I periodically return to the first post to update my status and goals.
Log Started: January 4, 2016
Last Update: July 19, 2019
Weight: 220 pounds
High school athlete (Football, Wrestling)
College football player (2004-2007)
Competitive-ish runner (2008-2012)
Kettlebell Enthusiast (2013-2015)
CrossFit-Like Person (2016-2017)
Strongman-Like Person (2018-Present)
Longtime friends know that I’ve been doing a “daily dose deadlift” approach more often than not during my time on this site and that’s always what I drift back to. I also try to poke around with some squats, sandbag lifting and occasionally cardio on a spin bike, but >75 percent of my workouts are simple “work up to one or two moderate-to-heavy deadlift singles.”
UPDATE: as of June 2019, I’ve decided to give this approach a try with squats to see if I can make a run at a 405 front squat / 500 back squat.
Front Squat 1x345 (6/22/2019)
Back Squat 1x435 (7/19/2019)
Deadlift 1x625 (2/8/2019)
My lifetime goal (for now…) is to hit a 700 deadlift @ 231 pounds or less. It’s going to take some work but I think it’s in the cards in the next few years. I’d also like to hit a 405 front squat and a 500 back squat.
Back Squat 1x320 (11/4/2017)
Deadlift 1x345 (10/1/2017)
Back Squat 1x195 (6/22/2019)
Deadlift 1x230 (6/23/2019)
Brief explanation(s): I played football & wrestled in high school, also dabbled in powerlifting, played football in college, ran long-distance races (from 5K’s up to marathons) for 5-6 years after that, and picked up other fitness hobbies like yoga, mountain biking, and rock climbing. In my late twenties, I started lifting heavy barbells again, and I think that’s where I’ll keep my main focus. I’m not training to compete in anything, just for satisfaction of being strong and healthy. My wife is a longtime runner and yoga instructor, but she took up barbell training in 2017 after a few years dabbling in kettlebells, and she’s made excellent progress, easily handling 185 in the back squat and 200 in the deadlift (note: since delivering our son in July 2018, she has recovered just about all of this strength, and just PR’d her back squat at 190 and deadlift at 220 recently).