1. Please introduce yourself. Who are
you? How old are you? Where were you born? Etc. Give the readers some
background about yourself.
I am Patrick Caldwell, I am 37 and currently I live in Warner Robins
Georgia. I was born in Macon, Georgia. I work as a Field Engineer for Georgia
Power and I have a wife and four kids.
2. Where are you located in Georgia and where do you train at?
located in Warner Robins, Georgia and train at Edge Fitness.
3. What are your hobbies (other than
Church and spending time with my family. Also, I am an avid college
4. Are you involved in powerlifting in
any way besides as a competitor?
I do my best to educate myself on the principals and techniques of
powerlifting and hope to help those around me with their training. I try where
I can to introduce people to the world of powerlifting and hopefully dispel
some of the stereotypes of what a powerlifter is.
5. Is there anything about powerlifting
you would like to change or wish was different?
Not that I can think of.
6. What is something that most people don’t know about you?
The only thing that comes to mind is that I had a min stroke (TMI) at
the age of 35.
7. What is your occupation? Does it interfere with competing or visa
I am a
Field Engineer with Georgia Power. My boss is pretty supportive and allows me
the time to compete.
8. How did you get into powerlifting and how many years have you been
year ago I was a typical gym guy, I would work out 4-5 times a week with little
to show. Scott Zion saw that I was pretty strong in dead and bench and
challenged me to give powerlifting a shot. The training has changed my life and
after my first meet I was hooked.
What are your
biggest squat, bench press, deadlift and total numbers?
Bench 405, and Dead 530.
10. What titles, records and achievements have you accumulated during
your powerlifting career?
YET! I think my biggest achievement is in my squat. I did squat for almost 20
years due to fear of injury. When I started powerlifting training I struggled
with maintaining form on 225.
11. Can you describe your training philosophy and/or a typical
progressive loading with intermittent volume weeks mixed in. Some form of
Squat/Bench/Dead 3 times a week with accessory work.
12. Do you compete equipped (squat suit, bench press shirt &
deadlift suit) or unequipped (no suits) or both and what weight class(s) and
divisions(s) do you compete in?
unequipped at 242.
13. What is your favorite lift, squat or bench press or deadlift or
all three and why?
far is my favorite lift. The weight is just sitting there mocking you. Seems to
me like deadlifts are the hardest to get the mind around.
14. Who is the most impressive lifter you have competed against?
He is heavier than me and equipped but either way I was impressed.
As far as
direct completion, Ricky Houser. Ricky and I train in the same gym so there is
a lot of pushing each other.
15. Who do you think is the greatest lifter of all time?
Goggins, I may be biased but he gave me the best advice I have gotten as a
powerlifter. “Don’t Quit”
16. When was your last competition & how did it go?
USAPL Georgia &
Southern States BP & Powerlifting Championships in October 2012.
Nerves got me and I got technical on squats. However my others lifts
were strong and it set the fire.
17. Do you have any upcoming
competitions? If so, when and where?
Battle On The Border March 23, 2013, Powerlifting for The Pink April
20, 2013 and potentially the USAPL Georgia Spring Open April 6, 2013.
18. How do you prepare for an upcoming competition? Describe each
aspect that you focus on as you prepare for a competition.
the fundamentals and filling in the gaps were I am weak. For instance, if my
deadlift slows or stalls at my knees I may add in more pause deadlifts.
Additionally, on PR days I try to put myself in the meet and invasion only
positive results on each lift.
there anything you will do differently to prepare for your next competition
that is different from your last one?
Last meet I tried to cut to
220 and I think I affected my strength. I decided to go at 242 about a week
out, but I do not think I recovered. Additionally, I will have someone act as
the judge and give me the commands in the last three weeks.
20. How many competitions do you compete in each year?
attempt 4-5 depending on my health and schedule.
21. Who is your greatest competitor/rival and why?
Houser. Ricky and I train at the same gym we so we naturally push each other and
I think we both have that drive to do more than the other guy,
22. What advice & tips would you give to a powerlifter that is
just beginning? If you are just beginning, what advice have you received from
other lifters or coaches?
form first. Run a Shieko type program with a lot of volume. Set realistic goals
and don’t be afraid to reach out to more experience lifters.
23. How has powerlifting changed your life?
I went from
a guy that was in moderate shape that worked out to the guy that has serious
goals and trains to reach them. The training and training mentality has seeped
into just about everything I do.
24. Do you stay in touch with lifters you compete against?
person and I follow many through Facebook.
25. What is your #1 or most prestigious meet you ever competed at in
I have only
competed once, but I think that one will be the most impactful. I got a
technical on squats and could have called it a day. I was encouraged to
continue for the experience and I think that set the foundation, my love of
powerlifting and my overall training mindset.
26. Do you compete in any other strength sports such as Olympic
lifting, strongman, highland games, etc?
No. I only
have time to train for one.
27. What is your favorite memory from any powerlifting competition or
Seeing the Special Olympians
compete. Those guys and girls just impress me.
28. Do you see yourself still competing in ten years? If so, what are
your goals for ten years from now?
Yes as long as my body holds
out I hope to be a very very old man pulling heavy weight.
29. Do you have any funny or interesting powerlifting stories that you
can share with us?
While training, wear baggy shorts
or shorts with some give. Else when you hit a deep squat you will split your
shorts and be left a little exposed. Personal Experience.
30. Anyone you would like thank for helping you along the way in your
Scott Zion and Ricky Houser.
31. Is there anything else you would like to add?
I can’t think the USAPL
enough. A lot of people I talk to think a powerlifting meet is a bunch of guys
trash talking and putting everyone down. I find the meets of the USAPL to be
more like 100 or so of your best friends cheering you on.
I would also like to think my
wife Sara. Her support and motivation is a huge reason why I am able to train
Thank you for your time and
best of luck in your upcoming powerlifting endeavors!