Long time lurker here at T-Nation. I’m back lifting after losing my Dad with a prolonged illness, moving, teenagers…you know the story. I was active over at StrongLifts a few years ago and about the time Mehdi went to the pay version was when I was going through all my stuff at home. When I came back all my friends were gone and the community had changed. Not faulting the guy for trying to make a buck, that’s just the way it is.
I’ve been floundering without much motivation for a while, spending more time on the golf course and the 19th hole than the gym, until my 14 year old expressed an interest in lifting. I have a great son and although he played sports when he was little, he wasn’t much of an athlete so I let him slide on sports and exercise. He’s a gamer and a nerd but a smart one. He made 21 on the ACT as a 7th grader. Now that he’s in HS and caring more about girls, I think he’s motivated to do some working out. So, my son and the fact I’m 46 and need to stop the backward slide of all the effort I put in a few years ago, is my motivation.
We’ve been at it about 2 months following the 5x5 plan. I started at 135 on bench and deads, 95 on squat and my son with just the bar. He squatted 100lbs 5x5 last night!
Glad to be here at T-Nation. I’ve been reading through a few training logs and I see a lot of guys in the same boat as me and I’m catching the fever again!
Bench 180 5x5
Squat 155 5x5
Overhead Press 120 5x5
Dead Lift 195 1x5