Thanks y’all. I’m on a little vacation now but I do appreciate the backslaps and attaboys, Many of you have indirectly contributed to my growth as a lifter here, and I do have the TN community to thank as a general source of motivation and knowledge.
Depending on who you ask, 600 seems to range from “meh, nothing special” to “OMG you must be on steroids” - personally, I think it’s enough to qualify as a “you clearly lifted with some dedication for awhile to achieve this, and not everyone could/would do that” milestone.
August 2015: joined a gym and picked up a loaded barbell for the first time in five-plus years (although I had been messing with kettlebells quite a bit in 2014-2015). Pulled 305 on the first day, with residual strength from my teen and college years as well as the kettlebelling.
January 2016: 405
Spring 2016: ran a low volume high frequency deadlift “program” (using that term loosely). Pulled 3-5 days per week, most workouts being an extremely simple series of half a dozen singles between 315 and 405. Only occasionally did I go above 405 in training. Also, I did no barbell squats to this point; all of the gains came from just pulling and some kettlebell stuff.
July 2016: 500
Fall 2016: got married, honeymoon, kept training but didn’t really pursue gains. No PR attempts for awhile.
February 2017: moved training from the blah commercial gym to a CrossFit gym, which was a motivating factor; also started squatting with some regularity, which surely accelerated the gains train from 500 -> 600.
May 2017: 550
August 2017: 600
Moving to a house when we get back from vacation, so future gains will be coming from the ActivitiesGuy Barbell Club in my garage: TN will remain my source of inspiration as I chase luminaries such as Alpha, flipcollar, MarkKO, T3hPwnisher, and others…