This will be my training log, following the program in Nate Green’s book, Built for Show.
Have been training/keeping in shape for over ten years but I had a serious back injury two years ago that kept me from training for over a year and have spent the last 6 months or so re-introducing training into my life. Did P90X program over the summer and have been doing light weights and bodyweight training since then.
I am married with a four year old and a 10 month old (This is important because it limits the time I have to train)
Age: 39 years
Weight: 158 lbs at approx 15% body fat (guestimate from previous experience)
My wife is a big time runner so I have done that in the past but have mostly gotten away from it.
I have decided to make this post because I have set a goal for myself and would like to put it “down on paper” and “out there” to really cement it in my mind. I turn 40 in Dec of 2009 and although I have always been in shape I would like to take it to a whole new level and get as big and as cut as I can for my 40th birthday. By Dec 2009 I would like to be:
under 9% body fat
This means that in one year I have to lose around 8lbs of fat and gain close to 20lbs of muscle.
I chose the Built for Show Program because it gives me a solid year of training programing and a nice progression that fits my goals. Since I have had a bad lower back injury I find that I have a serious strength imbalance in my lower body so I plan on doing alot of single joint training in the first phase of the program to correct these and strengthen my core. I hope this will go towords preventing injuries and will allow me to progress into heavier weights in the later phases.
I really appreciate T-Nation and the information and entertainment provided here and ask for you support and advice in my endeavor to better myself.
I will be posting starting body pictures soon.