Hello. As a possible adjunct to the 5/3/1 or Westside might I recommend Starting Strength by Mark Rippetoe and Practical Programming by him as well. They are not as popular on this site as other options but I've found them to be very good novice to intermediate training.
There is a WNPF meet next month in Rochester (I will be competing in it), it's a pretty nice laid back event and even for an older lifter like myself (45) it's still enough to get the competitive juices flowing. I really do kick myself for waiting 18 years in between meets (1993-2011) but it has been fun to get back into something that makes me train with a purpose.
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I was suggesting you actually compete in it. What I learned from my 18 year layoff is that you are never actually "ready" for a meet, you could always wait for the next one, until you add 20 more pounds to this lift, or 70 lbs to your total, there is never a perfect time to do it, you should just go ahead and jump in, because it is fun, because it is a challenge, and most of all because we all look awesome in a singlet.
Last edited by Brian Hopper; 03-20-2013 at 04:27 PM.
Solid choice with 531. You cant go wrong.
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Singlet?? Is that mandatory? I think my wife beater adds 50lbs to my deadlift, I'd be weak without it!
What I mean is that there is always a reason to not compete, that's why people never get on the platform. Once you do a meet, put up shitty numbers and realize nobody laughs at you for not being a world record holder it makes it easier to compete again. Getting a baseline is important.
I'll also add a lot of guys think they are pretty strong until they enter their first meet. Everyone finds out it's pretty easy to think performing in front of people and hitting your best technique in an unfamiliar area with different equipment and with judges is going to be a breeze but it aint.
So the best thing is to get out there and get some experience.
For the time being, Monday I'll start the program, and see how that goes. I expect more from myself than where I'm currently at.