I've posted on WBB for a while, but never kept a journal.
Just a quick lifting bio. I played football in college at a small school and after a few years of just hitting the gym I got the competitive bug again. I've been powerlifting for about 2.5 years and I've trained at Bad Attitude Gym in Dallas, Texas for most of that time.
In April I made my first Elite total of 1,940 at 242 (750/500/690). Unfortuneately in July I injured my back training for the Pro-Am. I was warming up for sumo pulls and my left foot slipped and lurched forward.
I've tried to rehab and get back to lifting for a full meet, but suffered several setbacks. I finally got an MRI a few weeks back and I've got an annular tear at L5-S1 that is causing/allowing a disc herniation/subluxation. I am not supposed to do any real low back rehab until the end of January and then after that who knows. I've read that annular tears can take 12-18 months to heal. My doctor said that he believes I can heal to 99.8% of what I was, so that is good news. He also said I need to think in terms of years instead weeks/months on getting back to being a big puller.
So, the best thing for me right now is to be bench only. I can still help my teammates and now they can break my balls for being bench only. The constant re-injuring of my back has been very tough on my family life. We have a two month old son and if my back is in a bad way I can't help take care of him. Needless to say this makes my wife not pleased.
At BAG we train using the conjugate method, with our own wrinkles. Due to working about an hour away from the gym and living 30-45 minutes away I usually only have 1 to 2 days at BAG. Luckily two of my training partners live in the same town as my work, so we hit the commercial gym there and go to BAG on the weekend. I'm also in the process of adding a good benching setup to my garage. I've wanted equipment in my garage since I was about 15 so I'm pretty pumped.
Wednesday is Dynamic Effort bench day and Sunday is Max Effort. We do it this way b/c it is safer and much more motivating to train max effort with the entire group at BAG on Sundays. I'll be doing rehab/conditioning on my lower days and hopefully doing some squatting and leg work eventually.
1. Get my back healthy and be patient.
2. Bench 600+ (best is 529, but was hitting mid 5s before I got hurt)
3. Bring up my cardio conditioning and eat better. Not trying to lose weight.
SPF Longhorn Classic - Arlington, TX - 03/20/10
This gives me 11 training weeks and a week off before the meet. Will cut to 242. Current bw is 250-252, so the cut shouldn't be bad.