Hey guys, greeting from Northern Ireland, new to the board, was posting on Dr Dardens forum until recently.
Background; Am 43, 6’4 and 290lb, been training for 28 years (bar for a 3 year layoff after suffering a stroke when i was 24). Ive also 3 herniated discs and a shoulder impingement. Ive trained mostly in HIT style, but around 3 years i started training in a strongman gym and found i much preferred training in that way. Getting stronger on my feet is the best thing i ever did for my back.
I focus on 3 exercises, trap bar or wide stance conventional deadlifts, viking or log presses and loaded carries (usually farmers or sandbag). Anything else is just gravy, accessory work i leave up to how i feel on the day. The deadlifts and presses are always in the 1-3 rep range. Strength endurance ain’t my thing.
I no longer squat or bench, for a few reason’s, if am squatting am not deadlifting, and if im benching am not overhead pressing lol.
Current goal; I hit my goal 600lbTBDL (got a double with 606lb), and a 315lb double on the viking press recently. So now the goal is to drop 30-40lb and maintain strength as best as possible, so it’ll be a slow process. The body beautiful is something ive no real interest in, i couldnt care less about having wash board abs, but am starting to feel the pace of being 290lb. Ill get some photos up in due course.