1. Please introduce yourself. Who are
you? How old are you? Where were you born? Etc. Give the readers some
background about yourself.
My name is Josh Rohr and I am 29 years old. I was born in Massillon, Ohio but
grew up in Apple Creek, Ohio (population about 1200 people)
2. Where are you located in Georgia and where do you train at?
I live in Duluth, GA and train out of Quest Nutrition & Athletics
3. What are your hobbies (other than
I love texas
holdem, chess and random dance parties.
4. Are you involved in powerlifting in
any way besides as a competitor?
Yes, I am a state referee, meet director and I run the USAPL Georgia website
and social media.
5. Is there anything about powerlifting
you would like to change or wish was different?
I would love to see more lifters volunteering to help meet directors at meets.
As a meet director, the hardest part about putting on a good meet is having
enough help. It doesn’t matter your experience level, help is always welcomed. That
said…the American Open is coming up…if you’re not doing anything and want to
volunteer, get in touch with Greg Jones and ask how you can help!
6. What is something that most people don’t know about you?
Most people don’t know that I was born and raised on a dairy farm in Ohio
and that I am colorblind.
7. What is your occupation? Does it interfere with competing or visa
I am a personal trainer/strength & conditioning coach. I train a lot
of athletes and powerlifters. Ironically, sometimes it does interfere with my
own competing and training but usually because I don’t make myself enough of a
priority and let my own training suffer. I do love training people new to the
sport, it’s refreshing to see the passion they have and helps me keep my mind
right. Check out my website at www.teamrohr.com for more info
about what I do!
8. How did you get into powerlifting and how many years have you been
I got into powerlifting through my high school football coach and English
teacher. I would train with my English teacher, Mr. Dobson (he squatted 405x8
at 70 years old with no belt, no wraps, no nothing) after school in the
off-season and with my football coach, Bill Seder during the season. I was always
one of the strongest on the team so one day Coach Seder told me about a
powerlifting meet at a local high school so I went and won my weight class.
Been hooked every since. That was in 2001, so I guess it’s been 11 years.
What are your
biggest squat, bench press, deadlift and total numbers?
In competition, my best numbers equipped are:
10. What titles, records and achievements have you accumulated during
your powerlifting career?
2x Collegiate National Champion (2004, 2006)
Current Collegiate American Record Deadlift Holder: 644@165 (set in 2006)
1x Junior National Champion (2006)
2x Junior National Runner-up (2004, 2005)
3x USA World Team Member (2004, 2006, 2009)
Junior World Bronze Medalist (2006)
11. Can you describe your training philosophy and/or a typical
My training plan is always different,
depending on what part of the training cycle I am in. I usually will squat and
deadlift (or some variation of those) once/week and bench (or some variation) 3-4
times/week with a few assistance exercises to address weaknesses. I vary my training
effect by changing tempo, rest time, sets, reps and intensity to better achieve
the results I am looking for during a specific block of training (usually done
in 4 week blocks).
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?
I compete mostly in the 181’s but sometimes
will venture to the 198’s or even 220’s if I’m feeling crazy lol. I compete equipped
but did do the 2009 GA State Meet Raw. I was running the meet, coaching 15
lifters and also trying to compete, so needless to say, it wasn’t my best day
13. What is your favorite lift, squat or bench press or deadlift or
all three and why?
Deadlift – it is the simplest, plain test of strength. You just pick the bar
up. You either do or you don’t.
14. Who is the most impressive lifter you have competed against?
Wade Hooper and David Ricks. Needless to say, I lost by a few hundred
pounds to both of them on multiple occasions.
15. Who do you think is the greatest lifter of all time?
Ed Coan hands down. The totals he had in his prime will never be touched.
16. When was your last competition & how did it go?
Battle on the Border in March. It went ok. I caught a bad bug the 2 weeks
leading into the meet and really didn’t feel 100% again until about a week
after the meet. I ate my way up to 198.7 so that I could lift as a 220 lifter
for team points (Team Georgia vs North Carolina vs South Carolina). I finished
the day 8/9 and won best lifter and best of all TEAM GEORGIA WON FOR THE FIRST
17. Do you have any upcoming
competitions? If so, when and where?
American Open in Atlanta Dec1-2
18. How do you prepare for an upcoming competition? Describe each
aspect that you focus on as you prepare for a competition.
It’s everything. Training, nutrition, sleep, recovery modalities. Going
into a meet, everything is focused on the one goal….Meet Day.
there anything you will do differently to prepare for your next competition
that is different from your last one?
Try not to get sick
20. How many competitions do you compete in each year?
2, sometimes 3.
21. Who is your greatest competitor/rival and why?
Well, it’s been a while since I would say I had a true “rival” but back
in college, David Hammers and I would go back and forth for the 165 title. I
beat him twice, I think he beat me 4 times. It was always close and usually
came down to the last deadlift so it was always a fun battle.
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?
Get with an actual coach and learn technique! There is a lot of junk on
the internet, some of it from people that have never competed before. Try to
find lifters that have competed before and ask them to refer you to someone
that can teach you the right way.
23. How has powerlifting changed your life?
Over 75% of my friends I have met through powerlifting. If it weren’t for
powerlifting, I would never have been able to travel around the world for meets
and visit some of the places I have gotten to visit.
24. What is your #1 or most prestigious meet you ever competed at in
2009 IPF Open World Powerlifting Championships in New Delhi, India
25. Do you compete in any other strength sports such as Olympic
lifting, strongman, highland games, etc?
26. What is your favorite memory from any powerlifting competition or
At the 2006 Collegiate Nationals, our team from Ashland University placed
3rd as a team with only 4 lifters. 3 out of 4 of us won our weight
classes. There were some teams of 30-40 lifters that we beat that were not
27. Do you see yourself still competing in ten years? If so, what are
your goals for ten years from now?
Yes, I just have to make sure I keep it a priority. Life keeps trying to
pull me away but I’m still here.
28. Do you have any funny or interesting powerlifting stories that you
can share with us?
YES!...well…most of them I can’t share publically. One of the best ones I
can share is the 2008 American Open. Sherman told Brian Siders that if he
totaled 2600, he would jump in the pool. Well, we’re all walking by the pool
just talking and Brian brings it up. Sherman, in jeans, t-shirt, shoes, and his
phone still in his pocket, takes off running without hesitation and jumps in
the pool. Took us a few minutes to dry the tears from laughing so hard!
29. Anyone you would like thank for helping you along the way in your
Yes, Sherman Ledford at Quest Nutrition, Pete Alaniz at Titan Support
Systems, the guys at Quest and UGA powerlifting, James Townsend, Jeremy
Hartman, Caleb Williams and my teammates from Ashland University that helped me
30. Is there anything else you would like to add?
Come check out the American Open Dec 1-2 in Atlanta. The meet is being
put on by Greg Jones. If you would like to volunteer, please get in touch with
him at email@example.com. It would be greatly appreciated. Train
Hard and thank you for the interview!
Thank you for your time and
best of luck in your upcoming powerlifting endeavors!