I ve been training for awhile now and after lurking around these forums and looking at at other peoples logs I decided it was time to sign up and do it myself!
I ve always been reasonably active but never excelled at any one activity. I think as I was younger I used to get bored very easily and move onto the next activity/sport (Alcohol often got in the way of things to as I was fond of a tipple and there wasnt much could get between me and a night out). As I ve gotten older(30 now eek) I find I can stick to things a bit better. For the 3 years or so I ve mainly been involved in Thai boxing/ Kickboxing. This made me fit but never really gave much good shape. Over the last 8 mths or so i have been doing weights workouts along with the thaiboxing. These workouts were in a very unstructured way. Basically a week would be: thaiboxing 2/3 days, weights 2 days, throw in a run on another day.
My body shape has reacted alot better to the weights workouts than the thaiboxing. Even though in the thai boxing we did a LOT of pushups, situps, burpess etc... Since starting the weights have a got more muscular and definened looking which is what I want.
At the moment I am in between boxing clubs. Moved area and havent found a new one. I m keen to get back to it at somestage cause I love the training, but to be honest id been picking up a few injuries that I couldnt shake and it was getting frustrated. I think ill stick with the weights for now.
This brings me to Starting Strength. This program is ideal for what I want right now. A good planned,structured program. Thats what I need, other wise I fall off the track a bit. The only problem I have with this program is the deadlifts. A few years ago my arm was crushed in accident. Around the forearm, so I have very weak grip in my left arm. Its not tooo bad if my hand/palm is facing sideways, ie like a natural position hanging by my side. Still only at about 80% like this. If my palm is facing away or towards me its much weaker. Hard to explain in wrting. Basically it means my deadlifts will be shit. Im thinking of doing V handle rows instead. The exercise where one end of a barbell is on a hinge in the corner and you lift the other end using a V handle. Make sense?
I started SS last week. My log notebook is at home so Ill update this later. Its going good so far. My squat is weak. I havent squatted in a long time. Didnt do many leg exercises in the gym cause we did some bodyweight ones in thaiboxing training. I am really struggling on getting proper depth so had to drop the weight way down. Its only slightly bigger than my bench!
My current bw is 82kg and Im 5' 11".
Edit: I never added in goals.
My goals are pretty vague really:
-keep my fitness up
-do the Eureka stair climb in November
Basically I want to put on muscle but keep it as lean as possible. I am not trying to get huge just a bit chunkier looking. I have a reasonable level of fitness from the kickboxing(although this has declined recently) and Id like to keep it as much as possible. There is a boxing gym opening in my area in October so I might give that a crack then and I dont want to be totally puffed out at that.