz. Matt provided nutritional care, feeding, and supplementation. Mucheck provided pacing and training recommendations while Dave Swartz served as the primary weightlifting coach. David was steam rolling along absolutely destroying weights in the training hall. Not a week went by without him hitting PR's.
Looking just a bit different. Creatine? While training for his physique show David totaled class one at 198 with a 518 squat, 315 bench, and 605 deadlift. He has proven that he can not only handle adversity, but thrive. Later on David took silver in the Ohio State Weightlifting Championships! One would be hard pressed to find anyone else as successful in multiple sports and also calling themselves coach, well, unless they looked at the Dirty Gym.
David is now the entry point for beginners at the Dirty Gym and he also offers an out reach program in Dayton offering discounted or free fitness training to those who cannot afford it.
USAW CERT? Nah bro, I'll buy steak instead and train.
David is yet another one of our destroyers. He came to us and now he is family, we are glad to have you David...even if you have a hard time putting away plates and drink all the coffee!
- ACE certified
- Class one Powerlifter at 198 with 5128/315/605
- Dirty Gym Trainer
- 5k time of 17:42
- Men's Physique competitor
- Ohio State silver medalist in Weightlifting
If you, or someone you know, is interested in training with David please shoot us a message on our Contact page.