Lowe was incarcerated in the State Correctional Institute at Grateford, Pa. During this time he was able to squat 905lb, to bench press 480lb and to deadlift 780lb in the prison gym.
Greg's training condition was not optimal while incarcerated. He did not have supplements, training aids or optimal nutrition.
Sometimes he was released from the Grateford Prison long enough to compete at powerlifting Meets.
1993 he won the National Championships in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
Greg won the 275lb class title with the following lifts:
Squat: 903lb, 451lb benchpress and 755lb deadlift.
He trained 5 days a week with each session being about 2 hours in length. He did a lot of bodybuilding stuff.
Greg's Power Routine
He tried to increase the weight 5lb each week leading up to a contest. He will do a lot of assistance work, but he will stop this about 4 weeks before the contest.
Leg curls 4 sets 10 reps
Leg extension 4 sets of 10 reps
Leg press 4 sets of 8 reps
calf raises 4 sets 20 reps
For the first 6 weeks he did not wear any support gear, except knee wraps when the weight reaches 600 pounds. Getting near the contest he used to wear his suit.
He used to heavy deadlifts every other week. For the deadlift he did 5 sets of 3 reps. He tried to add weight every week when preparing for a contest.
He used to stretch. The squat places tremendous demands on your muscles and mind.
Start off doing toe touches, squat and leg raises for one set of 30 reps.
According to Greg you should focus you attention on form and depth.
Greg was introduced to the sport of powerlifting through a fellow named Danny "Smash" Ford at the Grateford Correctional facility. Greg used to get discouraged sometimes. Lowe said that he didn't realize when he was on the streets that he had this potential. He woke up every day and he was reminded of the reality that he is in prison, but he couldn't keep dwelling on the facts that he lifted weights and never stop reaching for dreams.
Greg: "Powerlifting might seem primitive. But a person has to have more than strength and power. I am always psyching myself up. Most of my day is spent preparing myself mentally."
That preparation began with stretching exercises every morning in his narrow cell.
Greg: "Through the sport of powerlifting, you learn a great deal of selfcontrol. We are more focused..more wrapped up in ourselves so we don't get in with the foolishness out there."
"Train hard and train smart, believe in God and yourself. Don't let anyone influence you to take drugs to enhance your lifting. Patience and hard work will lead to you becoming the best lifter than you can be. Powerlifting evolves around mind over matter, not drugs"