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mpgmadman
09-03-2007, 08:32 PM
Hi all!

I've been reading these forums for quite some time, and have decided i'd actually post here.

I've got a whole new life ahead of me with a child due in February '08, and i've decided to make some changes in my life for the better. It's essentially based around living a healthy life and providing for my family. I wanted to track my progress like so many of you do, so i thought i'd start a journal!

I'm going to post some pictures of me and my "gym" if i can link to them properly...

Some notes re my training. I've started my weights much lower than my pride would like, but i think it'll be the best in the long run when i consider this is an investment of time.

I've purchased "Starting Strength" and am going to read it front to back until i feel confident in moving on to a new book. I'm also going to stay with the program in the book for at least 24 weeks. I plan to pull-back the weights 10 lbs. after each 4 week period for the squats, but i'm not sure with anything else.

I noticed a lot of you track diet. I'm just going to focus on eating well, and we'll see if the weight adds on or not. If it doesn't, i'm going to try to drink that gallon of milk a day that the book calls for.

All in all, this is the beginning of a whole new life, and i'm excited to see where it takes me!


edit:

I'm 6'0", 154 lbs., and 25 years old right now.

pics are:

not able to be uploaded until i've hit 10 posts. i'll post them up when i'm able to...

:dj:

mpgmadman
09-03-2007, 08:35 PM
9/3/07 - 153.8 lbs. - 12% bf per scale (Tanita?)

Squats:
45x10, 65x8, 96x5,6,5

Bench:
45x10, 55x10, 65x5,5,5

Deadlifts:
135x5, 155x5, 175x5, 185x5, 195x5

Bako Lifter
09-03-2007, 08:40 PM
That's great you made the commitment to better yourself :).

Starting Strenght is the best book out there, you've got all of the information you'll ever need.

mpgmadman
09-03-2007, 08:49 PM
That's great you made the commitment to better yourself :).

Starting Strenght is the best book out there, you've got all of the information you'll ever need.

thanks Bako!

the book really is something i look forward to getting very familiar with, it's already helped me start to watch the form on my squats. i've lifted before, but i've never taken it seriously!

Chris255
09-03-2007, 08:51 PM
Congrats on the lil one.

And work on squat and deadlift form for awhile, they are VERY important, espically deadlift.

If you could, post some videos once you feel like you've got good form so we can check, we dont want you messing yourself up. Good luck.

mpgmadman
09-03-2007, 09:02 PM
Congrats on the lil one.

And work on squat and deadlift form for awhile, they are VERY important, espically deadlift.

If you could, post some videos once you feel like you've got good form so we can check, we dont want you messing yourself up. Good luck.

this site must be more active than i realized!!!

i'll definately take some videos sooner than later, especially if any type of critique could help me out in the long run!

thanks for the comment Chris!

mpgmadman
09-04-2007, 04:48 AM
9/4/07

Ran 2.34 miles per a running route site using google maps.

i've got a run to do in 2 weeks, Al's run, and it's an 8k race. i'm in it for fun for work, but the running is going to go for bagwork once this is over.

mpgmadman
09-05-2007, 05:17 AM
9/5/07 - 157.2 lbs. - 13.5% BF

Squats:
45x10x2
65x10x2
100x5, 6, 5

Presses (seated, no room for standing):
45x10x2
55x8x2
65x5, 5, 5

Rows:
45x10
55x10
65x5, 5, 5


getting to read more of the book, and will eventually replace rows with power cleans

mpgmadman
09-05-2007, 02:01 PM
Yoga day today at work over my lunch hour.

Pretty cool, it's a combo of yoga and pilates and it's held every wednesday. I never would have thought it'd be as demanding as it was. I think it'll complement my training nicely!

:cool:

mpgmadman
09-10-2007, 07:31 PM
it's Monday, September 10, 2007

squats:
45*8, 10
65*5
85*5
105*5
125*5
125*5
115*5

Bench:
45*10
55*10
65*5
85*5
105*5
125*5
135*5
125*5

Deads:
135*5
155*5
175*5
205*5
225*5
245*5


i'm thinking i'm going to have to construct some sort of uprights for the squats. it's an odd beginning starting from the bottom. :(

mpgmadman
09-11-2007, 07:46 AM
i weighed myself today at 159.something pounds.

i'm not sore today like i was last week either, which is cool.

i decided to say **** it and just do the increment thing last night until i got to where i was struggling.

the squats could gain some weight, noticably. i just need to make some sort of stands to hold the bar for a starting position where i'm nearly standing. i made some safety bars and i've been coming up from those (which are below my "bottom").

bench was alright.

deads were alright. i think i could have gone higher with greater increments, but after the 245 i called it a day.

still no post count, so i guess the pictures will wait.

mpgmadman
09-11-2007, 07:58 AM
i found these barbell strength standards by M. Rippetoe. below are the strength numbers for 165 lbs. (which i might be up to sooner than later).

press:

untrained - 75
novice - 102
intermediate - 129
advanced - 153
elite - 186

squat:

untrained - 110
novice - 204
intermediate - 250
advanced - 342
elite - 445

Bench press:

untrained - 119
novice - 152
intermediate - 187
advanced - 255
elite - 319

Deadlift:

untrained - 137
novice - 254
intermediate - 293
advanced - 411
elite - 518

Power clean:

untrained - 79
novice - 147
intermediate - 180
advanced - 246
elite - 288


according to this, i'm essentially untrained (which is true).

i think i can hit intermediate for the dead, and novice for the press and bench. no clue on cleans, and i think the squat (for 1rm) could likely hit novice as well if i were to have some better equipment.

we'll see how this progresses in the coming months (along with my weight).

mpgmadman
09-12-2007, 08:25 AM
i read i should weigh myself in the morning first thing, and i came in at 159.0 even.

yoga/pilates today, weights tonight

been drinking a breakfast shake of olive oil, milk and protein powder. gotta get the non-extra virgin stuff...

mpgmadman
09-12-2007, 12:27 PM
yoga was good, some good work on the legs and abs. hopefully my legs stay loosened up for squats later.