Hi everybody, I'm new here. I'm 23 years old and from the suburbs of philadelphia in new jersey. I discovered this site a couple months ago and have been reading every article, training log, and forum bug since. I've been lifting weights now for 3 years and a couple months.
I've built a pretty decent physique i think, but all ive really done is "lift" weights. I'm decently strong, but i'd like to get a lot stronger. I've been reading a lot about powerlifting recently and I pretty much caught the bug. I purchased Jim Wendler's 5/3/1 seoond edition and have been threw a couple times this past week. I like the ooncept so I'll give it a try. Tomorrow July 1st, I'll be starting training. My goal is to compete in powerlifting events by next spring.
Here are a couple stats for me:
Weight- 186lbs as of this morning
1RM as of 6/30/13 (tested thursday and friday of last week):
Squat-325lbs (first time using a wider powerlifting stance, got about a rep and a half)
When I tested squat and ohp i was on about two hours of sleep and worked a full day and hit the gym around 7pm. probably could've done a lil more in both lifts, but I'll stick with these numbers for those lifts. Also, all the lifts I completed raw, no belt, no straps, no wraps. Just chalk.
Diet wise I eat pretty clean. I cut down to 181 lbs on June 21st from 200-205 at the start of April. After a careless weekend im currently around 185-187lbs on a fairly low carb diet. I want to stay around 185lbs until September, then I'll slowly starting gaining weight to a hopefully lean 200ish lbs. I'd like to compete in the 198lb class.
I'm going to follow the Simplest Strength Template as described in the book. Monday will be OHP, Tues- DL, Thurs- Bench, Friday- Squat. I'll do abs twice a week and cardio/conditioning 3 times a week.
Tomorrow's Ohp routine looks something like this:
OHP- 5*65%, 5*75%, 5*85%
Close Grip Bench- 10*50%, 10*60%,10*70%
I'm not too sure what i'll do for the last four assistance exercises set/rep/weight wise, maybe 5x10 but that seems like a little too much volume.
I'm glad to now be apart of T-Nation and look forward to hearing from everybody. Any tips would be greatly appreciated!