Background (short version)
I've lifted off and on for the last few years of college, but nothing serious until late February/early March 2005. For the first 3-4 months I spent most of my time recomposing, attempting to lose fat/weight. I dropped from 215 lbs at 29-30% bodyfat down to the upper 170's at still fat. I didn't make any real strength gains, since I was somewhat undereating during that period, barely taking in 2000 calories a day, which I learned (from these forums) was too low. I started manipulating my diet, and eating more, and consequently started seeing some strength gains. Now I'm more serious about things, and I feel like I actually have a clue about what I'm doing (again, thanks to the various forums). So this is my attempt to start things over, in a sense, and do things right this time.
My goals for 2006 are:
1) 200 lbs at 8-9% bodyfat
2) 1200+ total (315 lb bench, 405 lb squat, 495 lb deadlift)
I'm starting the year off with a 6-8 week UD2.0 cut down to 8% bodyfat or so. I'm tired of this 38" gut, and I want rid of it once and for all. I had great results for the two weeks I was on UD2.0 before. I expect I'll make some strength gains while on UD2.0, since it's cyclic, and I made some gains during the first time I was using it after the carb loads. After that, I'm planning on starting the ever popular 5x5 routine so many people around here have adopted. I'm expecting most of my size/strength gains to come from that phase.