Hi All -
Long time lurker (sounds better than creep), first time poster. To make a long story short, I have been unmotivated and disappointed with how my training has been going, stumbled onto a few different training logs (@Reed @StormTheBeach @corstijeir @Alpha @max98765 and a few others) that gave me a new found motivation. I wanted to start a log and if I can help do what the above members did for me, to others I will consider it successful.
~200lb (slightly more muscular version of the dad bod)
Squat - 415 sleeved/430 wraps (brand new to wraps)
Bench - 275 (pls spare me I’ve heard it before)
Deadlift - 525 (sumo of course, but not a dirty hook-grip cheater)
Background(most boring section):
I have been lifting for about 3.5 years, taking it more seriously the last 2 years. I have done 5 meets, between the 181 and 198lb classes (mass moves mass amirite), but the 400 wilks (and 1200lb total) have evaded me. Started with a linear periodization, transitioned into a high frequency high volume RPE based program and finally have began dabbling with conjugate. With the linear periodization and RPE based programs I have had coaches and done exactly what was on the paper every time, yet have learned very little and have not had the best results. I have come to the conclusion the best way to progress is to learn from myself (with a bit of guidance from more experienced lifters than me). I have a much more experienced lifter helping me learn the system, but plan to do exclusively my own programming after I have it more figured out.
No meet in mind right now, but where I live there is a meet about every other month within an hour of driving distance, so should not be hard to jump into one. Planning on just putting my head down and training hard, when things start to come together I will pick out a meet. The majority of the powerlifters at the gyms around me are the USAPL dick riding, high volume, high specificity, high frequency elitists (make sure you wear your virus tights, a7 shirt and junk headband while telling everyone how much weight a deadlift bar adds). Look, I get it, it works and what is popular right now, but I have never been one to go with the grain, so I would love nothing more than to SFW at a meet and show them different training styles do work.
Hopefully ya’ll find some entertainment, learn something and help me learn as I embark on this journey to get strong as fuck, have some big goals in mind so SMF!