I’m newer to posting on the Forums at T-Nation, but I love the articles and was hoping for some added help from the community. I’m 20, 172lbs, 6’0, started about six months ago at 150lbs. Last month I worked up to a max on my lifts (Row, Flat bench, Squat, deadlift) I squated 225 for 3 reps, deadlifted 305 for 3, and close grip benched 185.
I recently moved and have found a local “hardcore” gym, and the owner (Bob Woodward, local bodybuilder who has won several masters meets for the state of North Carolina) came up offering some tips. Besides “Feeling” the weight, and recommending a little more isolation work, he discouraged keeping a workout log.
While I feel his years of experience could help me greatly, I was hoping for some pointers from the T-Nation crew on what are “Must Have’s” and what are things that could fall by the wayside, IE A training log. I was always of the opinion that this is a must have. Also, when you use a lat pulldown for Glute/Ham raise, is there something more effective(they don’t have a glute/ham raise in the gym) Thanks in advance for your help, I look forward to reaching 185 so I can post some pics