10 months ago I "re" found powerlifting and this message board in particular and I haven't been the same since. I wanted to thank everyone here who helped me when I first started out and who continue to help and inspire me. After 6 or 7 years away from heavier lifting it took some time to get my strength back but I am just loving the journey. I recently accomplished one of my biggest short term goals when I made one of Jon's top 50 lists over at powerliftingwatch.com. Training by myself I need to find things that motivate me and that list is a big one. Here is my brief progress chart so to speak
Sept 19, 2008 - first meet (6 weeks of training) 275 RAW (38 years old)
**After losing roughly 2 months of leg training because of a knee injury I did my first full squat with 135 on Feb 7th. Thank goodness for muscle memory.
Feb 28, 2009 Hwy (281) RAW
Deadlift 501 - had to switch to sumo - which I suck at but it is what I had to do
April 18, 2009 308 (281) RAW - by fed standards
Squat 556 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EDd28...e=channel_page
Bench 363 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ek0Ft...eature=channel
Deadlift 501 - missed 523 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhTPz...eature=channel
I am back to conventional deads and I have my sights set on a 1500 total for my June 27th meet. I've learned a lot about training here and that has allowed me to stay healthy as of late. I am also trying to grow the sport here in town - trying to get people involved and it is happening. The local news did a story on my lifting.
I must first say the opening lines made me uncomfortable as there are quite a few guys I know in town that are stronger than me let alone the state but the story has generated a buzz and it has sparked interest. The kids I teach really thought it was cool. http://www.kxmb.com/video.asp?Articl...&VideoId=27776
I wanted to say thanks again to all of you - pros or Joe's like me - the topics, the discussion, the sharing of ideas - all of it has helped me tremendously.
Last edited by fulldaddy; 05-02-2009 at 04:14 PM.
This is really cool. Im in the same boat as you as I left the sport due to injury and returned 11 years later to the sport at age 37. Good luck in all your ventures and may you be stronger tommorrow
JERSEY IRON POWERLIFTING
Best meet lifts @220 840/650/575
Best meet lifts @198 775/575/630
Best Raw Lifts @198 650/415/575
Eater of: 61 Buffalo wings in 8 minutes
20 hotdogs+buns in 30 minutes
Thanks BTO - I think we both started posting on here around the same time and it has been really cool to watch your progress. I think I told you that you would be benching 400 this year!
I think I have a good plan that is working for me & that will allow me to progress steadily and stay healthy. I warm up/stretch every day, ice down after every workout - it may take a lot of extra time but to me it is a no brainer. I may do a geared meet by the end of the year but I'd like to squat 600 raw this year & along with a 390 raw bench (I'd be ok with 400 too haha). Now that I am back to deadlifting conventional I am excited about where that can go. Everything this year is meant to lay the foundation for 2010. Like the news story said - right now my ultimate goal isn't a number total but to represent the US in international competition (in masters competition of course). We'll see. Thanks again guys.
thats awsome man and awesome numbers. good luck with your training!
750/425/625/1800 at SPF Georgia State meet on 8/07/10
Started Powerlifting: September 08
Thanks Mosley - good luck with your upcoming meet and your journey in the sport.
I really enjoy reading a post like this. These sort of posts are why we have these forums. Thank you.
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Thank you guys - I appreciate the kind words. Sharing your insight & helping foster that positive environment is what makes this site such a great resource.
vdizenzo - I love the quote you have on your signature
"No man has the right to be an amateur in the matter of physical training. It is a shame for a man to grow old without seeing the beauty and strength of which his body is capable." - Socrates
This really hit home for me as I turn 39 this summer and I really feel like I am starting to come into my own. To be able to push myself & compete in something again really reinforces a feeling of self esteem & self worth.
Last edited by fulldaddy; 05-05-2009 at 11:39 AM.