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PJ's Starting Strength Log


Hi, I've been a long-time "lifter", but haven't gotten the right form and technique down until recently. I am currently at the end of week 2 of Starting Strength.

Here are my stats:
Height: 5'8
Weight: 185
Age: 27
BF%: 12-14%

My old workouts so far...

Starting Strength: Workout 1:
Squat 295 lbs 3x5
Bench 260 3x5
Deadlift 330 1x5
Chinups Bodyweight 3x8

Veggie juice fasted on Sunday due to the ridiculous amount of junk and alcohol I was consuming for 2 weeks. Pre-workout: cup of green tea & 10 g BCAAs Post-workout: Serving of Surge Meals through the day: 1 lb of grass-fed ground beef, mixed veggies, 16 oz of chicken, handful of almonds, banana & appple.

Starting Strength: Workout 2:
Squat: 305 lbs 3x5
Overhead press: 135lbs 3x5
Power clean: 185 lbs 5x3
Pullups bodyweight: 3x6
Weight sit up: 45 lbs 3x5

Cut off food intake on after 1st workout at 9 pm, didn't eat till 9 pm the next day (tuesday). Had sashimi, turkey leg, chicken, veggies, and lots of almonds. Stopped eating at midnight, got 9 hrs of sleep and was late for work, but felt great sleeping more. That's one thing I need to work on. SLEEP! Affects me so much now at my age.

Pre-workout for today was 10 g BCAAs, 5 g leucine and a cup of green tea. Postworkout: 16 oz of whole milk, 3 tbps of Milo.

Anyone have any other good chocolate milk mixs? I figure I will try chocolate milk for awhile because my budget is tight after the wedding and Surge is mucho dinero. I think Ronnie Coleman uses Nesquik.

Put on a bit of mass due to this new program, but still feeling at a respectable body fat %. I've definitely gotten my eating under control and realize that it is ok to let go sometimes. Here are some updates from my workouts.

Starting Strength: Workout 3:
Squat 310 lbs 3x5
Bench 265 3x5
Deadlift 330 1x5
Chinups Bodyweight 3x8

Starting Strength: Workout 4:
Squat: 315 lbs 3x5
Overhead press: 140lbs 3x5
Power clean: 195 lbs 5x3
Pullups bodyweight: 3x7
Weight sit up: 45 lbs 3x5

Starting Strength: Workout 5:
Squat 325 lbs 3x5
Bench 270 3x5
Deadlift 340 1x5 (mixed grip)
Weighted Sit up: 45 lbs 3x10
Dips bodyweight: 3x10
Ab-whell rollout: 3x5

Having trouble holding onto the overhand grip in deadlift, but can move up in weight using a mixed grip. What should I do? Go lighter with the deadlifts using an overhand? Or keep improving but use a mixed grip?

Squat 335 lbs 3x5
Overhead Press 145 lbs 3x5
Powerclean 200 lbs 3x5
Weighted situps 45 lbs 3x5
Chinups bodyweight 3x5 subset with 20 lb Medicine Ball slams 3x10

Feeling good despite a rough night of bbq eating and beer drinking. I feel like I need to get on a diet guideline or else I might gain alot of unnecessary weight.


Squat 345 lbs 3x5
Bench 275 lbs 3x5
Deadlift 350 lbs 1x5 (mixed grip)
Glute hamraises 25lbs 3x8

Realized my squat form was terrible, was raising my glutes way faster than my upper body. Glad I didn't injure my back. Gonna drop my weight down and focus on form for today's workout and friday's workout. Probably gonna stay at 315 and bust out 5x5. Also dropping weight in BP because I was doing triples then a double to finish the 5 reps.



Dropped weight on lifts to maximize good form. Slow and steady....

Squat 265 lbs 3x5
Overhead press 135 lbs 3x5
Power clean 185 lbs 5x3
Chinups 5x5

Any suggestions on some good cardio on non-lifting days that won't hinder this program?


X-mas binge wasn't as damaging as I thought it would...finally feel like I have some control over my body. It's all about self-control people!


Squat 255 3x5
Bench Press 245 3x5
Dead lift 335 1x5
Seated rows 140 3x8
Chin-ups Body weight 3x5

Pre-workout nutrition: Spike energy drink, apple, 1 scoop MDrive. Breakfast: 2 cans sardines, olive oil, 1 grapefruit

Post-workout nutrition: 4 godiva chocolates, 40gs whey, 2 slices of apple pie...NICE!