I guess the following is not the most positive way to start a training log on here, but it’s necessary by way of providing some background:
It’s been a bad year with injuries. I injured tendons in both wrists three months ago and have had to give up the weights till they healed; I’ve been doing some bodyweight exercises in that time.
The good news is that the wrists have finally improved - and I was looking forward to some serious lifting soon. Bad news is, my left knee blew out a week ago! Too much running and kickboxing, the doc said; seems like I overcompensated from being unable to train my upperbody by overtraining my lower.
The past six days have been spent on crutches, painkillers, anti-inflams, the couch and in bed. But the pain and inflammation has subsided enough for me to begin lifting - upperbody exercises only of course.
Not being able to squat and deadlift makes me feel like less than half a lifter, but thems the breaks eh! As a positive, I’m naturally big in the hips and legs anyway so I could do with giving my body a headstart on gains in size and strength.
My physical condition has changed little from when I began training in earnest earlier this year. Actually it DID change, but I’ve lost some muscle and gained some fat in the past three months. I’m still very much in skinny-fat city, as the following starting stats will testify:
Height: 5-10 and change
Yeah, not numbers that will make Prof X, Caveman or Amsterdam Animal duck for cover, that’s for sure!
My goal is to set a solid base for size and strength in the upperbody - and to build a good beach physique for the upcoming summer. Ohh yeah, I can see you flamers firing up as I typed that last bit
But seriously, it’d be nice to take my shirt of with pride for ONCE in my life! A lean 170ish should do me just fine.
I’ve just started on CW’s Big Boy Basics program - just the upperbody workouts - and plan to stick with it for at least three months while my knee heals fully. I’ll post my modified version of the program a little later - and diet details as well.
So why this thread? Most of all, to hold myself accountable by going public to like minded people who share similar goals, values and dedication.
I know many of you have walked this path before me - and I will do my best to not let the inspiration you have given me down. I refer to people like AG1 and El Animal, who have inspired me with their great threads and progress. (I will however spare you all the trauma of the ‘before’ pics I took this morning!)
Any advice, abuse, feedback, criticism, etc is all more than welcome. Thanks for reading folks!