I have been training for 2 years now, actually tommorrow (28Jul08) marks 2 years to the day from my first day in the gym. I am a 27 year old male, 5'9" and about 185-190. Since the beggining of 2008 I have been training with the Westside template. Before I made the decision to become a powerlifter, my training, although hardcore and serious, lacked focus. I didnt have a sport to apply my strength and conditioning to. Now that I do, training has become very focused. I have my goals and everyday in the gym brings me closer to those goals. I have never competed in a PL meet, but am 8 months out from my first one.
My training split is Monday, Wednesday, Friday. Dynamic effort upper, max effort lower, max effort upper, dynamic effort lower. I simply rotate those through in order so my training week is actually 9 days long. I have only been doing this for 3 weeks, before that it was 2 on, 1 off, 2 on, 1 off. I will stick to this for a few months to access the results. Conditioning, yoke (neck & traps), and grip/forearm work will be put in at my convinience.
I am currently in the Ohio National Gaurd and stationed in Kuwait. My job is convoy security throughout Iraq. When Im up north getting to a computer is very low on my priority list. I will catch up on the general details of my training when I am back in Kuwait.
I welcome any and all critisism in this journal. If you think I am doing something wrong or just curious why I am doing something the way I am, just say something. Your not going to hurt my feelings!
Heres a list of some of my PRs
15Jun08 215+chains Front Squat
21Jun08 325 Free Squat wide stance
27Jun08 325Parrellel Box Squat wide stance
3Jul08 235+chains Front Squat
14Jul08 345Free Squat wide stance
23Jun08 215 Flat Bench
29Jun08 185 Illegal Bench 3x
7Jul08 225 Decline Bench
16Jul08 195 2 Board Press 4x
26Jul08 195 Illegal Bench 3x
31Mar08 315 Conventional
11Apr08 335 Conventional
18Apr08 335 Sumo
23Jul08 345 Conventional
Right now my total is sitting at 910. My goals are to put 10 pounds on my flat bench every 5 weeks, 5 pounds on my squat every 3 weeks, and 10 pounds on my deadlift every 6 weeks.