I’ve been around T-Nation since 2001 but rarely post. That iss going to change this year. I’ve always frowned upon those who make New Year’s resolutions because more often then not, those resolutions are broken after about two days.
After the roughest year of my life, I’ve decided that I’m going to make some resolutions and keep them. In 2008 I was riddled with health problems for the first time in my life; mostly problems outside of my control. At the time the problems arose, I was in as good of shape as ever.
I was the strongest I had ever been in my life, my diet was in good order (I’ve followed John Berardi and Body-4-life’s protocol for 3+ years). When the problems occured everything sort of fell apart.
I weighed a lean 170 at the time and looked pretty good naked (though a bit small). A month later I was down to just over 150, which was depressing because I’m your classic ectomorph (I started college weighing 140 and had to work my tail off to jsut to get to 160). Gaining quality weight is incredibly difficult for me so going from a hard 170 to a skinny-fat looking 154 in less than a month plain sucked.
Anyway, I started to get life back in order in October and expect to make a full recovery, though it will certainly take time. Throughout my ordeal I continued going to the gym, sometimes with lackluster efforts and results and have gained back 10 lbs once lost. Still, I’ve got a long way to go.
Here are my all-time prs
Standing Vertical jump-34’ is my best measured
Here are my goals for the program:
- Gain 10 lbs by end of program
- Bench Press at least 280
- Box Squat 315
- Deadlift 385/improve technique
- Improve posture
- Work on foam roller every day
Today was “Packing day” on Cressey’s program. My Stats were:
Weight: 164 lbs
Max Box Squat: 265 lbs (can do more but technique gets iffy)
Max BP: 240 lbs
Max DL: 315 lbs (can pull more but technique falls apart)
3 rep Max Chin: 55x3 (almost 65x3, pleasant surprise)
Broad Jump: Will measure soon
While my numbers on the squat disappointed me I was quite pleased with the rest of the workout. I’ve been abusing my foam roller/tennis ball and the results are already apparent. Though my knees have not been an issue of late, I have had trouble with them in the past (extremely tight IT band has been a problem in right knee).
My right front delt seems to develop a trigger point anytime I do a lot of bench pressing, though the pain is not severe so I am hoping the foam rolling/tennis ball helps.
Today I felt no pain at all in my shoulder and I also noticed that one side didnt overpwoer the othe ron chins, which has been a problem in the past. I’m not sure if its the foam rolling/warm-up that is responsible, but I actually felt very good physically.
Anyway, I look forward to completing the program. I may try Nate Green’s spring or summer plan after 16 weeks.