I have been reading these forums and websites for the summer, trying to improve my knowledge about weight training and getting muscle. I have been working out for a year or so, but never have I recorded my progress or been on any program.
After reading some of the different programs here, the training I have done seems to be almost minuscule to the gains I have seen from people on T-Nation.
I am 17, 5'9", and weight about 149 lbs. Over the summer I had lost about 10 lbs from sports (lacrosse, tennis), running, and weight training, and I had thought that I would finally be able to show some Abs for the beach by cutting.
Unfortunately, I didn't realize that I didn't have enough muscle just yet to really get the definition I wanted to have (just a skinny kid with abs), until I started reading these forums.
That being said, I decided that I'd give Rippetoe's Starting Strength a shot and hopefully put on some weight and muscle before cutting down again next summer.
At the moment, I'm looking to hit around 170-175 lbs. of lean muscle in the long run, while continue to increase my strength. I figured that keeping a log would help motivate me, and make me continue to workout at my local gym.
Any comments and criticisms are welcome! Thanks again everyone.
Workout #1 (8/31/2007)
First time doing full ATG squats, and it felt good. I won't lie. The low weight kind of irked me at first, but the ATG really makes you work the muscles.
1x7x15 (Poor form)
Decline Bench Weighted Situps
***Rippetoe's says a regular deadlift. Will using a trap-bar deadlift affect the outcome? I'm more comfortable using the trap-bar as opposed to a normal barbell for deadlifts.