First time I’ve ever started a thread on here. This is an ego thing in some ways, but also a goal I’ve been chasing.
Little background here, when I was 17, my oldest sister (36) passed away from kidney failure and heart problems due to juvenile diabetes. Then about 4 and a half years later, a girl I was going to marry cheats on me, so I broke that off, only to have my mother pass away less than a year later. So in about 5 years, crap hit the fan in a huge way for me and it wasn’t good. I developed depression, had to take anti depressants, and also gained about 100 pounds of nothing but pure fat. I was weighing a good 350 or more. High blood pressure followed.
My best friend got me back into the weight room at the beginning of 2012. Weighing 350 or so, it was humiliating. At one point, I’d benched 350 early on in college. I couldn’t squat 300, I couldn’t bench 315 when I began training again with him. It was hell. But slowly, I got back into some shape. Then my boss gave me 5-3-1 from Jim Wendler. Since that time I’ve squatted 585, military pressed 280, lost about 55 pounds while replacing a good bit of other lost weight with muscle, and about a month ago I bench pressed 435.
My question, and honestly my goal, is whether I can bench press 500 by May 7, 2016. I’m getting married that day to a girl who came around while I was still a round ball of fat but was getting stronger. She, along with my best friend and my boss, helped me feel alive again. So I want to be the strongest I’ve ever been and may ever be on the day she marries me. So as motivation, I’ve taken what was a lifelong goal and decided to chase 500 before that date (side note, I want to knock out the last 15 pounds on squat and put up 600 before then also, but that is a much more doable goal I think).
Is it realistic, or is the 65 pounds standing between me and that goal too much? I follow 5-3-1, and have been putting up, for myself, good numbers on my rep PR’s every week. 330 for 9 last week (5 plus week) and 350 for 7 this week (3 plus week and I honestly believe I had 8 in me but I left it on the bar). I’m getting stronger. Just unsure if that amount of weight in that time frame can be gained.