Well, Monstar told me about this place and said I should check it out. Here I am.
Little bit about myself. I am a powerlifter, not a bodybuilder, so whatever I can add to the discussions will be based on a strength gaining perspective, and not a hypertrophy perspective.
As of this writing, I am 28 years old, weigh about 220ish (down cause it is summer) and currently compete in bench only competitions. I am a decent squatter, but because I have a bencher's build, I am an awful deadlifter, and as they say the meet don't start till the bar hits the floor.
Best bench so far has been a gym lift of 525. Best in competition sadly, is just 480, which was an opener that day. Intended to go 480, 505, 530 but it was just a very bad day. I also had what would have been a State 220 open record 505 red lighted for butt raise. Just need to get it all together on meet day, and I should be able to put up some decent numbers.
Squat is low 600's and deadlift is mid 400's. Told you I was a terrible deadlifter. These numbers are not world class by any means, but the reason I am posting them is to contrast them with the numbers I had when I started powerlifting 13 months ago.
Squat - 400
Bench - 355 (competition)
Deadlift - 315ish
I have trained using the Westside Barbell method for the last 13 months and have seen insane improvement. Whatever I can add to the group, I would be happy to do so.