Finally decided to stop being a lurker. Been kinda prowling around here and other places on the interwebs for training ideas, and I’ve always been damn near flatlined by you ladies. Hoping that joining here will give me even more of that extra push to always keep going for my PBs.
20 years old, 5’9, around 160 lbs. Started lifting heavy on my own about a year ago, made some good gains, but stalled for a while before summer because of carpal tunnel symptoms (damn college). Started with a trainer this summer, and was making some impressive gains in strength before I got sidelined with a shoulder injury for a good three weeks. Been in PT, and happy to say things are finally healing, getting back to my upper body routine, and haven’t lost too much strength!
Struggled with an eating disorder in later teens…still struggle with ED and some pretty bad depression to this day, but trying to do good stuff with CB therapy, meditation, exercise, and (hopefully) the right combo of medications. Used to be a cardio queen…not surprisingly got hurt alot. Once I started dedicating myself to a heavy lifting routine, I felt a lot better physically and started building more body confidence. I mean, you can’t help but build a little pride in yourself when you realize you just squatted 105 for 4 reps.
Recently, I’ve been backtracking a bit with influences of depression at the forefront and a couple of compound injuries. Kinda grateful, though, because they forced me to take time to reach out and get help for a lot of internal work that I need right now. Also, they made me quite conscious of just HOW important form is.
GOALS for training:
- Build strength to aid cycling, rock climbing activities.
- Do a pull up!
- Get even better at push ups
- Find balance and passion in what I do: physical activity and real life.
- Build some cardio and speed back into routine. Been really neglecting it the past year, and I want to get a nice balance in.
Training plan to follow.