I was going through my old training notebooks yesterday and I found the login info for this training log. I have had other logs on other websites and under another account on this website (I made another username because this log was connected to an email address that no longer exists), but I have decided to resume this log because I started it 10 years ago just before I graduated from college. A lot has happened over the last decade. I became a firefighter, got married, bought a house, and had a baby boy. I have been weight training through it all. Life is great.
I have been lifting weights since I was 15 years old. Over the last 17 years I have done wrestling, bodybuilding, crossfit, olympic weightlifting, and strength lifting. I have read numerous books on strength training and done all sorts of programs from Arnold’s Education of a Bodybuilder, Steve Reeves’ Building the Natural Physique, Ellington Darden and Mike Mentzers’ HIT, Reg Park’s Strength and Bulk Training, Super Squats, John McCallum’s Keys to Progress, Wendler’s 5/3/1, Tommy Kono’s books on Olympic Weightlifting, Dan John’s Never Let Go, Rip’s Starting Strength, Practical Programming, Marty Gallagher’s Purposeful Primitive, and Starr’s The Strongest Shall Survive. I attended a Starting Strength Seminar at Andy Baker’s gym. I was a member of Andy Baker’s barbell club. I made good progress but after following the programming to the letter for a little over month I was overtrained. It was a great club, but I found that I needed more personalized programming and form coaching. I joined Barbell Logic Online Coaching shortly after my 9 month old son was born because I knew that between my work schedule and the stress of having a newborn I was going to do something stupid in the weight room. I can coach other people but it’s hard for me to coach myself. I am prone to training program ADD and I am a dummy that likes to lift heavy all the time, warranted or not. So far things are going really well. I love training. I love working towards a goal and accomplishing it.
Age 32 years old
Height 5’ 8"
Weight 235 lbs
I am 22 years old, 5 feet 8 inches tall, and weigh 220 pounds.
I am trying out 5/3/1 because I like the program’s simplicity, I am tired of thinking about lifting, and my schedule only allows me 3 days per week to train.
My current Raw 1 rep maximum lifts (pounds) are:
BB Overhead Press- 215
Conventional Deadlift- 635
BB Bench Press- 320
Back Squat- 520
My Starting 1 rep maximum lifts for the Program following the 90% guideline are:
BB Overhead Press- 195
Conventional Deadlift- 570
BB Bench Press- 290
Back Squat- 470
My 1 rep maximum lift Goals are:
BB Overhead Press- 315
Conventional Deadlift- 700
BB Bench Press- 405
Back Squat- 600
In the interest of simplicity, for this first 4 week training period, I am going to be following the Boring But Big version of the Program as detailed in the e-book.