Male. 33y/o. Back at it for about 6 months after taking a couple years too long off from training. Weight went up to around 260...soft and fat. Cut down to around 230 before joining the gym again. Sitting at 216 after 6 months of hard work. Strength is coming back, size is coming back. Feeling better than i have in a long time.
My goals are to add size and lose fat. While fat loss and hypertrophy are my two main goals I'm also focused on strength and flexibility.
My training history: Started weight training my senior year of Highschool with the goal of gaining as much size as possible. Softmore-junior year I was a skinny-fat, 6', 165 pound weakling. I started out running and bodyweight exercises the end of my junior year. Didnt know how to eat, but managed to look like a relatively atheletic HS kid.
My real gains started in college. I had a meal plan, learned how to eat and strated stuffing as much food as possible. God i miss that early 20's metabolism. By the end of my Softmore year i was sitting at a solid 210. Since then the highest ive been up to (while in shape) is 230. After college i worked out on and off. I would buy a gym pass, be dedicated, eating well and make great gains.
Then something would happen in my life that would take me a way and everything would go to hell. I never really got too out of shape until the last couple years. A year ago i was up to 260, depressed, un-motivated...miserable. Then about 6 months ago I decided it was time for a change. I was starting a new job and i came to the realization that things wont just happen if you wait around for them. You need to be the wolf and go get them, you need to be hungry.
So after losing around 40 pounds, just by cutting out the binge eating, excess sugary shit and cutting back on my portions...I then decided I was ready to get after the iron again.
I can honestly say that I feel like a new man. A completely different person. My depression is gone, Im alot more outgoing. I eat fairly clean. My days and meals are prepared ahead of time. I am a creature of habit, so i need to stay on a routine. ITs what works best for me. So here i am. Im taking another step in my fitness journey by logging my workouts.
I wish i had have started this months ago, because the initial gains were amazing. As predicted things have started to level out, but thats why im starting this thread. To take any advice and criticism and use them to motivate and push onward.
This is my current split as of last week:
F:Chest/Back (pump work)
20-30mins of HIIT/steady state treadmill work after every lift.
Havent done much direct ab work since ive been been back and that needs to change.
My chest/legs have always been my weakest point and my shoulders/arms my strongest.
Im posting a picture of myself from just over a year ago, next to a picture from around a month ago so you can see what the difference a few months of hard work has done for me. The fucked up part is that at the time, i definitley didnt think i was "that" bad. But it wasnt until i looked back at some pictures that i realized how obese i had become. For the record, this picture doesnt represent a before and after..more of a progress. I want to add another picture to the two in 6 months or so and have noticeable difference.
Please feel free to ask any questions. I hope to update my log daily. Thanks guys.