January 2018 Featured Lifter

USA Powerlifting NY would like to spotlight some of the stand-outs in the state. We will feature a new lifter each month, and ask them some random questions to get some insight into what makes them tick…..

This month’s featured lifter is JAN DAURIO.

My name is Jan Daurio. I’m not new to strength training but I was once new to powerlifting. I got into this sport on a lark. The story goes something like this “My wife saw a post of Facebook about a local powerlifter, and she recommended I reach out to him and see what this ‘powerlifting’ thing is all about.” That conversation turned into a new passion which now has my wife hooked as well. Starting in this sport as a Masters lifter has it’s challenges, but I’m up to it.

Once I got the powerlifting bug I had to have more. I got very involved with the whole process. From training for meets, judging meets, to ultimately running meets. I truly love giving back to the sport, and in my short time being a competitive powerlifter I have competed in 12 meets, judged 20 meets, and ran 4 successful meets. With the help of 3 gym buddies, we created Bent Bar Powerlifting and currently have 15 local lifters including myself. Some of my other responsibilities are maintaining the USA Powerlifting NY website and co-managing the USA Powerlifting NY Facebook page.

2018 goals would be to take the USA Powerlifting National referee test, I have achieved 2 of the 3 goals I had when I started this journey. The first goal was to bench over 400lbs, the second goal was to squat over 500lbs, and my last goal is to pull 600lbs. Still waiting for that 600+ pull. I’ll get there one of these meets.

A little about Jan Daurio

Home City: Troy, NY

Home Gym: ABC Sports & Fitness

Question and Answer time!!

USA Powerlifting NY: What got you interested in Powerlifting?

Jan Daurio: I’ve always been a gym bro, but a story on Facebook caught the eye of my wife, who in turn said that I should reach out to said person (Jim Kipp) and see what this powerlifting thing is all about. And here we are today.

USAPL-NY: When and where was your first meet?

JD: My first meet was the USAPL NY State Championships in April of 2014. It was at ABC Sports & Fitness. Not exactly my best meet, I actually missed my first 2 squats, but you learn something at every meet you participate in.


USAPL-NY: What things have you learned since your first meet?

JD: Find a coach and get some programming custom to you. Trust the process. Get a good group of individuals to surround yourself with. The one thing that separates powerlifting from other sports is it is a solo journey but it take a group to push you to the next level.


USAPL-NY: What does the future hold for you in regards to powerlifting (PR’s higher total, weight loss, etc.)?

JD: Stay healthy, I have one more goal to hit from my original plan. As always a higher total is a good thing.


USAPL-NY: What is your favorite of the “Big 3” and why?

JD: I like to bench. I’ve been told by many people I’m built to be a bencher. It’s one of my more proficient lifts. There is nothing like holding 400lbs over your face to humble you.


USAPL-NY: What is your least favorite of the “Big 3” and why?

JD: If I have to pick it would be the deadlift. One small thing can set your whole pull to crap. I do it because I like to compete. I’m not very good at it and my lifts can get ugly.


USAPL-NY: Do you follow a specific training program? If so, is it a custom program for you or a template style program like 5/3/1 or the Texas Method?

JD: I have a custom program built for me. It uses undulating periodization. Volume blocks suck, but they make you stronger.


USAPL-NY: Do you lift as part of a team or a group? Who are they and how did you become part of that group?

JD: I am one of the founders of Bent Bar Powerlifting. We are a local (upstate NY) powerlifting team built solely of USAPL lifters. Currently, there are 15 of us. We are always looking for members to grow the squad. We ask that you lift in the USAPL, give back to the sport in some fashion, and don’t mind workouts with the team from time to time.


USAPL-NY: What advice would you give a newbie powerlifter? 

JD: Go to a meet, hang out and watch what’s going on. Talk to the lifters, judges, or anybody that might give you some feedback.


USAPL-NY: Tell us something about you that those in the powerlifting world wouldn’t know about you (guilty pleasure, vice, anything at all)?

JD: I’m a software implementation specialist for a local software company. So yep I’m a computer nerd. My vices would be Gummy Bears, and whiskey, not together of course.


USAPL-NY: BONUS QUESTION: Who is your favorite powerlifting athlete and why?

JD: Right now I will say Ray Williams is a personal favorite. He’s bringing a spotlight to our sport like none other. Favorite lifter to watch on the platform hands down.

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