Hello everyone! I am starting this log to help keep me accountable. I have always done better when I know others are watching. If you see me slacking then let me know.
I have been training pretty consistently for over 4 years now. I got a wake up call from my doctor and decided to actually listen to him (boy was he shocked). In that time I have dropped close to 40 pounds (low of 137 lbs at 9%) and cut and bulked back to where I am now with an average lean mass gain of around 5 – 7 lbs per year. If you believe in body type classifications I would say that I was leaning towards being an ectomorph with the majority of my fat storage in the midsection.
Currently I am around 175 lbs and 14% body fat (pictures coming soon). I am just shy of 5' 8" and almost 45 years old. My best 1 rep lifts were from about two months ago at the end of my most recent bulk. They are probably a bit lower now, as I have not been going heavy since then.
Flat Bench Press – 290 lbs.
Back Squat – 332.5 lbs.
Conventional Dead lift (hook grip with straps) – 380 lbs.
Overhead Press – 167.5 lbs.
Power Clean – 175 lbs.
Here is a list of what I have been doing over the last 4 years
Jan 2004 - Nov 2004 (Fat loss and beginning strength training using HST)
Dec 2005 - March 2006 (Max OT bulk)
April 2005 -May 2006
April 2005 - Sept 2005 (SGX with Swolecat coaching Link to journal)
Sept 2005 - March 2006 (SUP 2 with Swolecat coaching for the first 3 months)
April 2006 - August 2006 (SGX without coaching)
Oct 2006 - Dec 2006 (SUP 2 without coaching)
Jan 2007 - Feb 2007 (SGX diet with bodybuilding routine)
March 2007 - June 2007 (Get Shredded diet with bodybuilding routine)
July 2007 - August 2007 (WSFSB bulk)
Sept 2007 - Dec 2007 (Starting Strength)
Jan 2008 - July 2008 (Texas Method)
August - September (Whole body workout with progressively lower rest periods)
Into the Fire
Earlier this year I was contemplating my progress and where I was headed. I have had no direct coaching and workout at home so, as my weights have increased, I have worried about my form. My progress has been OK but I am fighting father time and feel I need to step things up to reach my ideal physique. I have also recently become interested in Olympic lifts. What all this told me was that I needed a one on one trainer.
Thanks to Google I was able to find someone in my area that was a perfect fit for my needs. You might know him as he is a prominent member of this board. He goes by Borris and his real name is Issac Wilkins. Check out his web site or blog if you get a chance. I feel like I could not have been any luckier to have such a qualified trainer close by.
I had my first training session with Issac on Wednesday. Man I should not have dropped cardio! I am out of time but I will post my impressions about it soon.