I grew up as weak as they come, got a little stronger after hitting the gym in college, but then got extremely weak due to significant muscle loss after a month long coma/brain surgery resulting from a near fatal car accident 10 yrs ago. I worked out since in desperation and gained decent strength, but the over-eating sparked development of Diabetes due to a genetic pre-disposition. That got me extremely dedicated to my diet, and Jan '08 onwards, I leaned down from 29% Body Fat to 17%, while maintaining strength. My progress pics can be seen on my site www.zackattack.info
Since the accident, I had come a very long way after benching only 75 lbs & squatting just the bar on the smith machine. However, I felt I was still a weakling. On my birthday in July '08, I set my mind to acquiring serious Strength over 3 yrs and reducing body fat level below 10%. My progress over the past 6 months has been remarkable and documented on on my YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/user/ZackAttack1978 Hopefully my Quest will motivate others who don't believe in themselves.
6 month Progress Summary:
START Jul '08 : BENCH 215, SQUAT 165, DEAD 265 = 645, 28" jump
CURT Dec '08 : BENCH 240, SQUAT 250, DEAD 335 = 825, 32" jump
GOAL Jul '09 : BENCH 275, SQUAT 315, DEAD 375 = 965, 36" jump
GOAL Jul '11 : BENCH 405, SQUAT 505, DEAD 605 = 1515, 50" jump
6 month BENCH Progress: +25 lbs
6 month SQUAT Progress: +85 lbs
6 month DEADL Progress: +70 lbs
6 month Box Jump Progress: +4"
Initially stated Jul '11 SQUAT & DEAD goals have been raised to 505 & 605 respectively due to surge in lower body Strength