Sunday, 20 September 2009
I was 15, skinny, weak and a geek. I started judo and cross country, got fit, got strong, got a girlfriend and generally had the best years of my life. Now I'm 26, an architect, skinny, weak and a geek. Time to get fit, get strong, get a girlfriend.
Having visited the gyms in my local area, I was surprised to find a distinct lack of anything that resembled a barbell, let alone a squat rack. So my room now lays cluttered with 185kg of plates, a 7' bar, Pullup / dip thing, and a linked squat stand with catchers. Not ideal, but a port of departure none the less.
You are my gym buddy:
Although quite an introverted individual, I cannot ignore the drawbacks of working out alone. Or more precisely, I know that associating with strong people will have a great effect on me. Hence this, my first internet forum endeavour. Any and all comments very welcome.
Falling down with a spot of rock climbing in-between.
Eat fat with extra fat and fat sauce with fat sprinkles. But seriously, I cook lots of one-pot mum's recipes, and intend to bump up the calories as much as possible by milk / anything not nailed down. In time, I plan a bit of self nutrition education.
Learn to squat. And... wait, no, maybe let's just keep this simple.
I'm a rank beginner. But this log has been a few week in construction. Those weeks have been spent reading books by Ross Enamait, Pavel Tsatsouline, Mark Rippetoe, Randall Strossen, Thomas Kurz, John Brookfield, Christopher Sommer, hell I even read some Matt Furey and that Bruce Lee book by John Little.
I'm running with Rippetoe. The following routine came from page 155 of Practical Programming, with the bench replaced by the dips "it is a good substitute for the bench press if it cannot be done for some reason" Starting Strength, Pg 259. Oh, and rightly or wrongly, the situp / Rollout / Curl tagged on.
A. Squat (3x5)
B. Squat (3x5)
C. Squat (3x5)
Height: 1.78m / 5'10"
Weight: 65kg / 143lb
Measurements unflexed [flexed]:
Waist (navel): 31.5"
Hips (arse): 34"
Arms: 11" [13"]