I periodically return to the first post to update my status and goals.
Log Started: January 4, 2016
Last Update: November 29, 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 for much of the lasg few years, and that’s what I tend to drift back to. I also 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 a few moderate-to-heavy deadlift singles.” I also go through periods of enthusiasm for kettlebell work, and presently am trying to do a good kettlebell workout at least once per week for some intense cardio.
Front Squat 1x370 (8/15/2019)
Back Squat 1x445 (9/27/2019)
Deadlift 1x625 (2/8/2019)
Back Squat 1x205 (9/10/2019)
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 2014-2015, I started doing lots of kettlebell work and eventually lifting heavy barbells again, and I think that’s where I’ll stay for the long haul. I’m not training to compete in anything, just for personal satisfaction of being strong and healthy. My primary fitness goal is to hit a 700 deadlift @ 231 pounds bodyweight in my lifetime. It’s going to take some work but I think it’s in the cards within the next few years. I’d also really like to achieve the RKC Level 1 standard for kettlebell snatch, which is 100 unbroken reps with a 53 pound bell in 5 minutes. 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 done a terrific job working her way to a 200-pound squat and a 230-pound deadlift, even after birthing our son in 2018!