Ok. I’ve been training with weights off and on since high school, but I’ve never really been serious about it until lately. I’m coming off of a knee dislocation that happened last August. My left leg is still weaker, but my overall strength is higher than it has ever been. I’ve been training solid for about 4 months now, and my lifts have gone up quite a bit.
I want to be strong. Freaky strong. But I don’t really care if I look like it. In fact, I’d prefer that I didn’t. I don’t want to be huge or ripped; I want to pick up 500 lbs and throw it. If I get huge or ripped on my way there, so be it, but my main concern is ripping cars in half and throwing airplanes into the Atlantic Ocean. From California.
I would like to compete in some powerlifting contests in the future and kick some asses. I’d like to compete at 181, weighing about 180 or high 170s; is that unrealistic (too light) for someone who is 5’10"?
I want to look healthy. I’m not concerned with having very low body fat, but I am concerned with having high body fat. My body fat is at a medium level right now, if I had to guess I would say ~15%. I do not want it to increase at all, but I would not be severely put out if it did not decrease.
I have a good amount of time to train and I am dedicated. I’m not afraid to bust my ass in the gym, but I’m also not such a stubborn mule that I power through days where I shouldn’t even be training (ow fuck knee!). I’ve been working with a sorta-kinda Westside approach called Westside for Skinny Bastards by Joe DeFranco, but instead of a 3-day split it’s a 4-day with 2 days for upper body and 2 for lower body.
I ran into some problems when I tried the ME deads on lower body day, then tried to do pulldowns on upper body day…didn’t work out too well, because my lats were like FUUUUUCK you buddy. I could barely get through one set before I was afraid of tearing something. I run into these sorts of problems a lot it seems, but I continue to make progress for the moment.
I’m just getting hung up on all the different kinds of programs to use. I know there is no “One True Program” for everyone. Westside is amazing but I think the real Westside program would chew my face off and shit it out in time lapse so that it was back on my head, covered in shit. I’ve been checking out stuff by Chad Waterbury, it seems like most people are really pleased with the results they get from his workouts…but I’m not sure if they have the same goals as I do.
Here is what I am working with right now:
-26 yrs of age
-200 Raw Bench
-280 Raw Squat (I maxed at 95 lbs in January due to the injury, huge progress here)
-315 Belted DL
These are my goals:
-under 181 lbs.
-continue to age
-continue to be dead sexy
-Shoulder tackle a tractor trailer off of the highway, and then bench it
-Pull a blue whale out of the ocean, and then squat it
-Pull the space shuttle out of its flight path, and then DL it
Do I need to pack on some muscle before I mess with a PL cycle? CW’s TBT program looked really awesome, but then he went on to say that some of his other programs would be better for straight power. Help!!!
Final note: My diet is pretty darn good (could always be better I suppose but that is probably my strong point right now), I understand a lot about how c/p/f work together and when and where to include those, eating only whole foods, plenty of vitamins, greens etc. Diet should not be an issue with me.