Hey guys, inspired by the one and only @T3hPwnisher, I decided to start a massing phase/run hard programs.
Currently in my last week of 531 BBB Beefcake. I plan to run Building the Monolith, Super Squats, and Deepwater Beg/Adv in that order.
I plan to use this log to record all of my lifting sessions. Open to any advice! Come follow me for the journey!
Current weight: 175lbs
SSB ATG: 280
rebuilding squat because of good morning squat issues
Background (for anyone who’s interested):
Grew up a fat kid. In eighth grade, decided to lose a bunch of weight and my dad got me started on a dumbbell lifting routine. Freshman year of high school, I joined a bjj gym at 14. Being a whooping 145lbs of skinny fat 14 year old, I got manhandled by everyone in the gym. I learned I needed a lot of mental toughness to keep going back to roll with adults. There was no kids class. This started my love of philosophy when my coach suggested I read Meditations by Marcus Aurelius.
Sophomore year, I starting wrestling for my school. I wasn’t bad but I wasn’t winning every match. I can gladly say I was one of the hardest workers in the room. The summer leading in junior year, I got my blue belt. This was monumental for me. Someone videoed me getting the belt and my coach explaining I started at 14 and only had adults to train with. Then, he talked about how I overcame lots of self doubt, etc (I don’t mean to run on about this but it was kind of the turning point for me in my life). When I’m feeling down about anything, I watch that video.
Enter junior year, I found 5/3/1 and ran it while wrestling. Both times I went to state, I kept losing the match that would have made me at least place by one point. The summer of junior year, I tore my right shoulder’s labrum. This made me quit wrestling in my senior year because the injury was just bad. In the long run, this was the smartest thing I did because I didn’t do more damage to it.
Senior year, I kept doing BJJ because I had better control over what happens to me. Come February, I quit BJJ because I was all in. My coach told me if I didn’t change something, one day I would just wake up as a loser who could grapple well. This was my get it together moment. While I miss the guys I train with, it was great for my mental health. Seriously, I got to a point where before a training session I would almost throw up because of the amount of pressure I put on myself and it was even worse before a competition.
I graduate high school at 165lbs and decided to focus more on lifting. This allowed me to achieve more balance than being hyper focused on BJJ. This pretty much brings us to current day. If anyone wants to know more, ask away!