Age: 32, 5ft 10
I spent most of my adult life at 125lbs but 4-5yrs ago decide to put lots of effort into putting weight on. I managed to do this to get to a more healthy weight which is great but wasted a lot of time I should have been training aswell! I am now just over 200lbs and have been training for 2-3yrs. Due to lockdowns… I had a lot of 2 steps forward 2 steps back. Gym was on and off closing for a long time.
My lifts are I guess pretty average. The biggest weights I’ve lifted for the main 4 are as follows.
Deadlift 175kg but recently started playing around with the trap bar deadlift and lifted 205kg on the high-handles (with no straps).
Squat is a bit of a funny one, I got up to 140kg but suffered some problems down below (piles), I lowered the intensity massively and have since focused on going way deeper (pretty much ass to grass), i don’t get the same problems any more but am suprised how weak i am at the movement. I think my max is probably about 110kg but I don’t want to go that close to failure.
With it being the new year I’ve been realigning my goals. I’ve been learning a lot more about programming so I can continue to progress and will soon either apply the stuff I’ve learned to my own program or commit to 5/3/1 rotating between a 5x5 BBB and 5x10 BBB for a few months to start. (please recommend better options that may fit me better at my current lifts/situation if there are any - i’m not really sure what stage of my journey I’m at and how fast i should be progressing). I also want to increase my fitness a little so may invest in a weighted vest for the dog walks or just add 5-10mins of cardio at the end of each of my workouts.
I’m not bothered about being super lean and am afraid of the cut after being so skinny my entire life… I also want to continue to get bigger and stronger but wonder if i’m going too far in that direction.
Sorry if my post is a bit vague or open ended but any advice would be greatly appreciated.