I started lifting at age twelve when my dad bought me a cheap bench set. I didn't do much with it. But I did some. I used the highschool weight room when it was available. In my late twenties I had a nice home gym that I used extensively to get in my best shape ever (so far). But stepping out on the road put an end to regular workouts. Depression and apathy (mostly from a decade stuck in a bad marriage) put me right back in the pit I grew up in.
So here I am, in my mid 40s, ready to get serious about the iron again. I'm currently somewhere between 340 and 360 at 6'2". I'm "country strong" from a lifetime of manual labor. I'm not interested in getting a "beach bod" or being "ripped". I'm much more focused on the powerlifting/strongman style of training. I like being massive. I like telling people I'm over 300 pounds. But I'd much rather be 300+ like Mariusz Pudzianowski than 300+ like I am currently.