Hello everyone. My name is Justin. I am 25 years old and I have decided to do the starting strength workout to get my strength back.
Over a year ago I was in pretty good shape. I was 6’1” and about 200 lbs lean. I could bench 200 lbs, squat 315 lbs, and deadlift 405 lbs. Now I am 235 lbs and much less strong. I have kept much of my muscle, but I am no where near as strong as before (which I don’t think was super-strong to begin with).
My goal is to get all of my lost strength back and then some, if possible. After that, I may make the decision to bodybuild or powerlift, or a little of both. I also like MMA, which I will hold off on until I get my base strength.
Oddly enough, the routine I used to build strength and mass was similar to Rippetoe’s method. I would work out 3 days a week and do multi-joint exercises: Squats, deadlifts, bench presses, shoulder presses, pull-ups, chin-ups, dips, rows, and powercleans.
Here we go:
September 1, 2010:
Squat: 95 lbs X 5 reps X 3 sets
Bench Press: 75 lbs X 5 reps X 3 sets
Deadlift: 135 lbs X 5 reps X 1 set