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Hi Guys, New Here

Hi, I just thought I might say hi to the community and give you some information about me :smiley:

I have been doing stronglifts for the past 9 months and have just started a new program called MADCOW.

My stats:
Age: 15
Height: 6’4
Weight: 215lb
Wrists: 7inches
Ankles: 10.5inches
Chest: 42inches
Thighs: 26inches
Biceps: 14inches
Neck: 17inches

My 1RM’s:
Squat: 370lbs
Deadlift: 350lbs
Bench: 225lbs

My Goals: By my 16th birthday I hope to be squatting 500, deadlifting 450 and benching 300. After achieving those goals I hope to compete in my first powerlifting meet.

Right now I am looking to add some isolation stuff to my workouts, so far I have added barbell curls and calf raises, I don’t suppose anyone has got any ideas on that?

Thanks
Jamie Downs

#1. You are squatting high. You can’t squat 370. I bet your real squat is probably about 245. You need to go deep and you need to get below parallel…or at least parallel. You are probably doing 1/8th squats or 1/4th squats right now…or 1/2 squats, it doesn’t matter. It’s not a full squat.

#2. You can do 3x6-10 barbell curls, 3x6-10 hammer curls and calf work. There is nothing wrong with that. I would hammer your rear delts with Rear Delt flies too.

I bet that I can squat 370, would you like a video?

In fact, I’m doing 3 reps at 315 I think it is tomorrow, I’ll video it and post it on here :smiley:

Don’t listen to this ethan guy, he’s been banned on other sites and is a troll here.

As far as assistance work, do what madcow says to do in his program. He knows more about lifting than you.

Thanks for the warning, and yeah, I suppose your right.

Like Other-Chris said, stick with the program as-is. I don’t remember it off the top of my head, but I believe there’s room for isolation/accessory work.

You’re definitely off to a great start, but make sure you take steps to stay healthy, joint-wise, to stay ahead of any problems before they start.

[quote]Decimator wrote:
My 1RM’s:
Squat: 370lbs
Deadlift: 350lbs
Bench: 225lbs

My Goals: By my 16th birthday I hope to be squatting 500, deadlifting 450 and benching 300. After achieving those goals I hope to compete in my first powerlifting meet.[/quote]
Not trying to pee on your parade, but that’s a lot of strength to add in under a year. Especially since you’re so far ahead of the curve right now, I’d say there’s no rush to hit those numbers. Maybe consider pushing the “deadline” of your 16th birthday back a bit, keep that date as a goal but scale the numbers down, or keep the date but focus on hitting one of those numbers.

Also, you certainly don’t need to wait to compete. Check out the Powerlifting forum here. Plenty of guys are of the mind that, if you want to compete, jump in and do it, don’t wait to be “strong enough” before participating. But that’s obviously your call.

Last bit, you might want to read up about Matt Rhodes. He’s a very experienced powerlifter who’s also 6’4", so he might have dropped some tips around about being a taller lifter. He’s got a training log and Q n A on elitefts.com.

Thanks for the advise on everything, I know those goals are ambitious, but I reckon I have the drive to get there. :smiley:

Chris is right, no reason to weight on a PL competition until you get stronger because: (1) the experience is good for you and more experience is better than less; and (2) you will always (hopefully) be training to get stronger, so waiting to get stronger isn’t a good reason not to do a meet.