So… who is the man behind PowerliftingToWin.com? Read on to find out.
My name is Israel Thomas Narvaez. Most of my friends call me Tom, though. I generally prefer to go by Izzy.
As I said in the video, I’ve been lifting competitively for about six to seven years in both the USAPL and the USPA. My best raw lifts are a 520lbs/234kg squat, a 355/161kg bench, and a 606/275kg deadlift at 181lbs.
You can see some of my lifts here:
If you couldn’t tell from the footage, I’m an extremely intense lifter and insanely competitive. I’m motivated entirely by climbing the rankings, settings records, and winning meets. I want to be the best.
I’m always looking for any possible edge that I can get. I’m the kind of guy who will go as far as picking up another $100 pair of lifting shoes if I think it will give me another 5lbs on my squat. If you’re the same way, you’ll probably like me and you’ll probably like this site.
My Lifting Background
I’m a certified Starting Strength Coach. If you have any questions about that particular program or the Starting Strength methodology in general, please feel free to ask. I’m extremely knowledgeable on the subject. In one of the cooler moments in my lifting career thus far, after I had been certified, Rip told me I was good enough to hire.
I also have about a year’s worth of experience running my own gym — Bothell Barbell. My experience in coaching others in person has been primarily with novices. Four years after originally making this site, I’ve now got experience working with lifters of all levels including those competitive at the National level and even a few National record holders.
My biggest influences with regards to training, nutrition, and the sport of powerlifting in general include:
If there is any one specific thing I’d like to convey to you here and now it is the fact that I absolutely love the sport of powerlifting. I live, breathe, sleep, and eat lifting weights. Even when I’m not at the gym, I’m thinking about the gym. Powerlifting is my passion. This is what I do.
I am currently living and training in Albuquerque, New Mexico. If you’d like to train, contact me and let’s set something up. I’m always down to train with a fellow powerlifter.
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