I’ve been wanting to create a space to publish my personal fitness progress and goals for a while. A friend told me about T-Nation and this category seems to be the most suited for me.
About me: 22 years old, about 6 feet and currently weighing rough 195-198 lbs at a roughly
estimated 10-14%.(I’ll put up some physique pictures soon)
Educational Background: Associates Degree is Business Administration. Currently majoring
in Exercise Science at the University at Buffalo(Buffalo, NY) with
interests in Nutrition and Physical Therapy(I am still considering
which degree to pursue).
Training History: I’ve been lifting seriously for about 3 years.
With the exception of being coached for a men’s physique competition
prep this past summer, which I had to opt out of, I am a self-taught lifter
going off of my own personal research and experience. I prefer more of a
powerlifting/bodybuilding hybrid style with a strength focus surrounding the
big three lifts followed by a hypertrophy focus in accessory lift. I am a big
component of repetition periodization.
Strength Stats: As of 11/25/17: Bench - 275lbs/ Squat - 345 lbs/Deadlift - 495lbs/
Injury History: My right rotator cuff has some scar tissue buildup from a high school injury. I
am continuously dealing with minor reoccurring issues but overall I have kept
the shoulder relatively healthy. I had a strain in one of my piriformis
muscles(glutes) from a deadlift, this is not a reoccurring injury. My upper left
back, particularly the trapezius, has a tendency to become strained from an
overload in overhead or horizontal pressing movements. This is a reoccurring
issue but I have taken preventative measures. I am currently dealing with
patellar tendonitis below the knee which has had a slow but steady recovery
rate. This has had no major effect on my training frequency or intensity.
-NOTE: I am giving my injury history because I think it is an important factor in
how I compose and perform my training sessions.
Long Term Goal: To progressively build and maintain a healthy body status into my 30’s as
well as continuously learn from more knowledgable and experienced
people, especially all of you at T-Nation!
Short Term Goal: I signed up for another bodybuilding competition in March(Classic
Physique Division). My prep begins 11/27/17 and the show is 3/24/18.
Afterwards, I am going to aim for 1200lb total at a powerlifting meet in the
Fall of 2018. I will post my tentative approach to reaching these goals
All criticism and advice is welcomed! My hope is to be able to refer people I know to this thread so they can learn something from it.