A little background on me. I'm 42 (43 this year) and have been actually strength training for about 3 years now. I was a runner in college like all future Marine Corps Officers are. I would spend time in the gym but didn't follow any kind of program. After getting out of the Corps I would go to the gym but didn't really get anywhere. Fast forward a few years to where I actually decided to get serious about actually making progress and that's when I got strict with my diet and started a beginners program based on squats.
I've done Stronglifts, Madcow Intermediate, 5/3/1, and a singles program based on Hepburn's principles. My best lifts are: squat - 435, DL - 520, Bench - 315, OHP - 235. What I've found is that I really like the volume on 5/3/1 but saw great gains doing singles. But the singles are really hard on my body. I'm not a competitive lifter and the reasons I do this are both for myself and the challenge and because I've got a 3 year old son. Being athletic is pretty important to me but I also enjoy the strength aspect. CT's HP Mass program really struck a chord with me and I decided to give it a try.
I'm varying the template to fit my needs and I'm alternating lower body and upper body pressing days instead of doing them back to back. I'm training with a sled three or four days a week and doing kettlebell training three days.
My goals are: squat - 500lbs, DL - 600, OHP - 275. Be able to run up the hill by my house 10 times without dying. Do half of the movements on the Magnificent Mobility DVD. Add three inches onto my legs.