When I first started my log I had been training for just under 7 months (I'm now 2 months shy of 2 years training). I was 172 pounds and had a best squat of 375, bench 225, and deadlift 455. I felt as though I was having difficulty progressing at the rate I felt I should, and was having difficulty finding a program that suited me.
A couple of months later I found Sheiko and started making some good progress. A shoulder injury on 9/9/09 slowed things down a bit, but overall I was pleased with my 1436 pound total at the USAPL Wisconsin State Open in the 198's on 1/30/10 in single ply.
Currently I am working with Mike Tuchscherer on an 18 week prep for the USAPL Badger Open where I hope to hit 1575+ to quality for Men's Open Nationals.
While I definitely have a goal of hitting an elite total, more than anything I wish to exploit whatever ability I may have and become the best lifter I can be while not compromising my life outside of the gym. In short, I plan to work extremely hard, and achieve some sporting dreams.
I put in a lot of hours for 17 years trying to become a nationally competitive golfer, now all of that energy is going into lifting where I think I have a better chance.
This log is not only to help me hold myself accountable for the drudgery that is recovery work/GPP, but also to enter my workouts so that I might continue to get some extraordinary advice from people that know better. I will not name people for fear of missing someone, but I can think of quite a few people off the top of my head that have made a huge difference in my lifting.
I welcome any advice, suggestions, with the understanding there is no guarantee I will be able to incorporate it immediately. Also, please feel free to ask any questions about exercises, programming, etc. Don't worry about "clogging" up my log, very happy to help if I am able.
First meet: 2/28/09, gym meet (raw), weighed 175
Squat: 340, 370, 400x
Bench: 210, 230x, 230x
Deadlift: 440, 470, 485x
Total: 1050 (5 for 9)
Second meet: 6/20/09 USAPL Badger Open (single ply), weighed 177.5
Squat: 457, 484, 507
Bench: 225, 248, 259
Deadlift: 440, 474, 501
Total: 1267 (9 for 9) [Wilks: 390.7]
Third meet: 1/30/10 USAPL Wisconsin State Open (single ply), weighed 194.85
Squat: 573, 606x, 606
Bench: 275, 286, 303x
Deadlift: 507, 545, 562x
Total: 1438 (6 for 9) [Wilks: 420.47]
Fourth meet: 6/12/10 USAPL Badger Open (single ply), weighed 197.3
Squat: 595x, 595, 628
Bench: 297, 314, 325x
Deadlift: 523, 551, 562x
Total: 1493 (6 for 9) [Wilks: 433.73]
By the end of this log I shall have a respectable bench!! Let the fun/suffering begin!