SHAWN FRIDAY

Shawn grew up in Fargo and his first powerlifting meet was in early 1983 at the age of 14. He continued competing in full meets until 2001 (unable to continue bench press and squat due to shoulder pain). Still interested in training and competing, he continued to deadlift in meets until 2006.

He started lifting with his brother Aaron and friends at age twelve, and progressed rapidly, especially in the bench press. At age 14, he did his first “touch and go” 300 at 134 lb. body weight. Seeing a Fargo bench press meet on the evening news in late 1982 prompted Shawn’s first thought of competing. Shawn had to learn a few things about lifting yet and was fortunate to have begun training at the Fargo YMCA, where many lifters were available to point the way.

The first correction in preparation for the first meet was to stop training with 2 second pauses (he was “informed” by a classmate that the bench press required a 2 second pause). When training with friend Mark, Shawn realized that he didn’t know what happens if one misses a squat. Mark said, “I think you just drop the weight off your back”. So for the next few minutes, Shawn practiced dumping the weight in the squat. Someone quickly set him straight about that, saying that spotters will keep you from being crushed. Shawn showed up at the meet in with a wrestling singlet, a flimsy belt from the hardware store, and Ace bandages for knee wraps. At the meet, a lifter was kind enough to wrap his knees with real wraps. The second meet was in November and Shawn was able to break the American record for  14-15 year olds in the 148 class with 296. A few months later, that record was bumped up to 326 and it exceeded the record for the next three weight classes. Although all three lifts were trained, the bench press was a primary focus until an injury took the edge off it in 1989. After the injury, the focus of training was on maximizing the total, and his squat and deadlift numbers took off. Shawn considers his best accomplishments in the sport to be his Bench Press American records, two National Collegiate titles, 1535 total in the 165 lb. class, and a 600 lb. deadlift.

Today, he lives near Rice, MN with his wife Geriann, and step-daughters Megan and Haley. He works as a counselor for Workplace Behavioral Solutions in St. Cloud, MN and has been in the counseling field since obtaining a Master’s degree in Counseling in 1994 at North Dakota State University.

SHAWN FRIDAY’S MEET HISTORY
3/19/83 USPF ND State Championship, Minot, ND (first meet) 132 class (127 actual, age 14) 285 squat 260 bench 325 deadlift 870 total
11/19/83 USPF NSC Invitational, Aberdeen, SD 148 class (age 15) 330 squat 296 bench press (14-15 age group American record)
402 deadlift 1025 total
2/25/84 USPF SDSU Invitational, Brookings, SD 148 class 330 squat 326 bench press (14-15 age group American record) 250 deadlift
905 total
6/30/84 Jamestown YMCA Bench Press, Jamestown, ND 148 class (age 16) 345 bench
3/16/85 ADFPA Midwest Open, Rice Lake, WI 165 class 410 squat 360 bench 470 deadlift 1245 total
6/15/85 USPF Northern Tier Open, Minot, ND 165 class (age 16) 420 squat 370 bench 475 deadlift 1265 total
4/26/86 ADFPA MN Open, Anoka, MN 165 class 430 squat 390 bench 430 deadlift 1250 total *First meet using a bench shirt.
5/10/86 USPF High School Nationals, Oklahoma City, OK 165 class (age 17) 413 squat 402 bench press (National HS record) 501 deadlift 1317 total 2nd place
4/11/87 ADFPA Collegiate Nationals, Eau Claire, WI 165 class 479 squat 407 bench press (American Teenage, American Collegiate, & Collegiate National record) 518 deadlift 1405 total 1st place
6/20/87 ADFPA Teenage Nationals, Eau Claire, WI 165 class 468 squat 380 bench press 518 deadlift 1366 total 2nd place (lost on body weight)
3/12/88 ADFPA Collegiate Nationals, Colorado Springs, CO 165 Class 2nd place
11/5/88 Golden Plate Bench Press, Fargo, ND 165 class 420 bench press
4/1/89 ADFPA Collegiate Nationals, Chicago, IL 165 class 518 squat 385 bench 534 deadlift 1438 total 1st place
10/89 Westward Ho Bench Meet, Grand Forks, ND 181 class 435 bench press
10/13/90 ADFPA Central MN Open, Rice, MN 165 class 540 squat 380 bench 535 deadlift 1455 total
11/16/91 APF ND State, Minot, ND 165 class 570 squat 395 bench 545 deadlift 1510 total
4/26/92 ADFPA NW Open, Fridley, MN 181 class 540 squat 420 bench 575 deadlift 1545 total
6/6/92 ADFPA Men’s Nationals, Fridley, MN 181 class 567 squat 402 bench press 562 deadlift 1532 total 4th place
10/2/93 MDSA Tri-State, Willmar, MN 181 class 560 squat 390 bench 560 deadlift 1510 Total
3/12/1994 MDSA Squat Meet, Willmar, MN 181 class (168 actual) 585 squat
3/19/94 ADFPA Viking Open, Chicago, IL 165 class 567 squat 380 bench 567 deadlift 1515 total
12/17/94 MDSA Deadlift Meet, Grafton, ND 181 class 585 deadlift
4/22/95 MDSA MN State/Open 165 class 580 squat 385 bench 570 deadlift 1535 total
4/19/97 MDSA Meet, Redwood Falls, MN 181 class 595 deadlift
8/2/97 MDSA Meet, Melrose, MN 181 class 600 deadlift
8/12/00 WNPF Lifetime Drug Free Worlds, Daytona Beach, FL 198 class 575 squat 390 bench 590 deadlift 1555 total 1st place
3/05 APF MN, Elk River, MN 165 class 575 deadlift
5/06 WABDL Regional, St. Louis Park, MN 165 class (age 38 – last meet) 562 deadlift

Best Lifts
132 class 280 squat 260 bench 325 deadlift 870 total
148 class 330 squat 345 bench 402 deadlift 1025 total
165 class 580 squat 420 bench 575 deadlift 1535 total
181 class 585 squat 435 bench 600 deadlift 1545 total
198 class 575 squat 400 bench 590 deadlift 1555 total

Training lifts
Always squatted/deadlifted more in meets. For bench training:

*First hit 300 at 134 lbs. at age 14
*370 raw @ 152 lbs. age 16
*410 raw @ 177 lbs.
*360 x 5 raw, 415 x 3 and 430 x 2 w/shirt, & weighted dips w/165 lbs. for 5 reps @ 190.

American and National Bench Press records:
USPF 14-15 year old, 148 class American record: 326 THIS IS STILL THE RECORD TODAY!
USPF High School 165 class National record: 402
*Would have been a 16-17 age division record as well – failed to get the paperwork
signed. The 18-19 division record at the time was 393 held by Ed Coan.
ADFPA Teenage and Collegiate @ 165 class: 407
National Collegiate Bench Press Record @ 165: 407