Tom Martin sets a new British all time Powerlifting total at 890 kgs 1962 lbs

Posted on 18 Nov 2015 23:02


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In November 2015, Tom Martin of Great Britain set a new powerlifting total at the 2015 Global Powerlifting Committee meet besting the previous record by 50 kilos. This is the highest total of any federation under the 100 kgs bodyweight category.

I am a friend of Tom Martin on Facebook and I've been a fan of his since he burst on the powerlifting scene in 2010 with a 4.24x bodyweight deadlift. At the time he smashed Ed Coan's record with 350 kgs or 771 lbs deadlift at a light bodyweight of 82.5 kgs 180 lbs. Also, Tom has a really awesome looking husky as his pet and I absolutely love dogs. I'll post a picture of this magnificent beast later in the post.

I want to talk a bit about Tom's training routine. I also want to mention powerlifting freak Jesse Norris' routine because there are similarities in terms of high frequency of lifts. I also want to mention something I have recently incorporated into my training that is working really well for me. But before I get into any of this I want to first show you Tom's GPC 2015 competition.

Global Powerlifting Committee 2015 Meet Summary by Tom Martin

Tom Martin got 7 successful attempts out of the standard 9 attempts.

290.0 kgs | 639 lbs
312.5 kgs | 689 lbs
325.0 kgs | 716 lbs

Bench Press:
185.0 kgs | 407 lbs - there was a loss of balance at lockout but good lift by the judges
195.0 kgs | 430 lbs
205.0 kgs | 452 lbs - failed lift and red-lighted by the judges

350.0 kgs | 771 lbs
370.0 kgs | 816 lbs - good lift!
380.0 kgs | 838 lbs - failed at near lockout and red lighted by the judges

Tom Martin 890kg | 1962lb total at 99.35kg | 219lb - British all-time record of any fed

Congratulations to Tom Martin for such a great meet!

Tom Martin and Jesse Norris' Workout Programs

Tom Martin's Training

Having followed Tom since 2010 I have seen his workouts change and training emphasis shift over these 5 years. I know he suffered from some lower back or hip injuries that lead him to branch out into Olympic lifting to get a hang of using his hips right and engaging them thoroughly in the squat. After a while, he switched from these explosive Olympic movements to old-school powerlifting core lifts. I do not have Tom's exact routine but the overall impression is that he squats almost every workout, he performs the deadlift 1-3 times a week depending on whether or not he is peaking for a meet and he also hits the bench press 2-3 times a week with varying intensity and volume.

Jesse Norris Routine

In a similar train of thought or events, I happened to stumble across Jesse Norris' workout routine from a post on bodybuilding dot com and he too incorporates this high-frequency type training:

Monday - Bench Dead
Tuesday - Front squat/overhead press
Wednesday - accessories/ HIIT
Thursday - Bench/ dead
Friday - Accessories/ HIIT
Saturday - Squat / bench
Sunday (optional) - Accessories/ HIIT

Naturally, this is unverified information on Jesse Norris' training program from a forum like, however, the pattern here is consistent with Dr. Mike Zourdos' Daily Undulating Periodization (DUP) Protocol. The idea is to lift frequently with the main lifts being targeted almost every workout and using various intensity and volume schemes along with variations of the big lifts, you can keep progressing in your training. A lot of new lifters are incorporating this DUP method and I have a bit of experience with high-frequency training as far as the squat and deadlift go.


I think the idea of doing a variation of the squat, bench press and deadlift with some form of volume and intensity is so broad and open to interpretation that it is hard to pick faults with it. You can pretty much play with it as you go along and there are so many options open to you. For example, if you just play with volume and intensity alone you can do a 3-day rotation after which you take a couple of days (or more) off and you rinse and repeat this using various variations and volume set/rep schemes as per your convenience.

Day Variation 1 Variation 2 Variation 3
1 Squat Deadlift Bench Press
2 Bench Press Squat Deadlift
3 Deadlift Bench Press Squat

You can even play with the variations themselves and base them off intensity, volume, or light training for that day.

Variation 1 Variation 2 Variation 3
Intensity Volume Light

This is just off the top of my head but you can see the innumerable possibilities that are open to you. I want to state that this is one of those things that are really good to look at from a theoretical standpoint. But from the practical application of time, specificity, etc this might not be the best option for everyone. A lot of people also seem to be jumping on the "squat every day" bandwagon and I have recently incorporated some variation of the squat that I perform at the end of each workout and so far I have no complaints. Sometimes I do a widowmaker or a set of high(ish) reps and sometimes I keep the intensity really high and volume low. It all depends on how I feel and I am still tweaking the system to make it work for me and so far it is making me feel very strong on my main deadlift days which is exactly what I want.

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