Starting Guaranteed Muscle Mass now that rehab program is finished.
GMM log starts at post 61.
LOL that lasted one day before my gym closed for coronavirus!
Starting this log now since I signed up for the 2020 T-ransformation challenge.
Unfortunately I won’t be lifting for, most likely, a solid month.
I have a series of surgeries scheduled during January to correct a vein issue in my legs, and I’ll be instructed not to lift for 2 weeks after each one;
AND I have some severe tendonitis (or something worse?) in my left forearm, which has gotten so bad it hurts to use my finger flexors even for something as simple as washing my face;
AND I have an issue with my left shoulder with a bony acromion bump; the shoulder hurts when I carry any meaningful weight with that arm and in certain forward-reaching positions.
I have an ortho appointment mid-Jan and hopefully can come up with a plan for those issues, hopefully I can get back to lifting in February.
For the next few weeks I expect to be posting nothing but cardio numbers and ever-dropping body weight. So it will certainly be boring.
Edit 1/6 to add:
31yo Male, 190lbs as of 6 JAN 2020, 72" tall.
Married 10 years, 3 young kids, a busy and full life. Demanding non-physical job (not sitting all day only mental exertion).
Military for six years ('07-'13), during which time I was in decent shape (not fat) but never strong. I could never squat 225 and it was like a distant goal i could never achieve. I knew how to lift but not how to program or do progression, and never followed one. How I wish I’d found (and stuck with) 5x5 or 5/3/1 back then!
Never liked to eat and always weighed 178lbs.
After military I fell away from lifting or conditioning. Then in 2018 started getting back in the gym, no real progression plan, some running, compound lifts and tons of pullups (which always made me feel better about myself, I cant lift any weight but I can beat you at pullups big guy!).
I did work up to a 225# squat for a few reps during this phase.
Still weighed 178lbs.
July 2019 i stumbled on the 5/3/1 BBB challenge on T-nation and went all in. Ate like crazy, lifted hard, I grew visibly more muscular and gained some fat as well. After the 3-month challenge I kept going with another 5/3/1 template and maybe some tweaks I shouldn’t have made, maybe tried to progress a little faster than I should…
I was 200lbs on December 1st 2019! This felt great, except that suddenly I was broken and could barely lift. Gripping with my left was nearly impossible because I had ignored the worsening forearm tendinitis.
Next, something happened with my left shoulder. It hurts and has a bony bump on the acromion area.
So early December I put an emergency stop on all upper body activity and did legs only (no DLs either) for the rest of December.
Now I’m awaiting orthopedic appointment and have to stay completely off weights while recovering from some leg vein treatments throughout January.
Body comp: the pain/gain ratio of a long-term 6-pack is not for me. It would be nice to get there once, though. Hopefully at end of February.
My wife is freaking gorgeous and I need to stay in decent shape; top two abs visible is about my speed long term. But I don’t want the “spare tire” dadbod thing I’m rocking right now either.
I would like to be muscular, 190-200lbs.
For a naturally 178lbs dude I’m not sure how reasonable this is with low body fat.
Strength: though competing with none but myself, I WILL strict standing press 135lbs. Once I can do a single, the goal will be to do 135 for reps. Then, set a new goal.
Likewise, I want to get my squat up. Short-term goal is to get to 225 for 5x5, then set a new goal.
I also want to bench 225 (never have; all the cool kids could do it when I was in the military, see the pullups comment above).
Naturally I’ll keep progressing my deadlift as well.