So I’ve run two different logs over the last couple years, ended each one for different reasons.
Quick synopsis of my background:
Navy SWCC, been active for almost 18 years(in September). Started lifting junior year of high school with an old Sears set on the back porch. I was a very weak teen prior to this- once I got to where I could do certain moves with all the weight (100 pounds), I actually felt quite a bit stronger. Senior year, started lifting at the local Y- never seen a Y weight room that great since. It said YMCA on the door, but it was just a weight room, and a cardio room. Aah, the good old days.
Been lifting consistent ever since, barring periods where I couldn’t get to a weight room (ie, early years in the Navy when my ship would be out to sea). Gone through several different protocols over the years, from something I found in Muscle & Fiction(seriously did the massive workouts back in the mid 90s-didn’t get a lot bigger, but my work capacity was ridiculous).
GOt smart in 97, went back to basic, compound movements and FINALLY started eating to gain weight. ANd wouldn’t you know, it worked. Went from 170ish to pretty solid 190 in 4 months. Stayed about the same for a few years, then slowly got a bit bigger, in small steps. Didn’t get it at the time but looking back, I was gaining a few pounds, then holding that weight for a while until my set point was reset higher(completely unintentional).
Now, I stay in the low 200s even when I barely eat. Lifting wise, was doing a push/pull superset template I built off of something I read(don’t recall where). Worked pretty decent, but I was going to near max every week on every major lift, and was just getting worn down. I had also gotten to the point where I was completely neglecting my conditioning, which is still pretty important for my job. Moved from Louisiana back up to VA in May/June of this year, took a two week break from lifting while we were getting moved and settled. Started lifting again, using StrongLifts 5x5(3 days a week) and some sort of conditioning on another 3 days, with one day conpletely off. Didn’t follow it to the letter, instead of starting with just the bar like it is written, I guesstimated about half my 5RM(one of the other options). Since I was only doing certain movements, I noticed holes in my development(my wife said something too). SO, got tired of it after 7 weeks(had intended to do the full 12 weeks). GOt ahold of the first edition of 531, and just started that today.
Almost forgot, at my last unit and at my current one, I have access to Bod Pod testing for free. I had been trying to get bigger, and did, got to where I was holding right around 212, but was having trouble seeing any abs. Went and got tested beginning of May, came out at 20%!!! Definitely was not happy about that. I know I lost some weight during the move(weighed around 205 when I started lifting again), but over the next couple months, with the lift/condition plan I was following, I could tell I was getting leaner. Tested again two weeks ago at 13%…now that’s more like it. Spent last week in the desert with no gym, so no lifting. Ran one morning before training started, did 4 miles in 30:00. Felt like poopy after the turnaround, but was a little happier when I found out how far I did in that time(haven’t run on the road in quite some time, been doing a lot of interval type work on treadmills to boost my VO2-it was lacking a bit when I tested in May).