JULY ATHLETE – DUSTIN MEAUX

JULY ATHLETE – DUSTIN MEAUX

Jul 6, 2013

Dustin Meaux – TOTAL DOMEAUXNATION – IronAuthority.com

TOTAL DOMEAUXNATION POSTER 

First off, I am extremely humbled by the opportunity to be the athlete of the month for July.  This is quite an honor to be acknowledged in the midst of such an incredible group of athletes and strength enthusiasts alike.

My name is Marcus Dustin Meaux, but everyone just calls me Dustin.  My last name is pronounced “mo” contrary to popular belief.  I am currently an assistant football and head powerlifting coach at Victoria West High School in Victoria, Texas.  My wife, Lauren, and I have been married for nearly four years and have a daughter, Emmalynn, who is a year and a half.  They are my pride and joy. Outside of powerlifting and work, I really enjoy music especially if it’s live.

Meaux LION

THE BEGINNING

I am a native of Goliad, Texas which is a small town about an hour and a half southeast of San Antonio.  I grew up as a big kid and never really fit in.  My mom always told me sports would allow me to use that size to my advantage.  Moms are usually right.  Coaches loved me because few junior high kids were six foot tall and two hundred and thirty pounds; moreover, my athletic career began.

I entered high school with a purpose.  I wanted to be a varsity football player as a freshman.  Immediately I made a name for myself as an athlete mainly because I outworked almost everyone.  I had a drive that I think few freshmen do.   I never claimed to be the best athlete on my team, but I honestly think my effort attributed to my success.  I was a varsity athlete in both football and track and field.  Powerlifting was created at my high school when I was a sophomore and I had an instant esteem for strength.  I had two great coaches that really laid the foundation for me in my strength training, Tim Collins and Bruno Mata.  These two men lit something in my soul that has never hinted at being extinguished.  Football was my first love but powerlifting was an instant passion.  I continued powerlifting throughout my high school career and was an eventual state qualifier in the Texas High School Powerlifting Association.  I always saw football as my future because I was completely oblivious to powerlifting outside of high school, but I always used powerlifting training methods to aid my football career.

Upon graduation, Division I and Division II colleges agreed that I was not the best athlete; however, I found open arms at a Division III program at Texas Lutheran University.  I was a four year letterman and team captain.  I received my Bachelors of Science degree in Kinesiology in 2007.  I signed a contract later that year with a professional arena football league team, the Corpus Christi Sharks, from the Arena Football League 2.  I had an amazing experience with them but the merger of the Arena Football Leagues 1 and 2 absorbed multiple teams in their restructuring of the league, including the Sharks.

 

 Meaux Group

THE JOURNEY

The intent of my degree was to get into physical therapy school post graduation.  I found that I needed a couple additional classes to get in so I moved to Victoria, Texas to complete them at Victoria College.  I got a job as an exercise physiologist and personal trainer at a private fitness center / rehab facility while I took my classes.  The job was amazing because I got to make a difference in the lives of so many people through programming, personal training, and instruction.  In mid 2008,   all of my experiences post graduation manifested into a God inspired realization – I needed to coach.  I wanted to give someone a fire, an inspiration, a desire like my coaches had done for me.  From that point on, all my energies went into getting my teachers certification.  I ended up going through an alternative certification program through a Region Center in Victoria.  By July of 2008, I landed a job in Victoria Independent School District teaching junior high PE and coaching Varsity football and powerlifting at Victoria Memorial High School.  This is where I met Preston Turner.  Preston was a mass of raw talent and a kid with unbelievable character and integrity and drive at such a young age.  Not only was he strong, but very receptive to coaching. He is the kind of kid that makes coaches look good.  Shortly after we started powerlifting, I made what I now call one of my claims to fame – I taught Preston Turner how to arch on the bench press.  He would have figured it out sooner or later but I like to think I was important in his powerlifting foundation.

One thing that I do that many coaches may not do is train with my kids.  I never ask them to do something that I cannot or will not do.  Because of this, I really think that I have great relationships with my athletes.  My kids know that I am a powerlifter, not just a coach. I still train with Preston to this day when we can get together.  My athletes are the main reason that I got back into competition again.  I had some of my lifters while at one particular high school I worked at that really took me by surprise and said they wanted to lift with me in competition.  They wanted to share the platform with me.  I was moved and humbled, realizing that I had expected them to compete yet was not competing myself.

 

THE DEBUT

Getting into a competition was easy, but I had not been in any gear on in eight years.  I found some suits at the high school and started training.  The gear was so much different and was difficult for me to get the hang of at first. It took months and months to even be remotely confident to enter a meet.  It was also a little awkward for me at first to seek advice from guys younger than me, like Ryan Carrillo, and even some I coached like Preston.  Dr. John Hudson from the University of Houston Downtown was also a huge help.   The debut meet was set for July 2012 at USAPL Summer PowerFest in Spring, Texas. Ryan and Preston were there to handle me, my wife and daughter were there to support me, some of my lifters were there to watch, and one shared the platform with me.  I posted an 1851 pound total in my first meet since high school and was ecstatic.  I could not have asked for anything better.

Meaux Squat

 

TRAINING AND PROGRAMMING

My training and programming is continuously adapting but I have a basic plan that I follow.  I usually use 8 week cycles.  Occasionally I’ll program a 12 week cycle.  I hit at least two competition lifts every time I go in the gym.  I think that in order to be successful in this sport, you must have a relationship with the bar.  As a lifter, I want as many opportunities to develop that relationship on the competition lift as I can.  A typical training week would be as follows:

 

Monday: Squat Big, Bench Small, lower body assistance

Wednesday: Bench Big, Deadlift Small, Squat Alternative (front squat, zercher squat, box squat), upper body assistance

Friday: Deadlift Big, Squat Small, Bench Alternative (close grip, decline, incline) assistance

 

Tuesdays and Thursdays I use to address specific weaknesses I have and do more explosive movements life box jumps, sled work, and tire flips.  I program big lifts with a lot of volume and above 85% for my working sets while my small lifts are strict to form with no more than 70% and less volume.

 

DRUG FREE

 

Competing as a drug free athlete gives me immense pride.  I hold my head high knowing that how I train and perform is uncontaminated and legal.  I appreciate others who share in this. I also try to be a positive influence for my athletes to see that you can be both strong and successful without chemical enhancements, and I run my program accordingly.

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CLOSING

 

Powerlifting for me is not a sport or a hobby; it is a way of life.  My diet, sleeping habits, career, and so on all revolve around my lifestyle.  I even met my wife at the gym.  I have also made some great friends.  At 28, I still feel young in the powerlifting world and really think I have a high ceiling.  I truly feel blessed thus far especially coming away with a bronze medal finish at the 2013 USAPL Men’s Nationals in the 120+ kg class with a 2006.2 pound total after competing for less than a year.   This is only the beginning…

 

I want to thank my sponsors Complete Nutrition and IronAuthority.com.  I am so appreciative of the support and encouragement.

Set your goals high, write them down, and stay the course.  Be disciplined in your endeavors because discipline equals greatness.

Dustin Meaux

 

THANKS DUSTIN!!!

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3 comments

  1. This was really awesome Dustin! Thanks!

  2. Steve Meaux /

    Proud of you!!!!!

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