I figured I'll dedicate this to everybody who's got a passion for moving big weight.
Competitive or non competitive. Regardless of training approach or experience this thread is open to anyone and everyone looking for PRs, motivation and ideas and training discussion in general.
To start, I'm 18 years old and have become more serious by the day about lifting since middle school. I'm a high school athlete who loves the weight room just as much if not more sometimes than the football field or anything else.
Some of my motivation comes from the strength that I see and read about on this site. To name a few... StormTheBeach, Synergy, Professor X, BigMak, Spar4tee, ParagonA, and many more!
I love reading the spills from Jim Wendler, occasionally looking in on the Indigo Project and learning from CT, and reading about all the different programs and methods that are out there.
I'm into reading about conjugate training currently, and I'm obsessed with programming; simplifying shit to make it more applicable to my own training.
I train 5 days a week, normally for around 45 min. to an 1hr & 30 min. I spin my wheels 3 days a week, and hit my upper body two days. Sometimes I'll bench twice a week, or dedicate a day to both bench pressing and over head pressing.
Right now my maxes are:
Bench Press - 335
Back Squat - 525
Overhead Press - 205(I'd like to put on at least 50 more lbs to the bar, that would be solid)
Power Clean - 240/245 on a good day.
I'm a 500+ squatter @ a bw of around 185. Currently I'm sitting at around 170-175, I love lifting heavy and I love prioritizing my legs. My other lifts seem to go when I take a few weeks/months to center things around the back squat.
Right now, I've prioritized the front squat, in effort to work past 315 with a clean grip and increase my power clean.
I'm squatting and cleaning 3 days a week, Monday Wednesday Friday. Monday is a lighter/speed day ... sometimes I'll treat it as a true DE day with accommodating resistances, but for the most part it's a day for me to just drill technical proficiency. I'll also use bottom up squats, pause squats, and wide stance to a low box.
On Wednesday, I use front squats for my max effort day, and on Friday, I use back squats for higher reps. This has proven to be a great way to focus on 3 components of strength during the week, and keep my legs working hard and often. I've been following this set up for around a month and a 1/2 and I've made some tremendous PRs.
I've gone from a 205 to 290 in my front squat, and have taken 315x18 so far ass to floor for my back squats. The biggest obstacle to overcome has been my breathing and keeping the damn bar on my back!
How ever, once I reach 315 for my front squat, I'd like to get back to heavy work for my back squat and am thinking about using Smolov!
I've been into Rob Wolfs Paleo Solution, clean of whole grains for about 2 months. My diet consist of nothing but lean meats (fish, red meat, turkey & chicken) fruits, vegetables, eggs, cheese and nuts. (occasionally I'll splurge on some sushi with the girl friend
I've trimmed up from this past football season down to a healthy, lighter and stronger weight.
I don't take any supplements besides a vitamin and some fish oil here and there. I drink a lot of different coffee from Fresh Market as well as organic whole milk.
I do a lot of mobility work/stretching both before and after I lift, whether it be an upper or lower body day. I try to avoid fatigue throughout the week until Friday comes and I can be sore for the weekend. This is typically when I'll enjoy an Epson salt bath or hot tub. I enjoy a hot cup tea before bed and some foam rolling.
Feel free to post you're own program write ups or training preferences/ideas, diets, recovery habits, post motivational videos, ask questions, state goals and aspirations. Write about anything you want, you could be answering someone's questions and giving inspiration.
Call it a log for the power lifting community.