I rode bikes and ran around as a kid. Climbed trees. What used to be normal kid stuff.
In high school I ran cross country and track. My 5k was in the low 18s, and my 800m was something like 2:20. Might have been better than that.
I spent a few years dabbling with pushup and situp based programs, moved to kettlebells, and eventually to an actual barbell. But I read too much and was overly enthusiastic and not really serious enough. I burned out quickly, but came back.
Around May 2013 is when I’d say I actually started lifting.
I started lifting for aesthetic reasons, but I’m enjoying getting stronger. I’m taking an approach of just getting stronger with a few lifts, and hoping I end up looking better as a result. It’s a lot easier to gauge progress this way.
Long-ish Term Goals
Axle Clean and Press 230 x 8 (clean each rep)
18" Axle Deadlift w/Straps 540 x 10
I pulled these numbers off a strongman competition Rob Orlando won.
I have some nagging shoulder and elbow injuries, so I’m also working to get those back to 100%.
Olympic-Style Press: 140 x 1 (fairly old)
Barbell Z Press: 120 x 5
13" Barbell Deadlifts w/35lb Chains: 395 x 5
(current training weights; maxes are higher)
Ring Dips: BW + 10 x 5
Ring Dead Hang Pullups: BW + 10 x 5
(and lifts I haven’t done for a long time)
Low Incline Bench: 195 x 1
Squats: 285 x 1