Thank you for the response. I wasn’t expecting anyone to answer truthfully. I’ll try to answer your questions as best as I can.
a. I’m 6 foot even. Not huge, but not a shrimp either. Typically I can carry 215-220 (which was several years ago by the way) well. 265 make me look like a slob.
I do agree with the nutrition. I’m just trying to consciously not eat shitty foods and go with more lean meats and veggies. I’m not going to worry about any complex dieting method until later.
b. No money involved unfortunately, but that wasn’t my idea. I offered up the idea of 100 bucks a man, but they didn’t go for it. And believe me I don’t need cash for motivation. I’ve been taking shit from these guys for years. Let me give you a background of the guys I’m dealing with so you can have a better understanding.
First person - 42 years old, and used to be able to do everything better. When I was powerlifting he constantly told me how much stronger he used to be than me, and that he probably could beat me any day. And when he meant stronger than me he meant the bench. Never did a squat in his life (sarchasm: but he’s got very VERY strong legs, as so he says, and has done stiff deadlifts in the smith machine all the time. At one point I was boxing for a year and a half and he swore he could beat me in a fight too. I’ve attempted to have a competition in the past but there was always something that came up. Now that there are other people involved he has no choice but to buck up.
Second person - 33 years old - 5’3, 155 lbs. This person is a P90x’er. I will not deny that he is in better shape than me. Can’t deny that. But due to his P90x’ing he thinks he’s the best at everything. Thinks he’s faster than me, stronger than me, and basically told me the other day that I will come in dead last. Nothing would make me happier than to shut him up.
Third person - and a new entry into the mix, is my boss, and is a she - 47 years old. She has done a mini-triathalon and swears that she is in the best shape of everybod. Although I do acknowledge her accomplishment of completing the mini-triathalon, and her weekly 5k runs, I highly doubt that she is in better shape than I. How can I tell? The size of her ass is one. And the fat rolls that slide off her sides is the other. I also call her the bastion of mis applied information. Did you know what percentage of coffee drinkers get cancer when they turn 50 or older? No, well she does. And hordes of other useless information. This information that she gets from various womens magazines means that she is a know it all. So when I told her that my training as a powerlifter was no worse or better than her training (just different) she scoffawed at me. So I’d like to shut her ass up as well.
c. Currently I stand at the following maxes.
Pushups- 15. I have a broken right wrist with a screw in it, so doing pushups is hard and very painful. But I got clearance from the doc that said as long as I wrap it well it should be no problem.
Squats- 225, and only because I haven’t trained in some time that I didn’t want to push it.
Chins - None. Sad.
2 mile run - Can’t do it yet. Never did a run in my life.
d. I was rethinking my training protcol. I know I have to do pushups and chins to get them stronger to finish the competition. However I do not want to not do bench and deadlifts. So I’m going to take your advise and do them prior to the Starting Strength work. Since there is not weight added I don’t think they would affect my training and would be a good warm up prior to the real work. What do you think?
Sorry if this is a long post, I had to get the background out there.