Well, I’m finally doing it. Gonna start a log, and set up some type of consistent training program.
Here’s my background:
Grew up playing soccer from 5 y.o. to…I think 12 y.o.? Other than that, was not an athlete at all - spent a lot of time running around outside and riding my bike around, but I was not a sports stud at all. Was never overweight either, just an average kid.
In high school, I started XC in 9th grade. Why, I have no clue. Really don’t remember what was attractive about just running 6+ miles for no reason. But I did really enjoy it at the time. I was getting chubby though, as a freshman, and that combined with my newness to the sport meant I sucked. Found weight lifting in between my freshman and sophomore seasons though, and that really transformed it for me.
My 2nd year (10th grade) I was frickin’ awesome. Was running daily, just for the hell of it, lifting usually 4-5 days a week, sometime even twice a day just because I enjoyed it. I could run a 5 minute mile, which while not phenomenal, I feel was decent. Ran a sub-20 minute 5K too, several times, which I am proud of. Don’t remember my exact numbers, but I got my squat and deadlift into the low-mid 400’s (this was actually 11th grade, after about a year and a half of lifting), bench to 225 (same), and could bust out dips and chinups like nobody’s business. I know at the time I felt like I was huge, but looking back at pictures I was actually just really skinny. Always had big thighs/butt, but my torso and limbs have never been anything impressive.
Anyway, what I was proud of at the time was that I felt like I was pretty well rounded. My strength and speed definitely could have stood some improvement, but my conditioning/endurance was awesome. Basically, I would’ve been pretty good at the average CrossFit gym, haha.
As for now, I am 19, will be 20 in a couple months. I would not list my goal as to get back to my 16 y.o. self if I was any older than I am right now, but I feel that it is reasonable/realistic right now, since I’m still very young and healthy, and am right back in about the same place I was when I started, except I now have the knowledge of what I’m doing (kinda). Always more to learn.
I am not a whale right now, but definitely getting fatter. I’ve been working a lot for the past year and a half to save money for college this next year, so with a busy schedule, a loss of determination to train/some struggles with depression, and zero self control when it comes to food, I am not the picture of fit anymore. I get out of breath easier, and have lost a lot of strength.
What kind of kickstarted this was going to the gym with a friend and seeing how low my numbers had gotten, and seeing another buddy from high school today who used to look like me now, but now looks like I used to. He’s not very muscular, but he’s lost fat and he’s in much better shape. And he called me fat, so I gotta prove him wrong.
Well, thank you if you read all that!
SQ: low-mid 400’s x 1-3
BP: 225 x 1
DL: same as squat^^
OHP: mid 100’s x 1-3 (nothing impressive)
FS: upper 200’s x 1-3
PC: 205 x 1
1 mile run: 5:00 exactly
5K (3.11mi) run: 19.5-ish minutes
sub-6 minute mile
sub-21 minute 5K
I am probably not going to train the front squat or power clean right now, nor will I be running much more than a mile, but I will still have those goals for the near future.
The plan right now is the Beginner Prep program from Jim Wendler’s 5/3/1 Forever. Not the most interesting or exciting program but it’ll do the job while I get back into things. I probably need it.
Not much of an idea where my numbers are right now, besides “low,” so I’m going to set my 3RM’s at 95 for the press, 135 for the bench, 185 for the squat, and 225 for the deadlift. I know I can hit those very easily, and for more than 3 reps, but oh well. I’m in no rush. I’ll calculate my 1RM and then my TM off of those numbers.
As for fellow posters, I wish I could keep up to date on everyone’s logs, but for those who I do follow along with (even if I don’t often post, I’m rooting for you!) it would have to be:
@flappinit - your pain tolerance, especially on some of your leg workouts is awesome. And nice job on that triathlon!
@T3hPwnisher - you’re a machine. 'Nuff said. No, really though, very impressive and inspirational.
@isdatnutty - didn’t follow your log from the beginning, but I’ve slowly read through it all and have been caught up for a while, and the fact that you started off at a low place, and just stuck with it and just plain worked to get where you are now is awesome.’
@JMaier31 - your working around plenty of injuries and subsequent surgeries is awesome, keep it up!
@samul - similar to Nutty, you just stick it through and put in the work, and I respect that.
Hope you guys follow along, and anyone else is welcome to! If you’ve read everything so far, you’re a trooper.
Will begin tomorrow morning, I’m working all evening/night.