Decided that I better get off my ass and do a log for some accountability. A brief background is below.
Age: 35 (just make it into this forum :])
Bodyfat: no idea but 20% plus I'd guess
I used to lift a fair bit when I was a teenager, then life caught up and I stopped at about 21. After a few years of not doing too much I got into boxing in my mid twenties and cut down to amateur middleweight (weighed in at 160). I could run for three hours but at that weight I always felt on the edge of being sick so in hindsight not a healthy time.
I then did nothing for a few years as we had a couple of kids and didn't want to miss out on their early years.
About 3 years ago I finally got back into the gym and had an OK 15 months. Then my shoulder finally packed in (I broke it when I was 16 and got misdiagnosed until I was 32 ... queue arthritis) and I had some clean up surgery to try and get a few more years out of it before a full replacement has to happen.
I started back after a few months and was just getting into things again when BAM, Canterbury got smashed with an earthquake in September last year just as I also caught pneumonia. Got over that and BAM again, Feb this year we got dealt another more damaging quake. So no water or sewer for three months made working out difficult to say the least as I could not even get a shower more than a couple of times a week at best.
All said and done though life has settled down again and in the last few months I changed to a great hardcore lifting gym that oozes the right training culture rather than the spandex encrusted former gym I was going to. Finally I am getting some good continuity in my training.
I am currently doing a full body workout (I am a rep so travel a lot and can not plan my gym visits, therefore try and hit everything in a session in case I can't get back for a few days) and attempt to get in 4 sessions a week. Session is about 60 mins and goes as:
Shoulder Press (machine to try and preserve my stuffed joint)
Close Grip Press
Between 2 to 4 sets of each and rep range anywhere from often singles on DL to 8 or so on the curls etc.
Surprisingly doing full body a few times a week is going pretty good for the moment even though it sounded pretty stupid even to me as I was planning it out.
Lifts are pretty ordinary with anything shoulder related just being tragic. Best is DL at 407 for a single. Worst is bench at paltry 170 for reps as stability is a major issue. Front squats are .... interesting and I'm still getting to grips with them but as I can no longer get my arm back to hold the bar on normal squats they are going to be a long term focus.
Goals are to lose some decent fat and see what I actually have to work with. Also would like to get bench to 220 and DL to 440. Front squats are still a learning curve so as long as they improve over time that is all I am wanting for the moment. Arms to a cold 16" would be good and legs to 27" by the end of the year are also on the list just for something to aim at.
Anyway regular updates to come....