Although i dont have many posts on this website i have been here for a while. I check these forums up to 5 times a day, reading everything i can, i just dont post alot. This is bar none my FAVORITE website on the net. And even though there hasnt been alot of direct communication between me and most of you, i have learned so much here and it has helped me tremendously. I'll give you some history about me before i start my Journal so you can see what i mean. I am 20 years old, live in Louisville Kentucky. When i was 16 or so i had a crappy little weight bench in my garage. I would work out every once in a while, nothing real serious. I have always been "the little guy" at 5 foot 7ish, probably around 115/120 pounds at that time. I wanted to get bigger, stronger you know the basics. I remember being so excited when i could military press 60 pounds for one rep. my max bench got to like, 110 or so. Like i said, nothing real serious, i just did it every once in a while. After getting rid of that bench after a few months, i became basically a hermit. for the next couple years this was my lifestyle: wake up at 4 or 5 in the afternoon, maybe eat half a frozen pizza, play video games in my room till 7 in the morning, go to sleep, repeat. Im not exagerrating either, that was it, literally, EVERY single day. Needless to say, I was not a real happy person. I cared about nothing, hated myself for being the way i was, but didnt care enough to change it. After living like this for 3 years (i did get a job eventually) i decided to move out of my parents house, and into an apartment with a childhood friend of mine. I hadnt seen him alot for the past couple years, as i had no friends and never left my room. Well over this long period of time he had taken up weight lifting. I was shocked when i saw him. Well when we moved into that apartment he wanted to put his weight bench and stuff in the living room, i didnt mind so thats what he did. Well, he would workout throughout the week and i thought "man, i really miss doing this". I knew if i were to get back into it, id have to take it alot more serious than i did years ago. But eventually i made to thedecision to go for it. I basically did everything he told me to do, his routine and stuff. Fast forward a year and a half. Im still as short as ever but im up to 160 lbs. My bench had gone up to 200. I had gotten stronger in all aspects.... except one... my legs. So i did some looking around on the net and found this website... WOW it hit me like a ton of bricks! In this whole time i never did one squat, one deadlift, nothing! Now i realize my roomate really wasnt doing the same type of training i wanted to do. I want to be big. No, not big, HUGE. I dont want to be able to fit through doorways, I want to lift a house..... I WANNABEBIG! I have ditched the extremely crappy routine i had been doing. He has a big upper body but sticks for legs. I guess hes more into body building. Im talking about a 300 pound bench press and a 185 pound deadlift here =/. Why? because he doesnt see the importance of those things, he doesnt understand the concept of GETTING BIG AND STRONG. I have seen the error of my own ways, and picked up Rippetoes starting strength routine. Its been the greatest change of my life. You guys (without even knowing it) have been an enormous inspiration to me. I am finally starting to get some POWER, im up to 175 lbs in just a couple months of this, of course combined with eating everything in sight =). I pay just 10 dollars a month to go to this crappy little gym in a community center basement. There is only one power rack, but it doesnt matter because im the only person who uses it. I have gone from telling people that barbell curls work the BASE of your bicep and concentration curls shape the PEAK of it, to now using phrases like "squat till you puke!" So basically i would like to say THANKS to all of you, even though you didnt even know you were helping change my life. I wanna be a powerlifter/strongman someday not even neccisarily competing, just training like one, maybe competing SOMEDAY. I dunno. Hopefully this journal will keep me focused on my goals, and ill be able to look at my progress so i dont get down on myself. Well thats enough typing for now, its time to EAT, ill check back later after my workout today. Thanks again everybody!