Okay, this is more for me to keep track of what I’ve done online, have some accountability. Writing it all out by hand is a pain too. So here we go.
A little history of my weight lifting life:
14 years old join a gym, get a free session with a personal trainer where he writes me a machine circuit. I’m vaguely interested by the free weights, but being such a novice thought I should stay away until I built up strength. I had a lot of natural strength from drumline and working physically challenging jobs, but I was still a tubby little 14 year old.
I stayed with this gym for about three years. Sometime around when I was 15 1/2 I found some real training articles on the internet and started a basic progressive overload program using free weights. I had a family friend who was a former powerlifter and we’d go to his garage gym to workout too, so I learned all the basics and got decently strong by the time I was 17 and I went to college.
In college I had an awesome first semester- I got up at 5 am every day and went to the gym and saw my lifts go up a little bit. By this time I had been on tmuscle, but wasn’t actively pursuing it.
Second semester I began to skip gym sessions and began to stress eat a lot. I was 235 going into college, and after that semester I was 260. The next semester was worse- I went to the gym a handful of times and had to have surgeries which I’ve detailed elsewhere, along with dealing with the loss of a friend and a grandmother, and dealing with insomnia, I went to 315 in a hurry. I was at that time deferring college to go on a mission. I was excited.
On the mission I stayed around 300 lbs the whole time- people love to feed Mormon missionaries, and I felt that being the “big guy” was kind of my identity and I enjoyed it. Of course, with my surgeries and complications, I realized that being morbidly obese was at least part of that. So once I finally finished the mission, I came home and have been making excellent progress. I have had about 3 years of non training before this last October when I joined another gym and began lifting like crazy.
In the time I’ve been home I’ve been doing the basic main lift + a couple assistance exercises and slowly progressing the weights.
So yesterday I was pressed for time and decided to just do deadlifts.
went like this:
power cleans 3X5 95 lbs
collapse on the floor panting because i took very short rest periods.