Okay so my inner muse is amused at the moment. I've weight trained off and on for a little over a decade now. I've always wanted to be big and strong, but I was never big, strong or lean enough. I am never satisfied. I started as a little shrimp gaining for football. My initial influence was my uncle; he challenged me to do something with some dumbbells my family had laying around the house. I really haven't stopped since. I have gone through periods of complete and utter lack of motivation; conversely I have also gone though some periods of intense and overwhelming motivation. I am just a guy who loves to lift the iron.
Over the past couple of years I have picked up the constant desire for improvement and drive and consequently have become stronger than I've ever been. But every time I try to diet down and get leaner something always happens. Either I get sick, injured, or I just spin my wheels and lose a lot of the hard earned strength that I gained and end up no leaner than I began. I really don't have the desire to get really lean, I just want to get in the 15% range (currently 25-30ish). Don't know if that makes much sense, i just want to know that i train hard and look like it too.
Goals would be to continue to rehab the injuries that seem to befall me at every turn. I seem to constantly tweak or pull something. Currently my neck and trap area is still really tight and uncomfortable. My right glute hamstring area is pulled or something and has been for a couple of months now. Just trying to baby it somewhat and still hit it hard. I want to continue to get stronger. I also want to lean up some. I look in the mirror and the person on the outside doesn't reflect the person I know to be on the inside.
Simple as that, I just want to periodize my training to continue to get stronger, bigger (in the right places) and get a little leaner. I train 4-6 times a week utilizing various bodypart splits. This usually depends on my schedule. Some weeks I go 3 days because IÃ?Â¢??m so busy with school, work (2 jobs), and all the other details that go along with that.
My weaknesses that I am trying to work on: Body composition, propensity to get injured, grip and hand strength, shoulder, neck, scapular strength. Cardiovascular conditioning (I try to combat this by using low rest periods and get stuff done quickly). I'll throw nutrition in there as well. That is pretty much what it comes down to.
Any questions, just ask away. I will answer them.
So here commences my first T-Nation log: Never enough.........
Life shrinks or expands in proportion to one's courage. ~AnaÃ??Ã?Â¯s Nin, Diary, 1969