Hi everyone, long-time lurker and first time poster.
Thread title explanation: everyone asks if I’m a bodybuilder or powerlift or something… and I cannot really say I categorize myself into any real sort of “lifter.” I just tell them I like lifting heavy weights – psychologically, it’s a very releasing experience for me.
Anyway, I’ll give you a little bit of background.
I am 18, entering my second year in college and am staying in my own apartment over this summer. I used to be into martial arts a lot (tae kwon do, kung fu, sanshou), I swam for four years, did pole vaulting for one year, wrestled a little bit, and was a runner for awhile. So yeah, I’ve been all over the place.
Now, onto the unpleasant part: I have battled a few eating disorders over the past few years, anorexia nervosa, binge-eating, and bulimia nervosa. I am currently trying to fight of the last two. This isn’t a cry for attention; I know it’s unhealthy, I know it’s stupid, and I am trying to fight this the good ole’ fashioned way. I am also really trying to quit smoking.
Onto the fun part: numbers.
Bench Press 1 RM: 245 lbs
Squat 1 RM: 385 lbs
Deadlift 1 RM: 405 lbs (happened last week – kind of the whole perfect attitude, setting, sleep etc.)
As a lifter, I think both size and strength are equally important (yeah I know everyone probably agrees with this.) But if I were to choose one over the other, it would be strength.
My short term goals (over the summer) is to get my bench press up to 285 lbs, get my squat up to 405, and be able to rep 405 lbs for 5-8 reps. Size wise, probably gain 10 pounds of lean muscle.
Long term goals: when I have the time, money, right gym/coaching, and resources, maybe enter a strongman/powerlifting/bodybuilding contest – one of the three, of which I’m not sure yet.
Basically, this log will track my progress lifting-wise and dietary wise… Also, if you all don’t mind, I’ll be posting a lot of questions here that I need help with along the way.
Right now I have a straightforward split, it’s pretty much a 6-7 day split (depends if I take one day off.)
Day 1: Back
Day 2: Chest
Day 3: “Big Lift Day”: Squats, Deadlift, some accessory work if I feel like it
Day 4: Shoulder and beach muscles day (Shoulders have always been my weakest points, but I have burstitis in my right shoulder and have the really bad feeling I might be getting it in my left shoulder. Stretch/rehab both as often as possible)
Basically, after day 4, wash, rinse, and repeat.
Diet wise, my typical day looks like this:
Meal 1: Lean meat and oatmeal or fiber and protein pancake
Meal 2: proatmeal or protein banana ice cream
Meal 3: Lean meat and veggies (favorite is roasted garbanzo beans)
Meal 4: Leftover meat from the day (there usually is a cooked fillet i didnt i finish earlier or something) and some proatmeal.
Supplements: Grow! Bioactive Whey Protein and ON Casein
Any comments/critques/random outburtsts of whatever are always welcomed!
However, I’ll first start off with my question:
- how the hell do I cook sweet potatoes? I poke holes in em’, cover it in a wet paper towel, and microwave that sucker till I’m pretty sure it’s nuclear and it’s still rock-hard!